Thousands attend anti-violence protest in PNG

Thousands attend anti-violence protest in PNG

Thousands attend anti-violence protest in PNG

Updated 15 May 2013, 11:15 AEST

Thousands of people in PNG protest for a second day to highlight the issue of increasing violence against women.

Thousands of people in Papua New Guinea are gathering for the second day of a protest to call on the government to help end gender-based violence.

The Haus Krai, or 'house of mourning', aims to highlight the issue of increasing violence against women through rape, murder and allegations of witchcraft.

Esther Igo, one of the event's organisers, has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat demonstrators want action in PNG because "for too long we've had violence and no-one's condemned it."

She says about 2,000 people attended a pray vigil in Port Moresby overnight, and she expects tens of thousands of men and women to gather for today's Haus Krai.

But instead of the the wailing associated with a traditional Haus Krai, there have been cultural activities and musical concerts as well as a sit-in protest.

Organisers plan to present a petition to Prime Minister Peter O'Neill on Wednesday calling for government action to help end violence against women.

Esther Igo says law enforcement in PNG is inadequate.

"Our police is not really effective. They do not respond adequately, they are not trained properly, and they sometimes accelerate the problem as well," she said.

"At this stage it's all about safety, the reduction of violence and security."

Similar Haus Krai events for PNG women have been organised in many countries including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Malaysia, Japan and the Philippines.