The ENDviolence campaign focuses on ending violence towards women and children and PNG Football Association Just Play team is using the Port Moresby Soccer Association 7’s Easter Soccer tournament to advocate the ENDviolence campaign to aspiring athletes with the aim of changing perceptions towards women and violence in the region.
Port Moresby Soccer Association president John Wesley Gonjuan thank PNGFA for promoting the campaign in this Easter 7’s tournament and said PMSA is glad in supporting the campaign such as ENDviolence.
“We know that the impact of violence is life long and can be passed from generation to generation. When young people experience or witness violence, the likelihood increases of them acting violently themselves as adults.”
“Port Moresby Soccer Association is glad to support the campaign, we will stand together and speak out against violence. We will be looking at engaging our players and children to create a unique platform through which to disseminate critical information on #ENDviolence,” said Gonjuan.
PNGFA Just Play manager Micah Kaneng said by supporting the development of positive role models and supporting campaigns such as ENDviolence, the Just Play programme, OFC and UNICEF are working hard to change perceptions and showcase the power and potential of women and girls in the region.
He said PNGFA as the mother body plays an important role in helping to highlight and bring to the forefront critical issues facing women and children in all of our football programmes in member associations.
“Working with players and children to be advocate of ENDviolence to learn positive ways of interacting and engaging with each other is the key to reducing risk factors associated with gender-based violence in our communities,” said Kaneng.
Kaneng said he was glad to see players, mothers and children responded positively to the campaign by showing the REDcards.