Are We Over Glorifying Female Abuse?

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Have you ever watched the movie ‘Monsters Inc.’, you know the Disney animated film where Monsters are teleported through doors into children’s bedrooms to frighten them enough to capture their screams? Apparently the screams were powerful enough to power their electrification systems.

But our Hero’s in the film soon discover the truth that actually laughter has a higher energy rating and that it was able to be extracted with drastically less trauma and energy.

This pretty much sums up how I’m feeling right now from reading on PNG Loop that K4.5 million is being spent on producing a book and film on Gender Violence. As someone that receives donar money for film projects and knowing also that the local TV series Grace was produced with far far less funding, I’m wondering whether K4.5 million to keep drumming into PNG women’s heads that they are suffering from something, is an unsustainable media strategy that depends more on shock value and less on building confidence, hope and pride in PNG.

Perhaps I’m being unfair in that I haven’t seen the productions yet to fairly judge, but with a film title like ‘Harim Mi’ or in English, ‘Hear Me’, I’m not convinced that it’s going to be a film that’s asking us to dream and hope.

But the biggest indicator that tells me this is a waste of resources is the price tag, I remain to be proven wrong but my guess is that the K4.5 million is being poured into a foreign film production company who besides not assisting with local industry development, will most likely not be able to understand the complexities of the subjects and will perpetuate the image that all women in PNG are suffering from Gender Violence without addressing the wider issue of healthy relationships that can help produce successful women within a supportive environment.

We have enough issues in PNG without being prodded for more shock value and if this K4.5 million production turns out to be more about our screams rather than our laughter, I may have to bring some other emotions to the conversation.

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8 thoughts on “Are We Over Glorifying Female Abuse?

  1. I am thinking that the 4.5 million is the cost of funding the whole KLOM project, the film and book included. It would be ridiculous if that much money was spent on a book and film alone.

  2. You are not wrong with that line of thought. The whole gender violence and gender equality campaign is going over board. It’s all a media hype to support the re-direction of cash flow. It’s all a money’s game.

  3. This is shallow research and misinformation. I work for an NGO and like you we too needed to bid and win a spot inorder to help our mothers and sisters in PNG through inniatives we have piloted and seen work. We all didnt make the donor support but we value what others are contributing towards women empowerment. I was there at the launch, other members of the media were there. If you came you would be better informed. FHI 360 run a number of projects in which the 4.5m is a partial support from DFAT through the program “Pacific women shaping Pacific Development. Powerful voices by FHI is one component of the bigger picture. The video and booklets are operational research tools, better still its not roleplayed. Those stories are real and it doesnt end there because participatory video and photovoice are one of the best community development tools that is ongoing and owned by communities themselves. Media advisor is just there to facilitate. The results were amazing development is taking place because someone had to beat the drum i.e those women holding the camera and documenting real problems as clean drinking water, acess to basic services and the solutions as communities become more aware through reflections. NGOs like many of the social enterprices got to sell something back to raise funds and continue support jobs as well as community development work. We constantly look for quality outputs in media or research advocasy. If you can deliver kindly submit your profiles to NGOs to compete for a place. Incentive fund is seeking a pool of specialists currently.

    1. Thank you Marie this is what I was after and good to hear more information about this project, can you answer the following please so I can better understand the project:

      1. What exactly is K4.5 million paying for?
      2. What exactly is an ‘operational research tool’?
      3. What is the target audience for these ‘operational research tools’?
      4. What kind of initiative’s have been piloted and which have been seen to work?

  4. Dear Emmanuel, I would like to say that any amount of money spent on making a difference to victims of domestic violence is money well spent. My parents were divorced when I was 5 and we fled violence from my father who I no longer have any contact with, he doesn’t change. What did change is the quality of life for my mother, my brother and myself. Otherwise my brother and I would probably now be dead or on drugs, and my mother would have led a life not worth living. Point is that women are people too and shouldn’t have to suffer at the hands of aggressive and overpowering males. Your attitude makes this seem like it’s not an issue when it clearly is. Women deserve qualit of life as much as men do and money is not an object when this is considered. Please rethink this barbaric attitude and open your eyes to the plight of women all over the world, not just in PNG.

    1. My issue is not spending on gender issues, it’s on what medium they are spending to achieve their awareness.

      If you are a donar and you were able to reach more people with K300,000 as opposed to K4.5 million. Wouldn’t you think that was a gross disservice to women who suffer from Gender Violence because most of the money is being eaten up by expensive agency processes and not execution.

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