The Women of Papua New Guinea have applauded the decision by a United States-based non-government organization, for successfully suing Barrick Gold over sexual violence against the women of Porgera in Enga Province.
Eleven women were sexually assaulted by police and security guards at Porgrera two decades ago.
The women were represented by lawyers with US-based NGO group EarthRights International.
National Council of Women President, Theresa Jaintong told NBC News, it’s a welcoming news for the women of the country.
“It’s the first of its kind that women are being helped.
“The decision has been taken in their favour and I really thanked those NGO group, the law firm in USA for helping these young women who wouldn’t have the support because they couldn’t afford it.
“I’m happy about the outcome”.
Barrick Gold has agreed to sort the issue outside of court and pay compensation to the 11 women, who were then about 14 and in the 80’s, when the crimes took place.
However, Mrs. Jaintong says the perpetrators must still be brought to justice.
“Justice must prevail. If its going to be settled outside of court, the culprits will not learn, especially the police force, the law enforcement security guards because the women will live through the trauma.
“And for the company to settle it outside the court, how do they punish those people?”.