Jodi Bieber
Four women await treatment outside the Surgical Ward at Tari Hospital in Papua New Guinea’s Hela Province. Papua New Guinea remains an extremely dangerous place to be a woman. 19 out of 20 – or 94%of all patients MSF treated following family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea in 2014 and 2015 were female. Most had been injured by their partners, family or community members, and in more than a quarter of all incidents involving intimate partners, the women had been threatened with death. Nearly all – 97 percent – of those patients had injuries that required treatment. Two in three had been attacked with weapons, including sticks, knives, machetes and blunt instruments.