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Sorcery and witchcraft-related killings

Gender equality and ending violence against women – the Eastern Highlands experience

In this lecture, The Hon Julie Soso-Akele discusses the elimination of violence against women in the Eastern Highlands of Papaua New Guinea, one of her top priorites as Governor of the Eastern Highlands Province.

Chiefs without Nakamals

In this talk, Siobhan McDonell from ANU asks whether Vanuatu chiefs can be better supported to manage community tensions around nakaimas, the Kastom practice of sorcery.

Women’s human rights defenders and sorcery-related torture

In this talk human rights defender Lilly Be’Soer discusses the work of Voices for Change, a women’s human rights NGO she founded and which is campaigning to protect women from torture and abuse in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea.

Witchcraft, matriliny and gender in the Milne Bay Province

In this talk, Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence focuses on witchcraft/sorcery and gendered dimensions in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.

Why not? Church strategies for reducing witchcraft-related killings in Papua New Guinea

In this talk, Philip Gibbs outlines the Catholic Church in Simbu Province PNG strategy for changing ingrained attitudes and practices related to sorcery and witchcraft.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights statement on sorcery-related killings

In this talk Nancy Robinson, Regional Representative, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, gives a statement on the organisation’s stand against sorcery-related violence and killings.

Western legal responses to sorcery in colonial PNG

In this talk, Mel Keenan from Monash University examines the legal response made by Anglo-Administrators in colonial Papua New Guinea.

The Sorcery Act dilemma

In this talk, Nick Schwarz examines the strengths and weaknesses of the Sorcery Act and presents the most common questions and objections raised by Papua New Guineans.

The peril of a Christian sorcerer

In this talk, Richard Eves presents research by Johanna Whitely from the London School of Economics research on The Church of Melanesia and sorcery accusations in the Solomon Islands.

The courts, the churches, the witches and their killers

This talk, presented by Christine Stewart from ANU, examines the changing approaches of the PNG courts to witch-killing related instances throughout the country.

The changing nature of witch trials in Papua New Guinea

In this talk, Dr Nicole Haley from ANU discusses the changing nature of witch trials in Lake Kopiago, Papua New Guinea.

The belief in witches among Huli people in Papua New Guinea

In this talk John Himugu from the Institute of PNG Studies, outlines how deep rooted belief in witchcraft is in PNG and how tribal leaders solve witchcraft-related problems based on custom.

Sorcery, witchcraft and gender antagonism in Papua New Guinea

In this talk, Jack Urame from the Melanesian Institute, Goroka, Papua New Guinea, outlines the links between gender and beliefs in sorcery and witchcraft.

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