Australian Governor General Bryce in PNG for Anzac memorials

Quentin Bryce
Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce will attend an Anzac service at Kokoda on her trip to PNG.

AUSTRALIAN Governor-General Quentin Bryce will meet women's groups and visit a family violence clinic during her five-day visit to Papua New Guinea to commemorate Anzac Day.
"There are things I'm very interested in for people up here - health and education, and of course women and girls," she told PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill after arriving in Port Moresby on Monday.
Ms Bryce was greeted by Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato and Australian High Commissioner Deborah Stokes, as well as cannon fire, a military band and a contingent of soldiers.
After a quick trip to see her counterpart Sir Michael Ogio at PNG's Government House, Ms Bryce met Mr O'Neill at Airways Hotel to present him formally with climate change data provided by the Australian government.
"It was so wonderful flying in this morning," Ms Bryce told Mr O'Neill.
"It is so tropical, and those fabulous mountain ranges.
"I'm looking forward to the week so much. I've got these very special commemorations to be a part of, events that mean so much to me and Australians this week.
She will travel to Isurava and Kokoda to attend Anzac services commemorating the deaths of Australian soldiers in action against the Japanese during World War II.
On Tuesday, she is expected to fly to Kokopo in New Britain to visit health clinics and schools and tour Rabaul's Bita Paka war cemetery.
She will also pay a visit to the family and sexual violence unit at a Kokopo police station.
The treatment of women in PNG has come under the spotlight after a recent series of gruesome crimes, the most recent being the pack rape of an American academic on the nation's east coast over the weekend.
Accusations of witchcraft have led to women being tortured and murdered - such as the burning murder of 20-year-old mother of one Kepari Leniata in early February, which drew international condemnation.
On Wednesday, Ms Bryce will meet with women's groups at PNG's national parliament before attending an Anzac Day dawn service in Port Moresby.


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