According to the statistics, in Papua New Guinea two thirds of women are constantly exposed to domestic violence and about 50% of women become victims of sexual assaults (in Highlands Region it goes up to 97%). Local men don’t respect their meris (“meri” in Pidgin means “woman”), constantly beating them, often using bush knives and axes.
The main danger comes from the Raskol gangs that rule the settlements in the capital city. Raping women is a “must” for the young members of the gang. In most Papua tribes, when a boy wants to become a man, he should go to enemy’s village and kill a pig. After that, his community will accept him as an adult. In industrial Port Moresby women have replaced pigs. While in traditional villages such attitudes toward women can be attributed to tribal culture, today in Port Moresby violence against women shocks modern society.
Russian/Portuguese documentary photographer, residing in Sydney, Australia. Born in 1981.
Studied photography in IADE Creative University (Lisbon, Portugal); photojournalism and documentary photography in TCI Emerging Photographer Program. Participant of the XXV Eddie Adams Workshop (USA, NY) and several photojournalism and documentary photography workshops.
In 2010-2011 worked on an independent photo-documentary project “The Spirits of Mozambique” about spiritual traditions of Mozambicans.
In 2012 worked on a photo-documentary project "Crying Meri" about violence against women in Papua New Guinea.
Currently is working on a documentary project "RESTAVEK: Child Slavery in Haiti".
Vlad is epresented by German photo-agency "Agentur Focus" and collaborating with the United Nations and various NGOs.
To license this work for editorial, creative, or other uses, click on the OZMO logo above.
This will take you to the Ozmo website where you can review the cost and license for the photographs in this exhibit.
You will need to create an account with both Amazon payments and with the Ozmo website as described on the Ozmo website.
Mobile: +61 (0) 488 071 065 (Australia and International)
Currient location: Sydney, Australia