Former Men of Honour award recipient Mr Dagia Aka said the collective power of the Men of Honour Campaign is that it is a tool for positive change in the community and the country.
Having experienced violence in the home himself, Mr Aka felt compelled to take a personal stand against violence, to challenge himself and others like himself, to take a peaceful alternative in dealing with conflict in their lives.
“This is an initiative that truly impacts our communities around Papua New Guinea,” said Mr Aka.
He is grateful to Digicel PNG for continuing to host the Campaign and providing an avenue where ordinary men are acknowledged for their peace-keeping efforts in communities throughout the country.
“I thank Digicel PNG for supporting this initiative and I thank the Men of Honour Campaign for continuing to show the young men and citizens of this country that there are positive role models that they can look up to, that can challenge them to change and for providing a platform where I can instigate positive change in my role,” Mr Aka said.
Mr Aka hopes that other young men can relate to his personal experiences and see the bigger picture of what is possible, through the Men of Honour Campaign.
“I know that future Men of Honour recipients will also go out into their communities throughout Papua New Guinea and challenge men and women alike to change and make a stand against violence,” he said.
Mr Dagia Aka was speaking recently at the official launch of the Digicel PNG Foundation’s Men of Honour Awards in Port Moresby and said that he is proud to be part of a campaign that addresses the issue of violence and recognizes ordinary men for helping to maintain peace throughout the communities in the country.
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