Photo: Oil Search employees and families, including members of the PNG Pukpuks squad and PNGU20 Women’s National Soccer Coach, Lisa Cole observe International EVAW day at the Oil Search Headquarters after walking through town.
Say No to Violence against women and girls was the message that was conveyed by Oil Search staff and their families throughout the country and in Australia today, as the world observed the International Elimination of Violence Against (EVAW) Women Day.
In Port Moresby, over a hundred Oil Search employees and family members took to the streets of the central business district (CBD) in a wave of orange to mark EVAW day. At the company’s corporate office in Sydney, staff marched from their office at 1 Bligh Street, to Circular Quay, with messages against violence to women.
Port Moresby employees were further supported by members of the current PNG Pukpuks team and PNG under 20 Women’s Soccer coach, Lisa Cole to amplify conversations on the issue of violence against women and girls in PNG.
Participants gathered at Ela Beach from as early as 6am before walking through town holding banners supporting the universal campaign to End Violence Against Women.
Jean Martin, Oil Search Foundation’s Head of Expansion Programs, said violence against women and girls is a major challenge in Papua New Guinea and globally, but there are solutions.
“It is critical that everyone act where they can when they can. A simple conversation can raise awareness, break barriers and identify a way forward. Many of us have been touched by violence but we can all move PNG forward to respond to this issue”
Oil Search and the Oil Search Foundation have a company-wide focus on women’s protection and empowerment.
Providing a safe, supportive and progressive work environment for women is integral to the organisations success.
The Oil Search Foundation’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment program organised the walk as part of a series of events across all Oil Search sites in Kikori, Kutubu, Hela and Sydney to drive awareness on the importance of addressing violence in all forms in PNG.
The program will enable and contribute to a vision of PNG that realises gender equality and allows women to be empowered to live productive lives free of violence.
From Port Moresby to Kikori, Kutubu, Hela and Sydney, Oil Search joined the walk with one message; say no to violence against women and girls.