Photo: Helping to raise the awareness in Hela: (L-R) Josephine Yos, OSF Women’s Protection and Empowerment Manager, Marcia Kalinoe Head of CIMC/ FSVAC and OSF Head of Expansion Programs, Jean Martin – with the brochures after walking to mark international Day of Ending Violence Against Women and Girls everywhere.
Critical Family and sexual violence brochures on family and sexual violence have been translated into the Huli language to increase the awareness of these issues in Hela Province.
Oil Search Foundation (OSF) in partnership with the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Committee (CIMC) Family & Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC) and Hela community members prepared the brochures which were launched at the Oil Search walk to End Violence Against Women (EVAW) last week.
“This has been a key piece of work for us in 2017. We are committed to ensuring that the responses to family and sexual violence that we are involved in are contextually relevant.
Translating this information will mean that more people in Hela will have access to information in their own language and that is important to ensuring we facilitate the dialogue on addressing
violence against women and children”, says Jean Martin, Head of the Expansion Programs at the Oil Search Foundation.
The brochures translated into Huli contain information about domestic violence, rape, incest and wife beating. The brochures will be distributed widely in Hela in partnership with the Hela FSVAC chaired by Sr. Clare Lembo who is also the Coordinator of the Hela Family Support Centre.
“Having resources in our own language makes a difference when we are raising people’s awareness about these issues and why it is against the law to commit these crimes,” states Sr. Clare.
Marcia Kalinoe, Head of the CIMC FSVAC agrees; “working in partnership to spread this information far and wide is critical to the response to family and sexual violence. We value our
partnerships with organisations such as the Oil Search Foundation as they are a vehicle to reach greater numbers of people.”
The first lot of these printed brochures will be in Hela in the coming weeks for distribution.
OSF has been involved in a number of initiatives and is committed to a partnership with the CIMC FSVAC and maintaining its response to family and sexual violence as part of its five year Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Strategy.
In 2018 OSF will continue to support the response to family and sexual violence including supporting a new initiative that will bring the private sector together to find solutions and inspire positive change.
It is critical that Oil Search partner to support the Government of PNG, and others to make a difference.