As part of its ongoing commitment to providing a safe operating environment Oil Search Limited has completed the first training of twelve Workplace Contacts under its Family and Women’s Protection Procedure (FWPP).
The Oil Search Foundation’s small grants scheme is helping to make a difference in communities to address social issues, particularly violence against women and girls in Papua New Guinea.
In 2015 Oil Search became a member of the Papua New Guinea Business Coalition for Women (BCFW) and began actively taking part in a number of working groups including for my part, the ‘Addressing Violence Working Group’ (AVWG). Coalition members know that gender equality is good business, that overcoming the challenges faced by women in the PNG workforce goes beyond individual firms, and are ready to be part of history in the making.
Domestic and gender based violence is a widespread and very serious problem for local women in Papua New Guinea. The PNG Law Reform Commission found that on average 70 percent of women in PNG say they have been physically abused by their husbands, but that number reaches 100 percent in some parts of the country.