April 2014

NCS News – Leading PNG Business on Advancing Women and Eliminating Violence Against Women

NCS and parent company Anitua are going from strength to strength in their campaign to eliminate violence against women and advance them in business. Both organisations are Foundation Members of the World Bank sponsored PNG Business Coalition for Women, with Anitua’s Linda Van Leeuwen recently being elected to the Coalition’s Board of Directors. Linda is also chairing the Coalition’s 'Addressing Violence' workgroup of which Business Development Manager Liz Keane is also a part. NCS MD John Gethin-Jones and NCS Group HR Manager Monica Benyk have been nominated for the Coalition’s 'Leadership for Women' and 'HR Policies & Procedures' work groups respectively.

Another joint achievement is the implementation of the White Ribbon Workplace Program survey. The survey’s roll out was launched to coincide with International Women’s Day (8 March) and NCS Head Office staff in Port Moresby as well as Anitua GM’s on Lihir were the first to complete their questionnaires. The survey will provide important baseline data to White Ribbon staff who will then work with NCS and Anitua staff to change our workplaces across the country so as to make them safer and more supportive of those of our female staff who are victims of gender violence.

NCS and Anitua are increasingly being recognised as leaders in the PNG business world when it comes to addressing violence against women as well as advancing and empowering its female employees. This recognition is evident in John Gethin-Jones being invited to give a key note address on this topic at the Australia PNG Business Council’s conference in Cairns in May.  

Another way in which NCS will be helping eliminate violence against women is through its participation in a World Bank IFC sponsored research project which will assess the business cost of violence against women. John Gethin-Jones says, “we’re putting initiatives in place to address violence against women because we believe it is simply the right thing to do for our female staff. However, we agree with the World Bank IFC’s belief that there is also a business argument to be made for addressing gender violence. Putting it bluntly, violence against women costs business money...If businesses don’t start taking action on moral and humanitarian grounds, perhaps they can be motivated on financial grounds.”

Together with Anitua’s Linda Van Leeuwen (2nd from Left) and Liz Keane (2nd from Right) at the PNG Business Coalition for Women inaugural general meeting are the Coalition’s Foundation Chairperson Lesieli Taviri (Origin Energy), Coalition Patron Lady Winifred Kamit, IFC Gender Coordinator East Asia and Pacific Amy Luinstra, and IFC Resident Representative Carolyn Blacklock. NCS and Anitua are proud to be Foundation Members of the PNG BCFW.

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