Workplace strategies to address the impacts of family and sexual violence on workplaces in Papua New Guinea

Stream: Responses to Violence and Exploitation: Emerging Strategies and New Directions
Date: Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Time: 1.00 pm – 2.45 pm

Abstract

The Gendered Violence Research Network, in partnership with the Pacific Adventist University in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the IFC/World Bank, is developing a comprehensive suite of gender-sensitive strategies to address the impacts of family and sexual violence (FSV) on workplaces in PNG. This is a ground-breaking project in a developing country context and is being underpinned by research: an assessment of international good practice and its efficacy and applicability for PNG; participatory action research with employers who are members of the PNG Business Coalition For Women and their employees, as well as other PNG stakeholders including government, NGOs and service providers; and a review of the availability and accessibility of holistic support from local advocates and service providers. The findings will inform recommendations for culturally appropriate workplace strategies and policies, and advocate for their uptake. The project will be completed by December 2014 and as such this paper will provide recent evidence of FSV impacts on the workplace in Asia Pacific and offer a research-based and contextualised approach to developing responses. While the project is focused on PNG, the research will also have global significance as it will inform the development of international good practice from a Southern perspective.

Author

Shabnam Hameed (Presenter), GVRN
Shabnam Hameed has worked extensively in Timor-Leste and Australia in the areas of labour, domestic and family violence (DV), and social protection. She was also instrumental the success of the ‘Safe at Home, Safe at Work’ initiative in Australia, and has developed and successfully advocated for the uptake of a suite of provisions to assist employers in addressing the impacts of DV in the workplace. Shabnam is the Senior Researcher on the Gendered Violence Research Network and Pacific Adventist University project developing workplace strategies to address the impacts of family and sexual violence on workplaces in PNG.