December 2014

Workplace Safety History Makers

Anitua made workplace safety history in PNG at its 3rd annual Safety Awards in October by allocating specific awards to staff who have taken action against gender violence. In doing so, they have firmly acknowledged that gender violence is not just a law and order problem, or a humanitarian problem, but that it is also a considerable occupational health and safety problem.  

Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) Program Manager, Dr Linda Van Leeuwen says that she is "incredibly proud" of the fact that the Anitua Group is leading the charge against gender violence and "greatly encouraged" by the growing number of PNG businesses such as Digicel, Steamships, West New Britain Palm Oil and Westpac who also have their own EVAW initiatives. She also acknowledged the leadership and support of Executive Director Colin Vale and Group General Manager of Safety Dan Simpson, noting that they were "light years ahead of not only the vast majority of PNG business leaders and managers when it came to gender violence as a workplace safety issue but also those in most other countries."

Congratulations to our staff for their courage and determination to stand up, talk out, and take action against gender violence – and in doing so helping to make their workplaces safer for women and more supportive of those women who are victims of violence. Anitua is very, very proud of you.

Award winners Benjamin Poasa (Anitua Supermarket), Pious Ausur (Lihir Business Services), and David Sakaia (Anitua Protective Services) (L>R). The fourth winner, Scholastica Tanahan, was unable to attend the Awards function.  

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