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Today is the International Day for Ending of Violence Against Women (EVAW) and Girls.

In Papua New Guinea, 56 per cent of women aged between 15 – 49 have experienced physical violence. EVAW Day is globally recognised to raise the profile of issues related to violence against women and girls. Today, Santos staff in PNG joined major donors and partners of the Bel isi (Peaceful) PNG Initiative including BSP, Steamships, National Capital District Commission and other subscriber organisations in the ongoing Bel isi PNG EVAW Walk.

EVAW brings the government and private sector together to address gender based violence in the country and contribute to improving access to support services. Over 1000 people lined the streets in PNG in the 8km walk, demonstrating solidarity against all forms of violence.

Santos’ PNG Country Chair, Leon, said in his call-to-action: “Women and girls deserve to lead safe lives. I am committed to taking leadership in the private sector to encourage my peers and colleagues to champion women’s empowerment and protection. You can also play a part by ensuring your workplace provides a safe environment to help your staff address their challenges and support them to access services.”

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.

Santos is proud to support Bel isi and EVAW to end gender based violence in PNG.