TO ADDRESS gender based violence in Papua New Guinea through the workplace and business, the Business Coalition For Women (BCFW) will launch its gender violence solutions for the PNG business community in early August.

Launched at a breakfast event, there will be a panel of PNG business leaders who will discuss their own experiences in regards to the negative impact of gender violence on their respective businesses and the importance of resources put together by the Coalition for the PNG business community.

Opening the event is Lady Winifred Kamit, the Coalition’s patron, as well as Chair of PNG’s anti-violence ‘Coalition for Change’, and a Newcrest Mining Limited board member.

The BCFW has four working groups which meet regularly to address key priorities and implement change within the community.

The organisation’s model gender smart workplace policies and practices working group held a workshop in late-May to review draft tools for business to address sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

A BCFW spokesperson said the project aimed to promote such workplace policies and practices in all its members.

This would create more opportunities for women to have better jobs and to catalyse business growth through better access to talent, the spokesperson said.

Implementing a BCFW flagship leadership course is one priority for the Coalition, with its Promoting Women’s Leadership Working Group currently seeking to finalise the engagement of a qualified training provider in PNG to assist with the design of the course.

Focussed on conducting a demand and needs assessment of women-owned businesses in the BCFW member supplier and distribution networks, The Expanding Opportunities for Women-Owned businesses in Supply Chains Working Group hopes to add value to Coalition members through upgrading women-owned businesses in their supplier and distribution networks

Expected to be launched in the coming months, the BCFW model family and sexual violence policy is being led by the Addressing Violence Working Group, which hopes to promote safe and efficient workplaces that are free of violence and supportive of female employees impacted by violence.

The BCFW is an initiative of the Pacific Partnership, through which Australia, New Zealand and the International Finance Corporation are working together to stimulate private sector investment and reduce poverty in the Pacific.

Launched last year, the BCFW has a membership of over 50 organisations from the private sector and industry bodies across PNG and is a Coalition of organisations represented by both women and men recognising that gender equality and empowering women is smart business.