The Oil Search Foundation (OSF) recently organised an awareness session on the Family Protection Act (FPA) for the Oil Search staff in Port Moresby office, OSF Media reports.
Involved in the awareness last week was Serena Sasingian, Principal Legal Officer with the Department of Justice and Attorney General (DJAG) and her colleagues conducting the awareness at OSF’s request.
According to an OSF statement released yesterday, the awareness was focused on helping staff understand the purpose of the Family Protection Act and how it can be used as a means to prevent and or minimise any act of family violence.
“Staff are always asking for information about the FPA and how it works in a practical sense so I am incredibly grateful to DJAG for making themselves available to speak to our staff. I am also pleased to see the fantastic turn out to the session”. OSF’s Head of Expansion Programs, Jean Martin said.
Staff members expressed gratitude about the awareness and said it was very informative and helpful. “This information is very valuable. We are witnessing a lot of domestic violence issues happening in our families as well as our friends and in most cases, we do not know how to go about getting the help using government systems like the courts. And with our busy schedules we usually don’t have the time to find out such information,” said Ms Carolyn Taureka. “For me I am very thankful that, through your programs, we are able to learn about what the Government is doing to help address this problem and the services that are available and that they are free.”
The FPA Guidance Notes is a critical document as it simplifies the contents of this vital legislation and makes it easy for ordinary people to understand Family Protection Act.
Christine Kasou, Oil Search’s General Manager for Legal was at hand to receive her colleagues from DJAG and acknowledged Sasingian and her team for making time available to provide such empowering information to Oil Search staff.
“We are happy to be here delivering this awareness and we ask that you help us be advocates of the Family Protection Act”, Sasingian said.
Oil Search Foundation states that this is part of what it does under its Women’s Protection and Empowerment Program is to provide tools and knowledge to staff about gender and particularly around addressing violence.
Serena Sasingan (far right), Principal Legal Officer, Dept of Justice and Attorney General listening to a question from an Oil Search Employee during the session on Family Protection Act