Cardno is proud to support the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, 2016.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. It knows no social, economic or national boundaries. Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime.1
Gender-based violence is not only a violation of individual women’s and girls’ rights. The impunity enjoyed by perpetrators, and the fear generated by their actions, has an effect on all women and girls. It also takes a toll on a global level, stunting the contributions women and girls can make to international development, peace and progress.2
Cardno has a zero tolerance to violence against women and girls in the home and workplace. We promote gender equality and social inclusion within development as it is integral to achieving significant and sustainable advancements in health, education, governance, the environment, and the economy, and Cardno is committed to achieving these goals in each of its projects.
We have also developed a Building a Safer World: Toolkit For Integrating GBV Prevention and Response into USAID Energy and Infrastructure Projects which has been a valuable and useful resource for USAID project teams to design projects that are designed to protect all users, empowered women and make this a safer world. Cardno is using this toolkit on the work that it does to build rural roads in Liberia and improve housing in Haiti.
We are proud to be involved in projects that directly help to eliminate violence against women, for example:
- Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) Support Unit
Through the Pacific Women Support Unit, Cardno supports the broader Australian Government-funded Pacific Women program to improve the opportunities for political, economic and social advancement of Pacific women. Pacific Women supports a total of 36 activities with a primary focus on ending violence against women, with these activities underway in eight Pacific countries as well as at the regional level.3
- Justice Services and Stability for Development (JSS4D) Program
Cardno helps address family and sexual violence (FSV) in Papua New Guinea through the Australian Government-funded JSS4D. Addressing family and sexual violence, as gender-based violence is commonly known in PNG, is a key focus of the JSS4D program (2016-2019). JSS4D seeks to address FSV by increasing access to effective legal protection for women, children and others vulnerable to violence. In particular, JSS4D is working to strengthen referral pathways between services – legal, medical, psychosocial and protection – for survivors, in a coordinated approach with government and non-government organisations, and communities.
- Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice (AIPJ) Program
Through the Australian Government-funded AIPJ program, Cardno helps to improve access to justice for the poor and marginalised groups, including women, children and people with disabilities who are more vulnerable to gender-based violence. AIPJ promoted the use of sign language to law enforcers in Indonesia as well as trained sign language interpreters to be able to help deaf justice seekers to hear and prevent evidence; or defend themselves if accused. Also, AIPJ with Rumah KitaB, an Indonesian NGO, has published a study on child marriage on the Indonesian island of Lombok, which includes some recommendations to eradicate early and underage marriage throughout Indonesia.
As a global company, we have released a public Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Commitment. It’s the first step in a broader program and provides staff access to support, information and training for our employees globally.
Like to know more?
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Find out more about our Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Commitment and our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in general.
3Source: Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) – Annual Progress Report 2015-2016