The National, Thursday July 18th, 2013
By MIRIAM MALAWA
CITY Pharmacy Ltd (CPL) and its partners have reaffirmed their support for the Meri Seif Ples programme this year.
CPL has involved their stores nationwide for women and children who are victims of violence to seek temporary refuge while store Manager or staffers call the Meri Seif Ples hotline 7222 1238 for help.
Company spokesperson Lulu Sariman said she was proud to be an active supporter of the programme, which was re-launched yesterday.
Representatives of other programme partners –National Capital District, Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PMCCI), Ginigoada Business Development Foundation, G4S Security and Digicel – attended the re-launching of the programme.
Sariman said the re-launching provided that partnership needed to help the community eliminate violence against women and children.
“Violence against women and children is a nation wide issue and should be dealt with nationally,” she said.
PMCCI chief executive David Conn hailed the concept of the programme, saying it was “a grassroots approach” to putting an end to violence.
He said it was hoped that by providing a safe place for women and children victims, the initial act of violence could be broken.
“We have had enough, we are going to give a safe place for our women and children to move around,” Conn said.
He added that behavioural change would happen when people were properly educated on it.