Koki Market joins UN Women’s Safe City program

Koki Market in Port Moresby south east has joined the United Nation Women's Safe City program.

The program, is a joint initiative with the Australian Government and the New Zealand government to make the market environment a safer place for both women and girls.

Acknowledging markets as a critical place in the community, Susan Ferguson - councilor gender and sports from the Australian High Commission said making it a safer place for women and girls directly impacted the economy of a community positively.

This initiative was first rolled out at the Gerehu market and according to Dr Jeffrey Buchanan-UN women representative, has since boasted a good outcome.

Koki going on board will see at least 250 vendors, 85 percent of whom are women and girls benefiting. This program impacts aspects such as women economic empowerment, ending violence against women and girls, capacity building, training and awareness, promote safe public spaces for all and maintain by-laws, legislation and policies.

Buchanan thanked everyone who has supported the concept of creating a safer community, more specifically for women and girls. With the launch today, Koki Market is the second market under the program.

Gordon Market will be the next market.

Gloria Bauai