Freeport’s Female Workers: Work Healthy, Work Safely
16 February 2023
During 2023 National Occupational Health and Safety Month (BK3N), the BK3N committee is encouraging women to reflect on their individual health needs and take steps to improve their overall health.
Through the seminar themed PT Freeport Indonesia Female Mining Worker Health that was held on February 16 and 23, 2023 in the highland at Community Hall and the lowland at Multipurpose Building, PTFI strives to make female worker health and safety a priority.
It’s time for a paradigm shift
The mining industry has a long history built on hard labour, grit and perseverance, reinforcing a system that disproportionately reveres masculine identity.
Being a man or a woman has a significant impact on health, as a result of both biological and gender-related differences. The health of women is particular concern because, in many societies, they are disadvantaged by discrimination rooted in sociocultural factors.
For instance, women face high risks of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, cervical cancer, and depression, amongst others.
Rustiarso Rianto, SVP Operations Maintenance mentions in his speech the Female Mining Worker Health Seminar is a great time for female worker to focus on better health.
Rianto said that, while the mining sector remains male-dominated today, women work in an increasingly wide range of roles, including as managements, managers, mine engineers, mineworkers, administrative staff, contractors and suppliers, among others.
“Many women might have put off taking care of their general health and wellness needs. They have adjusted their daily routines, including they have more family responsibilities than men and the way role assigned by society. The combination has led to serious health problems for some women.” Rianto said.
Prioritizing your health – both physical and mental has never been more important. On behalf of PTFI management, I encourage all of us please take actions to support women and help them achieve the best health possible, Rianto said.
A woman’s reproductive system is a delicate and complex system in the body. It is important to take steps to protect it from infections and injury, and prevent problems—including some long-term health problems. Taking care of yourself and making healthy choices can help protect you and your loved ones. Protecting your reproductive system also means having control of your health.
Gynaecological cancers, which begin in a woman’s reproductive organs, are the most prevalent cancers among women. They consist of ovarian, uterine, cervix, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. Due to the lack of cancer awareness and screening facilities, most gynaecological cancers are reported late, thereby having adverse outcomes. Although all of these cancers are treatable if detected at an early stage, they are also among the main causes of cancer-related deaths in women globally. As a result, it is important to understand the signs and triggers of these cancers.
Our health determines our productivity at work. Therefore, let's get to know ourselves and our bodies better so that we stay physically, mentally and socially healthy and can still carry out our roles as women who works healthy and safely.
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