18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women to be launched Sunday

November 25, 2012 5:16 am 

MANILA, Nov. 24 — The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) is set to launch on Sunday the 18-day "Campaign to End Violence Against Women" as part of the Aquino government's efforts to protect and uphold the rights of women in times of armed conflict and disasters.

The PCW, which is under the Office of the President, will spearhead the campaign from Nov. 25 to Dec. 12, 2012. The event, which has for its theme "Violence Against Women — Free Society in Times of Peace, Conflict and Calamity," will kick off on Sunday at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.

The PCW is the primary policy-making and coordinating body on women and gender equality concerns.

Philippine Commission on Women chairperson Remedios Rikken will lead the kick-off activity on Sunday while Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim will give a message to the people.

The campaign is in line with the directives of President Benigno S. Aquino III for the PCW to spearhead the implementation of the Magna Carta of Women, otherwise known as Republic Act No. 9710, and the promotion of gender equality.

Section 30 of the Magna Carta of Women classifies women victim-survivors of VAW during disasters and armed conflict situation as Women in Especially Difficult Circumstances (WEDC).

The 18-day campaign aims to raise awareness of the national government agencies, local government units, and the general public about gender-based violence in crisis situations. Gender-based violence refers to any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person's will on the basis of gender differences.

The drive also includes increasing support mechanisms to make it more accessible to Violence Against Women victim-survivors during disaster and crisis situation.

It also aims to forge partnership among stakeholders in addressing gender-based violence in crisis situation.

The event includes multi-media activities, launching of Barangay Violence Against Women Desk Handbook, information sessions for Internally Displaced Persons or evacuees, and forum by different organizations working in the conflict/disaster areas. (PNA)

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