The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) through its Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System joins the government as it pursues to end violence against women (VAW) nationwide.
The 18-day campaign, beginning November 25, carries the theme “VAW-free community starts with me.”
“The campaign emphasizes everyone’s commitment and contributions on ending VAW and presents an ideal picture of a VAW-free community,” says DAR Undersecretary Emily Padilla, who chairs the DAR’s GAD steering committee.
“This [campaign] seeks to gain the support of the general public to make a personal commitment to end violence against women and children,” she added.
Padilla said the campaign specifically aims to promote awareness on the forms of violence women and young girls experience, provide information on laws protecting women and girls, and feature VAW-related services that people can access and avail.
Then event will kick off with a youth forum on VAW on Nov. 25 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. It will promote the concept on non-violence and positive masculinities, and to raise awareness on VAW and other laws protecting women and girls through age-appropriate core messages.
An anti-VAW expo will also be held in Quezon City. This will feature interactive booths where participants will be oriented on VAW laws, encourage help-seeking behaviour in cases of VAW, leading to a commitment wall to end VAW dubbed as “I VAW to end VAW.”
The 18-day campaign to end VAW supports the Philippine government’s goal of protecting the human rights of women and girls by upholding its commitment to address all forms of gender-based violence as stipulated in the 1987 Constitution. By virtue of Republic Act 10398 or the ACT declaring November 25 of every year as the National Consciousness Day for the elimination of VAW.