- Written by PO III Henedina N. Gregorius
- Category: News and Updates
- Published: 16 December 2016
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The 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) is observed annually from November 25 to December 12. The objective of this annual event with its year’s theme “VAW-Free Community Starts with Me” is to raise awareness among all stakeholders that VAW is a public issue of national concern. It supports the Philippine Government’s goal to protect the human rights of women and its commitment to address all forms of VAW, consistent with the Magna Carta of Women.
RA 9262 or Elimination of Violence Against Women and Their Children is a law to ensure protection of women all women and their children shall be protected from all forms of violence. Several advocacy programs regarding elimination of violence against women were conducted in the past years to all Regional Office personnel, especially in the women workforce.
This year, the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women, included in its program of activities an advocacy forum that reached out to the offenders and victims of violence as well. A forum was held on November 9, 2016 at the BJMP Iloilo District Jail in Nanga, Pototan entitled RA 9262 VAWC Offenders: “Pamatian ang Kasugu-an”. It was an educational outreach and behavior shaping mechanism to primarily prevent recurrence of the same offense by the VAWC Offenders. The audience were thr inmates of the said district jail both perpetrators and victims. A two-hour lecture and open forum was delivered by C/Insp. Joem C. Malong Regional Chief, Women’s and Children’s Desk, Camp Delgado, PNP Regional Office VI.
It was a successful forum considering that not all perpetrators are aware of the VAWC law and not all victims are willing to cooperate or report an incident of violence primarily because of several issues such as the following: It is a quarrel between husband and wife; Victims cannot afford to lose a husband who provides for the living of the family; Barangay VAW Desks are too far from the place of incident; Barangay VAW Desks do not have competent processors; Barangay VAW Desks are not functional.
It is believed that the forum have helped in the information dissemination even if perpetrators are already incarcerated and victims even jailed.