PHILIPPINES: The Department of Interior and Local Government to Conduct Activities Aimed at Ending Violence Against Women

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Philipine Information Agency
South Eastern Asia
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

The Department of Interior and Local Government enjoined all local governments to conduct activities towards ending violence against women.

This is in line with the observance of the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women which started November 25 to December 12.

With the theme, “VAW-Free Society in Times of Peace, Conflict and Calamity,” this year's campaign will focus on gender-based violence during disasters and armed-conflict situations to highlight the importance of putting gender concerns into the initiatives covering armed conflict to disaster situation assistance.

The LGUs are encouraged to hang streamer in front of their respective municipal or provincial hall to herald the LGU's participation in the campaign. They are also enjoined to conduct activities centered on this year's campaign theme.

Every year, the 16 days of activism against gender violence is being observed globally from November 25 to December 10.

This international campaign originated from the Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University, New Jersey in 1991.

It calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women through increasing of awareness about gender-based violence, strengthening local work and establishing a clear link between local and international work to end VAW, among other undertakings.

The objectives of the campaign is to raise awareness about gender-based violence in crisis situations for national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs) and the general public; to increase support mechanisms and make it more accessible to VAW victim-survivors during disaster and crisis situation; and to forge partnerships among stakeholders in addressing gender-based violence in crisis situations.