Various offices of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) joined the government in its 18-day campaign, beginning November 25 to December 12 of this year, as it commemorates and pursues to end violence against women (VAW) nationwide.
Among the DAR offices who joined the VAW campaign are Central Luzon, Zambales, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quirino, Cebu province, Central Visayas, and SOCCSKSARGEN.
“Partners in rural development” is how Central Luzon Regional Director James Arsenio O. Ponce describes the present-day Filipino women both in rural and urban areas where agrarian reform is aggressively being implemented.
“The campaign kicked off with the launching of the ground campaign theme “Let’s Make this a Safe Space”, online campaign experience-sharing, as well as the commitment-sharing of Inter-Agency Council on Violence against Women and Children (IACVAWC) members.
Ponce said the campaign specifically aims to promote awareness on the various 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.
In 2016, the IACVAWC adopted the theme “VAW-free community starts with Me” for the 18-Day Campaign to end VAW. The Council also agreed that the said theme shall be used every year from 2016 to 2021.
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, November 25 of every year was declared as the National Consciousness Day for the elimination of VAW. (PR )