04 November 2013 – Celebrating the “National Consciousness Day on Violence Against Women (VAW)” one month in advance, the Philippine Embassy in Paris, in cooperation with the Babaylan Association, organized on October 20 the first seminar to explore the various situations of violence faced by Filipina migrants in France.
The Philippines is Asia’s best performing country in closing gender disparity this year, according to the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report.
Previously in eighth position, the Philippines has climbed to fifth spot besting other Asian and non-Asian countries.
Iceland remains at the top while Finland placed at the second spot. The remaining top countries are as follows: Norway (3rd), Sweden (4th), Philippines (5th), Ireland (6th), New Zealand (7th), Denmark (8th), Switzerland (9th) and Nicaragua (10th).
Thirty-nine women entrepreneurs from Aklan, together with Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) survivors, attended the two-day business clinic held at Aklan Tourism and Training Center on October 11-12, 2013.
Mr. Raymond Abrea, founding president of the Center for Strategic Reform of the Philippines (CSR Philippines), taught the women the How-tos of business which include registering a business in four easy steps, preparing cash flow and income statements, and costing products.
Nineteen municipal local government operations officers (MLGOOs), together with seven representatives from Negros Oriental and three representatives from Northern Samar, attended the Roll-out in the Localization of the Magna Carta of Women which was held on October 15-17 at Sampaguita Gardens, New Washington, Aklan.
Recognizing the progress of the programs being implemented by the Iloilo provincial government on Gender and Development (GAD), and as partner in the implementation of PCW-AECID project, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) identified five Local Government Units (LGUs) from the province of Iloilo as pilot areas for its Gender Mainstreaming Monitoring System (GMMS).
Iloilo Province--Aklanon women microentrepreneurs with women survivors of violence from Aklan, participated in a study visit to Oton and Pavia, Iloilo, sponsored by the Regional Gender Resource Center (RGADC) of Western Visayas for the 2013 celebration of the 18- Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Children. The study visit sought to inspire women on how women’s economic empowerment was realized among Philippine Commission on Women-GREAT Women Project beneficiaries.