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 raising 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.
Since year 2002, the Philippines joins this annual campaign that is being spearheaded by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), and later on, in coordination with IACVAWC and IACAT. In 2006, through the Presidential Proclamation 1172, the Philippine campaign was extended to 18 days, to include December 12 which is known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day. Last year’s theme “Unite: Stop VAW Now” emphasized the united action of stakeholders to stop violence against women. It was symbolized by the blowing of whistles to enjoin everyone to stop VAW, and call on women to claim and defend their rights.
The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Republic of the Philippines has made available resources and technical expertise through the International Commitment Fund to organize an ASEAN conference on gender-based violence or GBV, HIV & AIDS. This conference will highlight and focus the importance of strengthening the participation of men, youth and HIV & AIDS networks in addressing gender-based violence, halting the spread of HIV and how these actions can impact positively in stopping generational reproduction of gender inequalities in the ASEAN.
The Magna Carta of Women (MCW) Information Caravan is an awareness raising activity aimed at publicizing the MCW and drumming up support for its implementation mainly among local government units (LGUs), state universities and colleges (SUCs) and non-government service providers.
In consideration of the recent disasters and calamities experienced by the country and the impact of climate change observed and experienced globally, the theme for the 2012 National Women’s Month Celebration is “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and Accountability, Everyone’s Responsibility”.
The 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) conducted among women aged 15-49, revealed that one in five women has experienced physical violence since age 15; and one in ten experience sexual violence. Among women who have experienced physical or sexual violence, 26.9% fought back verbally, 21.2% fought back physically, and 17.5% sought help to try to stop the violence.
The GREAT Women Project Regional Partners’ Forum was held on August 16-17 at the Apo View Park Hotel in Davao and on August 31-September 1 at the Century Park Hotel in Manila. Themed Making Women’s Economic Rights Real, the Regional Partners’ Forum also sought LGUs to share applicable lessons and possible project ideas for sustainability.
Fulfilling its mandate of advancing gender equality and empowering Filipino women, the Philippine Commission on Women, in collaboration with other national government agencies and civil society organizations, enjoins everyone in the 2011 Women’s Month Celebration with the theme: “Magna Carta of Women, Philippine CEDAW: In support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).”
Details and information on 2010 18-Day Campaign to End VAW
The Department of Foreign Affairs has requested for nominations of suitable and qualified applicants to Expert Positions in the United Nations.
I. Standby Team of Mediation Experts for the period of January 2011-January 2012.
The Department of Political Affairs of the United Nations established a Mediation Support Unit to provide operational support to the UN and UN-supported efforts.
The Asia Leaders Programme, a Dual Campus Master Programme, is a shared initiative between The Nippon Foundation, the University for Peace, and Ateneo de Manila University. The objective of the programme is to train Asians to become practitioners who will work in the field for peace building. Admitted applicants will be automatically granted full scholarships provided by The Nippon Foundation. A full scholarship includes: tuition fee, the language module, academic materials, air travel and living expenses during the period of studies.