Magna Carta ni PiNay, gawing tunay! Karahasan sa Kababaihan, Wakasan

Manila, November 23, 2010 – The Magna Carta of Women (MCW) is brought closer to the Filipinos as this year’s 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) underscores the law’s provision on Protection from Violence (Section 12).

Themed “Magna Carta ni PiNay: Gawing Tunay! Karahasan sa Kababaihan, Wakasan!” the campaign puts forth efforts in localizing the MCW. This includes giving protection and security for women during conflict and emergency situations, and the creation of a VAW Desk in every barangay. PCW Executive Director Emmeline Verzosa said this year’s theme is in line with President Benigno Aquino’s instruction to popularize and localize the MCW.

The 18-Day Campaign to End VAW runs from November 25 – December 12, 2010. And this year’s line up of activities is geared towards making more women aware of their rights and engaging more men to never commit and condone VAW.

On November 25, a session on self-defense entitled “Be Fit to Fight VAW” is set to happen along Mendiola Street, Manila where female students from various schools and universities will participate in.

Several fora will also be conducted by various offices. These are:

  • November 26
    Forum on the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 — United Nations Information Center (UNIC)
    Target Participants: Philippine National Police (PNP)
  • November 30
    Orientation on the Sexual Harassment Law and the Creation of the Committee on Decorum and Investigation for HR Practitioners – Civil Service Commission (CSC)
    Target Participants: human resource officers/practitioners of
  • December 1
    Forum on Transformative Justice and Launching of “Intertwining Culture of Patriarchy, Corruption and Impunity: Journey in Advocacy for the Transformation of the Justice System” and “JAJA: Justice for Albert, Justice for All” by Adoracion P. Cruz-Avisado — Transformative Justice Institute, Women’s Crisis Center (WCC), PCW, and Ateneo Human Rights Center
    Target Participants: Non-government organizations (NGOs), local government units (LGUs), national government agencies (NGAs), media representatives
  • December 7
    Forum on the Women’s Priority Legislative Agenda (WPLA) — House on Women and Gender Equality, House Committee on Justice, and PCW
    Target Participants: Legislators and Congressional staff
  • December 8
  • December 9
    Forum on Localizing the Magna Carta of Women — PCW
    Target Participants: LGU representatives, NGAs, NGOs, academe, media

Verzosa enjoins all women and men will take part in the campaign to end VAW. “We are hopeful that the MCW will be understood by more people and that they will commit in upholding the rights of women,” Verzosa said. She called on all to make women’s rights real by imbibing the slogan “Magna Carta ni PiNay, Gawing Tunay! Karahasan sa Kababaihan, Wakasan!”

The PCW, in partnership with the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and Their Children (IACVAWC) and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), spearheads the 2010 18-Day Campaign to End VAW.