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DOLE-NCR supports women and children empowerment

According to a study, one in every four women aged 15-49 has experienced physical, emotional, or sexual violence wherein those who belongs to the age range of 15-19 has the highest frequency of violence. What is more alarming is that only 30% of women who experienced violence sought assistance from designated agencies or authorities. Given this information, it is considered as one of the country’s pervasive social problems and persists even on the presence of institutional mechanisms such as laws, policies, and programs.

To address this growing concern, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking – Anti-Child Pornography - Violence Against Women and their Children (IACAT-ACP-VAWC) held a meeting on September 6, 2018 at the La Corona Hotel, Ermita, Manila. The meeting gathered all the duty-bearers such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Foreign Affairs, National Bureau of Investigation, PNP-NCRPO, Presidential Commission on Women, local government units of NCR and the NGOs that caters to women and children concerns including trafficking.

During the meeting, Eufrosina O. Dumlao, Team Leader of IACVAWC and Secretariat of Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), reported on VAW incidence of the region. Dumlao said that women do not only suffer physical and sexual abuse but psychological and economic violence as well. Gender-based violence were also presented which includes rape, acts of lasciviousness, photo and video voyeurism, and sexual harassment.   

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Also discussed during the meeting are child pornography, interventions to victim-survivors, and measures to address the concerns of VAWC. The attendees are all in agreement that the initial and best way to check the issue is to raise public awareness through advocacy. “We have to start building public consciousness by educating them about the concern of VAWC and the interventions we provide,” said Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes, Senior LEO of DOLE-NCR TSSD-EPWW. “Through advocacy, we will be able to change the mindset of the people and have a point of view towards VAWC,” he added. 

The DOLE contributed to this initiative through the conduct of labor inspection wherein provision of VAWC leave is being checked and, at the same time, advocated to private establishments. Aside from this, the DOLE is also mandated to make available to the victim-survivors, the employment and livelihood assistance to facilitate their recovery and reintegration to their communities. END / Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes

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