Issue of February 4, 2018
Mt. Province

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VAWC advocacies need boost to empower women in society
by PIA&ndahs;CAR

Violence against women (VAW) is a threat to human security so women should know their rights and be empowered.

Department of Justice Asec. Cheryl D. Yangot said VAW is considered as one of the country’s pervasive social problems and that it persists despite the presence of related laws, policies, and programs.

“We should empower our women to be active in society and be partners of development and nation building, and more importantly, women should know their rights,” Yangot said during the Regional Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, Child Pornography, and Violence Against Women and their Children program review and strategic planning.

Data of the Cordillera for 2015-2016 listed a total of 357 VAW cases of which 244 involved physical abuse, 17 sexual abuses, and 19 psychological and economic abuses.

C/Insp. Divina Mencio, chief of Women and Child Protection Division of Police Regional Office Cordillera, said VAW encompasses verbal abuse, intimidation, physical harassment, homicide, sexual assault, and rape. These forms of violence occur precisely because of their gender.

She reported a growing awareness of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children and other related laws as indicated by increase of cases being reported to authorities.

“Our police personnel are l trained to handle sensitive cases of VAW. Our women are now educated on their civil liberties that is why we have an increase in the number of reported cases,” Mencio said.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Cordillera spearheaded the event with the Regional Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, Child Pornography, and Violence Against Women and their Children member agencies: the Philippine National Police, Department of Labor and Employment, Commission on Human Rights, Civil Service Commission, Department of Health, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, DOJ, Commission on Population, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Bureau of Immigration and Deportation, Philippine Information Agency, and Igorota Foundation.

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