CEBU CITY, Nov. 25 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-7) is celebrating the 18-day campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) in support of the annual advocacy campaign of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).
With the theme "VAW-free community starts with me," this campaign calls on the public to join the celebration and commit themselves to help end violence against women and children.
This year's advocacy aims to capacitate the VAW desk officers and other barangay officials in handling Gender-Based Violence cases better, and to inform the victims of their rights and where to go for help.
Their role as first responders to victims or survivors of VAW cases is crucial.
According to the National Demographic Health Survey 2017 released by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), 1 in 4 Filipino women aged 15-49 has experienced physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from their partner, a prevalent social illness against women that needs to end.
DSWD-7 staff members are encouraged to wear or to decorate their offices using the color orange for the duration of the celebration, use the 18-day campaign Facebook Profile frame and to use the official hashtag: #VAWFreePH on their posts, and other activities to support the cause while adhering to the safety and health protocols amid the pandemic.
The color orange was chosen as the official color for the campaign as it symbolizes a better future for women and girls.
Pursuant to Proclamation 1172, series of 2006, the campaign is conducted from Nov. 25 to Dec. 12. (hfg/PIA7 with report form DSWD-7)