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Manila, PH – The ICT Office recently participated in the annual 18-Day campaign to end Violence Against Women (VAW) last November 25, 2015, in Aliw Theater, Pasay City. Under the theme, “End VAW Now! It’s Our Duty! : Gains and Ways Forward,” stakeholders from the private, government, non-government, and academe converged and discussed about recent developments pertaining to VAW in their respective industries, as well as steps in providing a shared vision of a VAW-free community.

Speakers from various government and non-government agencies provided some key insights during the event. PCW Executive Director Emmeline Verzosa stated that happenings such as this aim to keep track of the efforts to end the VAW and review the challenges that still need to be addressed, “The event recognizes the organizations and the duty bearers who are addressing the human trafficking the prevalence of violence against women.”

DSWD Undersecretary Parisya Taradji believes that every sector in society have the responsibility to end violence against women and children. The government agency recognizes that VAW violates women’s rights, and are taking the necessary steps to help rehabilitate victims of VAW.

“We have to ensure that experiencing violence should be assisted to help them recover,” Undersecretary Taradji said.

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Miss Nolibelyn Macabagdal from the DSWD gave an overview status of VAW and Trafficking in Persons. She pointed out that women often experience various forms of violence, and that there is a negative correlation between a woman experiencing violence and their level of education, income, as well as number of children.

CSC Chairperson Alicia Bala states that such violence spurs from gender discrimination, which is why she is advocating that both men and women should be more aware and champion the notion of gender equality, especially in today’s context.

This sentiment is echoed by all the speakers, to which PCW Executive Director Emmeline Verzosa responded by saying that ending violence is everyone’s duty.