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“NRCP breaks the silence. We speak. We act. We fight to end Violence Against Women.”

One day we will not celebrate nor hold such event, because one day, violence against women will be put to an end.

Led by National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) Executive Director and member of the National GAD Resource Pool of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, NRCP joins in the move to eliminate Violence Against Women and Children(VAWC), held on December 2, 2019 at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Compound, Bicutan, Taguig City. She further mentioned about raising awareness on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), that may include all genders.

This is part of the DOST’s support to the 18-day Campaign to end Violence Against Women and Children(VAWC).

All DOST agencies, institutes, and councils in Bicutan took turns in presenting their anti-VAWC sentiments and advocacy through songs, dances, poetries, among others.

The DOST strongly supports the Philippine government’s goal of protecting the rights of women and children by upholding its commitment to address all forms of gender-based violence as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.

The government agencies committed steps to undertake in order to help end VAW. These are to: equip ourselves with apt trainings and capacity development sessions to improve service delivery for various clients; develop monitoring and evaluation strategy to assess the service delivery to client ; and let people know that we provide the services! We need to inform the public that there are government offices, such as the DOST, that they can turn to and trust that will assist them towards healing and seeking justice.

The PCW, in coordination with Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and Children (IACVAWC), is tasked to lead, monitor, and evaluate the annual nationwide observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW. Adopting the theme “VAW-free community starts with Me” for year 2016 to 2021, the campaign emphasizes everyone’s commitment and contributions on ending VAW, and presents an ideal picture of a VAW-free community, thus, inspiring the general public to make a personal commitment to end violence against women and children.

More photos here: 2019 DOST Campaign Against VAW

Photos: Val Zabala