In observance of the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (Nov. 25-December 10), the Regional GAD Technical Working Group of MGB-IX facilitated a one-day blended Continuing Capacity Building last November 27, 2020 at the Geosciences Division, MGB Regional Office-IX.
The RGAD-TWG invited Prof. Rosalyn Romo-Echem, National GAD Trainer, to serve as resource person who discussed VAW laws in relation to the 18-day Campaign, Gender-Based Violence-the Shadow Pandemic and Gender Fair Language in the pursuit to improve further the region's GAD-responsive initiatives.
To ensure that safety health protocols were strictly observed, limited number of participants were allowed at the venue while other participants joined the activity via Zoom, to include those on field work but were able to join.
Another activity relative to this 18-day campaign was the re-orientation of GAD concepts and presentation of annual accomplishment for 2020 during the year-end assessment last Dec. 4, 2020 at Astoria Regency, Zamboanga City. Advocacy materials such as face masks, mugs and statement shirts were distributed among the participants.
Pursuant to Republic Act 10398 or the Act declaring November 25 of every year as the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of VAWC, all government agencies are mandated to raise awareness on the problem of violence and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls. The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) reiterates that the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW "supports the Philippine government’s goal of protecting the human rights of women and girls by upholding its commitment to address all forms of gender-based violence as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.