One of the biggest problems being faced in our country is gender-based violence which results in physical, sexual, or mental harm. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 1 out of 3 (30%) women worldwide have been subjected to either physical and/or sexual violence, may it be from an intimate partner or not. For generations, women around the globe have experienced different types and levels of abuse, most especially violence inside their homes. It is for this reason that efforts must be made in order to break the cycle of these harmful acts.
On November 25, 2022, the Metropolitan Naga Water District (MNWD) through its Human Resource Department (HRD) and Infirmary and Breastfeeding unit, held a seminar on Violence Against Women (VAW) at the MNWD Multipurpose Hall. It aims at spreading awareness and discussing the importance of fighting off gender-based violence. The event is in support of the 18-day campaign to end VAW in the Philippines and was participated in by both men and women of MNWD, from various departments.
The seminar was conducted by PLT. Fatima Peñones Ibias-Lanuza – Police Community Relations, Women and Children’s Protection Desk who is a known advocate of justice and protection for women and children. Her talk covered the essence of RA 9262 or the “Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004” which was enacted to address violence committed against women and children in keeping with the fundamental freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution and the provisions of Human Rights.
Ending violence, in general, might seem like an elusive goal, yet it is possible. It can be achieved if we start practicing respect and compassion towards every person regardless of gender – may it be in our homes, workplaces, and corresponding communities. What we need is to learn to maintain respectful relationships, educate ourselves about the importance of human rights, and how violence negatively affects a person’s well-being. Each one is responsible, and everyone is able to help stop violence against women. (i)(YMMSavilla)
PLT. Fatima Peñones Ibias-Lanuz during her talk on R.A. 9262 or most commonly known as Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Act of 2004.
Dr. Sherry T. Peñas, Division Manager A – HRD with PLT. Ibias-Lanuz and the rest of the participants of the seminar.