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PIA Press Release
2007/04/04

Women voters to hold dialogue with local candidates

By Rachelle Nessia

Dumaguete City (4 April) -- Women voters in Oriental Negros are now taking steps to make their voices heard in the elections as women representatives of different organizations in the province will hold a dialogue with political candidates here on April 12, Thursday, 2:00 pm. at Bethel Guesthouse, this city.

The dialogue will serve as a venue for women voters to discuss with the local candidates the various issues facing women in the province, said Cecilia Hoffman, executive director of the Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation.

Earlier, more than 100 women representing various organizations in Oriental Negros converged on February 16 during which women's priority concerns, situation and their need for gender-responsive governance were identified.

The women participants in the said forum represented a range of sectors and groups from urban poor, peasants, students, women with disabilities, barangay health workers, academics and women from local government units and church organizations.

Hoffman said a shortlist of issues faced by women here were drawn up during the forum which the women will tackle in the dialogue with political candidates seeking public offices.

The dialogue will center on the six identified areas of concern for women, namely: women's economic situation, violence against women, reproductive and women's health and family planning services, councils for women, sexual exploitation especially of young girls, and environment and infrastructure. (PIA/RMN) [top]

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