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NCRFW to lead 'End Violence Against Women' campaign

Roxas City (13 November) -- The National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW) will spearhead this year's observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) that will run from November 25 to December 12, 2008.

The campaign which will focus on engaging men in the fight to end gender violence and discrimination will be in partnership with Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee (VAWCC) and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT).

The international theme for the 2008 End Violence Against Women is "Human Rights for Women, Human Rights for All" while the locally adopted theme in the country is is "CEDAW Ng Bayan: ReMOVE VAW!" which aims to encourage, empower, inspire and support men in valuing women as equals.

"The NCRFW recognizes that men's role is crucial in changing unequal power relations in the society. By involving men in efforts to eliminate gender discrimination and violence, they can be part of the solution to end this cycle of VAW," says NCRFW Chair Myrna T. Yao in an online news.

The news added that the Philippines' campaign in accordance with the international theme focuses on VAW-responsiveness of government towards fulfilling women's human rights and the men's role in ending VAW. The Campaign aims to bring to the fore the critical roles of governments, at the macro level, and of men, as individuals and groups, at the micro level, in curbing and responding sensitively to violence against women.

"The Campaign will recognize concrete efforts specifically of local government units and members of the judiciary in promoting anti-VAW. Hence, the 2009 Search for Outstanding VAW-Responsive Local Government Unit (LGU) and the Search for 10 Outstanding Judges on VAW will be launched during the 18-Day Campaign," the release stressed.

To highlight the role of men in the fight against VAW, the Campaign will also hold the first National Congress of the Men Opposed to Violence Against Women Everywhere (MOVE) on December 5, 2008. MOVE is an organization of principled men from various sectors of society whose primary aim is to actively contribute to the advocacy to eliminate VAW everywhere. For the past two years, MOVE has participated in a number of advocacy activities, both local and international, initiated capacity building undertakings, established its organizational structure and internal mechanisms and formulated its plan of action. (NCRFW/PIA) [top]

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