Caraga GADCC kicks off 18-day campaign to end violence vs women
by Robert E. Roperos
Butuan City (November 25) -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Caraga, through the Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) spearheads the opening of the 18-day campaign to end violence against women in a "Walk for a Cause" signifying the official opening of the activity.
As early as 5:00 this morning (November 25), stakeholders from the private and public sectors gathered around the provincial capitol grounds of Agusan del Norte. 30 minutes after, the "Walk for a Cause" started passing along the city's only mall and heading towards the Butuan City Hall.
When the group arrived at the city hall, the opening ceremony was held with some of the women personalities of the city and the region giving their messages and insights of the activity.
Meanwhile, a press conference was held this afternoon at the Conference Room of Butuan City Hall with selected members of the GADCC attended as panelists. Among them are Atty. Marilyn Pintor, GADCC Chairperson and Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga Regional Director; NEDA-Caraga Regional Director Carmencita Cochingco who is also the acting RDC Chairperson; Aldeberan Mordeno, chief of the City Social Welfare and Development Office; PSupt. Cristita dela Cruz, GAD focal person of PNP-Caraga; Atty. Edgar Balansag of the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) and Atty. Ruth Sanchez of the Office of the Regional State Prosecutor.
The 18-day campaign is a commemorative event marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (VAW) today (November 25), the International Human Rights Day on December 10, and the Signing of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime including the Protocol to prevent, suppress, and punish trafficking in persons especially women and children on December 12, 2008 - which is also the culmination of the campaign.
GADCC is an affiliate committee of RDC whose main task is to take the lead in all gender and development-related efforts. The committee is also expected to perform policy and decision-making functions for gender and development mainstreaming and is envisioned to assist the RDC in its coordinating, monitoring and evaluating functions. It also coordinates the integration of gender concerns and issues in short and long-term plans, local and regional development plans, investment programs, physical framework plans and special development plans.
This year's activity is anchored on the theme "CEDAW ng Bayan: ReMOVE VAW!" CEDAW stands for Convention on the Elimination all forms of Discrimination Against Women.
MOVE on the other hand means Men Opposed to Violence Everywhere. This increases men's comfort with seeing themselves as responsible, caring, and non-violent partners. (PIA-Caraga) [top]