Abrenian women seek public support to end violence vs women
by Maritess Benas
Bangued, Abra (12 November) -- The 18-Day End Violence Against Women Campaign in in the province led by the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) urges everyone to really put an end to all forms of violence against women.
A kick-off activity will be carried out in Tayum municipality on November 25, during the town fiesta celebration to lend support to the women organizations there.
A province-wide celebration will be launched by the KALIPI-Abra in collaboration with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office in the capital town of Bangued on November 26.
Carrying with them their streamers with the theme: "Magna Carta ni PiNay: Gawing Tunay - Karahasan sa Kababaihan, Wakasan!", the various municipal federation chapters will have a motorcade around the main thoroughfares in the Bangued Town Proper to call the attention of the general public on this very serious issue and concern of women.
The motorcade will be followed immediately with a symposium on women's rights and welfare to be spearheaded jointly by the KALIPI-Abra and the PSWDO.
Women legislators in the province, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members Kathleen Maria Balbin and Ma. Elena Jenkins and Bangued Sangguniang Bayan Member Salvacion Borja, will serve as the honored guests during the symposium.
Partners from the Philippine National Police, Women's Desk led by PI Jowee Alcaria will likewise be participating in the said provincial event.
Pinning of white ribbons will also be undertaken during the 18-days campaign period to stimulate public awareness on the campaign to promote women welfare and protection against any and all forms of violence against women. This also be an opportunity for the KALIPI -Abra to raise funds for its continuing advocacy to promote women's rights and welfare.
The organization feels that it is high time that the campaign be really popularized because women have always been victims of violence. Just last November 1, Emma Alamar Burbano, 32, from Sito Lidliddaac, Macray, Bangued died due to the beating of his drunken husband.
The suspect, Manuel Bites Burbano, voluntarily surrendered to police authorities, and willing to pay the price of his violent acts against his helpless wife but the crime should not be taken for granted just like that. (PIA-Abra) [top]