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Advocacy on women, kids' rights reaches brys.

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (5 March) -- A series of advocacy campaigns have been conducted by members of the Provincial Technical Working Group (PTWG) to raise public awareness on the rights of women and children.

Under the Sixth Country Programme for Children (CPC 6) of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), technical men from the Province of Capiz have been conducting orientation seminar on the various laws and issuances protecting women and children.

Some 25 barangays from 8 towns of Capiz, through their respective Barangay Council for the Protection of Children and Women, were briefed on Republic Act 9262, otherwise known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children's Act, RA 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act and other laws like RA 7610 and RA 9344.

The activity has been part of the preparations in the observance of the Women's Month this March.

This year's kick off activity of the Women's Month was graced by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the New Calamba City Hall in Laguna.

This year's local theme, "CEDAW ng Bayan: Yaman ng Kababaihan" will focus on the need to generate resources to finance initiatives on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The 2008 Women's Month Celebration will serve as a channel for the nationwide campaign to promote the use of gender and development (GAD) budget to finance gender equality and women's empowerment programs at the national and local levels, specifically in addressing the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee's Concluding Comments.

The occasion will likewise serve as a venue for reviewing gender mainstreaming efforts relating to gender budgeting and exploring possible partnerships and collaboration with non-government organizations, development institutions and private sector for resource generation initiatives.

The celebration of Women's Month is promulgated under Proclamation No. 224, otherwise known as the law declaring "the First Week of March of Every Year as Women's Week and March 8 Every Year Thereafter as Women's Rights and International Peace Day" signed by former President Corazon C. Aquino on March 1, 1988. (PIA) [top]

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