The Gingoog City Water District (GCWD) actively participates in the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence against Women (VAW), observed from November 25 to December 12, 2023. This annual initiative serves to heighten awareness regarding the pervasive issue of violence and the imperative to eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls.
Under the overarching theme, “UNITEd for a VAW-free Philippines,” the 18-Day Campaign, commencing on November 25, underscores the transformative impact of collective efforts in fostering a collaborative and united front against violence. Aligned with the global agenda of the United Nations’ campaign, “UNITE by 2030 to End Violence against Women,” this initiative represents a multi-year commitment to prevent and eliminate violence directed at women and girls worldwide.
The campaign seeks to educate the public by disseminating up-to-date information on legislation safeguarding the rights of women and girls. Key laws highlighted include the Anti-Violence Against and Their Children Act of 2004 (RA 9262), the Anti-Rape Law (RA 8353 as amended by RA 11648), the Safe Spaces Act (RA 11313), the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 (7877), and the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2022 (RA 9208 as amended by RA 11862).
Recognizing the global magnitude of the challenge, the campaign issues a collective call to action, urging governments, civil society, women’s organizations, young people, the commercial sector, the media, and the entire UN system to unite against the scourge of violence. It emphasizes the importance of collaborative efforts in combating the worldwide epidemic of violence against women and girls.
For further details on the 2023 campaign, please visit the Philippine Commission on Women’s (PCW) website: https://pcw.gov.ph