By upao - Posted on 05 December 2013

BSU led by its Gender and Development Unit joined the rest of the country on the 18-day campaign to end violence against women.

The 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) aims to emphasize increased commitment and accountability of duty-bearers.

The nationwide campaign, which is being observed from November 25 to December 12, is themed “End VAW Now! It’s Our Duty!” It highlights the importance of having functional protection mechanisms like having VAW desks in every barangay and local inter-agency committees on anti-trafficking and violence against women and girls. These desks shall be operated by competent, capable, and committed local officials, police, social workers, health workers, and prosecutors among others.

Rape, incest, and violence against intimate partners including wife beating, sexual harassment, human trafficking, and prostitution cannot be tolerated. Even in disaster operations, women and girls must be protected from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Women- and child-friendly spaces must be established in evacuation camps and relocation sites during crisis situations such as those in Zamboanga, Bohol, and Yolanda-stricken LGUs.

With a sense of responsibility and accountability, service providers have an obligation to be sensitive to the different needs of women and girls, men and boys.

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) is the lead agency that annually spearheads the said observance in the country.//