Reg'l summit vs gender-based violence opens campaign to end VAW

December 2, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- As part of the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW (Violence Against Women), the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) held the Regional Summit Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), November 25, here.

Recording 707 total VAW cases in the region with 575 Republic Act 9262 (Act Defining Violence Against Women and Their Children) violations and 68 rape cases based on the data on VAW generated from Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System as of November 5, 2018, CHR Regional Director Lawyer Jeanne Ivy Abrina said they now focus on halting rape and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls.

The GBV Summit also focuses on the vices and experiences of women in the marginalized sector as well as it aims to collectively reflect on the gains and the continuing gaps in addressing GBV together with the members of the different inter-agency mechanisms against GBV.

During the summit, the term ‘gender-based violence’ highlighted the gender dimension of the relationship between females’ subordinate status in society and their increased vulnerability to violence. 
"It is also important to note that men and boys may also be victims of gender-based violence," Lawyer Filipinas Palma of CHR said.

To respond to the increasing number of VAW cases in the region, CHR recommends the hiring of psychologists, strengthening of educational drives, the establishment of mental health facilities, implementation of DSWD GBV programs, standardization of professional assistance, among others. (Renee Mae Guhiting/PIA10)




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