Leaders, celebrities in a campaign to end violence against Women
by FFE PH News staff
Famous celebrities and political leaders joined a government agency in a campaign advocacy to end violence against women in the Philippines.
The campaign video put up by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) featured actors Dingdong Dantes, Ronnie Ricketts and Bobby Andrews. Some political leaders also featured are Senators Pia Cayetano and Grace Poe as well as Cabinet Secretaries Dinky Soliman and Leila de Lima.
With this year’s theme ‘End VAW now! It’s our Duty!’, the PCW’s campaign seeks to eliminate “all forms of violence against women through awareness-raising about gender-based violence, strengthening local work and establishing a clear link between local and international work to end VAW, among other undertakings.”
To raise awareness on the issue, the PCW encourages netizens to share the campaign video in their Twitter and Facebook accounts and to wear an orange t-shirt every 25th of the month.
A kick-off activity ‘Walk to End VAW’ will be held on 24 November. The walk will start at the Cultural center of the Philippines at 5am and will end at the T.F. Valencia Circle Rizal Park, Manila. Local Government Units (LGUs) are urged by the PCW to organize the same kick-off activity in their area.
Since 2002, the Philippines has been active in the 16-day campaign against violence on women that is observed worldwide from 25 November to 10 December. Through the Presidential Proclamation 1172 in 2006, the Philippine campaign was extended to 18 days, until 12 December.
The Philippines is one of the top countries in the world and the number one in the Asia-Pacific region when it comes to gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum.