Some members of DSWD staff do the "hataw" as they join the culminating activities of the women's month celebration.
Some members of DSWD staff do the “hataw” as they join the culminating activities of the women’s month celebration.

BUTUAN CITY – Several activities conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga highlighted the celebration of women’s month. This year’s celebration of Women’s Month carries the theme, “Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan”.

DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli said the field office also initiated activities for the month-long celebration.  She said as early as February 14, 2013, DSWD Caraga started its campaign against violence on women and children by staging a 15-minute break from work for the workers to dance simultaneously the Break the Chain dance of the One Billion Rising advocacy . Other activities of DSWD included engendering GAD through harmonized sectoral meeting; gender sensitivity training to 60 staff; integration of Men Opposed to Violence Everywhere (MOVE) topic in DSWD regional general assembly.

Some activities participated in by DSDW staff and other partners were the walk for cause/hataw as kick-off activity initiated by Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) Caraga; The kick-off activity of the Women’s Month was participated in by partner agencies; KALANDRAKAS, a showcase of various products and services catered to everybody, particularly, women; candidates forum where mayoralty and vice mayoralty candidates were asked on their platforms for women; and culmination program.

The 2013 Women’s Month/Day Celebration is pursuant to: Proclamation No. 224 s. 1988 declaring the first week of March each year as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day; Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 providing for the observance of the Month of March as Women’s Role in History Month; and Republic Act (RA) 6949 s. 1990 declaring March 8 of every year as National Women’s Day.

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