The Department of Social Welfare and Development leads the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women with a series of advocacy activities. DSWD, being one of the members of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking – Violence Against Women and Children (RIACAT-VAWC) Caraga, actively spearheaded and supported different activities for the said campaign, starting off with the Buntis Congress on November 22 at Cabadbaran City, Kick-Off Parade on November 25 at Guingona Park, Butuan City, and the Caraga Summit to End VAW on November 26, 2019 at Tavern Hotel, Surigao City.
The Buntis Congress was participated by invited 100 Pantawid and Non-Pantawid pregnant women of the region. The event served as venue to educate couples about Family Planning, Birth Control, issues on violence against women. The participants were also given an overview about the OSEC (Online Sexual Exploitation on Children) and how it will affect the people in the community especially the children who are the main target of traffickers.
The Kick-Off parade, on the other hand, was attended by various government agencies, who marched wearing their orange shirts that symbolizes courage. Participants then enjoyed swaying to lively, upbeat music with a Zumba activity.
Atty. Ingrid Trixia Rullon-Nastor, Regional Director of the Public Attorneys’ Office – Caraga gave an empowering lecture on women’s rights and and women empowerment.
DSWD Field Office Caraga also attended the Caraga Summit to End VAW led by the Recovery and Reintegration of Trafficked Persons (RRTP) section, headed by the Protective Services Division OIC Chief Jessie Catherine Aranas. With the theme “Pagtinabangay”, different partners and stakeholders discussed Caraga’s situation regarding Vulnerabilities and Challenges to Online Sexual Exploitation of Children and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.
More activities are expected as the campaign runs until December 12, 2019. DSWD is encouraging the public to support the said campaign to ensure that the rights and welfare of women are ensured.