On November 28, 2022, the Municipal Government of Lezo participated in the nationwide 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (END VAW).
LGU Lezo officials and employees, as well as barangay officials, VAWC desk officers, partner agencies, and LCAT VAWC members, attended the campaign’s launch.
The search for the best barangay VAWC desks among the twelve participating barangays is part of the activity.
A forum was also held with PMSG Karen Daño of the Lezo Municipal Police Station, discussed the municipality’s local situationer for women and children, while DILG-MLGOO Mrs. Emmie Cawaling presented the guidelines and criteria for the search.
A commitment wall signing ceremony was also held to demonstrate the commitment of LGU and barangay officials to ending violence against women.
Every year from November 25 to December 12, the Philippines observes the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women.
Violence against women (VAW) is defined by the United Nations as “any act of gender-based violence that causes or is likely to cause physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion, or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.”
Because it is one of the Philippines’ long-term social problems, then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Proclamation 1172 in 2006 to extend it for 18 days. (By Ernan T. Baldomero)