10 December 2018
The Overseas Filipino Bank joins the observance of the 18-Day Campaign to end Violence Against Women (VAW) for the year 2018. Said campaign is steered by the Philippine Commission on Women – the National Machinery for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment. The Program Campaigns runs from November 25, 2018 to Wednesday, December 12, 2018.
The Philippine definition as contained in Republic Act 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004) states VAW as "any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or against a woman with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom he has a common child, or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which result in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.”
The Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women (IACVAWC) adopted the theme “VAW-free community starts with Me” for the annual 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, from year 2016 to 2021. The theme elevates the campaign to positive advocacy as it enjoins everyone to pursue the common vision of a community free from violence against women and girls, and highlights what can be done to achieve such.
The 2018 18-Day Campaign to End VAW aims to:
- Give the public a glimpse of a VAW victim-survivor's ordeal to later develop in them the virtue of compassion or malasakit;
- Promote awareness on the forms of violence women and girls experience, provide information on the laws protecting women and girls, and feature VAW-related services that people can access and avail; and
- Gather public support for the Campaign.
For a more comprehensive information on this campaign please visit https://www.pcw.gov.ph/VAWfreePH2018