The 2nd batch of PEZA’s Gender Sensitivity Training happened last May 10, 2018 at the PEZA Social Hall.
The Magna Carta of Women requires government agencies to establish the GFPS Committee to spearhead gender mainstreaming within the agency. The GFPS is expected to advocate, guide, coordinate, and monitor the development, implementation, review and updating of Gender and Development (GAD) plans and GAD-related programs, activities and projects (PAPs).
Gender Sensitivity Training (GST) is one of the gender tools aimed to raise awareness on gender equality concerns. The learnings from the activity will enable PEZA to continuously improve by providing gender responsive services. The said training is also aligned with the PEZA Learning and Development Program.
Professor Josephine G. Banaag, from the College of Social Work and Community Development of UP Diliman, served as the resource speaker for the 8-hour training. Batch 1 of the aforementioned training was held last April 17 at the PEZA Head Office Social Hall.
PEZA, together with DOE and PNOC, conducted a joint GAD activity through a Forum on Women Empowerment last March 19, 2018 in celebration of the 2018 National Women’s Month.
The guest speaker of the said activity is no other than Dra. Ma. Dominga Padilla, most commonly known as Dra. Minguita. She is one of the few who braved the waters towards change and public service. Aside from being a remarkable ophthalmologist and being the founder of the Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines in 1995, Dra. Padilla’s strong love for the country led her to being an advocate of truth, anti-corruption, and good governance in the Philippines.
PEZA conducted a film showing of a movie “BOSES” at the PEZA Social Hall last December 2, 2016. The movie which was produced by ERASTO Films has been endorsed by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) to various government agencies in connection with their advocacy on the campaign to end violence against women and children. This is also PEZA’s way of supporting the advocacy pursuant to R.A. 9262: Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 by including it as part of its implementation program on Gender and Development (GAD).
Boses is the story of a musician named Ariel who offers violin lessons to a child of the slums. Through the violin, the abused child Onyok is able to get back his voice from a mute, desensitized existence. A violin teacher and his student, a mute 7-year old abused child in a shelter, develop a friendship stemming from their love of music. Ariel discovers the immense talent of Onyok hiding behind a veneer of silence and pain caused by an unhappy and cruel father. In the developing relationship of teacher and student, both characters reveal more of themselves that otherwise may have remained unspoken. They discover each other’s strengths and failures through the violin lessons.
The 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) is observed annually from November 25 to December 12 to raise awareness among all stakeholders that VAW is a public issue of national concern. It supports the Philippine Government’s goal to protect the human rights of women and its commitment to address all forms of VAW. The following issuances provide the national legal mandates for the annual campaign:
- Proclamation 1172 s. 2006 – Declaring 25 November to 12 December as the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW)
- Republic Act 10398 (2013) – Declaring November 25 of Every Year as National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children
In 2016, the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women (IACVAWC) adopted the theme “VAW-free community starts with Me” for the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW). The Council also agreed that the said theme shall be used every year from 2016 to 2021.
The theme shifts the 18-Day Campaign To End VAW to positive advocacy as it enjoins everyone to pursue the common vision of a VAW-free community, and highlights what can be done to achieve such.