NAGA CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) – As part of the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW (Violence Against Women) which is being observed from Nov. 25 to Dec. 12, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Regional Office V conducted the Regional Summit Against Gender Based Violence (GBV), Nov. 25 at the Avenue Plaza Hotel, here.
Gathering around 40 representatives from different government agencies, civil society and women’s organizations and the academe, the summit served as a venue to discuss results of the GBV mapping, serious and/or emerging issues or researches in the region, and proposals for action.
“One of the objectives of this activity is to establish a Human Rights Observatory in order to collate the data concerning GBV and in order to find remedies to the issues bought out by the different agencies and organizations and for us to know if the data gathered are sufficient and reflective of the true data,” Atty. Arlene O. Alangco, CHR ROV Regional Director said.
The Gender Based Violence (GBV) Observatory is envisioned as a resource hub for GBV, a repository for GBV data, as well as GBV researches particularly looking at how laws on GBV are implemented.
The GBV Observatory Project aims to review roles of state actors in GBV cases, map existing referral mechanisms, describe the current documentation and data management on GBV, map out thematic areas of current GBV discourse, and identify issues, challenges, and gaps.
In her keynote address, Naga City Vice Mayor Cecilia “Nene” de Asis highlighted the programs of the city in its quest for equality between men and women and eliminate, if not totlly eradicate all forms of discrimination, as she shared Naga City’s Bantay Familia program.
“Our experience here in Naga is both inspiring and challenging with each case presenting unique character and an opportunity for us, both policy makers and workers on the ground, to identify issues and possible interventions to save the next potential victims of gender based violence,” De Asis noted.
At the said Summit, CHR presented to the participants the Focus Group Discussion that they conducted on Oct. 1, 2019 in Legazpi City and on Oct. 4 in Naga City. They also presented the good practices, researches and studies on GBV, as well as the emerging issues and proposal for action.
With the holding of the said summit, Alangco is hopeful that persistent issues on GBV will be eradicated or if not, at least little by little lessened by way of educating the people not only of their rights, but also of the different remedies available. (JRM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)
Published at Thu, 28 Nov 2019 08:38:20 +0000