Caravan, dance protest open Women’s Month

THE 2019 National Women’s Month celebration in the city and province of Iloilo started on March 1.

Two activities that include a caravan and “One Billion Rising” dance in protest against gender-based violence and discrimination were conducted to mark and heighten the awareness of the public on the celebration.

26 vehicles of member-agencies of Ugsad Regional Gender Resource Center in Western Visayas took part in the caravan which took off from Jaro Plaza and culminated at the Sunburst Park where the OBR dance was held.

One Billion Rising dance and a caravan organized by Ugsad Regional Gender Resource Center in Western Visayas kick-offed the 2019 National Women’s Month celebration in the city and province of Iloilo on Friday, March 1.

Lucia Francisco, Coordinator of Gabriela Panay and Guimaras thanked and lauded the participants composed of Gender and Development Focal Persons and representatives of national government agencies, non-government organizations and people’s organizations for joining the activities spearheaded by Ugsad during the short program that followed.

She urged them to unite not only to commemorate the Women’s Month but in the continuing campaign to end violence against women and children.

Francisco also reminded them that men who are advocates of the anti-abuse and violence against women and children are their partners to achieve the genuine liberation of women from any form of abuses.

In a short message, Teresita Menguillo of the Civil Service Commission 6 assured the participants that CSC is doing a lot in protecting women in the workplace.

She cited their continuing advocacy on anti-sexual harassment in the workplace and protection on how to have a decent place for women in the workplace.

As part of their celebration, Maritime Industry Authority GAD Focal Person Engr. Rufina Aquino said all their female employees will be given flowers or chocolates on Monday’s flag ceremony to honor them.

Frances Anne Salem-Non of the Philippine Ports Authority said they are happy that they have participated in the activities.

For them, the celebration reminds them that women should be protected from all types of abuses and given equal opportunities and benefits as men.

This year’s National Women’s Month Celebration still carries the theme “We Make Change Work for Women” which is being used since 2017 highlighting the empowerment of women as active contributors to and claimholders of development.

This pursuit of development is also anchored on the commitment of “Malasakit at Pagbabago” or True Compassion and Real Change. (PIA6-Iloilo)

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