By Dhel Nazario
An awareness campaign on gender-based violence in the Philippines is now gearing up for a nationwide campaign, making stops in the Visayas Region.
The #RespetoNaman Campaign, inspired by the global #MeToo, and #TimesUp Movement, #RespetoNaman focuses on bringing the issue of rape and sexual harassment into the mainstream in the Philippines and empowering women to rise up and speak up.
In a media event hosted by Swedish Ambassador Harald Fries at his home, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2019 Resham Saeed was announced as the newest #RespetoNaman celebrity ambassador to help spread awareness and encourage discourse outside Metro Manila.
The campaign hopes to enlighten the Filipino people regarding the issues present in society, and the action needed to change the norm. #RespetoNaman campaigns for better awareness, change in policy, better practices, and rehabilitation for victims to eliminate gender-based violence in Philippine society.
#RespetoNaman is a project of the Office of Vice President Leni Robredo, Embassy of Sweden in Manila, UN Women, SPARK!, Empower, Terre des Hommes, Girls Advocacy Alliance, and Para sa Sining.
“SPARK! wants women to know that they are not alone. Together, we will fight for our rights and for respect. Now, more than ever, is the time to shift the narrative, end victim-blaming, and call for respect for women not because of what they wear or how they act, but by virtue of their being human,” Maica Teves, Executive Director of SPARK!, said.
The #RespetoNaman Campaign’s latest stop was at Cagayan de Oro City for the month of June. The campaign will take on its first Visayas leg starting July 18 in Cebu City. The Don’t Tell Me How To Dress Exhibit will be at the Ayala Center Cebu, and a #RespetoNaman Forum will be held at the University of San Carlos.