DAVAO CITY — City Mayor Sara Duterte called on the public to ensure a safe world for women and girls as the country observe the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children and the start of the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW today, Nov. 25.
“We have a moral obligation to ensure that the world is a safe world for women and girls,” Duterte said in a statement on Wednesday, Nov. 24.
“Not only the government, not only the media, not only the civil-society organizations — but all of us,” she added.
Duterte said the city’s Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD), a special division under the City Mayor’s Office, have recorded a total of 1,193 cases of violence against women and their children (VAWC) for year 2020 alone.
She said 85% of the cases in 2020 were economic abuse.
“From 2014 to 2020, IGDD recorded a total of 12,174 VAWC cases. For last year alone, it recorded 1,193 cases — of which 85 percent were economic abuse,” Duterte said in her message in time for the observance of the18-Day Campaign to End VAW.
Duterte said lawyers must be available “to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice — sending a strong message to those who think it’s okay to violate the rights of women and girls.”
She added that assistance to help develop women’s skills and provide them with employment opportunities should be made available to women.
“Ending violence against women and girls is not only possible. It is doable,” Duterte said.
Under Proclamation 1172, Series of 2006, November 25 to December 12 of every year was declared as the “18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW)” while under Republic Act No. 10398, November 25 of every year was declared as the “National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children.”