Recognizing the vital role played by men in ending violence against women, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) conducted a webinar on “Men Opposed to Violence Against Women (VAW) Everywhere (MOVE)” on March 2, 2021 via Zoom online platform. With CFO as the head of the Advocacy and Communications Committee (ADVOCOM) of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and as part of the series of activities for the 2021 Women Month’s Celebration, the webinar was jointly organized with the Cavite State University (CvSU) and was participated by over 60 male personnel of the CFO. The webinar also aims to institutionalize and support the national quest for a VAW-free Philippines by integrating the Gender and Development framework and programs in national agencies, local government units and other government instrumentalities.
In her opening remarks, Undersecretary Astravel Naik emphasized the responsibility of men to recognize and respect women by protecting them and avoiding violence. She said the importance of listening in improving relationships, as well as in fostering mutual respect between men and women.
The main resource speaker was Mr. King David Agreda, President of MOVE-KATROPA (KAlalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa PAmilya) of the CvSU, who discussed the crucial role of men in ending gender-based violence and criminalities. He provided an overview of the current situation of widespread violence against women globally where the common perpetrators are actually men. Said acts of violence include any form of inflicted physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women. He emphasized that the achievement of equality, and the eventual eradication of gender-based violence is a societal responsibility that must fully engage both men and women.
He also shared ways where men can become advocates for and champions of equal rights by starting with one’s self in changing behavior and perspectives on gender through introspection and communication with others; gaining awareness and understanding of movements and organizations focused on women’s rights; avoiding the spread of content promoting sexism and violence; and by being proactive and maintaining constant support to the movement.
In terms of stopping domestic violence, he highlighted what men can concretely do by being aware of one’s actions and reaching to others to show support; being role models to fellow men and especially to children; speaking out against violence and confronting gender prejudices; and by participating in community events or taking leadership roles in organizing awareness groups against violence.
The webinar was formally closed by Mr. Rodrigo Garcia, Jr. of the CFO’s Gender and Development Focal Point System (CFO-GFPS) technical working group, who commended and congratulated everyone for their active participation.
The Women’s Month Celebration is held every March to give tribute and due recognition to the critical role and significant contributions of women in Philippine society. This year’s campaign is “Juana Laban sa Pandemya: Kaya!” CFO has been recognized as a GADTimpala awardee by the Philippine Commission on Women in 2019.
Orientation on Men Opposed to VAW Everywhere (MOVE)
02 March 2012