De­fense chief leads DND 18-day cam­paign to end VAW

Palawan Daily News - - NATIONAL - By Lu­cia F. Broño

Sec­re­tary of Na­tional De­fense Delfin N. Loren­zana led the kick-off cer­e­mony of the 18-Day Cam­paign to End Vi­o­lence Against Women (VAW) at the De­part­ment of Na­tional De­fense on Novem­ber 26, 2018.

With the theme, “VAWFREE Com­mu­nity Starts with Me”, the Sec­re­tary called each and ev­ery one to re­flect on the in­di­vid­ual values es­pe­cially on how each one values women in their per­sonal lives.

Loren­zana said that de­spite hav­ing laws such as the R.A. 9262 or the An­tiVi­o­lence Against Women & Chil­dren Act and the Magna Carta or R.A. 9710, which aims to pro­tect the rights of women and chil­dren, vi­o­lence against women still re­mains a global is­sue and a pub­lic con­cern.

The Sec­re­tary added that women, es­pe­cially those who are vic­tims of vi­o­lence, are usu­ally put to blame when they stand up for their rights and those who speak out are of­ten sub­jected to vic­tim-sham­ing and dis­crim­i­na­tion. Be­cause of this, most women tend to adopt a “cul­ture of si­lence” in­stead of speak­ing out to seek le­gal re­dress.

“Kung sino pa ang nabik­tima, siya pa ang masama at kahiya-hiya ka­pag siya ay nagsalita o na­greklamo,” the Sec­re­tary said.

Loren­zana said that as the DND con­tin­ues to trans­form, so should the cul­ture and qual­ity of its work­force. The Sec­re­tary added that ev­ery­one should start by stop­ping jokes that ob­jec­tify, com­mod­ify, and de­mean women.

“Ka­pag nagka­mali ng biro ang mga kasama natin, o kahit mas nakakataas pa sa atin, huwag tay­ong tu­mawa,” he said. He added that by be­ing con­scious about the things we say will make other peo­ple re­al­ize their mis­take and con­se­quently re­frain from do­ing it again. He also re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of the sen­si­tiv­ity in our choice of lan­guage es­pe­cially in the work­place.

“Sim­pleng re­speto lamang para sa at­ing kapwa tao – anu­man ang kanyang kasar­ian, ang susi para mawakasan ang kara­hasan la­ban sa kababai­han o kanino man sa at­ing lipunan,” Loren­zana urged the One De­fense Team.

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