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GDP conducts “Walk to End VAW” and a forum on RA 9262

The UP Visayas Gender and Development Program organized a “Walk to End Violence Against Women (VAW)” on December 9, 2016 from its main campus in Miagao to the town proper and back. A public forum on RA 9262 or the “Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act” followed at the Interactive Learning Program audio-visual room.

“How can you protect yourself if you do not know your rights?” says retired PSUPT. Ma. Cecilia Detablan, guest speaker of the forum at the beginning of her talk. She expounded on the salient points of RA 9262.

Detablan, who is also the founder and President of Anti-Trafficking in Persons Advocates Network, said that protected by the law under this RA are women and children of abused women that are: legitimate, illegitimate, children under her care/custody, and children within or without the family abode. Those who are liable are husbands, ex/former husbands, boyfriends/ex-boyfriends, lesbian partners/ex-lesbian partners, any person with whom the woman has/had a dating relationship or sexual relationship.

The retired policewoman defined violence against women and their children as, “Any act or series of acts by any person against a woman covered by this Act which may result in or likely result in physical, sexual violence, psychological and economic violence.

Less obvious than physical and sexual violence, Detablan, explained that psychological violence are acts or omissions causing or likely to cause mental or emotional suffering which include stalking, ridicule, intimidation, harassment (especially done in public) repeated verbal abuse, depriving the woman access to her family and marital infidelity. On the other hand, economic violence are acts that make or attempt to make a woman financially dependent which includes: withdrawal of or insufficient financial support. Preventing her from engaging in legitimate profession, business or activity, deprivation or threat of deprivation of financial resources, destroying household property and controlling the victim’s own money or properties.

One important provision of RA 9262 is that philandering husbands can now be charged criminally even for just one incident of marital infidelity under the psychological violence provision.

Detablan spoke before an audience made up of high school students from Miagao National High School, mothers of families in the 4Ps program of the government, the army personnel of the 82nd Infantry Battalion based in Miagao  as well members of the UPV community. They also participated in the “Walk to End VAW.” Ms. Esterlina Gamez, Gender and Development Advocate, welcomed the guests on behalf of Dr. Barby Badayos-Jover, Director of the UPV Gender and Development Program.

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