RCBW launched VAW hotline in Buluan

IN LINE with the observance of the 18-Day international campaign to end violence against women, the Autonomous Regional Government through its Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW) launched the Violence Against Women (VAW) Hotlines.

The VAW Hotline project aims at encouraging women who are suffering from any form of violence and abuses in every part of the region to report to authorities their cases through these hotlines.

According to ARMM Regional Vice Governor and Concurrent Social Welfare Secretary Hja. Bainon Karon,  while some of these VAW cases are documented, a lot remain unreported, an offshoot of the so called culture of silence.

Karon said physical violence is widespread in the region and oftentimes caused the untimely death of its victims.

With the theme “VAW-Free society in times of peace, conflict and calamity” the activity aims to raise consciousness within national government agencies, local government units, and the general public about gender-based issues in crisis situations.

Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) women sectoral representative Samira Gutoc stressed that this year’s theme is relevant to ARMM because the region has gone through series of natural and man-made calamities.

Most recent of which are the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and government troops confrontations and the infamous Maguindanao Massacre in 2009.

Gutoc, a renowned women’s rights defender, stressed that women empowerment had been reinforced with her appointment to represent the voice of the women in the RLA.

Apparently, in a recent statistical data released by the Women and Children Protection Center of the Phil. National Police, an alarming record shows reported data of 9,693 VAW cases for the entire country from January to July 2012 with 9,974 cases infringement on RA 9262 or the Anti-VAWC Law.

The VAW hotline numbers are 09094848613 for Talk & Text, 09353062517 for Touch Mobile subscribers and 421-9492 for land line.

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