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 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.
While some of these VAW cases are documented, a lot remain unreported, an offshoot of the so called culture of silence.
It is because physical violence is widespread in the region and oftentimes caused the untimely death of its victims.
The 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW) started last November 25, calling for the elimination of all forms of violence and abuses through heightened awareness on gender-based violence.
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.
This year’s theme is relevant to ARMM because the region has gone through series of natural and man-made calamities.
Because most recent of which are the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and government troops confrontations and the infamous Maguindanao Massacre in 2009.
Women empowerment had been reinforced in ARMM 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 with9,974 cases infringement on RA 9262 or the Anti-VAWC Law.
And VAW hotline will be a big help.
The VAW hotline numbers are 09094848613 for Talk & Text, 09353062517 for Touch Mobile subscribers and 421-9492 for land line.