Catbalogan engages men on anti-VAWC project

Catbalogan City’s Gender Focal Point System (GFPS) celebrates Father’s Day through a series of public fora on male involvement for gender equality and women’s rights and organizing of Men Opposed VAW Everywhere or MOVE.

MOVE is an organization of men who committed themselves to be actively involved in the elimination of VAW and specifically seeks to speak out against VAW and formulate male involvement and actions against VAWC.

The project will roll out in barangays, academe, government agencies within the month of June (considered as father’s month) and expected to popularize this advocacy down to the communities.

These are being led by the City Social Welfare and Development Office in coordination with the City Gender and Development Council now replaced by GFPS as fully supported by Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan. “Because gender and development is not just about women and our rights, our partners and counterparts — the men — are crucial in the success of this intervention” Mayor Step shares.

Mayor Step considers GAD as one of her flagship programs being an advocate herself and believer of women empowerment as an inclusive and transformative initiative that will address the current social problems that societies face.

(Article and Photos by Ms. Myra Tambor)

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