DRAW THE LINE: Stop Violence Against Women NOW
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This is a petition from the Grade 11 STEM-A students of José Rizal University to all public and private schools, universities, and other institutions to establish local organizations that will provide support to the rights and privileges of women.
The said organizations shall provide protection and monitor all forms of Violence Against Women (VAW) and take necessary actions to either control or eradicate such cases.
The conduct of various seminars and forums shall also be made possible to spread awareness among all women regarding:
- The rights and privileges of women
- The laws inclined with VAW (Violence Against Women)
- The agencies that provides services for the welfare of women
- and the hotlines and contact numbers that could be used.
IN THE PHILIPPINES, ONE WOMAN OR CHILD IS RAPED EVERY HOUR. This is based on police records, as cited by the Center for Women's Resources (CWR), which showed that from January to October last year (2016), there were 7,037 reported rape cases nationwide.
A survey conducted by UNICEF and the Philippine government (year 2016) has found a high prevalence of violence against Filipino children, with eight out of 10 suffering some form of physical or psychological abuse.
UNICEF and the Philippine Council for the Welfare of Children said that their first nationwide survey of children and youth aged 13-24 also found one in five respondents had been sexually violated.
More than 60 percent of the cases of physical violence happened at home, with slightly more victims among boys (81.5 percent) than girls (78.4 percent), the survey found.
The 13 types of violence during childhood identified in the survey included physical or psychological neglect, witnessing physical or psychological violence at home, overall physical or psychological violence, severe physical or psychological violence, severe sexual violence, peer violence or bullying, cyber violence and collective violence. [The Philippine Star]
Sec.3, Republic Act of 7877- Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995
Sexual harassment is clarified as:
Work-related or in employment environment.
This is committed when a person demands, requests, or requires sexual favors from another person in exchange for another thing such as hiring for employment, re-employment, or continued employment, granting favorable compensation, terms of conditions, promotions, or privileges. Refusal to accept sexual favors would mean discrimination or deprivation of employment opportunities.
In education or training environment
This is committed when a person demands, requests, or requires sexual favors from a student in exchange for “giving a passing grade, or the granting of honors and scholarships, or the payment of a stipend, allowance or other benefits, privileges and considerations.” Just the same, if the sexual favors would result to an “intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for the student, trainee, or apprentice,” they are also considered sexual harassment.
This petition also calls out to all victims of women abuse that they should not be afraid to speak out and take a stand against this social crisis. There is no reason to be afraid as there are so many government and non-government organizations that provides protection on the welfare of women.
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