Empower Women: Life-saving Campaign against Domestic Violence

Empower Women: Life-saving Campaign against Domestic Violence

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    Domestic work is one of the most important sources of employment for Philippine women both in the country and abroad, both an integral and invisible part of Filipino society. The practice of employing domestic help is historically embedded in Filipino culture and continues to be part of everyday life. Domestic help allows women in middle and upper-income classes to leave their household duties and enter the workforce, thereby contributing to the economic growth of the country. Also helps alleviate poverty by providing an important source of employment.

    Domestic work is considered neither a formal nor an informal occupation, and many people regard it as unskilled, women’s work. Although living and working conditions of domestic helpers raises serious concerns about labour violations, including trafficking, and other kind of abuses. Domestic Violence is defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. There is a lack of awareness among domestic helpers regarding the available mechanisms to report labour violations and other abuses. Overseas domestic helpers typically go to the Philippine Embassy to report abuses.

    Domestic Violence has a serious consequences on women's mental and physical health, including their reproductive and sexual health. It may lead to depression or suicide, alcohol or substance abuse, anxiety, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleeping and eating disorders and social dysfunction. Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior. Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.

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