Women must know, stand up for their rights to fight any form of abuse

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 27) — In celebration of a campaign to stop violence against women, the Philippine Commission on Women has reminded all Filipinas to know and stand up for their rights to prevent any form of abuse to be committed against them.

“All women should know their rights and they should know to stand up for their rights,” PCW Executive Director Kristine Rosary Yuzon-Chaves told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Ngayon on Friday.

Proclamation No. 1171 declares Nov. 25 to Dec. 12 of every year as the celebration of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence against Women, an international movement that supports the goal of the government to protect rights of women by addressing all forms of gender-based violence.

Based on a report by the Philippine Statistics Authority, one in every four Filipino women, aged 15-49, has experienced violence physically, emotionally, or sexually from their husband or partner.

Other reports said the cases of abuse increased during the pandemic. Chaves, however, said data from the Philippine National Police showed they actually declined during this time.

She noted that this might be due to factors such as quarantine restrictions, which limited movements within communities, and the fact that the victim is living with the abusive partner. She added that the most reported cases involve psychological, physical, economic, and sexual forms of abuse.

Chaves has encouraged victims to come out and report the violence being committed against them, while she reminded men to know how to respect equality and dignity of both men and women.

She also reminded the public to stop victim blaming, or the act of holding the victim of a wrongful act at fault for the harm that happened to her.

To further improve efforts to fight all forms of violence against women, Chaves said the PCW has been working with other relevant agencies to be able to improve and strengthen programs that address gender-based abuse.

Women who experience violence or abuse may contact 117 (PNP hotline), 0919-777-7377 (Aleng Pulis Hotline), 8532-6690 (PNP Anti-Violence against Women and Children Division), or 8735-1654/8736-5249 (PCW hotline).