18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women

On December 11–12, 2023, the Cebu Technological University-Daanbantayan Campus Tabogon Extension took an active stance against gender-based violence by actively participating in the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women. The venue for this impactful initiative was none other than the serene Hagnaya Beach Resort in San Remegio, Cebu—a perfect backdrop for a collective effort to raise awareness about this critical issue.

Dr. Rolina C. Paran, the esteemed Campus Director of CTU-Tabogon Extension, set the tone for the seminar with her heartfelt welcome remarks. She expressed gratitude to Dr. Ruben M. Ungui, Campus Director of CTU-Daanbantayan Campus, for his unwavering support and presence. Dr. Paran’s speech resonated with the audience as she underscored the significance of unity, mutual respect, and the transformative power of love in overcoming societal challenges. Her fervent hope was for everyone to live with dignity, free from the scourge of violence.

The faculty and staff of CTU-Tabogon found inspiration in the enlightening talk delivered by Dr. Ruben M. Ungui, Campus Director of CTU-Daanbantayan. He passionately emphasized the paramount importance of treating women with care and love. He also stressed the need for creating a society that is both safe and inclusive, where every individual is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.

Professor Marlou C. Godinez, the University Gender and Development (GAD) Director, delved into the concept of Gender and Development and conducted a comprehensive Gender Sensitivity Training. Prof. Godinez provided valuable insights into the historical evolution of Gender and Development—from Women in Development (WID) to Women and Development (WAD) to the contemporary Gender and Development (GAD).

Adding legal depth to the discussions, Atty. Regine Rose Bantilan explored Republic Act No. 9262, the “Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004,” while also shedding light on Republic Act No. 7877, the “Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995.” Atty. Reinalyn Basilisco contributed insights into Republic Act No. 11313, the “Safe Spaces Act (Bawal Bastos),” and Atty. Pamela Ruth Calog discussed Republic Act No. 9710, the “Magna Carta of Women”—a pivotal legislation advocating gender equality and women’s empowerment.

After an engaging discussion, the CTU-Tabogon faculty and staff actively sought legal advice from the esteemed speakers, who willingly addressed their queries. The ensuing Q&A session proved to be enlightening, and participants left satisfied with the comprehensive responses provided.

As the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence against Women concluded, it left an indelible mark, emphasizing that the battle against gender-based violence should not be confined to a mere 18 days. The campaign serves as a reminder that addressing this critical issue requires a sustained, long-term commitment from all. Until a world of equity and peace is realized, the campaign should persist, rallying everyone to actively contribute to creating a safer and more secure environment for women. Let us unite in our efforts to put an end to violence against women and promote enduring gender equality.