More than 1000 mothers from Yolanda-affected areas in Samar and Leyte as well as from CPC partner communities in Metro Manila, Youth Centers of the Salesian Sisters in Laguna and communities in Pasig and Pampanga, took part in the celebration of International Women’s Month being initiated by LVF each year. They were given formation on self-awareness, enhancing self-esteem and protective behavior for the prevention of child sexual abuse. Highlighted in these formations were the significant role that women play in creating gender-fair society by being active partners in nation building and proactive advocates of child protection in their own homes and communities.
Meanwhile, a half-day session on Violence against Women (VAW) was also given by LVF Social Workers to more than 40 Parish Coordinators of the Diocese of Pasig, highlighting the role of the church and parish workers as first responders to cases of VAW. The session was intended to help the participants understand the different faces of VAW, how they will respond to disclosures of violence or abuse from parishioners and map-out their plan to end violence among women.