"Justice and Healing for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence" and "The Impact of Female Migration on the Family"
A two-year project, Justice and Healing for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence aims to educate and capacitate the various components of judicial systems so as to be able to deliver rights based and gender sensitive services with respect to VAW cases. Various activities ranging from barangay forums to workshops and training for the judiciary and legal practitioners. This project is funded by The European Union’s Philippine-based EIDHR Programme.
The Impact of Female Migration on the Family aims to identify the effects of female migration on Filipino families and strengthen support systems for the family members and caregivers left behind. While many NGOs help protect the migrants abroad, families are forgotten. This project, funded by The Body Shop Foundation, is an attempt in bringing out this reality to the policy makers, local communities and the general public.
WFS Covers Beijing+15 - March 1-12, 2010, New York
The last (the Fourth) UN World Conference on Women with the theme “Equality, Development and Peace” was held in Beijing, China in 1995, 15 years ago. 189 UN Member States including the Philippines agreed to the Beijing Platform for Action (BPA) on 12 areas of concern. Every 5 years, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) reviews each country’s implementation of the BPA vis a vis its commitments.
Through a travel grant from the Global Fund for Women, WFS Philippines Executive Director Olive Tripon went to New York to cover the 54th UN CSW Session and the Beijing+15 Review last March. However, unlike past reviews, WFS Philippines was not accredited by the UN Media. See “Covering Beijing+15 from the Sidelines”.
As in most UN conferences, NGOs organize a lot of “Side Events” outside of the UN Conference. Here, there is no need for media accreditation. Everybody is welcome. Some side events attended: Revaluing Women’s Work; Gender and Climate Change – the Untold Story of Copenhagen; and Development Debates in a Fierce New World: Feminisms at the Crossroads. See the full list.
In a discussion on Mapping women’s empowerment through Targeted Media, Tripon met Carolyn Byerly, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism of Howard University in Washington. Dr. Byerly did a study on WFS India and its bureaus including the Philippines for her thesis in the early 90s.
Tripon also met with Anasuya Sengupta, Global Fund for Women Asia and Oceania Regional Director. She attended Global Fund’s event Women Hold the Solutions anchored by its CEO Kavita Ramdas with grantees/advisors from Fiji, Turkey and Uganda.
Tripon also had a fun reunion with former WFS Central Visayas Bureau Chief Marivir Montebon and her daughter Nikki now based in New York.
“Headlining Reproductive Health (RH): A Media Training on Understanding RH in the Context of Religion, Gender and Sexuality” - February 11, 2010, Richmonde Hotel
The Forum for Family Planning and Development in partnership with WFS with the support of Health Action Information Network (HAIN) held a media training on Reproductive Health (RH) for men and women media practitioners, both print and broadcast from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The goal of the training is to improve media coverage of RH by helping them understand RH in the context of religion, gender and sexuality.
Carrie Tharan and Olive Tripon of WFS Board attended along with WFS Northern Luzon Bureau Chief Marilou Guieb and writers Donna Demetillo from Baguio and Manila and Agnes Espano from Iloilo. Tripon handled the debriefing and synthesis, eliciting strategies and personal commitments from participants WFS provided pro and con ads of the RH Bill and other clippings for discussion.
See the Training Program
"Going CEDAW in the Philippines"
WFS Philippines produced a popular documentation of the four-year CEDAW Philippine Programme – how 13 partner organizations, from government and civil society as well as the UN Country Team "brought life" to implementing CEDAW – highlighting lessons and good practices in the form of feature articles and book publication for dissemination to media, lawmakers, NGOs, government partners and donors.
Published by UNIFEM
This set of feature articles are sent to editors of various local and international publications. If you are interested to use any of the following, contact us.