Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Albay to host provincial dialogue on anti-trafficking, VAWC

LEGAZPI CITY, March 31 (PNA) -– Albay is set to host the 1st provincial policy dialogue on anti-trafficking and violence against women and children on April 8.

Initiated by the National Anti-Poverty Commission, the dialogue will be attended by local chief executives, focal persons on gender and development, anti-trafficking, civil society organizations, basic sectors and members of the local health boards.

The goal of the dialogue is to build support and spur initiatives towards the strengthening of the Local Committees on Anti-Trafficking and Violence against Women and their Children (LCAT-VAWC).

This project is supported by the United Nations Population Fund aimed to eradicate human trafficking and violence against women and children.

The VAWC is not only about bloody lips and black eyes but it also takes other forms like emotional abuse and financial control, street harassment and reproductive coercion, to mention a few.

At the end of the dialogue, local elected officials and stakeholders are expected to come up with a unified commitment to fight human trafficking and violence against women and children in the local level and establish their services to victims. (PNA) FFC/FGS/AB/CBD/UTB