The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) joins the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) in support of the Philippine government’s goal of protecting the human rights of women and girls by upholding its commitment to address all forms of gender-based violence as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.

By virtue of Republic Act 10398 or the Act declaring November 25 of every year as the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of VAWC to raise awareness on the problem of violence and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.

The 2020 campaign runs amid the COVID-19 pandemic where VAW could happen at homes with the perpetrators during lockdown, with tension rising from uncertainties in health, security, and economy. The implementation of varying community quarantine measures also hindered victims to seek help, report the abuse, and/or escape their perpetrators due to the suspension of public transportation, strict orders to stay home, and limited issuance of quarantine passes.

Therefore, this year’s campaign highlights the role and essence of the Barangay, as part of a VAW-free community, in consonance with the recurring theme “VAW-free community starts with Me.”

This campaign aims to:

  • Promote awareness on the forms of violence women and girls experience;
  • Provide information on laws protecting women and girls;
  • Feature VAW-related services that people can access and avail; and
  • Promote the strengthening of a prevention and response system on VAW; and
  • Gather public support for the campaign

To learn more, e-mail the PCC GAD Coordinator at #VAWFreePH