18 Day Campaign to End VAW1

18 Day Campaign to End VAW2

Ms. Liz Cherry Solijon receives the GAD Trailblazer Award from MGB MIMAROPA Regional Director Glenn Marcelo Noble, and MIMAROPA GAD FPS Chairperson and Mine Management Division Chief Ellengrace Galiste

Raising awareness on ensuring a community free from gender-based violence and sexual harassment, and recognizing trailblazers in promoting gender equality and empowerment took spotlight in the webinar “VAW Free-Community Starts with Me: Raising Awareness About Safe Spaces Act,” December 6, via the Zoom platform.

Spearheaded by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) MIMAROPA Region Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System (FPS), the said activity is in observance of the 2021 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) from November 25 to December 12.

In support of this year’s general objective, the Regional GAD FPS tapped Atty. Mary Joy Moises Ordaneza-Cascara, Assistant Provincial Legal Officer of the Provincial Government of Palawan, to educate participants with the salient provisions of Republic Act No. 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act.

The Safe Spaces Act, which is enacted into law in 2019, defines and penalizes gender-based sexual harassment in the streets and public spaces, workplace, educational and training institutions, and cyberspace.

For the second part of the program, Ms. Liz Cherry Solijon, OIC-Chief of the MGB Mineral Economics, Information and Publication Division, received the MGB MIMAROPA GAD Trailblazer Award for her valuable contribution in leading the programs and initiatives of the Bureau’s GAD FPS.  

Since 2019, the MGB MIMAROPA Region has been conferring its GAD Award as an incentive and awards system to recognize institutions and individuals who have made gender equality the norm.