In line with proclamation 227 s.1998 of the National Government, the Gender Research and Resource Center (GRRC) of the Western Mindanao State University officially kicked off on Monday, March 3 the celebration of the annual International Women’s Month.
The objective of the celebration is to recognize women’s resiliency, strength and contributions to progress and to discuss the country’s gains, gaps and challenges in implementing the Beijing Platform for Action (adopted from the Philippine Commission on Women).
Themed as “JUANA, TATAG MO AY TATAG NATIN PARA SA PAGBANGON AT PAGSULONG”, GRRC came up with a series of activities to recognize the role of women in the country’s rehabilitation process and their overall contributions to progress. To wit are the activities set for the week-long celebration of the Women’s Month: February 19-Forum on the Roles of the Women in Today’s Challenging Time; February 14 and 19-Forum on Adolescent Health and Sexuality; March 3-Kick Off Ceremony, One Billion Rising Dance Execution; March 7-Fab and Glam Day, Gender and Media, Forum on Health Issues for Men and Women, Virtual Arts Competition (Poster Making Contest), and Essay Writing Contest.
During the kickoff program at the WMSU Covered Court, Guest Speaker Jasmin Jamsani-Teodoro recounted the noteworthy roles of women to help alleviate the victims of the Zamboanga crisis that broke out last year.
Vice President for Planning and Finance, Dr. Ederlinda M. Fernandez represented the University President, Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho as she further inspired the women who were in the program to empower themselves.
GRRC, through its Director, Prof. Rosalyn R. Echem, aims to highlight the women who were labeled as “drivers of change” who untiringly volunteered themselves in times of disaster, conflict and calamity. Furthermore, GRRC Training Specialist Darlane A. Sabellano led the volunteers of GRRC in the promotion of the campaign to combat the cases of Violence-Against-Women.