TACURONG CITY—Orange ribbons now adorn the twenty-three flagpoles in Tacurong City Hall symbolizing the advocacy to End Violence Against Women (VAW) Now.

Members of the LGU Women Employees Solo Parents Association tied these ribbons during a rite dubbed A Call for Solidarity that kicked off the 18-day Campaign against VAW in the City on 23 November 2015.

Before the ceremony, the association also provided a background on the current situation of women and girls and the risks of domestic violence. LGU employee and officials, and uniformed personnel witnessed the ceremony.

The LGU Women Employees Solo Parents Association is composed of single moms, widows, foster parents, and OFW spouses.

According to Gender and Development Focal Person Nancy Bawe, LGU-Tacurong had set activities in the barangays to sustain the empowerment of women and advocates. “Activities for male and female advocates are set for this campaign..not just about VAW but also about human trafficking,” said Bawe.

The MOVE or Men Oppose Violence against women and children Everywhere, a LGU-based male organization, had also started forums to earlier this month to share information about VAWC.

The annual 18-Day Campaign against VAW which runs from November 25 to December 12 is pursuant to Republic Act 10398. (Jezereel Billano-Fabreag