"In our communities, violence against women (VAW) is taboo. Our women are very vulnerable. What we need to do is to further intensify our campaigns on the rights of the women because these laws rightfully protect our women against the violence being inflicted by their husband, father, or any man," Former Assistant Secretary of the national's Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) now running for senator, Ms. Bai Nariman Ambulodto emphasized in her message. She delivered the message during the onset of the 18th Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women Cum Launching of the ARMM Gender and Development (GAD) Code Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) on November 25, 2015 in front of the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG), ARMM Compound, Cotabato City.
With the theme "End VAW Now! It's Our Duty! Gains and Ways Forward", Mr. Anderson Antao, Technical Chief of the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW), said that the objective of the campaign is to provide awareness to all stakeholders that VAW is an issue to all.
"Every year women's groups from all over the world observe VAW which is a human rights violation that we need to address. We need to end VAW now!", Mr. Antao added.
Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug Jr., ORG Chief of Staff and Concurrent Secretary of DSWD-ARMM, spoke in behalf of the Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman, said that the women sector plays significant role in our lives like giving birth and providing us everything. The region sees the importance of women in the government and we should continuously push this campaign on putting an end to the violence against women and girls.
Ms. Rebecca Pankhurst, Chief of UNICEF Field Office, recognizes the ARMM GAD Code that seeks to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at the local level. The Code also localize the national laws on women like Republic Act 9710 - the Magna Carta for Women, Republic Act 9262 - Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004, and Presidential Decree No. 1083 - Code of Muslim Personal Laws (CMPL).
The campaign was participated in by officials and employees of the various line agencies in ARMM.
The VAW campaign is celebrated today in accordance to the Presidential Proclamation No. 1778, the national campaign is extended to 18 days, to include December 12 which is known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day.