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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Troy Stephen Vergara

HOW inspiring it is to hear that among all women fighting for sexual cruelty and injustices a Mindanawon takes her stand and leads the global campaign against women impunity. Long from the past this issue seems to be an ever-living concern that up until now women experiencing violence are still positive for change. It has been a call but few chose to fight for what they believe can alter women aggression.

Irene Santiago of the Mindanao Commission on Women launched the global campaign on women for security and peace at London last June 12. The summit was attended by advocates such as Angelina Jolie and ambassadors like Ms. Swanee Hunt of the Institute for Inclusive Security and Ms. Melanne Verveer for Global Women’s Issues. It was remarkable indeed that among all leaders in the world an advocate from Mindanao led the global campaign for women.

We are all aware that this issue on women is still happening all throughout the world. The world may seem distracted by conflicts between countries because of economic misunderstanding or inequitable oil distribution but behind all of those issues arising is the issue on women experiencing sexual abuse and conflicts that have been taken for granted.

It is but the sweetest thing to hear that a proud Mindanawon is pulling up the advocacy and making it sure that the world will respond to the call for change.

One of the greatest intentions of this campaign is to be viral worldwide. By means of creating a campaign to be heard by people in this diverse world, they named the campaign “#Women Seriously”.

The title used for campaign can mobilize all netizens by merely using the hash tag sign usually used in composing a status or twittering in some renowned social websites. It is amusing that even in simple ways the proud Mindanawon attained to inspire women even if they live 900,000 miles away.

It cannot be presumed that women all throughout the world would understand Santiago’s point of view but in a slightest way possible they will value the real essence of being a woman.

We already know that this issue on women is rampant in most part of the world especially in the Philippines and it is continually raging. We feel the great need of reassuring all women especially in Mindanao that they will not experience any way of violence. Indeed, we are thankful for what Santiago did for women throughout the world. Now that Santiago already started the movement for women empowerment I hope the government will exert most of its effort to eradicate the issue on women violence and more brave women will step out to be heard and protected.


Sunday Essays are articles written by students of Ateneo de Davao University for their journalism class.

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