Seminar on VAWC held

More than 800 students and employees at MMSU became more aware and responsive about the current issues on violence against women and children (VAWC) after attending a seminar simultaneously held at Teatro Ilocandia and College of Industrial Technology Social Hall last March 29.


Spearheaded by the Women’s Circle and Philippine League of Sociology Students at the university, in collaboration with the MMSU Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System (GFPS), the activity, dubbed as “Purple Friday”, coincided with the celebration of the National Women’s Month and Sociology Day.


The VAWC awareness and Women Empowerment seminar featured the discussion on human rights with emphasis on women, children, and voters; viewing of “Boses”, a film about child abuse; as well as competitions on photography and painting.


“We hope to contribute to the MMSU’s advocacy toward gender equality among students, mentors, and staff through this activity,” said Hanna Lou Nicolas, president of the Women’s Club at the university.


Aside from the Purple Friday, the GFPS also held the GAD awareness seminar for first year students taking up National Service Training Program (NSTP) subject at the MMSU Covered Court last March 30. Around 180 freshmen attended the seminar.


Nataliza Llapitan, GFPS-GAD Mainstreaming and Monitoring System (GMMS) focal person, said the GAD awareness seminar is a year-long activity which is conducted in four sessions, adding that the first session was held last November 24, 2018 when it accommodated around 390 NSTP students.


“We hope that more students will attend the last two sessions,” Llapitan said, as she thanked the Student Services and Development and NSTP for their support to the activity.


The National Women’s Month 2019 is aligned with the theme “We Make Change Work for Women”, which encourages strong partnership of man and woman in pursuit of the country’s economic, social, cultural and political development.