Violence Against Women

In support of the Philippine Commission on Women and to heed the Civil Service Commission’s call to take part therein (per CSC Memo Circular 28 series of 2016 dated Nov. 2, 2016), the LOCAL WATER UTILITIES ADMINISTRATION, through its Gender and Development Focal Point System, has launched the various activities to observe the 18-DAY CAMPAIGN TO END VAW (Violence Against Women) from November 25 to December 12, 2016, with the this year’s Theme: “VAW-FREE Community Starts With Me.”


The 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) is observed annually from November 25 to December 12 to raise awareness among all stakeholders that VAW is a public issue of national concern, based on these two issuances that provide the national mandates for the annual campaign:

  • Proclamation 1172 s. 2006 “Declaring 25 November to 12 December as the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women; and
  • Republic Act 10398 (2013) “Declaring November 25 of every year as National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children.



2016 THEME: “VAW-FREE Community Starts with Me”

  • November 25, 2016 and throughout the Campaign

Hanging of the 2016 18-Day Campaign to End VAW Official Tarpaulin

With the theme “VAW-FREE Community Starts with Me” the 2016 18-Day Campaign to End VAW has shifted the campaign to positive advocacy messaging, by giving emphasis on everyone’s commitment and contributions in ending VAW and everyone’s collaborative pursuit of our common vision on VAW – free community.

vaw free
  • December 1, 2016 (Thursday) at LWUA Employees Lounge

Two (AM/PM) screenings film “Walang Rape sa Bontok” by Lester Valle.

There were 87 LWUA employees (27 males; 60 females) who took part in this activity, which elicited positive reviews about how well the documentary film was able to convey the peculiarity of the Bontok customs and traditions, the core reason why the concept of rape was unheard of for decades in this community. Apart from the lessons on gender equality, the viewers learned to give higher respect to the Bontok people and other Indigenous people after watching the film. They, after all, are more learned, gender-sensitive and human rights adherent than most advanced cultures or societies.

walang rape sa bontok

Two Filipinas, both victims of sexual abuse in varying degrees, yearn and search for a utopia where women can live without being sexually violated. By chance, they encounter a study by renowned anthropologist June Prill Brett, Ph.D., which states that the Bontok of the Philippine Cordilleras has lived for eras without a term, nor concept, nor incidence, of rape. At last, a utopia, where the most heinous of gender crimes is unheard of. Or, is it? In this world where the universality of women oppression is widely believed, how did a rape-less society ever become possible?




  • December 5, 2016 at LWUA Multi-Purpose Covered Court, 1:30 PM

LWUA-NAPC-MWSS-OGCC Joint Program on the observance of the 18-day Campaign to End VAW
This program is highlighted by a film showing sponsored by NAPC. Set in London 1912, the film entitled “Suffragette” chronicles the ground work efforts of women’s rights advocates, their struggles and aspirations.


In early 20th-century Britain, the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and mother Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan). Galvanized by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Watts joins a diverse group of women who fight for equality and the right to vote. Faced with increasing police action, Maud and her dedicated suffragettes must play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, risking their jobs, homes, family and lives for a just cause.





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