WASHINGTON, D.C.—

 

In line with the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO-WDC), together with the Philippine Embassy, gathered representatives from government offices and institutions as well as non-government organizations providing direct services to victims of domestic violence and violence against women in the Caribbean Islands and the United States.

 

Dubbed as “POLO-WDC meets (with) GAD Champions”, the meeting held last December 8, 2021 was primarily intended to explore areas of cooperation with organizations and social and institutions in advancing gender and equality as well as combatting violence against women in the US and Caribbean islands.

 

“While we acknowledge that migrant workers are naturally in vulnerable situations as they are made to adopt cultures and work environments that are different from what they were accustomed to, our migrant women workers still have to bear the burden of gender-based discrimination and violence in their workplaces. This will hopefully lead to a partnership which will enable us to effectively address gender-related concerns of our migrant women workers,” POLO-WDC Labor Attache Angela Librado-Trinidad said.

 

Executive Director Krittika Ghosh of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP), an NGO based in Washington, D.C. emphasized “We need to transform structures in our society that is causing violence as well as responding to it from a community perspective through outreach education and community building. It’s not enough to give a number to call, but how do you change attitudes and beliefs. We all know that violence occurs because of the belief in the umbrella of patriarchy and it comes out in different forms. How do we dismantle that? That’s the really hard part.”

 

All participants expressed their readiness to provide immediate assistance to all women victims of violence, including Filipino migrant women in their respective host countries.###