Mayor cites need to strengthen VAWC, GBV response PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 December 2014 14:08

Mayor Beng Climaco the other day underscored the need to further strengthen and intensify response on violence against women and children (VAWC) and gender-based violence (GBV) citing mounting cases in the city.

“We need to really protect our children against prostitution and against gender-based violence,” the mayor pointed out in a press conference that followed the turnover of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) projects to to the local government unit in City Hall Tuesday morning.

“One of the major concerns after the crisis is that our constituents, particularly the most vulnerable women and children, who live in very cracked evacuation centers would be prone to domestic violence, gender violence and abuse,” said Mayor Climaco.

In her message, she emphasized the need to have a strong protection cluster as the journey to address the humanitarian crisis at hand continues.

“However, it is sad to note that there are cases of children being abused because of incest and violence amongst women and children,” the mayor continued. And these forms of violence are making the whole pain of the crisis more painful.

Mayor Climaco disclosed that one agency, during the inter-cluster coordination meeting two weeks ago, asked her about the reported cases of prostitution in Masepla Transitory Site. And this concern was also brought up by the mayor in other meetings with UNICEF, UNHCR, and United Nations Habitat.

“As mayor of the local government unit, it is upon us to protect our children and we will really need all the help to address the protection of children because this is our primary goal.” Mayor Beng responded.

The UNFPA pledged continued support the restoration of health and protection services for women in the most affected communities during the siege in the city. Also, the said humanitarian partner inaugurated Women-Friendly Spaces (WFS) in Masepla and Buggoc transitory sites and in Arena Blanco. — Juseph Elas, WMSU OJT