The National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), which is conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) every five years, provides a picture of the alarming incidence of VAW in the Philippines.
Results from the preliminary NDHS conducted in 2017 show that out of the 11,558 ever-married Filipino women aged 15 to 49 surveyed, one in 4 or 26% has experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence committed by their husband or partner. These survey results are more indicative of the prevalence of violence in the country, since the administrative data on number of clients served by service providers like the police, social workers, and health workers only capture cases reported to these offices.
Considering such prevalence, the 2018 Campaign will continue to emphasize the role of all individuals in combating violence against women and girls within various institutions. To do this, the 2018 18-Day Campaign to End VAW shall focus on Primary Prevention to reduce incidents of VAW across the country. This can be achieved by letting people understand VAW from the point of view of victim-survivors. It is hoped that such deeper understanding would ignite compassion from stakeholders, so that they would not commit, condone, or remain silent about VAW. For service providers, such compassion towards victim-survivors would encourage them to provide better services to their clients.
The Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women (IACVAWC) adopted the theme “VAW-free community starts with Me” for the annual 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, from year 2016 to 2021. The theme elevates the campaign to positive advocacy as it enjoins everyone to pursue the common vision of a community free from violence against women and girls, and highlights what can be done to achieve such.
The 2018 18-Day Campaign to End VAW aims to:
1. Give the public a glimpse of a VAW victim-survivor's ordeal to later develop in them the virtue of compassion or malasakit;
2. Promote awareness on the forms of violence women and girls experience, provide information on the laws protecting women and girls, and feature VAW-related services that people can access and avail; and
3. Gather public support for the Campaign.
For more information, visit the Philippine Commission on Women webpage at https://www.pcw.gov.ph/VAWfreePH2018