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Embassy Officers and Staff with consular clients making a stand to end VAW.

12 December 2019, Paris, France – In observance of this year’s 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW), the Philippine Embassy in Paris has stepped up its information dissemination activities to broaden and deepen awareness of Filipinas and Filipinos in France on this very important issue by sharing printed and online copies of the country’s Anti-VAWC law (R.A. 9262) and other related laws to protect women. The Embassy was also able to share online the link to the French government’s own Anti-VAW website, which Filipinas can access if they need more information or direct assistance on anti-VAW support in France.

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(Left photo) Ambassador Ma. Theresa Lazaro emphasizes the importance of ending Violence Against Women (VAW).
(Right photo) Distribution of anti-VAWC brochures at CGAPF Christmas party.

Philippine Ambassador to France H.E. Ma. Theresa Lazaro, first took the opportunity to distribute printed copies to the leaders and members of the Filipino community associations during the Christmas gathering in Paris of the umbrella organization Comité General des Associations Philippines en France (CGAPF) on December 1.

Also during the 18-day period, the Embassy conducted a survey targeting Filipinas in the South of France, as well as those able to access the official Embassy Facebook page, towards determining the incidence of VAW and discrimination against Filipinas in France and Monaco as a means to guide the Embassy’s future work on this concern.

To cap off the campaign on its last day, December 12, the Embassy team led by Charge d’Affaires, a.i. and Consular General Aileen Mendiola-Rau had personally distributed printed Anti-VAWC and related brochures to the consular clients. She encouraged them to be vigilant in identifying potential VAW cases and inspired them to contribute in their own way to ending VAW. She likewise highlighted the existence of the men’s anti-VAW movement called Men Opposed to VAW Everywhere (MOVE) and shared her hope the Filipinos in France and Monaco might establish a similar organization in the near future.

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Strong support for ending VAW as shown by the men of the Embassy with male kababayans.

The Embassy’s Anti-VAW campaign is part of its continuing Gender and Development (GAD) Program which is designed to address the needs of Filipinas in France and Monaco. For more information, visit the Embassy’s website and Facebook page. END.