QC monument goes ‘orange’ to support women’s campaign

Street harassment is a form of sexual harassment that consists of unwanted comments, wolf-whistles, "catcalling," and other actions by strangers in public areas.

We want safe cities where women are ‎#FreefromFear‬.

This is the campaign call that the Quezon City government would like to convey as the famous monument in the city lights up every evening, from November 5 to December 12, 2015, in support to the 18-day campaign to end violence against women.

The first in Metro Manila, Quezon City joins over 24 cities worldwide in a UN-led campaign called “Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” or UN Women to stop street harassment and sexual violence against women in public places with the support of the Spanish Cooperation for International Development (AECID).

The program seeks to highlight the issue of street harassment and all forms of sexual violence that women experience this year. These harassments include experiences as women move about in the city daily using public transport, lining up in terminals, going to markets on malls, and even just walking home in their own neighborhoods.

Women traditionally ignore and keep silent about catcalls, stalking, repeated harassment for their numbers, male public exposure, rubbing or groping (panghihipo) inside the MRT or jeepneys, even bearing indecent language being yelled at them by men as they walk by out of fear or shame, according to UN.

This is why the Quezon City government partnered with UN Women to implement the Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Initiative.

To raise social media awareness that all women have the right to be free from violence and to be free from fear of violence as they go to work, school, participate in recreation and community life, and enjoy public spaces, UN women also launches the hashtag #FreefromFear.

Also, a Facebook fan page has been set up by the UN Women where a community poll photo blog and testimonies of women in Metro Manila are shared along with a celebrity ‘fan sign’ collage, a community poll, and many more resources on preventing and responding to sexual harassment and violence against women in public spaces.

You may visit their page at https://www.facebook.com/UNWomenSafeCitiesFreeFromFearCampaign/ and join the Quezon City government and the UN Women in their call for women’s safety. (With reports from The Philippine Star/Opinyon, Rosemarie Señora)

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