December 2, 2022

FIRST Lady Louise “Liza” Araneta-Marcos on Friday hailed the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) for its efforts to uphold the rights of women and end abuses against them.

In a video message to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the former law professor underscored “the crucial role women play” in the society.

“Women are the primary educators and caretakers in the family and they’re a big contributor to our workforce,” she said in a video message posted online by the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS).

The global movement to eliminate abuses against women, she added, is an initiative everyone must take part in and lauded the PCW for “their tireless efforts in promoting initiatives that courageously advance the preservation and dignity of the rights of women.”

“Thank you so much for all you do. ‘Wag nating kalimutan, sama-sama tayong babangon muli (let us not forget that together, we will all rise again),” Araneta-Marcos stated.

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The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to raise global awareness about the abuses women experience such as rape and domestic violence.

In the Philippines, the PCW initiated the “18-Day Campaign to End VAW” to put into light gender inequity, targeting women and girls because of their perceived subordinate status in the society.

The campaign is observed annually from November 25 to December 12.