ASSIST and Women’s Crisis Center wrap up EU-funded USE RA 9262 project

16 11 2011

The Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and the Women’s Crisis Center (WCC) held back to back activities to wrap up the USE RA 9262 project (Undertaking Survivors’ Experience in accessing Republic Act (RA) 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act).

With the theme “Approaches to Violence in the Family Revisited and Enhanced,” the National Network of Family Violence Prevention Programs held a Partners Assembly at the Cloud 9 Resort in Antipolo City last October 17 to 20, 2011.

Highlights include small group and plenary discussions on moving forward with anti-VAWC campaigns, with special emphasis on enhancing services for vulnerable groups, setting up courtwatches, instituting continuing education for service providers, and maintaining the electronic monitoring system for cases. The partners also evaluated the project and expressed commitments towards violence-free communities in a solidarity program.

As a culminating activity, ASSIST and WCC also conducted a roundtable discussion on Revisiting the Battered Woman Syndrome as as a Psychological Concept and Legal Defense at the Sulo Riviera Hotel last October 21, 2011.

Advocates as well as members of the judicial system attended to share their thoughts on the definition, evolution, and utilization of BWS in psychosocial interventions, in education, training, and advocacy, and in the courts.

Speakers include Ms. Lilibeth Santos, WCC Crisis Worker, Ms. Salvacion Baaco-Pascual, Former Program Coordinator of WCC Feminist Research and Documentation unit, who presented research on the BWS, and UP’s Dr. Sylvia “Guy” Estrada-Claudio, who provided a feminist clinician’s perspective.

Also present to share BWS as used in the legal practice were Atty. Arnold C. Abejaron, Atty. Claire Angeline P. Luczon, Atty. Claire A. Padilla and Atty.  Rowena V. Guanzon, the latter, incidentally, being one of the consultants in drafting of the RA 9262.

USE R.A.9262 or Undertaking Survivors’ Experiences (in accessing) R.A. 9262, a two-year research, capacity-building, and networking project, is funded by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) of the European Union.#


USE RA 9262 trains NATCCO officers, managers

10 10 2011

by Sheena Opulencia

Cebu City, SEPTEMBER 24 – The Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and the Women’s Crisis Center (WCC) converged with the National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO) for an Awareness Training activity under the USE RA 9262 project with NATCCO Officers and Managers on Republic Act (RA) 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC).

The Awareness Training focused on the relationship of NATCCO objectives and programs with the USE RA 9262 goals. Ms. Mary Jardiniano of WCC facilitated the morning session by giving a thorough discussion about the law, its provisions, implementing rules and regulations, and how it affects the plight of VAWC victim-survivors.  Participants shared their own experiences about VAWC, highlighting the conditions of cooperative members who were also abused.

The afternoon session allowed the participants to be more interactive, with Ms. Sheena Carmel Opulencia of ASSIST conducting the Training Design and Administration on RA 9262. Participants were asked to prepare Training Needs Survey forms, perform Training Needs Analyses and Training Designs. The participants were encouraged to pattern their designs according to the present conditions of their cooperatives and the general membership.

The one-day training involved officers and managers of NATCCO in the Visayas region, most of which are managing cooperatives within communities. Ms. Emy Santos, Group Head for Member Relations and Networking of NATCCO, coordinated with the USE RA 9262 project team as a part of their gender advocacy program. The awareness training is a part of the USE RA 9262 indirect capacity building of other community stakeholders against VAWC. #