GAD Corner

SHFC joins campaign for VAW-free communities

Driven by its twin advocacy of gender equality and women empowerment, SHFC joined other government agencies across the country in lining up programs to promote the Safe Spaces Act in observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women with the theme “VAW-free community starts with Me.”

On December 2 and 3, the corporation held an “Aking Komunidad Ayaw sa Pandadahas” webinar for some 91 partner-homeowners (17 males and 74 females) from communities under its wing. A week after, it conducted the “VAWal Bastos sa SHFC” session for a total of 119 employees (61 males and 58 females) to capacitate them on the salient features of laws on Anti-Violence against Women and Children, Anti-Sexual Harassment, and Safe Spaces Act.

Held annually from November 25 to December 12, the 18-day campaign underscores the significant role of individuals in fighting violence against women and girls in various institutions. It also emphasizes that acts of sexual harassment have no place in the community and are punishable under the Safe Spaces Act (Republic Act 11313).

As the lead government agency mandated to undertake socialized housing programs, SHFC vows to continue providing safe communities, wherein the voices of female partner-homeowners are heard and their needs are taken into account.