In line with the Philippine Commission on Women’s (PCW) 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW), the NFRDI organized series of activities, including contests, to create awareness and encourage its employees to envision a world free from all forms of violence against women and girls. 

These contests included the #SanaAllSpacesSafe experience-sharing Online Campaign and Essay Writing contest wherein NFRDI employees were encouraged to share their visions of a community without gender-based sexual harassment through curated social media postings and articles, respectively. 

The following employees were declared winners:

#SanaAllSpacesSafe Experience-sharing Online Campaign

1. Kathlene Cleah Benitez

Essay Writing Contest

1. Lea Mae Dela Cruz (The Way It Should Be)

2. Alyssa Almagro (Harassment-free, Success-full)

3. Francisco Egway, Jr. (GBSH: Not Normal, Not Okay)

4. Clarisse Carlos (Harmony)

5. Heherson Baun (Vision of a community without Gender-Based Sexual Harassment)

The winner of the #SanaAllSpacesSafe Experience-sharing Online Campaign received Php 1,000 cash prize, while the five authors of the essay writing contest received Php 5,000 each. 

The pool of judges included May Angelica Saludez, PCW senior Gender and Development (GAD) specialist; Atty. Mylen Gonzales-Esquivel, GAD consultant and resource speaker; and Ma. Salvacion Ferrer, vice chair of the GAD Gender Focal Point System. The author’s name in each entry was redacted to secure fairness during the assessment. Moreover, two digital films were screened at the NFRDI Conference Room to raise awareness on gender sensitivity and women empowerment. 

The films shown were “Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa,” which tackles the plight of a young farmer who became an educator in their community even though he is illiterate, and “Verdict,” that explores the journey of a woman who stood up to fight for her rights against her abusive husband. The NFRDI continues to support the advocacies of PCW in its calls for promoting safe spaces for women and disseminating the message of zero-tolerance for VAW. (IYCruz)