Pursuant to Proclamation 1172, Series of 2006 which declares November 25 to December 12 of every year as the “18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW)” and Republic Act No. 10398, Series of 2012 which declares November 25 of every year as the “National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children,” the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), in coordination with the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and their Children (IACVAWC), is spearheading the observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women.
The Campaign theme for the period 2016-2021 is: “VAW-free community starts with me”. The theme shifts the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW to positive advocacy as it enjoins everyone to pursue the common vision of a VAW-free community, and highlights what can be done to achieve such.
This year’s campaign continues to underscore the significant role of individuals, especially the youth, in fighting violence against women and girls in various institutions. It focuses on Primary Prevention to reduce incidents of VAW across the country, which can be achieved by empowering individuals to know and claim their rights, and to educate them where to seek help in cases of violence.