by Patrick James Gabriel, student contributor from The Davao Reef
PANABO CITY – Davao del Norte State College (DNSC), through its Gender and Development Committee, joined the nationwide campaign to end Violence Against Women (VAW), which lasted 18 days from Nov. 25 – Dec. 12, 2023.
All college personnel were supportive of the activity as they participated in the wearing of orange shirts every Monday during the campaign period. The orange shirts hope to raise awareness, promote solidarity, and convey a message of optimism, urging society to unite and take action to create a world free from violence and discrimination.
There were also jazz chat competitions, distribution of information, education, and communication materials, as well as posting of streamers and banners on the College’s digital accounts. The college’s Office of the Coordinator for National Service Training Program (NSTP) also spearheaded a webinar on VAWC and teenage pregnancy.
The aforementioned campaign was pursuant to Republic Act 10398, which designated Nov. 25 of every year as the “National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children,” and to Republic Act 11313, also known as the Safe Spaces Act.