The International Women's Peace Group hosts a seminar for BAN FGM

  • March 21, 2017

MANILA, March 21 -- In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the Philippines Branch of the IWPG (IWPG, Ms. Nam Hee Kim, the chairwoman of the IWPG) hosted a seminar titled ‘Female Genital Mutilation Awareness Seminar’ at Quezon City Museum in Manila, Philippines on March 11th. 

FGM, the main topic of this seminar, is not used for a medical treatment but is known as female circumcision under a pretense of a coming of age ceremony in which female genital is cut or sutured after its wound. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that about 9,800 women undergo this ritual removal every day.

The IWPG has been working to improve such a situation with the slogan of BAN FGM. Because over 70% of the children who have experienced the ritual removal are dead as well as are going through a violation of women’s human rights. In order to make women in Manila recognize FGM correctly and prevent the violation of women’s human rights, the Philippines Brach of IWPG also held a seminar and a walk festival. As the result of its efforts, 40 people participated in these events to work together with the Philippines Branch of IWPG for BAN FGM.

Ms. Janice Manipon , the curator of Manuel Quezon Museum, who delivered the opening speech of Female Genital Mutilation Awareness Seminar said to women in manila attending the seminar from the bottom of her heart that FGM had been no positive effect, at the same time, on the contrary, it caused death to women. In addition, the objective of this event is to let know to the Filipino women about these occurring situation of women in different parts of the world, and today we knew that even in the Philippines, at Basilan has this kind of practice called FGM.

The IWPG is working with 200  branches around the globe and 100 affiliated groups  to ensure peace and security of all women around the world. Currently, the IWPG has been holding seminars, conferences, walk festivals and campaigns to eradicate FGM. It is planning to conduct constant activities for human rights such as various educations about the risk of FGM and the importance of women's rights. (IWPG)

Other News

DAR, LBP to go automated land amortization collection
  • March 24, 2017
QUEZON CITY, March 24 -- Good news for agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs). They will be spared from the tedious process of accomplishing payment slips for annual land amortization as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has gone high-tech, availing itself of the SIM-based wireless point of sale-type mobile automated collection system. Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said the device works conveniently for the ARBs as they only need to hand to the field collectors of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) their annual land amortization dues and they will be provided receipts rig...Read more
DOLE assures labor on D.O. 174
  • March 24, 2017
MANILA, March 24 -- Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III assured various labor groups that the labor department will strictly enforce the new department order which imposes a total ban on labor-only contracting and other forms of unlawful contractual arrangements.   “Kahit na anong ganda ng order, kung sa implementasyon eh walang saysay, wala ring mangyayari dyan. That’s why I am deputizing you [labor groups] to inspect various establishments for their compliance with the new department order,” Bello said addressing workers picketing at the DOLE office in Manila.   He sa...Read more
Briones emphasizes women's role in bringing positive changes
  • March 24, 2017
PASIG CITY, March 24 --  “Women should be active drivers in bringing about positive changes and that they should also reap from development efforts.”   This was the statement of Education Secretary Leonor Briones in an issued Memorandum No. 52 s. 2017 in line with the celebration of March as Women’s Month this year.   With the theme, “We Make Change Work for Women,” the month-long celebration aims to empower women and encourage them to engage in developmental activities, particularly in the implementation of Magna Carta for Women as one of the directives of the Preside...Read more
Bautista encourages QC women to become entrepreneurs
  • March 24, 2017
QUEZON CITY, March 24 (PIA)--Mayor Herbert Bautista encouraged women in Quezon City to become entrepreneurs.   “Creating more entrepreneurs is one of the key solutions to address the lack of employment opportunities in the city,” Bautista said during the Quezon City Women Entrepreneur’s Forum recently held at the Quezon City Performing Arts Theatre.   The mayor said that he is determined to provide more economic opportunities to women in QC in a bid to encourage them to become entrepreneurs.    He also underscored the need to teach women, especially homemakers, how ...Read more