MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte called on Monday for greater awareness on social problems faced by women as the country marks the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Duterte said he hopes that the government can pursue more measures in the protection of women and children "that will protect them from any form of harassment or discrimination."
The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) begins on Monday its 18-day campaign to end violence against women and children.
"Let this important socio-political campaign further secure our gains as we continue to work together in building a more inclusive and progressive nation for generations to come," the President said in a statement.
At present, among Philippine laws that aim to protect women and children are the Magna Carta of Women, and the Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.
For this year's 18-day campaign, the PCW said it aims to highlight the important role of individuals, especially the youth in fighting violence against women and children within institutions.
"It focuses on primary prevention to reduce incidents of VAW (violence against women) 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," the PCW said on its website.
According to the National Demographic Health Survey 2017, at least 1 in 4 Filipino women, aged 15-49, has experienced physical, emotional or sexual violence from their husband or partner.