ERADICATING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN THE PHILIPPINES
As human beings, everyone is equally entitled to human rights without prejudices. We, especially women, have the rights to protect ourselves. Women need extra attention, protection and personal affirmation. They are the most vulnerable who need to be restricted from different types of abuse.
Some historians believe that the history of violence against women is tied to the history of women being viewed as property and a gender role assigned to be subservient to men and also other women.
The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (1993) states that "violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women, which have led to domination over and discrimination against women by men and to the prevention of the full advancement of women, and that violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position compared with men.”
In the 1870s courts in the United States stopped recognizing the common-law principle that a husband had the right to "physically chastise an errant wife". In the UK the traditional right of a husband to inflict moderate corporal punishment on his wife in order to keep her "within the bounds of duty" was removed in 1891.
With the malignant disease, namely “violence against women”, spreading around our country, the Philippine government, along with non-government organizations, takes actions to stop the abuse to the welfare and safety of the women.
Violence against women is one of the hottest issues the Philippines is currently facing. There are different trends in the number of violence against women cases from different government and non-government agencies. The number of VAW cases reported to the police increased sevenfold, from 1,100 in 1996 to 7,383 in 2004. In 2006 a total of 5,758 VAW cases were reported to the police. In 2008 the number of VAW...
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