The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) reiterated its commitment to end violence against women (VAW) during the DOST Flag Ceremony on 02 December 2019.
“We pledge to intensify our programs in promoting awareness on the prevention of VAW in pursuit to the common vision of a VAW-free science and technology (S&T) community,” said Nora P. Gumia, Chief Science Research Specialist and DOST-TAPI’s Alternate Focal Person for Gender and Development (GAD).
DOST-TAPI’s obligation is in support with the Philippine Commission on Women’s “Orange Your Icon for 18 Days” campaign from 25 November to 12 December 2019.
The said campaign is a global activity which aims to spark people’s curiosity when offices, major landmarks, and iconic spots are adorned with orange designs.
Orange was chosen by the United Nation Secretary General’s UNiTE to End VAW to symbolize hope and an optimistic future that is free from violence.
From 2016 to 2021, the campaign carries the theme, “VAW-Free Community Starts with Me,” which emphasizes everyone’s commitment and contributions on ending VAW while underscoring the significant role of every individual within various institutions.
Spelled out in the 1987 Philippine Constitution on protecting the human rights of women and girls, the 18-day campaign supports the goal of the government by upholding the commitment to address all forms of gender-biased violence.
For 2019, DOST-TAPI is active in empowering women and promoting gender and development awareness by organizing activities such as conducting the Women Inventors’ Summit all throughout the country including the conduct of GAD Executive Briefing to its employees.
DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Pierre Sonia S. Dela Corte