GAPO LAUNCHES MEN OPPOSED TO VAW EVERYWHERE (MOVE)
“ We make a difference here in Olongapo, and I’d like to congratulate the men of our city in pursuit to eradicate gender violence and discrimination,” Mayor James Gordon, Jr. said during the flag raising ceremony on Monday, July 13, 2009.
MOVE is an organization of principled men from various sectors of society whose primary aim is to actively contribute to the advocacy to eliminate Violence Against Women (VAW) everywhere. For the past two years, MOVE has participated in a number of advocacy activities, both local and international, initiated capacity building undertakings, established its organizational structure and internal mechanisms and formulated its plan of action.
“We are encouraging men to join and be a part of this organization, let us show that Olongapo City is a place where women can live in a violence-free environment,” CSWDO head Gene Eclarino said.
It can be recalled that the Center for Women of Olongapo City is the first city government-run women’s center in Region 3. This was constructed in response to the spirit of Republic Act 9262 or Anti-Violence Agaisnt Women and their Children.
As of this date MOVE has already gathered 30 members and still increasing. Abused women may get in touch with CSWDO and Jimmy Mendoza, MOVE coordinator at telephone number 224-8390 loc. 4123.
Mayor James Gordon, Jr. listens attentively while Men Opposed to Violence Against Women Everywhere (MOVE) advocate Pastor Albert Anciano shares his thoughts about the newly organized group in the city on Monday July 13, 2009 at the Rizal triangle Multi-Purpose Center. Other male advocates lined up at the back part of the photo.