Text and photos by Elizabeth Lolarga, VERA Files
Predators are taking advantage of the series of disasters, super typhoon Yolanda being the topmost. They target women and children, the most vulnerable in any natural and/or manmade calamity.
A social worker and an official from the United Nations Population Fund (formerly UNFPA) shared this at WomanHealth Philippines’ forum on “Preventing VAW in Disaster Situations, Ensuring Safety of Women and Children in Emergency Settings” at the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement office in Quezon City.
VAW means violence against women. It has since been expanded into VAWC to include children. VAWC covers domestic violence, sexual abuse and human trafficking. Caroline Jimenez, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) social technology bureau officer, said, “If a woman suffers VAW, so do her children.”
She added that critical stress debriefing (CSD) is provided both for hungry people after they’re fed and for service providers. CSDRead More »from Alert up against exploiters of emergency situations