SMP-NATOW conducts Focus Group Discussion

on Gender-Based Violence in School Setting

 

With an advocacy to eradicate gender violence in schools, a team of educators and administrators carried out a focus group discussion (FGD) spearheaded by the Samahang Manggagawang Pilipino-National Alliance of Teachers and Office Workers (SMP-NATOW) in Richville Hotel, Mandaluyong City on April 20, 2015. The FGD forms part of the four-phase research project conducted by the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team, which seeks for the preventive and protective measures for the issue.

 

In the conduct of the discussion, eleven participants from various schools across the country took part in the discussion facilitated by Dr. Avelino Caraan Jr., the National Project Coordinator of SMP-NATOW. They expressed their observation that violence comprises all gender, and such kind of violence defies human rights.

 

To detail occurrences of the issue, the participants shared their experiences on gender-based violations. These intensify the claim that the problem on gender violence is existing, though unknown to many. Nevertheless, they mentioned that professionals, particularly women, have become more assertive in the workplace though there are still jobs that are considered “men’s world.” Adding up to the problem is the behaviour of people as shaped by culture and practice. Hence, the group mentioned that stakeholders must move together to halt the problem by drafting policies to be considered in the curriculum. They specifically pointed out the role of the school in leading the step to help children understand gender sensitivity.

 

The FGD is under the auspices of United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)