Nov. 25 is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Despite being one of the most liberated countries in the world, the Philippines continues to be a double-standard society, where certain acts of men are accepted and tolerated, while the same acts of women are frowned upon. My only solution to the complete elimination of violence (physical, sexual, mental and economic) against women is empowerment and the only tool I know that could lead to empowerment is education. This education should not just come from and end in formal academic institutions, but should also continue throughout the lifetime of women — an education that involves interacting with women in order to understand where certain biases, discrimination and violence come from, an education that involves joining other women in a fight to topple constructs that are so embedded in different cultures, and an education that involves educating men of their rights and responsibilities (because I also believe that some, if not most, men are only victims of the standards already set by their society). This short post on the elimination of all forms of violence against women may not have any relevance to the outfit post, but this is my only way to share my thoughts on the matter.
Photos taken at Lazi, Siquijor.