In connection to the celebration of the International Women’s Month, ZABIDA conducted a Story–Telling and Writeshop for Healing and Advocacy last March 9- 11, 2018 at the Social Action Center ( Euntes). More than 15 women leaders identified from the ZABIDA – GAD Partner Barangays and Line-Agencies such as the Philippine National Police, Office of the City Social Welfare and Development and Gender and Development City Office. The main objective was to capacitate trainers in developing potential facilitators for VAWC story telling and write shop as a strategy for women healing and rights Advocacy.

The participants underwent Healing Process facilitated by Ms. Mariam Suacito, Executive Director of Nagdilaab Foundation inc. (NFI) together with Ms. Rosie France Montojo, program coordinator of Peace Advocates Zamboanga Foundation Inc. (PAZ). An introduction on the Violence Against Women and Children Realities (VAWC) was discussed by Mr. Ronald Cervas of Office of City Social Welfare and Development, Women’s Right for Protection and the role of Commission on Human Rights (CHR-IX) and as Gender Ombudsman, lectured by Mr. Daniel Paculanang and Mr. Roneale Ventus.

The participants have also shared their story through Creative Writing given by Ms. Frencie Carreon as part of the healing process and strategy for Story telling approach. The activity was in coordination with Katingban sa Kalambuan Inc. (KKI), Reach out to Others Foundation (ROOF), Peace Advocates Zamboanga Inc. (PAZ) and Nagdilaab Foundation Inc. (NFI). (Leo Christopher Gaspar/Human Rights Advocacy Campaign/ZABIDA)

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