Community advocates for women and children protection against all forms of violence and those who care for persons with disabilities (PWDs) were oriented on April 15-18, 2009 about systematic referral system to increase access from government and non-government agencies’ humanitarian services.
This support mechanism will be available for those who experience rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, exploitation, stalking, verbal abuse, and economic abuses for survivors to be safely assisted and given care for their psychological and emotional welfare.
Discussed referral system is inclusive of the system within local government’s committee against violence on women; healthcare providers; and, municipal social welfare and development (DSWD).
These agencies can provide direct assistance for survivors; safe spaces for women and girls; health support delivery; psychosocial services; and, police or legal services as necessary.
Those who were taught of this system are community leaders from barangays Salipongan and Diolangan of Bubong; barangay Langi Talub of Masiu; and, barangay Moriatao Datu of Lumbayanague in Lanao del Sur. There were a total of 127 participants who attended the series of seminars of which 52 were males and 75 were females. These participants are members of community children protection team (CCPT), conflict transformers (CT), barangay peace action team (BPAT) and officers of peoples organizations (POs).
“We can now take actions of violent issues in our communities, including issues on forced early marriage and on husband’s abuses to women, “ said Hadji Hasim Guro, a resident of Moriatao Datu and attendee to the training.
Children and women at risks need to be provided with ample protection for their safety and to restore their dignity specially in time of crisis. The same care is expected to be provided for persons with disabilities.
Their situation should be documented by experts to prevent inflicting further harm and in observance to confidentiality. Survivors can request assistance for forensic reports in case situation require to be brought to the attention of police authorities. The latter has a family protection unit for those who suffer physical violence and other risks.
The training highlighted provision of medical care within 5 days for those with injuries and those infected with sexually transmitted diseases. Hence, anyone who suffer the situation should be referred immediately to healthcare providers.
Advocates were also taught on the the ethical aspects in providing humanitarian support. These are confidentiality, respect, human dignity, requisite of prior informed consent from person-in-need, non-discrimination, absence of prejudice, and conscientious respect to person’s security.
Beneficiaries of the training were expected to share information to their respective constituents.
The training was conducted by Maradeca Inc. with assistance from Caritas-Australia. (Saima Baulo)