LVF E-newsletter Number 10 (April 2015) 
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LVF conducts VAW Learning Session at the Diocese of Pasig:
Vicariates Vow to end VAW
The LVF Child Protection Clinic on Wheels conducted a learning session on Violence Against Women to more than 50 parishioners of the Diocese of Pasig who committed to end violence against women (VAW) through their “Panatang Makababaihan”. These were outputs of learning session conducted by the LVF’s Social Worker, Mrs. Emy India, last Saturday, March 28, at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Pasig City. Representing the four (4) vicariates of the Diocese of Pasig (Sto. Tomas de Villanueva, Immaculate Conception Cathedral; St. Anne; and, Sto. Nino), the participants pledged to re-echo this learning sessions to their parishioners and encourage their participation in the conduct of related activities in response to VAW. Through the invitation of Bro. Alex David and his wife Helen from the Family and Life Ministry of the Diocese of Pasig the LVF Child Protection Clinic on Wheels Social Workers were given the opportunity to discuss among 26 men and 29 women parish coordinators of the Diocese of Pasig about some basic concepts on gender vis-à-vis various types of violence committed against women at home, in the workplace and in their community. 2013 statistics of VAW cases were also presented as well as discussion on reasons why men abuse their spouse and why women choose to remain in abusive relationships.As this activity forms part of the LVF’s Women’s Month Celebration, the learning session was indeed a fitting moment to call on the support of the participants to: 1) help bring back the dignity of women who are being violated as their dignity and self-worth are the foundation of their rights as human persons; and, 2) build a gender-fair society were men and women co-exist and share responsibilities in creating a caring and nurturing environment for their children and the community at large. The male participants were also challenged of coming up with their own learning sessions as men also become victims of domestic violence and that they are not given proper assistance.
LVF Kids attend International Day for Street Children
LVF kids and adults from its various Child Protection Clinic areas once again marched along the busy thoroughfare of Roxas Boulevard in support to the advocacy for the promotion of the rights of street children in the Philippines.With the theme, “Louder Together”, the 20 LVF representatives joined the thousands of marchers assembled in Plaza Rajah Sulayman in Malate, Manila and walked together to Quirino Grandstand for a day of kite flying, storytelling and a short program highlighting the speeches of child advocates and special performances from the street children themselves. This is the fifth year that the National Council for Social Development, an umbrella organization of Social Development NGOs, organize the event in partnership with the members of its Street and Working Children subcommittee which include Laura Vicuña Foundation.
CPC Core Group on Servant Leadership   
LVF’s Child Protection Clinic on Wheels 18-member core group of mothers and youth from its partner high risk communities in Metro Manila attended a whole day Servant Leadership Training last April 30 at the Mary Our Help Technical Institute for Women in Mabalacat, Pampanga. In view of the significant role of community members towards effective and wide scale child’s rights advocacy, LVF convened its CPC leaders to empower them as partners in creating exploitation-free grassroots communities. LVF Executive Director, Sr. Marivic P. Sta. Ana, FMA gave a message of hope, saying that “God has gifted us with life for a purpose, to serve Him in Love by being gifts to others. We have to discover His beautiful plan for us.” With the gift of life, God has graced us with capacities and potentials for greatness and to be winners.  She challenged the CPC leaders to see the needs of others and be proactive agents of change and transformation in their communities.In a focus group discussion, Ms. Cueto drew out their idea of a leader. For the parents, a leader is someone who is able to go beyond self and help others, is sacrificing, persevering and has the ability to lead. For the children, a true leader is a role model, bighearted and can be trusted.  To conclude, a leader serves like Jesus the good shepherd.Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA also gave an input on Gender Sensitivity, emphasizing the significant role of society in shaping the perception of people on sex and gender which should be based on the concept of equality rather than mere stereotypes.
The Philippine Catholic Church fortifies it commitment to stop trafficking in persons through its bold step of gathering more than 70 delegates from 17 dioceses nationwide for an intensive training course on trafficking in persons. Organized by the Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) represented by its President, Most Rev. Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD, DD and Talitha Kum- the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons represented by its International Coordinator, Sr. Estrella Castalone, FMA and Asia Coordinator, Sr. Maria Victoria P. Sta. Ana, FMA, this project aims to empower the youth ministers to stop this modern-day slavery.Experts and well-known counter trafficking advocates lead the provided significant inputs in this 5-day training course held from April 20 to 24, 2015 in Lipa City. They were: Ms. Sally Ujano (National Coordinator of Philippines Against Child Trafficking - PACT); Ms. Jean Enriquez (Executive Director of Coalition Against Trafficking in Women in Asia Pacific- CATWAP); and Sr. Henedina Mananzan from the Religious of Good Shepherd. The Laura Vicuña Foundation’s experiences  on Protection, Prevention and Partnership strategies in Counter Trafficking were also presented by its Executive Director Sr. Maria Victoria P. Sta. Ana, FMA.  The very rich and interactive discussions harnessed the potentials of youth ministers toward the prevention and protection of children, minors and youth from the grim reality of trafficking in persons specifically in the dioceses which are disaster prone, i.e. frequently devastated by natural calamities:  typhoons, earthquakes, floods, landslides.Four bishops who diligently completed the four-day session namely: Most Rev. Guillermo Afable, DD, Most Rev. Ricardo Baccay, DD, Most Rev. Romulo Dela Cruz, DD, and Most Rev. Buenaventura Famadico, DD served as inspiration for the youth ministers to be well-informed, courageous, daring, innovative, vigilant and be Christ-centered and ecclesial in their response in counter-acting human trafficking.In order to address the reality of trafficking at the diocesan level, some of the commitments were:1) conduct advocacy and awareness program on Human Trafficking in schools, parishes and communities; 2) strengthen partnership and networking with LGUS, NGOs and like-minded organizations addressing the issue of trafficking in persons (TIP); 3) integrate TIP issue of trafficking in persons in their existing programs and formations for youth; 4) cascade this training course to their youth leaders; 5) create a special council or committee that will focus on TIP and extend services to TIP survivors such us identifying victims and open dialogue with them; 5) extend volunteer services to NGOs that serve trafficked victims such as Laura Vicuña and ECPAT; 6) conduct interfaith dialogue to solidify effort of the church against human trafficking; 7) conduct research and training of volunteers and advocates; and, 8) monitor the implementation of these action plans.The training course was concluded with a show of commitment and strong conviction of implementing their plans to the following dioceses that were represented in this training course: Archdiocese of Tuguegarao; Archdiocese of Jaro; Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, Archdiocese of Manila, Diocese of Kalibo, Archdiocese of Zamboanga, Diocese of Legazpi, Archdiocese of Palo, Prelature of Isabela de Basilan, Diocese of Malolos, Diocese of Daet, Archdiocese of Davao, Diocese of Cubao, Archdiocese of Cebu, Diocese of Digos, Diocese of San Pablo, and the Archdiocese of San Fernando.
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