EnGendeRights Inc., a non-governmental organization advancing women’s rights through domestic and international legal and policy advocacy, research and training, and impact litigation, has concluded four pilot live-out three-day workshops on gender-based violence including discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Entitled “Training on Addressing Gender-based Violence and Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Affecting Children, Adolescents, Young Women and Young Members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community”, the workshops targeted Quezon City and Manila City elementary and high school public school teachers, guidance counselors and special education (SpEd) teachers.
The first two workshops, which had a total of more than 100 participants, were held on February 4-6 and 11-13 at the Quezon City Science Interactive Center Library, Nueva Ecija St., Brgy. Santo Cristo Bago Bantay, Quezon City. The final two workshops were held on February 19-21 and 26-28 at the Alzona Hall, Manila High School, Intramuros, Manila, and had a total of 134 participants.
At the end of the training, the participants are expected to (1) draft and revise their modules on gender-based violence according to the participants’ agreements; (2) conduct echo trainings for teachers, counselors and/or students for the month of March; (3) create Quick Response Teams; and (4) draft and revise their pointers for gender-sensitive counseling for survivors of gender-based violence according to the participants’ agreements.
The speakers came from EnGendeRights, as well as speakers from various organizations including Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) Psychology Department, Center for the Prevention and Treatment for Child Sexual Abuse, De La Salle University (DLSU) Dasmariñas Guidance and Counseling Department, DLSU-Taft Psychology Department, Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), National Youth Commission (NYC), Philippine Deaf Resource Center (PDRC), Rainbow Rights (R-Rights) Project, Inc., Quezon City Pride Council (QCPC), Ramon Magsaysay High School Cubao, Social Action for Equality (SAFE), University o f the East (UE) Caloocan Guidance and Counseling Office, University of the Philippines (UP) Center for Women’s Studies Gender Office, UP College of Education, UP Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Women’s Desk, and the Women’s Crisis Center (WCC).
The training workshops were made possible with support from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.