To help eliminate gender-based violence in the Philippines, the #RespetoNaman campaign will be making its way around the country. Launched in November 2018, and inspired by the global #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, #RespetoNaman focuses on bringing the issues of rape and sexual harassment into the mainstream in the Philippines, and thereby empowering women to rise and speak up. After its run in Metro Manila, the campaign will have stops in Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo and Naga.
#RespetoNaman is a project of the Office of Vice President Leni Robredo, Embassy of Sweden in Manila, UN Women, SPARK!, Empower, Terre des Hommes, Girls Advocacy Alliance, and Para sa Sining.
“Women’s empowerment in the 21st century is no longer just about representation and activism. Each one of us is called to go beyond lip service,and be more proactive in championing the cause of making our spaces not only safe for women, but conducive to their success,” said Robredo.
The #RespetoNaman campaign will take on its first Visayas leg starting July 18 in Cebu City. The Don’t Tell Me How To Dress Exhibit will be at the Ayala Center Cebu, and a #RespetoNaman Forum will be held at the University of San Carlos.