The Philippine Consulate General in New York
Kicks Off the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women
Personnel of the Philippine Consulate General in NY wear orange cloth masks, orange being the official color of the anti-Violence Against Women (VAW) Campaign, as a show of support to the cause. (Photo by NYPCCG).
25 November 2020, New York – Personnel of the Philippine Consulate General in New York (PCGNY) wore orange face masks in observance of the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW). The campaign began on 25 November, and will end on 12 December. Orange face masks were also given away to clients during the first day of the campaign.
In addition to the masks, information on the campaign along with orange-themed giveaways have been placed at the Philippine Center’s entrance in order to increase public awareness about the 18-day campaign to end VAW.
As studies have shown that incidents of gender-based violence increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme, “VAW-free Community Starts With me,” is particularly relevant this year. It is hoped that through this Campaign, everyone acquires a personal stake in ending VAW.
“The Philippine Consulate General in New York is committed to ending all kinds of violence against women by supporting gender equality, including empowering our female personnel and all our female kababayans,” said Consul General Petronila P. Garcia.
 UN Women, ‘The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19,’ UN Women, https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/in-focus-gender-equality-in-covid-19-response/violence-against-women-during-covid-19 (accessed 25 November 2020).
The World Bank, ‘Gender and COVID-19 (Coronavirus),’ The Word Bank, https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/gender/brief/gender-and-covid-19-coronavirus (accessed 25 November 2020).
A desk at the lobby of the Philippine Center has been devoted to the observance of the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW), where orange disposable masks and orange treats are offered to the public (Photo by NYPCCG).
Personnel of the Philippine Center Management Board also wear the orange face masks with the “VAW-free Community Starts with Me” seal, as they screen clients who enter the Philippine Center (Photo by NYPCG).
The “VAW-free Community Starts with Me” seal is prominently displayed on the orange face masks, encouraging the public to ask about the Campaign (Photo by NYPCG).
SSS Representative, Ms. Celenia Dimaano, supports the Campaign by wearing the orange face mask with the “VAW-free Community Starts with Me” seal (Photo by NYPCG).