December 11, 2023–The Local Council against Trafficking and Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children (LCAT-VAWC) recently conducted a seminar aimed at guiding media practitioners in reporting and covering cases involving violence against women (VAW) and children. This initiative was part of the 18-day campaign to end violence against women.

The seminar’s primary objective was to enhance media awareness regarding issues related to the rights of women and children. Simultaneously, it sought to fortify journalistic standards through self-regulation, ultimately contributing to the protection and promotion of these fundamental rights.

The Vice-Chairperson, Councilor Celia Flor, delivered the opening message, emphasizing the critical role media plays in shaping public perception and understanding of issues related to violence against women and children.

The event was graced by resource speakers from the Public Attorney’s Office, Atty. Ira Caceres Bachoco and Atty. Franz Marie Villanueva-Sedel, both shared invaluable insights about Republic Act 9262, shedding light on its implications and the role of the media in covering such cases.

The seminar concluded with an open forum with the resource speakers and the participants. Followed by the giving of certificates and closing remarks by DSSD Officer-in-Charge Ms. Alma Gustilo.

Also present at the event were the Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD), representatives from various media outlets, the Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD), and representatives from the Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) sector.

By fostering collaboration between media practitioners, legal professionals, and advocacy groups, the seminar aimed to create a more informed and responsible reporting environment.
(Source: Bacolod City Public Information Office)

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