In the Philippines, March was the month dedicated to women’s rights!
On March 8, the CAMELEON team launched their #Choosetochallenge campaign with the #IamForHEr hashtag. A video shared on social media brings together the voices of people and parties engaged with us in helping young girls who are victims of sexual violence and in promoting their autonomy. Among the many testimonies, discover MichèleBoccoz’s one, French Ambassador in the Philippines.
Never lacking in imagination, our Young Ambassadors are hard at work by using art as a prevention tool. A poster drawing contest illustrating women’s rights was organized. Internet users were participating by picking and sharing their favorite poster on social networks.
Educate and empower boys
In partnership with CACTUS FOUNDATION, the Young Ambassadors made communities and especially boys, men and fathers aware of gender equality and consent issues. The engagement of the Advocacy team helped to gather more than 200 signatures from different organizational leaders and community members who want to commit themselves to improve boys’ education.
Ensuring the beneficiaries’ good health is one of CAMELEON’s priorities in the Philippines. This year, the Health Day took place in our shelter in Passi. Doctors and nurses were offering our young girls, medical consultations including vaccinations against pneumonia. Then, the young girlsattended educational workshops led by the Young Health Ambassadors (CYHA).
News from Negros
Filipino workers and volunteers managed to install a temporary sheet steel wall to ensure the young girls safety in our shelter against the damages caused by the heavy floods in January.
Thanks to good practices exchange with the Passi shelters’ beneficiaries, our young beneficiaries were initiated to circus activities inSilay. As an integral part of our programs in the Philippines, the practice of this art is a real therapeutic tool to help our young girls victims of sexual violence to rebuild themselves.