About the Project
In the Philippines, the 2017 National Demographic Health Survey reports that 1 out of 4 married women have experienced violence, it also reports that only 1/3 of those who experience violence seek help.
The Commission on Human Rights’ Mapping of Gender Based-Violence Legal Referral Mechanisms last 2019 has documented the continuing gaps in accessing justice in cases of gender-based violence (GBV), the gaps include lack of information and knowledge of the laws, and of protection and referral mechanisms, accessibility of and availability of services specially for women with disabilities, women in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) and other women facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination.1 These initial reports were also echoed in the Commission’s 2019 National Inquiry on the Reproductive Health of Women with Disabilities. The inquiry highlighted physical, communication, and attitudinal barriers faced by women with disabilities in reporting and seeking justice in cases of GBV.
In times of a health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, response to GBV is even more difficult. Incidence of GBV are expected to increase as an effect of tensions within the household during quarantine. The pressure to respond to COVID-19 may disrupt care and support for GBV survivors, and that in times of crisis, referral networks and access to justice in cases of GBV may be disrupted. With support from the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), we have developed this online reporting portal for cases of GBV during the COVID ECQ. We understand that not everyone who stays at home is safe and we seek to provide an accessible platform to facilitate reporting, referral, response, and documentation of GBV.
The reporting is not limited to those who are victim-survivors of violence, but can be used by anyone who witnessed or knows of incidents of GBV and wishes the same to be responded to and documented. Forms of GBV are also not limited to intimate partner violence, it could be violence experienced by women, girls, and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) communities in the hands of family members, strangers, from duty bearers, or those in relation to access of relief and support services, alleged violation of curfew and ECQ rules, or denial of services in relation to reporting GBV or accessing reproductive health services. Sectors are specified per report to ensure we capture the specific experiences of marginalized and vulnerable groups including girl-children, women with disability, indigenous women, women human rights defenders, women in informal sector, rural and urban poor, the elderly, migrant women, etc.
We work in partnership with organizations and government agencies to ensure appropriate referral and response. Together, let us break the silence. Keep Safe, Report Abuse.