Women’s rights

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By Alah Soledad Sungduan

Stand Up for Life

Thursday, March 20, 2014


CELEBRATION continues for the observance of International Women’s Month.

More than just an occasion the event is also the opportune time for vital campaigns for women empowerment and advocacy for women’s human rights.

Seeing the importance of making the women become more aware of their rights and value the Mass Communication Society (MCS) of the Language and Communication Department of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of the Cordilleras lined up a whole month activity in line for the celebration and campaign dubbed “Kababaihan, Modernong Mndo, Modernong Ako!

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MCS’s campaign for women empowerment and gender sensitivity in celebration of International Women’s Month started on March 14 through a photo essay exhibit followed by a documentary film festival showcasing short films produced by students of the Communication Department held at the UC theater on March 18.

Other highlights of the activities are the educational talk on March 25 and Zumbathon, an activity that will boost confidence, and eliminate inferiority complex among women on March 29.

Meanwhile, empowered women in Baguio City shared their thoughts about what women’s rights mean?

For Nora Linda “Baboo” Mondonedo, the founder of the Cordillera News Agency and executive producer of Cordillera Skyline, women’s right is about having equal opportunities.

“Women’s right is having equal opportunities and the freedom to pursue one’s dreams whether one is in a relationship or not. The most important is to know our rights,” Mondonedo said.

Professor and Engineer Aurora Felisa "Mona" Jonson-Reyes, a BK volunteer and external public programs coordinator on the other hand said remaining true to inner identity matters.

“With every right that comes in her outer identity as a woman is her responsibility of remaining true to her eternal inner identity as a child of our Supreme Almighty Father- and as such, constantly being non-violent in her thoughts, words, and deeds,” Reyes said.

Awareness on women’s rights should not only be the concern of women but all the men as well. The annual celebration of Women’s Month is a celebration of women empowerment and awareness on women’s rights. It is an important moment where women’s voice and ideas should be heard.

Happy women’s month to all the amazing working women of Baguio media!

For comments and suggestions email alahsungduan@gmail.com

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 21, 2014.

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