MisOr inmates informed about women’s rights

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Saturday, March 8, 2014


INMATES at the Misamis Oriental provincial jail were taught about women’s rights in time for the International Women’s Day celebration today, March 8, to make them responsible husbands and parents after they serve prison.

Alfredo Mapano, a political detainee, said the symposium was intended to spread awareness among the prisoners about the rights of women and their children.

Mapano was the peace negotiations consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Northern Mindanao.

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Mapano hopes that through the activity, his fellow inmates will remember the lessons and become better husbands to their wives, and father to their children.

He added that when these detainees will integrate back to society, they will at least help lessen the cases of violence against women and their children.

“Katong mga kusog mandapat sa ilang asawa, maka-amgo sila nga dili maayo ang ilang ginabuhat,” Mapano said, referring to the intention of the activity.

He said the activity was also for the women behind bars to be empowered through awareness about their rights and responsibilities.

Meanwhile, Rhodora Bulosan, regional coordinator of Gabriela, said they opted to celebrate women’s day in jail to educate the women inmates about the recent updates on their rights and responsibilities in society.

Like Mapano, Bulosan said the activity will help educate them that the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Law is available to protect them.

Bulosan said March is the month when women all over the world celebrate International Women’s Day.

She said amid all the celebrations, there are a lot of things that have remained unfulfilled for the women in the country by the present administration.

Bulosan said the cases on violence against women and their children are increasing.

Bulosan told the inmates that women are men’s partners for the rest of their lives.

“Time will come that the husband and wife will talk about matters concerning livelihood -- and for sure, wives will play a big role in that part,” Bulosan said.

Amid the important role of women in society, Bulosan said what is disheartening is women are often viewed as caretakers of homes.

“In our culture, women are secondary to men. The society views them only as caretakers of their husbands and children,” Bulosan said.

She added that women should be treated as equals because they play a big role in our society.

“Although women can’t lift a sack of rice, but men also cannot give birth,” Bulosan said, referring to the limitations of both sexes and their functions.

Bulosan also told the male inmates that having a mistress would not make them "macho."

She said what women thinks as "macho" are those who know how to respect the rights of women in our society.

Bulosan asserted that men or husbands do not have the right to physically abuse their wives because they do not own them. (Anjo J. Bacarisas)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 08, 2014.

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