Women in love

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014


AS A matter of common practice and tradition, women are considered a component of our social structure, a family and a member of a clan and community. It is this perception of common interest for survival and security that sort of tightens the commonality that is bound together by a greater purpose and vision.

The Philippines celebrates women’s month every March. This is a legal fiat mandated by Republic Act 9262. The law that was passed on March 2004 provided that this month should be devoted to granting honor to our women.

The law provides in its so-called Women Safety Module that women should be protected from all forms of domestic violence and suffering, even if one did not get physical violence.

It seems that the Women Safety Module was framed after a National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) that was conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO).

The survey revealed that violence to women need not be only physical but may include sexual, emotional, economic and psychological abuses. Thus, women are given, in a way, all the protection to fall in love, and to nourish their affection for any man they may choose.

To quote from a Sun.Star Cebu story, “Emotional and other forms of non-personal violence are the most common types of spousal violence. One in seven ever-married women experienced physical violence while eight percent experienced sexual violence.”

However, the violence against women is perceived to decline with age. That is, the
violence of the husband declines as his age increases, education increases, wealth...increases.”

The NDHS further reported that violence against women are prevalent in Central Visayas, Caraga region Soccsksargen.

This law against women and their children refers to “any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or against a woman with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom he has a common child, whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode.”

Also, this situation would likely to result in great harm to the women involved in this kind of circumstances. This situation would be conducive to the women being psychologically harmed. Or she may suffer economic abuse; and she may be threatened with such “acts of battery or assault, harassment and arbitrary deprivation of liberty.”

About 14.4 of the women surveyed suffer this kind of abuse from their husbands.

Interestingly, of the respondents in the survey, it was said “there was one in 25 women with ages 15 to 49 who have ever had sex, experienced forced first intercourse.

But only one in three women who experienced forced first intercourse reported having suffered physical injuries.

Oh, but for our women in love!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 04, 2014.

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