Safe and Fair Philippines launches Facebook series on COVID-19 support for OFWs
Hosted on the Safe and Fair: Babaeng Biya(hero) Facebook page, the first session airs today at 8:00 p.m. Each session brings together key government and non-government partners to discuss a variety of topics related to the situation, safety, and well-being of female Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in this uncertain time. Viewers will also be able to ask questions for the speakers during the live Q&A segment at the end of each program. The first session, moderated by television host Suzi Entrata-Abrera and internet sensation Kaladkaren Davila, specifically focuses on the situation of women migrant workers, issues of gender-based violence (GBV) during the COVID-19 crisis, the reporting and assistance channels in cases of GBV, and services for women OFWs in the Philippines and abroad. The episode also touches on the support that they can get as they endure the pandemic. Actress and musician Glaiza de Castro also appears in the first episode to express her support and share stories from OFWs. This initiative is part of Safe and Fair Philippines’ Babaeng Biya(hero) campaign that aims to make the labor migration journey safe and fair for every female migrant workers in the ASEAN region. Safe and Fair is part of the European Union and United Nations’ Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls. In the Philippines, the organization is co-implemented by UN Women and the International Labour Organization. “The COVID-19 pandemic has infected thousands of Filipinos abroad, especially women migrant health workers and domestic workers. Hundreds of thousands of women OFWs have now been displaced, lost their jobs or income; or locked down abroad,” shares Rex Varona, International Labour Organization National Project Officer.
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