February 6, 2023

With March as Women’s Month, various activities are scheduled with focus on women’s welfare, health issues, proper information, and involvement in present situations and circumstances.
This year’s theme is “We make change work for women.”
The City Social Welfare and Development Office, Outstanding Women Leaders (OWLs), Balikatan, Innabuyog, Kalipi, City Mayor’s Office, Health Services Office, Sangguniang Panlungsod, the Baguio City Police Office, barangays, and other civic organizations agreed on the activities for the event.
For the whole month, district health centers will offer free Pap smear, violence against women desk functionality in all barangays will be assessed, and there will be a livelihood fair for women entrepreneurs and wellness zumba through the office of Councilor Lilia Farinas.
The awarding of the OWLs will be on March 28 at City Hall, after the search, selection, and validation started last November.
The One Billion Rising with women’s groups was conducted last Feb. 14 in coordination with the barangays.
There will be enhancement sessions on VAW, benefits and privileges, responsible parenthood and reproductive health for women with disabilities on March 4, 7, 14, and 21 in coordination with the Persons with Disability Affairs Office, CSWDO, CHSO, and BCPO.
The launching of the 2022 Kababaihan Festival will be on March 7 during the flag raising ceremonies at City Hall.
The “WOMENtor” online career guidance for girls will be on March 8 with the JCI Baguio Sunflower group and Purple Tuesdays on March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.
A cooking contest will be held with the Kalipi women’s group at the CDRRMO on March 9, women’s wellness and self-care through the CSWDO unit 9 and Irisan barangay; and a women’s health forum on March 11 with the Kalipi at the CHSO.
A gender mainstreaming training in the barangay in coordination with the Office of Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda and the Kalipi will be on March 10. On March 17, there will be a computer literacy training for women in coordination with the Department of Information, Communication and Technology, Balikatan, and Kalipi; fora on gender-based violence, March 18; “Keeping our Girls Safe” through the Girl Scouts of the Philippines; and “I say no to VAW,” through socio-civic groups on March 19.
On March 25, there will be a self-enhancement for women through talent competition and training on baking for Irisan women; and the “I say no to VAW” outreach on March 26.
An election round-table discussion with lady candidates is slated on March 30, and the BCPO will sponsor a content contest on anti-rape and anti-VAWC, with submission on March 1 to 25 and awarding on March 31.
Other activities may still be calendared. For inquiries, contact 442-2842 or 442-78-93. – Julie G. Fianza