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 “The strength of my resolve to champion the rights of young women and girls is far greater than any fear of challenging long-held cultural practices or beliefs. If we will not stand up for our human rights, who else will?”, said campaigner Sittie Mohamad of Al-Mujadilah Development Foundation, a women’s rights organization based in Lanao del Sur campaigning to end child marriage in the Philippines. (Photo was taken in March 2020, before the Covid-19 lockdown) Photo Credit: Vina Salazar/Oxfam
Girls have been given much reason to hope in the Philippines. This November, a historic first, the Senate unanimously approved the Girls Not Brides bill, which proposes to criminalize child marriage .
Illustration by Vina Salazar/Oxfam
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, women's choices and rights to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care have been deprioritized and ignored.
Lady (not her real name) and her baby pose for the camera in this photograph taken in February.
People in conflict areas are left with nowhere to go as aid deliveries have lessened or stopped due to travel restrictions “It would have been easier for Lady (not her real name) to make it through the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic if she did not have to worry about bullets and infant...
Oxfam Pilipinas SHE Network calls for Unhampered delivery of SRHR services during COVID19
SHE Network for COVID19.png SHE Network for COVID19.png The Sexual Health and Empowerment (SHE) network is advocating for the continued and unhampered delivery of reproductive health (RH) services during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). The provision of RH services is life-saving and should...
We need pro-poor and pro-women approaches to hurdle this health, poverty, and inequality crisis. The coronavirus pandemic is exposing one of our greatest weaknesses as a society: the widening gap between the rich and the poor. With no end in sight at the moment, the impact of COVID-19 will be...
Oxfam’s work in the country, particularly in Mindanao is focused on empowering women and girls. In partnership with local and national organizations, we support women’s economic empowerment and innovate ways to end violence against women and girls. We also seek to improve access to information and...
Marawi evacuees, volunteer
"Thank you, women who chose to stand for justice even if they stood alone."
Compared to the rest of the country, the ARMM is lagging behind in terms of reproductive health. This underinvestment and lack of promotion of SRH services in the region is largely because of the long-standing armed conflict in ARMM and the deep-seated cultural norms and misconceptions about...
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