Gabriela partylist Rep. Arlene Brosas has called for government programs designed to economically empower women, especially those suffering from abuse, in order to protect their rights.
Speaking at a women’s group forum Saturday, Brosas observed that most cases of violence against women are a result of their inability to become financially independent from abusive partners.
“Ang estado ay sana magbigay ng suporta sa ating mga kababaihang inaabuso kasi hindi dapat manatili o sumama sa lalaking mapang-abuso,” Brosas said.
The forum was initiated by Makabayan-Palawan, Palawan Alpha Phi Omega Alumni association, Roots of Health- Palawan and National Union of Students in the Philippines (NUSP) in celebration of National Women’s Month last March 17 at Sta. Monica elementary school covered court.
“Hindi sila makaalis sa relasyon kasi economic ang problema. Hindi nya alam kung saan sya pupunta. Ang nangyayari magtitiis siyang manatili ang babae sa ganung kaawa-awang kalagayan,”Brosas added.
She said that in every 14 minutes, reports revealed that one woman or child is abused physically or battered.
She noted that from 2005 to 2016 there were 153,412 recorded cases of abuse against women and their children.