On the occasion of the International Day to End Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and as part of the forthcoming 18-day campaign to end violence against women, the Diliman Gender Office, with the Tri-College Ph.D. Philippine Studies Program and the College of Education as co-sponsors, will be holding a half-day forum on the plight and the extent of violence suffered by the Filipino migrant women.
The forum’s guest speaker Atty. Edre Olalia, Secretary General of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, will tackle the experiences of Flor Contemplacion and Mary Jane Veloso, two women-victims of poverty and labor export policy in our country. Their cases are two decades apart but they present the same problems. Organizations which advocated in their behalf called for same demands. For sometime now, questions like “What failed?”, “What were the strengths and weaknesses of their defenses?”, “What did we learn from Flor’s case?”, “What can we do differently in Mary Jane’s case?” remain unanswered.
Maritess Veloso-Laureta (Mary Jane Veloso’s sister), Russel Contemplacion (Flor Contemplacion’s daughter), Nora Aunor (actress, The Flor Contemplacion Story) and Migrante National are invited as reactors.