Audience members watch the screening of “Nuwebe” 


Ambassador Servigon presents a token of appreciation to Ms. Ryce Chanchai of UN Women


As one of its Gender and Development (GAD) initiatives, the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to ASEAN organized an open forum and film screening in support of the Philippine 18-day Campaign to end Violence Against Women (VAW) held on Friday, 29 November 2019. The event invited a representative from UN Women to encourage discussion on the issues and featured the screening of the film “Nuwebe” recommended by the Philippine Commission on Women.

Mission’s GAD Focal Point, Ms. Angella Gilberto L. Alfafara provided a background on the commitment of the Philippines towards the annual campaign, which runs from 15 November to 12 December. Consistent with the theme, “VAW Free Community: Starts with Me”, the event raised awareness and challenged all to be conscious of the power that each individual yields towards the collective aspiration of a VAW-free community.

Ms. Ryce Chanchai, Gender and Governance Specialist of UN Women, discussed varying forms of VAW such as intimate partner violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and child marriage. Ms. Chanchai led the audience through a thought-provoking discussion and emphasized that VAW has an effect on achieving sustainable goals and narrowing the gender gap between men and women.

The screening of “Nuwebe” a movie inspired by the true story of one of the Philippines’ youngest mothers. Director Joseph Israel Laban provided a video message to introduce his film, which tackled issues of rape and incest.

In his remarks, Ambassador Noel Servigon, expressed his solidarity for the campaign. The event was attended by Mission’s personnel, students from the London School of Public Relations in Jakarta, members of the Philippines Women Association and other members of the Filipino Community in Jakarta.


Ambassador Noel Servigon, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN and Ms. Ryce Chanchai of UN Women (center), together with Mme. Marichu Servigon and Mission’s personnel support the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women.