General Program of Action (GPOA) 2011
Campaigns and Lobbying
Conduct campaigns and articulate positions on the following issues:
- Immediate and unconditional release of women political prisoners
- Call for the end of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances
- Call for justice and prosecution of Arroyo and her generals on the human rights violations against women
- Implementation of UN Human Rights Committee views and recommendations on the cases of Benjaline Hernandez and Eden Marcellana-Eddie Gumanoy
- Sexual and gender-based violence against women victims of human rights violations (HRVs) such as rape, molestation, harassment, humiliation, among others
- Highlight the issue of strip searches and other forms of humiliation against prisoners and their families/visitors
- Militarization and forced evacuation of whole communities, especially the impact on women and children
- Forms of psywar and deception of state security forces against women
- Hold dialogues and meetings with relevant government agencies such as the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), National Commission on the Rights of Women (NCRW) and members of the legislature, judiciary and local government. Take up particular cases of WHRDs and women victims of HR violations and call for congressional inquiries.
- Initiate lobby actions in both houses of Congress for the enactment into law of the bill on Human Rights Defenders Protection and other bills protecting people from human rights violations like the proposed Anti-Enforced Disappearance Bill. Monitor the implementation of the recently enacted Anti-Torture Law. Study the proposed bill Prison Rape Prevention Law.
- Popularize the UN Declaration on the Rights of Human Rights Defenders, Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination and Violence Against Women (CEDAW) and other UN human rights instruments.
- Actively participate in lobby efforts in the UNHRC and dialogue with the appropriate UN Special Rapporteurs (including the SR on Human Rights Defenders and Violence Against Women) and representatives of international HR organizations. Ensure the integration and highlighting of the cases and issues of WHRDs.
- Continue to lead the annual commemoration of the International Day of Women Human Rights Defenders on the 29th of November. Join the campaigns of the international and global regional WHRD networks. Be a member or network with like-minded formations of WHRDs.
Organizing and Education
- Involve and recruit WHRDs in schools, workplaces, factories, communities and rural areas to involve them in activities that uphold and defend their and others’ rights and to let them know where they can run to should they need assistance themselves.
- Organize the General Assembly of Tanggol Bayi within 2011.
- Conduct human rights education, consultations and trainings on para-legal work and documentation of human rights violations (HRVs) to further develop their capabilities as HRDs.
- Organize and/or co-sponsor issue discussions, forums, exhibits, art workshops, and other creative forms to popularize issues concerning human rights and WHRDs; send speakers to HR and multi-sectoral forums.
- Publish articles on the state of WHRDs and related topics.
- Provide security for women human rights defenders at risk by generating resources for immediate sanctuary and/or temporary housing for them.
- Liaise and ask for support from lawyers, especially women lawyers, for assistance in the pursuance of legal cases, whether those slapped on WHRDs or those against perpetrators of human rights violations against them.
- Link up and network with individual women and women’s groups so they can lend support to human rights defenders especially the women. Give particular attention to those from among students, academe, religious, artists, professionals and business.
- Arrange for other relevant services to WHRDs such as psycho-social therapy and medical assistance. Help seek educational assistance to children of HRDs.
- Help raise resources and tap free services for the needs of WHRDs.
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