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Love and Self-care as a Form of Upholding Your Rights

Love and Self-care as a Form of Upholding Your Rights

Business & Career | August 23, 2021
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Self-care also means knowing your rights. And with the growing cases of domestic violence at home amid the pandemic, here’s how you can stay safe.

As each day passes in this “new” normal, do we still remember to take care of ourselves? Before the pandemic, we all experienced the hectic struggles of being on top of everything. Constant work meetings, familial responsibilities, or even personal dilemmas, for example, make our day tiring.

Nevertheless, I think that we have found our own ways to care for ourselves. Whether it means going to the salon or catching up with friends, these little things keep us happy and content. Plus, they make our worries go away. And everyone deserves it, especially women and children.

However, isolation, loss of income, and stress can cause people to abusive. Usually, this is geared towards women and children—people who are viewed to be more vulnerable in society. Since the pandemic, domestic violence cases have gone up. And that shouldn’t be the case. Everyone should, after all, be given a chance to indulge in self-care without the fear of harm from others.

What is the Republic Act 9262: Anti-violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004?

This is where Republic Act 9262 comes into play. The Anti-violence act against women and children act serves as a safeguard for all women and children in the country.

After decades of scrutiny, this bill was passed in 2004. In it, the state declares that it values the dignity of women and children and guarantees full respect for their rights. Additionally, the law acknowledges the need to protect the family, women, and children, particularly from violence and threats to their personal safety and security.

What does violence refer to?

According to Section 3, violence is defined as:

(a) “Violence against women and their children” refers to any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or against a woman with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom he has a common child, or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which result in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.”

The law covers a wide range of abusive acts. And it shows that physical abuse is not the only form of abuse that needs to be regulated. Even a woman’s and child’s mental health are just as important to their overall well-being.

How does it protect women and children?

This bill grants a protection order to prevent any further acts of violence, while also granting other necessary relief. These include a barangay protection order (BPO), temporary protection order (TPO), and permanent protection order (PPO), which are all enforced by law enforcement agencies.

Those who are found in violation thereof are punished with a fine ranging from PHP 5,000 to PHP 50,000 and/or imprisonment of 6 months. However, if the case is much more severe, it can be punished in accordance with the provisions of the Revised Penal Code.

Along with this bill, an Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and Their Children (IAC-VAWC) was established to formulate programs and projects to eliminate violence against women (VAW).

Put yourself first. Know your rights.

As these rights have already been laid down in our constitution, our duty now is to be aware of and uphold these rights. As difficult as it might be, this bill aims to protect women and children by giving them relief and security. And we need to be more vocal about this for their sake.

Note that violence of any sort should never be tolerated, especially if it comes at the expense of one’s well-being. Speaking against violence will ultimately go a long way in improving the living conditions of all women and children for the future to come.

So, always remember to practice self-care and take care of yourself through the law.

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