DAR gathers 500 women leaders in Cam Sur for gender and dev’t activity
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has gathered more than 500 women farmers and rural folks as part of the first leg of the agency’s gender and development (GAD) project called Caravan for Rural Women.
The caravan seeks to provide farmers, particularly the women, children, senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) on their basic rights and services, and to protect women farmers and their children against violence in various forms.
DAR Undersecretary Teresita Vistro said the caravan strives to strengthen women farmers by orienting them on the laws affecting women and children.
“A major part of the caravan is teaching the rural womenfolk on what to do and where to go if they or their children become victims of abuse and violence,” said Vistro.
“We would also like to inform everyone that DAR has established women’s desks in all our regional and provincial offices where rural women, women farmers and children can go to for help and assistance if abuses were committed to them,” she added.
Vistro also emphasized the importance women play in community development.
“With this caravan, we at DAR aims to empower women by helping them organize themselves towards nation-building. We are rolling out support services projects and seminar-workshops to hone them in becoming business entrepreneurs just like their farmer-husbands,” she said.