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In this modern day and age, the world has achieved great progress in innovations, technological advancements, gender equality and women empowerment that shaped the lives of people and the way they live and behave.

But amid great progress, women and girls still fall prey to discrimination and violence in every part of the world, as one in five women and girls between the ages of 15 to 49 still experience physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within a 12-month period
A United Nations (UN) study said 49 countries currently have no laws protecting women from domestic violence. It noted that gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

Fortunately, there are steps being taken to ensure the safety of women and girls to such experience, as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has called upon the members of the military to heighten efforts supporting the advocacy to end Violence against Women (VAW) in all levels.

The military force in the country is one with the national campaign dubbed as “VAW-free Community Starts with Me” that links 25 November, the International Day to End VAW, to 12 December — which is a historic date that commenced the campaign for the adoption of a UN Protocol to prevent trafficking in women and children.

This also falls squarely to one of the 17 UN-Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) objectives worldwide to allow inclusive growth among member nations and end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.

It also aims to eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.

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