Crises increase harm and risks for women and girls.
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Crisis puts women and girls at a greater risk of abuse and violence. In 2015 for example, an increase in exposure to sexual assault and sex exploitation brought by socioeconomic constraints during the Ebola outbreak were observed. The compromised social protection mechanisms due to diverted resources played a role in the said incidence. In this time of COVID-19 crisis, it is critical that women and girls are given protection even in community quarantines as this measure to protect them from the virus exposes them to another form of harm, a lasting or even a fatal one should there be no lines of help offered at all.
If you are experiencing any of these forms of violence, remember that you are not alone. Stand up, seek help, and speak up for yourself or for others. Please contact the following offices immediately for any reports:
Ministry of Social Services and Development BARMM: +63 950 727 1396.
City Social Welfare and Development Office – Marawi City: +63 945 465 0809
Aleng Pulis Hotline: (+63) 919 777 7377
DSWD Community-Based Services Section (CBSS): (02) 8733 0010 to 18 loc. 116
If you need to see a Women and Children Protection Unit located near you, use our HEALTH FACILITY LOCATOR. Simply input your location, then select “Women and Children Protection Unit” and click on the search button. The results will show the facilities with WPCU within a 10 kilometer radius from your location.