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We’re all in this together! Joy Belmonte taps men to fight violence against women

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To mark International Women’s Month, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte led the relaunch of an initiative to help address gender-based violence in the city.

Called Men Opposed to Violence against Women Everywhere (MOVE), the project aims to invite more men to join the city’s charter and become active participants in eliminating violence against women.

“Para maging matagumpay ang ating kampanya laban sa karahasan, kailangan kasama natin sa ating panig ang mga kalalakihan. Kailangan maging committed sila na hindi kailanman papayag o palalampasin ang pang-aabuso sa mga bata at kababaihan,” said Belmonte.

During the launch, Vice Mayor Gian Sotto was also named as the honorary chair of QC MOVE for his office’s role in the swift resolution of a case involving a female employee who was sexually harassed by her male boss.

In 2021, the city’s barangays received 3,981 reports of cases of physical and verbal abuse as well as sexual harassment against women, as reflected in data from the city’s Gender and Development Council.