Contents A Message from the Commission Gender-Based Violence (GBV) 1 GBV Facts 2 Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) 5 Rape7 Trafficking in Persons 9 Sexual Harassment  (at Work, School, or TrainingEnvironments) 10 Sexual Harassment  This booklet is a component of the GBV Observatory project of the Gender Equality and Women's Human Rights Center (GEWHRC) of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) of the Philippines. For more information on the project, please visit Copyright © 2020 by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines Illustration and Layout by likha (in Public Spaces and Online) 14 Access to Remedies 16 As the Focal Commissioner on Women and LGBTQI, it is my pleasure to present this Handbook on Ending Gender-Based Violence for Women, Girls, and LGBQI. The development of this handbook is part of the fulfillment of our role as Gender Ombud under the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710), and as part of our GBV Observatory. We know that despite the gains of women’s movement in enacting laws addressing GBV, many forms of GBV, particularly against women, girls, and LGBTQI continue to happen. In the Philippines, the 2017 National Demographic Health Survey reports that 1 out of 4 married women have experienced violence, it also reports that only 1/3 of those who experience violence seek help. The Commission’s Mapping of GBV Legal Referral Mechanisms last 2019 has documented the continuing gaps in accessing justice in cases of gender-based violence (GBV), the gaps include lack of information and knowledge of the laws, and of protection and referral mechanisms, accessibility of and availability of services, and insensitivity of service providers. Through this Handbook, which we intend to disseminate widely, we hope to be able to provide information on basic laws addressing GBV. We aim to make information available and to reach out to women, girls, and LGBTQI who may be at risk or survivors of violence and in need of information to access remedies. We wish to send the message that we can break the silence, stop the abuse, and that the Commission, as Gender Ombud, is among the agencies that they can seek guidance and help from. We are one with you in building a world free from all forms of violence and discrimination. Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit Focal Commissioner on Women and LGBTQI i

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