Milan, Italy – The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Milan joined the 18 Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women last 28 November 2021 through a webinar entitled: Juana, Iba and May Alam: A Legal Webinar on VAW and Women Empowerment.

Atty. Ninez Maningat served as the Resource Person during the webinar, wherein she discussed Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 as well as Republic Act 11313 or Safe Spaces Act (Bawal Bastos Law). She also answered questions posed by the audience such as possible redress for those abroad and coverage of the law.

Following Atty. Maningat’s discussion, three members of the Filipino Women’s League of Bologna, namely, Ms. Mercedita De Jesus, Ms. Jesusa Biglete, and Ms. Mary Cris Cocjin, talked about their personal experience on women empowerment and inspired others to be courageous and resolute even in times of difficulty.

The webinar has been live streamed on the POLO Milan Facebook page and has reached 3,200 people. Participants during the live Zoom session included OFWs from Italy, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, and Bulgaria.