Babaeng BiyaHero: A Free FB Live Webinar from UN Women and ILO

We have a free Facebook Live webinar for you! It features Glaiza de Castro, Kaladkaren Davila and Suzi Abrera.

The topic is relevant for today. During this difficult COVID-19 pandemic, how can we make sure that Filipino overseas Filipino workers are safe?

This free Facebook Live session will premiere on May 28, 2020 on Facebook at 8pm. Remember to go back to this link below:

Kuwentong OFW: Mga Babaeng Biya(hero) sa Panahon ng COVID 

This series of Facebook Live discussions is organized by the United Nations (UN) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The program is called Safe and Fair Philippines and it deals with issues and experiences of Filipina migrant workers.

Each session brings together public and NGO partners to discuss safety  and well-being of female Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in this uncertain time. 

The episode, moderated by television host Suzi Entrata-Abrera and internet sensation Kaladkaren Davila, will touch on the support that they can get as they endure the pandemic.

Actress and musician Glaiza de Castro will also appear on the first episode to express her support and share stories from OFWs.

The first session will focus on issues of gender-based violence (GBV) during the pandemic — how to report such crimes and where to get help.

Viewers could ask questions during the live Q&A segment at the end of each program.

“Safe and Fair believes that women migrant workers are heroes of their own stories. With the current health crisis, they are reaching out to authorities, seeking information about the pandemic while finding ways to remain safe. Even when abroad, they make sure that their families are attended to and able to access the assistance that should be afforded to all,” said Charisse Jordan, UN Women’s National Project Officer.  

Babaeng Biya(hero) campaign

This initiative is part of Safe and Fair Philippines’ Babaeng Biya(hero) campaign that aims to make the labor migration journey safe and fair for every female migrant workers in the ASEAN region. 

Safe and Fair is part of the European Union and UN’s Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls. In the Philippines, the organization is co-implemented by UN Women and the International Labour Organization.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has infected thousands of Filipinos abroad, especially women migrant health workers and domestic workers. Hundreds of thousands of women OFWs have now been displaced, lost their jobs or income; or locked down abroad,” shares Rex Varona, International Labour Organization National Project Officer. 

”Many have been repatriated back in the Philippines, experienced stigmatization, and are jobless and face an uncertain future. We want to work in partnership with women OFWs, the government and partners to overcome these challenges,” he adds.

“Indeed, Filipino women migrants are exercising their voice, choice, and agency –TinigPagpapasya, at Kasarinlan– and we want to show these women voyager-heroes, our Babaeng Biyaheroes our support. We want to be there for them, as they have always been for their families, for the country, for us,” says Jordan.  

“This FB live session also aims to provide a safe channel through which women migrant workers can seek redress, and voice out their opinions without the risk of judgment. We encourage viewers to actively listen and interact with speakers. Every woman migrant worker is welcome to join us in our discussion,” she adds.

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