Mayor Marcy Joins Call to End Violence Against Women; Supports Gender Equality
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Mayor Marcy Teodoro joined a nationwide call to end the violence against women and reiterated his support for gender equality at the annual “Tour de Takong” or Stiletto Race held in Marikina City over the weekend.
“Ngayong taon minarapat nating ihayag sa Tour de Takong ang isang mahalaga at kinakailangang pagsuporta sa ating mga kababaihan at iyan ay ang makibahagi sa kampanya laban sa pang-aabuso at karahasan sa kababaihan,” Mayor Marcy said.
The Philippine Commission on Women has launched an 18-day campaign to end violence against women from November 15 to December 12, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. One out of four women – aged 15 to 49 – “has experienced physical, sexual or emotional violence committed by their husband or partner,” the news report said, citing data from the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey.
“Bilang pagsulong sa 18-day campaign to end violence against women, ang Stiletto Race ay naglalayon na ipakita, iparanas at ipadama sa ating mga kalalakihan at iba pang gender ang pakiramdam ng isang babae bilang bahagi ng tinatawag na dress code,” said Mayor Marcy.
“Ngayong araw, gusto nating ipagdiwang ang uniqueness at indibidwalidad ng bawat babae na nandito at pati na rin ang pagbibigay pugay sa kaniyang kakayahang magdesisyon para sa kaniyang sarili at karapatang maging Malaya sa anumang uri ng karahasan,” Mayor Marcy added.
Banners with words "VAW (violence against women) Free Community Starts With Me" were prominently displayed at the unique race on Saturday.
The Stiletto Race required participants, both women, and men, to wear shoes with heels of at least three inches in height. More than a hundred runners joined the race held at a 600 meter stretch of the Shoe Avenue. Some of the runners are members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community and dressed and made up like women.
“Dito sa Marikina, itinataguyod natin ang gender equality. Lahat tayo ay pantay-pantay,” Mayor Marcy said.
The event was also a way of showcasing the strength, durability and beautiful designs of shoes made in Marikina, known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines. It was held as part of the celebration of Marikina’s Sapatos Festival that began on November 12 and would end on January 6 next year.
Aside from Mayor Marcy, those who joined the parade on Shoe Avenue that preceded the race were City Councilors Donn Favis, Jojo Banzon, Manny Sarmiento; Marikina shoe manufacturers; Ms. Marikina candidates; Kagawads Jaren Feliciano and Anna Montoya Cruz; former Vice Mayor Marion Andres; Angel Nunez; and, Marikina Shoemasters Head Coach Elvis Tolentino.
Pioneer Adhesives, maker of industrial and household adhesives, sealants, waterproofing, among other products, donated some of the prizes. Pioneer is known for leading brands Pioneer Epoxy, Pioneer Mighty Bond and Pioneer Elastoseal.
The Marikina Shoe Industry Development Office (MASIDO) headed by Noel Box, Community Relations Office, Gender and Development Office, PIO headed by Lou Navarro, Trade and Industry Office headed by Lou dela Paz, and the Marikina City Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office headed by Ponchie Santos spearheaded the event.
(Photo credits: Alfred Javier of MASIDO and Marikina PIO)
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