National Youth Commission celebrates women's month with march, forum
MANILA, Philippines — In celebration of women's month, the National Youth Commission (NYC) launched the "Young women, Inspiring women" march and forum to recognize outstanding female advocates in their chosen field at the NYC office in Quezon City on Wednesday, March 7.
Hundred of youth volunteers and workers walked along West Avenue in solidarity of women empowerment. The activity aims to raise awareness and inspire the public to take action for their advocacies.
Among the ladies who were given recognition are Trizia Ann Magalino of Teach for the Philippines, Abegail Mesa of Rescue Kabataan, and Anna Venturina of CancervantsPH. They shared their personal stories of success and struggles in their organization, advocacies, and careers.
"Puso. Kailangan may puso ka sa ginagawa mo to sustain an organization. Hindi yung gagawin mo lang ang isang bagay para lang may pang-instagram ka," Venturina said when asked on how to preserve an advocate organization.
(You should put your heart in doing what you want to be able to sustain an organization. Don't do something for the sake of Instagram followers)
Rhea Peñaflor, NYC Assistant secretary representing Visayas, told Rappler the activity aims to break the barrier between women. They also want to show support to various women organization in all aspect of their life.
"This will be a series of activities. We want empowering women to be a continuous advocacy, not just only every March. We hope that these inspiring women will bring fire to younger women so they will have the courage to step up," said Peñaflor in mix of Filipino and English.
Peñaflor also encouraged all women to continue voicing out their opinions and standing by their advocacies.
"Let us all be that woman who inspires the next woman we see, meet or know. May all women make it as a way of life to inspire their fellow women; and may all women continue to participate in all meaningful conversations of the world," she said.
Here are some photos of the event: