Empowered Women Empower Women: An All-Women Rotary Club’s Advocacy Against VIOLENCE

As an all-women Rotary club, we embrace our femininity – sometimes fragile, but always capable and empowered. We are loved by our families in different roles – as grandmothers, mothers, titas, wives, daughters, and sisters. But despite the love and support we receive, not all women are as fortunate as we are.

This March, as we celebrated Women’s Month, we aimed to spread a little joy to fifty women who are victims of violence. Through the efforts of Rotary CDO East Urban, in partnership with RC CDO Spouses, Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro, I Will Serve Foundation, and Cagayan de Oro City Police Office, we provided 50 women with livelihood kits for manicure and pedicure, hygiene kits, 5-kilo sack rice, and boxed lunch.

With the Project Partners Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro

It is our hope and prayer that these livelihood kits will be the start of a new journey for these women and their children – one that is safe, peaceful, and full of joy. We believe that empowering these women through education and livelihood opportunities can help them break free from the cycle of violence and provide for their families in a dignified way.

We understand the sensitivity of the matter and want to assure everyone that no pictures were taken of the women. Many of them have pending cases on VAWC, or Violence Against Women and Children. Still, we are immensely grateful for the trust given to us to make even a small difference in the lives of these women.

This project was made possible under the Chairmanship of Marie Lynn-Benjamin Booc, Director for Community Service PP Bebotte Chu, and Director for Vocational Service PAG Rosalinda Caragos. We are proud to be part of this initiative and stand firm in our commitment to the well-being and empowerment of women.

As members of Rotary District 3870, we uphold the motto “Service Above Self,” and we will continue to advocate for the rights and dignity of every woman. Join us in our cause, and together, let us empower women to empower others. #rotarydistrict3870 #RotaryServiceAboveSelf

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