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SMEIDFI launches United Referral System among FBOs

06/07/2019

TWENTY-SIX (26) people from seventeen (17) different faith-based organizations (FBOs) in Metro Manila participated in the first of two-day workshop titled, “First Consultative Workshop on the Unified Referral System among FBOs” held at the Rosary Hall of the Good Shepherd Convent, Quezon City, Philippines on 07 June 2019 organized by St. Mary Euphrasia Integrated Development Foundation (SMEIDFI).

The general objective of the workshop was geared to develop a unified referral system and protection mechanisms among FBOs to streamline and strengthen the delivery of services for victims and survivors of violence against women and children (VAWC). It specifically seeks to establish the minimum standards of care among FBOs; raise awareness on how carers can be taken care of; and create an initial resource map to guide the directory-creation process.

The organizations presented are as follows:

Augustinian Missionaries of the Philippines

Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) Office for Women and Gender Concerns

Tahanan Mapagkalinga ni Madre Rita

Fight4Freedom

First Love International Ministries

International Justice Mission

Jeremiah 33:6-7 Foundation

Onesimo Bulilit Foundation

Philippine Children Ministries Network

Preda Foundation

Safe Refuge Philippines International

Samaritana Transformation Ministries

She WORKS - Made in Hope

Tahanang Paghubog Mother Bonifacia

Talitha Kum Philippines

Vedruna Foundation

Women Care Center Foundation

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Aptly called the United Referral System, SMEIDFI is creating “an initial resource map to guide the directory-creation process.” It is a campaign form to strengthen women and girls who are survivors and at-risk of exploitation. The Referral System is intended to augment government-led efforts in ensuring safety of women and girls. It is a bold move to collaborate with private groups, which are spearheading the safety VAWC network. The creation of FBOs Referral System is FBO’s part in contributing to the agility of the VAWC campaign.

The workshop will hold a second part on June 21, 2019 with a Memorandum of Understanding, Directory and Commitment signed that would concretely strengthen the VAWC campaign.

The workshop is part of the series of consultative efforts of SMEIDFI under the 12-month project “Strengthening Campaign on Protection of Women and Girls Who Are Survivors and At-Risk of Exploitation 2”, a continuing partnership of SMEIDFI with World Women Day of Prayer – German Committee (WWDP) which started in 2017 that gathers best practices to influence local movements to fight the stigma of VAWC and reduce the demand for trafficking in persons.

Contributed by Advocacy Unit. Responsible for this article is Maria Conjee Gomez (smeidfi2019@gmail.com).