Sunday, 24 Sep 2017

Our involvement with the labor, peasant, and urban poor sectors secured the organization's awareness of women's issues and concerns, and it was not long before SALIGAN established a separate women's program.

 

Litigation


The Women’s program is guided by the precedent-setting criteria in the selection of cases. The criteria for the acceptance of cases are as follows:

  1. Must involve issues of violence against women (VAW).
  2. Must be (a) priority test cases involving VAW and (b) other VAW cases. Priority test cases are those that may be identified by the unit at any given time.
  3. Must be referred by partner organizations, unless the case involves an issue that has been identified as a proper test case by the unit.
  4. Must be principally meritorious.
  5. Case acceptance should not unduly drain the organization’s resources.
  6. As a general rule, cases to be accepted must be within Metro Manila only, except those identified by the unit as test cases.


Presently, SALIGAN handles cases that specifically focus on the implementation of RA 8353 (Act Amending Article 266 of the Revise Penal Code), RA 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003), and RA 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004).

SALIGAN has a Memorandum of Agreement with three partner-organizations for legal services and support: the Women’s Crisis Center (WCC), Kababaihan Laban sa Karahasan (Kalakasan), and Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific (CATW-AP).


Policy Advocacy

As with other programs of SALIGAN, advocacy and policy reform are aimed at executive, lawmaking or judicial action beneficial to women as a sector and the engagement of other societal institutions on gender issues. Among the program’s significant contributions is the passage of four landmark legislations––RA 7877 (Anti-Sexual Harassment Act), RA 8353, RA 9208, and RA 9262. These four laws culminated the efforts of many women’s organizations in lobbying for legislation that recognizes women’s rights against violence.

Currently, the program continues to be active in local and national advocacy for policies on violence against women (Anti-Prostitution Bill, Amendments to the Anti-Sexual Harassment Law), economic rights (Equal Opportunities/Anti-Discrimination Law, Magna Carta for Women), political rights (Local Sectoral Representatives) and reproductive rights (Reproductive Health Bill).

 


Paralegal Formation and Legal Literacy

The women’s program of SALIGAN also focuses on the formation of paralegals. However, unlike peasant and labor paralegals, those of the program have no judicial or quasi-judicial forum for formal participation. Nevertheless, they assist litigants in and outside the courtroom with knowledge of court procedure and substantive law. Aside from advice on court-related matters, women paralegals also provide insight on options for women in crisis. There is also continued monitoring of paralegals through regular clinics. In addition, the women’s unit conducts regular programs on legal literacy nationwide.



Publication and Research

The publications released under the women’s program complements SALIGAN’s goal of bringing the law closer to advocates of women’s issues. Current publications include the Women’s Paralegal Manual, Primer on RA 9262, Primer on Anti-Trafficking, and Primer on Prostitution Policies.

 


Publication and Research

The publications released under the women’s program complements SALIGAN’s goal of bringing the law closer to advocates of women’s issues. Current publications include the Women’s Paralegal Manual, Primer on RA 9262, Primer on Anti-Trafficking, and Primer on Prostitution Policies.