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Women's rights awareness highlights Women's Month celebration in ARMM

Local News • 15:10 PM Thu Mar 31, 2016
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BPI-ARMM news release
Lanao del Sur women celebrate Women's Month (lanaodelsurinfocus.blogspot.com)

COTABTO CITY -–
Awareness of women’s rights highlighted this year’s regional celebration of the
National Women’s Month, an event led by the Regional Human Rights Commission in
the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RHRC-ARMM).

The
celebration was attended by more than 100 participants – mostly women from Datu
Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao – and was held at the town's gymnasium on Tuesday.

Atty.
Abdulnasser Badrudin, RHRC-ARMM chairperson, encouraged the participants, to
exercise their rights, and respect other people’s rights too.

March is
recognized as women’s month. This recognition comes with the acknowledgement
and respect for women’s rights, functions and responsibilities in society,”
Badrudin said.

The
celebration, which bears the theme ‘Kapakanan ni Fatima, Isama sa Agenda!’,
also aims at inspiring women in asserting their rights for the fulfillment of
their obligations, and to strengthen the advocacy of women’s month.

The essence
of the celebration is to help each other and build each other to improve our
welfare through awareness of women’s rights,” said Zuhairah Abas, head of
RHRC-ARMM's Education, Communication and Linkages Division.

Shari’ah
Counselor Bai Indira Sharrah Ibrahim-Sinsuat gave a lecture on women and
inheritance rights in accordance with Presidential Decree 1083, or the Code of
Muslim Personal Laws in the Philippines.

Thirty-six
years old Abneria Undong from Brgy. Tambak said the lecture provided useful and
enlightening information, especially about the mutual rights and obligations of
a Muslim couple.

Makadsukor
sukor ta ka nakasiya silan namandu sa kawagib na Muslim a egkalumaya (We are
thankful that they went here to teach us of our rights,” Undong said. Masela e
kinapamandu nin sa lekami egkalumaya (The lecture was appropriately educative
for us couple),” Undong added.

The
celebration included the artwork exhibit of Islamic calligraphy artist Zohayma
Montaner, Al Hadj, who won 11 international and two national awards for visual
arts.

The program was
conducted by RHRC-ARMM in partnership with the local government unit of Datu
Odin Sinsuat, Datu Odin Sinsuat Women Producers Cooperative, Bureau on Cultural
Heritage-ARMM, Del Monte-Delinanas Development Corp., and Regional Commission
on Bangsamoro Women-ARMM.

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