The Advocacy Director of Pure Love Network attended a Seminar-Workshop on Sabakan Sexuality Program at Carmelite Retreat House, Malaubang, Ozamis City on April 5 to 25, 2010.
Sabakan – Ministry to Women and Children’s Concern is a church-based, non-government organization of the Diocese of Pagadian.
It has become a center for the healing of abused women and children and give free legal assistance to indigent clients.
It also becomes a training and resource center for the advocacy, promotion and protection of the human rights of women and children using creative methodology.
Sabakan Sexuality Program (SSP) is three-week training for social workers, teachers, community leaders, and anyone working on women and children. SSP was started on the year 1998 and conducted every year.
The seminar-workshop tackles the following:
I. SEXUALITY & SPIRITUALITY
Sexuality and spirituality play a major role in the force that gives life. When God created man and woman to his image and likeness, sexuality and spirituality is the twin gift given to each and everyone. These are the two aspects of our lives that cannot be separated, these comprises the wholeness of human being.
II. GENDER SENSIVITY TRAINING (GST)
What is GST?
GST is a skill knowing the truth that women and men were all victims in this crisis situation.
It is not a competition of men and women.
It’s not against men rather to be aware of the causes why there is violence against women.
Within feminist theory, patriarchy refers to the structure of modern cultural and political systems, which are ruled by men. Such system are said to be detrimental to the rights of women. However, it has been noted that patriarchal systems of government do not benefit all men.
What is true homosexuality?
A persistent and post-adolescent state of being in which the object of sexual attraction is a person of the same sex, and there is a simultaneous abhorrence or aversion from sexual relations with the opposite sex
V. VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Any act/acts committed by any person against: a woman who may be the wife/former wife, or with whom the abuser has or had a sexual/dating relationship, or with whom the abuser has a common child; or the woman’s child, whether legitimate or illegitimate.
The acts are committed within or outside the family residence
The acts result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, economic abuse, threat of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or deprivation of liberty.
VI. VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN
What is child abuse?
Although there are many formal and acceptable definitions of child abuse, the following is offered as a guide for information on child abuse and neglect.
Child abuse consists of any act of commission or omission that endangers or impairs a child's physical or emotional health and development. Child abuse includes any damage done to a
child which cannot be reasonably explained and which is often represented by an injury or series of injuries appearing to be non-accidental in nature.
VIII. NON-VIOLENCE COMMUNICATION
Non-Violence Communication is a powerful process for compassionate connection and action.
Provides a framework and set of skills to address human problems, from the most intimate relationships to global conflicts.
IX. ACTIVE PARENTING
Active parenting is more of a proactive approach. You don't wait for a child to do something wrong but try to instill values and morals that will be the foundation for their character as they grow up. That is the basis and purpose of active parenting.
X. PREVENTION EDUCATION AGAINST CHILD ABUSE
XI. REPUBLIC ACT 9262
AN ACT DEFINING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN, PROVIDING FOR PROTECTIVE MEASURES FOR VICTIMS, PRESCRIBING PENALTIES THEREFORE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
XII. HIV & AIDS
HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Retrovirus, Luc Montagnier, Paris 1983)
AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome - comes about as a result of damage to the immune system
XIII. MENTAL HEALTH
XIV. CREATIVE HEALING METHODOLOGY
The training indeed widens and equipped Pure Love Network in advocating the protection of children and youth.