17 Apr Enderun brings UNFPA’s Don’t Tell Me How To Dress exhibit to the school
Enderun Colleges officially opened the exhibit of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) entitled Don’t Tell Me How To Dress on March 25, 2019 inside its campus. The exhibit features representations of the clothes that 11 Filipina survivors wore when they were sexually harassed or abused.
Spearheaded by the Social Orientation & Community Development (SOCD) of Enderun Colleges together with the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines and SPARK! Philippines (Samahan ng mga Pilipina para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran), in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden in Manila and Empower, the eye-opening exhibit challenges the destructive belief that the way a woman dresses instigates her assault. Exhibitors implore viewers to break this stigma — sexual violence is never the victim’s fault. The event also supports Respeto Naman, a nationwide campaign conceived by these organizations which all share a mission to stand united and vocalize total opposition to the myth of blaming the victims of gender-based violence.
Staunch supporter and advocate, Swedish Ambassador Harald Fries believes that, “a good start is to stimulate awareness and discussion about what needs to be done. The message of Respeto Naman is clear – it demands respect for women’s basic human right for body ownership and respect for safe spaces for women regardless of their line of work, what they are wearing, where there are, or who they are.”
“The responsibility of cultivating a safer community is a duty we all share,” according to Enderun Colleges President Dr. Edgardo P. Rodriguez. He added that, “Here in Enderun, we hope to raise more awareness about gender equality and violence against women. We must be socially responsible not just within the campus but also with the communities outside. The younger generations must be ready, educated and equipped to face the immediate challenges that rise today.”
Don’t Tell Me How To Dress exhibit is open until April 12, 2019 at Enderun Colleges.
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ABOUT ENDERUN COLLEGES
Enderun Colleges is a four-year undergraduate college committed to the highest international standards of academic excellence in the fields of international hospitality management, entrepreneurship and business administration. The College provides a career-ready environment with its industry-specific programs, highly experienced faculty, international academic partners such as Ducasse Education in France, Les Roches International School of Management in Switzerland and intensive internship placements. Enderun graduates possess the core competencies that are in high demand by industry leaders worldwide.
Executive Director of SPARK! Philippines Mikaela Luisa Carmen Teves opened the exhibit with a call to take action against gender-based violence.
Enderun Colleges President Dr. Edgardo Rodriguez
Empower Founder Kat Alano spoke about how many people are uneducated about gender-based violence and the misconceptions while also encouraging the audience to fight against these injustices.
H. E. Harald Fries, Ambassador of Sweden
Ribbon cutting of Don’t Tell Me How To Dress, an exhibit of gender-based violence
A great number of Enderun students dropped by in between classes to attend the important event.
Another part of the exhibit inside Enderun Colleges
Enderun students looking through the exhibit