Philippine Women Judges Association

Beverly Hills 6750 supports women empowerment with the Philippine Women Judges Association

In the spirit of International Women’s Month, Beverly Hills 6750 participated in the Philippine Women Judges Association’s (PWJA) 16th Annual Convention held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City on March 3, 2011.The Beverly Hills 6750 Management Team at the Philippine Women Judges Association convention. (L-R) Suzette Hahn-Lopez, Dr. Abe Marinduque, Dr. Eduardo Santos, Mia Cruz-Ong, Charo Soriano

The convention’s keynote speaker, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, welcomed the 250 lady judges to share their thoughts about the theme – Stopping the Abuse of Power for Purposes of Sexual Exploitation – a timely reflection on the concerns of women in the workplace and at home.

Women judges from all over the nation gathered to discuss women’s issues, particularly the sensitive topic of “sextortion”, or extortion using sex. Sextortion, according to Associate Justice Teresita de Castro of the Supreme Court, is a form of corruption that transpires in various parts of the world, including the Philippines. Unfortunately, public consciousness about its existence is low.

Governor Garcia stated that the sexual exploitation and the abuse of authority remains an obstacle to the empowerment and freedom of women and men alike.

The elements of sextortion are identified under the present laws against sexual harassment, violence against women, acts of lasciviousness, and rape. In March 2009, the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) partnered with the Philippines, Tanzania, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, to establish an anti-sextortion campaign.

As a committed advocate of women empowerment, Beverly Hills 6750 espouses initiatives such as these to increase awareness of women’s rights in the workplace.