“We should let the community know ofour services so that, hand-in-hand, we can eradicate and end violence againstwomen,” she said. ILOILO City – Children have key rolesin the campaign to end violence against women (VAW), according to thePhilippine Commission on Women (PCW). Female children, on the other hand,should know their rights, added Santos-Millar. The United Nations defines violenceagainst women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or islikely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women,including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty,whether occurring in public or in private life.” Santos-Millar said it is importantthat while young, children must know about gender and development, as well asthe dangers of violence against women. Another type of VAW is sexual violence– “any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, or other act directedagainst a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of theirrelationship to the victim, in any setting. It includes rape, defined as thephysically forced or otherwise coerced penetration of the vulva or anus with apenis, other body part or object.” (PIA-6/PN) PCW joined a recent Regional Genderand Development Committee (RGADC) meeting at the National Economic andDevelopment Authority (NEDA) regional office here. They should be taught about theirrights, be aware and help fight violence against women, especially the youngboys, said Nharleen Santos-Millar, chief gender and development specialist ofthe PCW’s Technical Services Regional Coordination Division. As for local government units, shesaid they should have gender-responsive services. Intimate partner violence is a kind ofVAW. It refers to behavior by an intimate partner or ex-partner that causesphysical, sexual or psychological harm, including physical aggression, sexualcoercion, psychological abuse and controlling behaviors.