Stichting Bayanihan- Philippine Women’s Center in the Netherlands: Empowering Women Through Information
By: Lana Kristine Jelenjev-Flores, Bayanihan volunteer & voorlichter
“When women thrive, all of society benefits, and succeeding
generations are given a better start in life,”
7th Secretary-General UN
2001 Nobel Peace Prize
Since its establishment as a recognized foundation in 1991, Stitchting Bayanihan has endeavored to provide education and training for Filipina migrants on various topics pertaining to living in the Netherlands. For this year, the focus of the group is addressing the issue of domestic violence with the theme, “STOP GEWELD TEGEN FILIPPIJNSE VROUWEN” (Stop Violence Against Filipina Women). To properly disseminate the information on domestic violence, Bayanihan has sponsored a three day “voorlichters’ training” last May 9, 23 and June 27, 2009 to select women within and around the Utrecht area. The aim was to train “voorlichters” who will give information to other Filipinas on domestic violence awareness, patterns and prevention. Participants of the said trainings were Joy Felter-Jumawan, Lana Kristine Jelenjev – Flores, Roselle van Mulligen – Hernandez, Susan van Oostenbrugge – Gonzales, Salome aan den Toorn – Panoy, Pops de Wit-de los Santos, Shirly van Wijck-Rivera, Nimfa Hilderman-Quilingen and Rochita Loenen-Ruiz.