Girl Rising sparks a change in Dipolog

By Ryann Elumba

Girl Rising DipologIn celebration of the International Women’s month celebration, DMC College Foundation and the Samahan ng mga Pilipina para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran (SPARK!) gathered almost 400 high school and college students for the 1st Mindanao screening of the highly-acclaimed documentary film ‘Girl Rising’ at the DMC Auditorium last March 11, 2014.

‘Girl Rising’ is a groundbreaking feature film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives. It is also a movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for girls around the world.

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Mr. Darren Gonzales of SPARK! Philippines also presented to the audience the Spark a Change Project which would allow Dipolog students to organize projects to help other young girls in the community.

“Girl Rising is a moving film. Our students realized that they are lucky enough to       be in school right now. They are encouraged to take their studies seriously and be engage in activities that would help other young girls to be protected and be in school.”, Kristine Carl Bartonico, DMC College Guidance Counselor.

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The participants of the said activities are students coming from the Zamboanga del Norte National High School, Dapitan City National High School, Rizal Memorial Institute and DMC College Foundation, Inc.

You too can bring Girl Rising to your school.  Invite us to come and share the film and the advocacy to empower girls. Write to us at sparkphilippines2013@gmail.com – ED.

Malala, my daughter (How a Father’s love created a warrior for girls all over the world)

Watch this moving talk here: Malala, my daughter

Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. “Why is my daughter so strong?” Yousafzai asks. “Because I didn’t clip her wings.”

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There is a lot to learn from Malala’s father especially with the role of Fathers and brothers in the promotion, protection and fulfilment of women and girls rights. Teach your daughters to believe in themselves, to know that they are special, to fight for what is their fair share. Teach them to fly…-Spark ED

Spark Philippines Celebrates International Women’s Day at the Araneta Center

Demonstrating its commitment to empower women and girls, Spark! Philippines in partnership with the Araneta Center and the J. Amado Araneta Foundation celebrated Women’s Day through a Women and Girls Rights Forum and an official screening of Girl Rising from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon last March 8 at the Cinema 5 of the Gateway Mall at the Araneta Center, Quezon City.
“Our goal is for girls to believe in the power of their dreams and for women to find the courage to realize that they can succeed in anything that makes their hearts soar” said Jenny Lind Elmaco, Executive Director of Spark! Philippines and Girl Rising Ambassador for the Philippines.

The Girl Rising documentary is a groundbreaking feature film which spotlights the stories of nine brave girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives. It is also a movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for girls around the world.

Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) gave the film a G rating (General Audience).“ This is a powerful documentary meant to empower girls, very fitting to be shown during International Women’s Day. It should be seen by all audiences” cited the MTRCB Review Committee.

SPARK’s aim to nurture Filipino women began with an inspiring message from Ms. Victoria Garchitorena, Chief of Party of the Phil-Am Fund, USAID managed by the Gerry Roxas Foundation.

Ms. Czarina Medina-Guce,(Executive Director, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines), Mr.Brian Poe- Llamanzares (Head of the Research Team,Office Senator Grace Poe- Llamanzares) and Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman (Founder, Teach Peace Build Peace Movement) also gave their inspiring talks to the women and girls.

Binibining Pilipinas candidates for 2014 pageant were also present on the event with the goal of strengthening their advocacies and finding their niche in the campaign for gender equality and inclusive development.

Ms. Kriszelle de Guzman-Halili, their representative was asked to give a short message in behalf of the candidates. “Dream big and be brave to turn it into a reality.” she said.

After the screening, attendees were asked to submit a proposal to ‘spark a change’ in their local communities. The project should address a specific issue that affects women/girls. The projects must also be spearheaded by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. Projects will be chosen every month and will be given seed money in the amount of Php 5,000.00. The winning group or individual will be given 2 months to implement the project and to submit a report immediately after.

Spark ED Conducts Gender -Responsive Results Based Management Training for PagIBIG Fund Officers and Staff

Spark! Philippines Executive Director Jenny Lind Elmaco together with Training Specialist Joseph Navarro from Spark’s Knowledge and Development Hub conducted a series of capability-building trainings in Cebu City, Davao, Pampanga, Tagaytay and Manila for the staff of the PagIBIG fund in order to strengthen the agency’s gender and development agenda.

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The Gender-Responsive Results-based Management Training and Workshop is designed to initiate discussion and provide a context for the Fund’s personnel to develop future planning that is gender-responsive.  It follows through from the Core Competencies Seminar done last December which aimed to introduce basic gender analysis and GAD planning to staff and to increase awareness.  The program introduced the Results Based Management approach on gender and development that works toward: defining realistic expected results, based on appropriate analysis as well as clearly identifying GAD beneficiaries and designing gender-responsive programs to meet 
their needs.  It places a strong emphasis on the need to monitor progress towards results with the use of appropriate indicators, identifying and managing risks, and reporting on results achieved and the resources involved.

The training also included workshps on the use of the Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework and the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines. These tools will be used to equip participants with the knowledge to be able to mainstream gender and create gender-responsive programs, projects and activities for the Fund.

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Girl Rising Caravan visits St. La Salle – Bacolod

The University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City played host to the the Girl Rising Caravan in Region 6 last March 13, 2014. The event was co-presented by the USLS Office of Student Affairs headed by OIC Director Minnie Montano and USLS Balayan Community Extension Office headed by Director Minmin Ponteras. Over students  300 students from USLS with guests from Riverside College, Inc. attended the forum which featured a special screening of the acclaimed film, Girl Rising, and a launch of the Spark a Change project. The latter gives Microgrants for Grassroot Initiatives and Community Organizing  where young people propose and implement a project to improve their communities and to highlight innovation for more gender-responsive neighbourhoods.

 Spark Philippines thanks the University of St. La Salle for their enthusiasm to promote, fulfil and protect women and girls rights.  We look forward to your  applications for the Spark a Change grants. May the tribe increase. Padayon! – ED

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