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Saturday, September 15 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Filipina Women Against Violence: The Vagina Monologues

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Marily Mondejar

Genevieve Jopanda, Chief of Staff, Office of Fiona Ma- Chair Emeritus, CA State Board of Equalization UNITED STATES

Trish Marie Edar Marco, Marketing Coordinator Mark Thomas Walnut Creek, CA UNITED STATES [Quartenary Economic Sector: interior design, architecture, management].


Catherine Sy Luib, D.C., Owner/Physician, Luib Health Center, San Diego, California, UNITED STATES [Tertiary Economic Sector: Healthcare]

Christen-Leonor Santos Montero, Chief Markeing Officer, Blue, UNITED STATES [Tertiary Economic Sector: Technology]

Crystal Dias LLB, Partner, Dias Solicitors, Kent, UNITED KINGDOM  [Tertiary Economic Sector: Legal]

Danabelle Hazel Ramirez Gutierrez, Spoken Word Artist, Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES [Tertiary Economic Sector: Entertainment]

Editha Tijamo Winterhalter, Ed.D., California State University, Northridge, Associate Vice President for Strategic Business Operations  UNITED STATES

Elizabeth von Atzigen, Primary, Secondary Educator; Cambridge English Exams Prep Trainer, KiTs Bilingual Dayschool, Wil Switzerland, SWITZERLAND [Tertiary Economic Sector: Education]]

Evelyn Tang Uy, Managing Director, Isaias Uy & Sons Development Corporation, Zamboanga Del Norte, PHILIPPINES [Tertiary Economic Sector: Travel and Tourism]

Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson, Senior Managing Director - IT, Digital Accelerator Journey, Technical Owner, Digital Solutions UNITED STATES [Quaternary Economic Sector = knowledge-based and production of information: Media: journalism]

Leonor Vintervoll, Founder, Philippine Women's Organization (PWO) Resource Center. Board Director & Country Representative for Norway, European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD), Oslo, NORWAY(Global FWN100™ '15)

Maria Beebe, Ph.D., President, Global Networks, Hawaii, UNITED STATES(US FWN100 '11 and Global FWN100™ '13)

Maria Victoria M. Acosta, Senior Vice President – International Marketing, Megaworld Corporation, PHILIPPINES [Secondary Economic Sector: Construction, Real Estate]

Myrna Tang Yao PHILIPPINES, President and CEO, Richprime Global Inc. PHILIPPINES

Pamela Gotangco, Visual Artist, Motivational Speaker, Gotangco Art, Aargau, SWITZERLAND [Tertiary Economic Sector: Communication Services]

Rayla Melchor Santos, President and CEO, Proactive Resources, Inc., Metro Manila, PHILIPPINES[Tertiary Economic Sector: Non-profit/non-governmental]

Hon. Thelma Boac, Trustee, Berryessa Union School District, San Jose, California, UNITED STATES (US FWN100 '07, Global FWN100™ '13).

Since 2003, Filipina Women's Network has convened the production of The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness and help STOP violence against Filiina women and girls.

Violence against women takes shape in a multitude of forms including domestic violence, stalking, rape, sexual assault, the trafficking of women and children, date rape, verbal abuse, harassment and hate crimes.
Join the chorus of voices around the WORLD, as we say "NO" to violence against Women of Color.  Bring your grandmother, your mother, your wife, your aunt, your sister, your daughter, your niece, your friend.  Empower them.  Free them.  Bring the men in your lives, too.  Let us all help stop the madness.

The Filipina Women's Network advocates for an education campaign to raise awareness about the violence being perpetrated against Women. Consider the following statistics:
  • 41 – 61% of Asian women report experiencing physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. 

    Source: A. Raj and J. Silverman, Intimate partner violence against South-Asian women in Greater Boston Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association.
  • 56% of Filipinas and 64% of Indian and Pakistani women had experienced sexual violence by an intimate in a study interviewing 143 women. 

    Source: Yoshihama M, Bybee D, Dabby C, Blazevski J. Lifecourse Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Help-Seeking among Filipino, Indian and Pakistani Women: Implications for Justice System Responses. Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice; 2011.
  • 5,200 – 7,800 Asians and Pacific Islanders comprise the largest group of people trafficked into the U.S., out of an estimated total of 14,500-17,500 individuals trafficked in 2004.

    Source: U.S. Department of Justice. Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons
  • 68% of Filipinas and 50% of Indian and Pakistani women reported being stalked by an intimate partner.

Source: Yoshihama M, Bybee D, Dabby C, Blazevski J. Lifecourse Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Help-Seeking among Filipino, Indian and Pakistani Women: Implications for Justice System Responses. Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice; 2011.
  • Research shows that children who witness domestic violence show more anxiety, low self esteem, depression, anger and temperament problems than their peers. They are at greater risk for abuse and neglect as children and to become abusers themselves as adults. 

    Family Violence Prevention Fund. Fact Sheet: The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children. San Francisco, CA: Author; (n.d.).
Statistics from: Asian-Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence


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Maria Victoria M. Acosta

Megaworld Corporation, Senior Vice President – International Marketing
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Educator, Chairperson, KiTs School, ENFiD-Europe
Betsy is blessed with a happy family, a fulfilling career in child and adult education and Human Resources management across 4 continents alongside a rich volunteer community service. Her strength comes from a deep love of the Blessed Mother and a marriage that produced 3 compassionate... Read More →
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Hon. Thelma Boac

Board of Trustees, Berryessa Unified School District
Thelma Boac was born in the province of Bohol, Philippines and came to America at the age of ten. She became an English, Spanish, and Music teacher and taught for many years before becoming an administrator and high school principal, the only Filipina principal in twenty years in... Read More →
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Editha Tijamo Winterhalter, Ed.D.

AVP for Budget and Strategic Business Operations, California State University Northridge
Editha Tijamo Winterhalter has twenty years of experience in the higher education sector. She is the Associate Vice President for Strategic Business Operations at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). In this role, she has responsibilities of overseeing the divisional budget... Read More →
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Pamela Gotangco

Visual Artist, Motivational Speaker, Gotangco Art
I am a Filipina visual artist, motivational speaker and short film producer based in Zurich, Switzerland. A Bachelor of Arts in Communication graduate from Miriam College, Philippines, I promote alternative communication through relevant artistic media. I found painting to be the... Read More →
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Danabelle Hazel Ramirez Gutierrez

Danabelle Gutierrez is a writer born in the Philippines and raised in Cairo, Vienna, and Muscat, she has been moving from country to country and taking photographs along the way since she was eight-years old. Her three-decade long life journey seems to have taken a longer pit stop... Read More →
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Genevieve Jopanda

Office of Fiona Ma- Chair Emeritus - CA State Board of Equalization, Chief of Staff
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Crystal Dias, LLB

Partner, Dias Solicitors
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Catherine Luib

Owner/Physician, Luib Health Specialty Services, LLC
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Trisha Marco

Marketing Coordinator, Telamon Engineering Consultants, Inc.
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Christen-Leonor Santos Montero, MBA

Chief Markeing Officer, Blue
Christen Montero, MBA, is an entrepreneur, business coach and artist raised in Riverside, CA. She currently leads technology innovation in both the public and private sectors. She has a B.A. in Holistic Study of the Mind, Metaphysics, Marketing and Education from University of Redlands... Read More →
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Marily Mondejar

CEO, Filipina Women's Network
Founder and CEO, Filipina Women’s NetworkMarily Mondejar has parlayed her success as a business leader and image consultant into founding a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization with members in 28 countries that seeks to increase the influence of Filipina women as leaders... Read More →
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Maria Beebe, Ph.D.

President, Global Networks
Dr. Maria Beebe has a Master of Arts in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University. Her research interests include critical discourse analysis, women’s leadership and information and communication technologies (ICT) for development and teaching and learning. Maria... Read More →
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Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson

Senior Managing Director IT, Charles Schwab
Gizelle is an award-winning transformative information technology leader with broad based global experience across multiple industries and over 31 years of experience in this field. A strategic, visionary, driven, results oriented leader with a consistent record of successfully leading... Read More →
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Evelyn Uy

Managing Director, Isaias Uy & Sons Development Corporation
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Leonor Vintervoll

Chair, ENFiD
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Myrna Tang Yao

President and CEO, Richprime Global Inc. and Richwell Trading Corporation
She was born on July 28, 1951 in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines.She is the President of Richwell Trading Corporation and Richprime Global Inc., an exclusive distributor and Licensing Agent of Mattel toys such as Barbie Dolls, Hotwheels , Fisher Price, etc., V-Tech electronics,etc.She... Read More →

Saturday September 15, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm BST
Hansom Hall