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 Angel Dei, Melissa Profeta, Cheris Faustino, Cassie Uyoco, Francesca Fugen, Joyce Pring-Triviño

A recent study conducted by the Commission of Population and Development (POPCOM) found that 25 percent of surveyed Filipino adults consider violence against women one of the more critical issues, and the cases grew higher during the pandemic. 

And this alarming situation what inspired Francesca Fugen and Melissa Rina Profeta two braved women who survived abuse to build Sagip Babae Foundation—an organization dedicated to offering safe spaces for women who have suffered from—and survived—domestic violence, sexual harassment, and abuse in its myriad forms. Francesca and Melissa hope to provide comforting assistance to women victims, ages 18 and above, from all over the country.

The Sagip Babae Foundation’s online Facebook community will give women access to various activities and resources that may prove beneficial in their journey towards healing and recovery.

The foundation’s community will hold webinars and bi-monthly group sessions, and offer self-care strategies, wellbeing education, as well as more information on meditation and holistic healing. It will seek the best possible path of recovery and healing for beneficiaries by carefully matching them to the appropriate partner experts and practitioners. The foundation will shoulder all expenses for therapy and medication within their first month of participation, as well as half of the costs in the second and third months. 

The organization will also have a dedicated counselor for the initial session with beneficiaries. Core team members, along with volunteers for the foundation, have undergone mental health first responder and psychological support training to ensure that each beneficiary receives competent treatment during their time with the foundation.

In a conversation with MB Life, Francesca tells us that apart from providing medical support, the foundation will also provide livelihood education programs to help these women bounce back and earn their living—such as training them how to become social media managers and how to put up their online business. 

In the future, the founders also say that they are also planning to expand their horizons by opening its doors to the minors and help save women suffering from different abuse as early as possible. 

To know more about this foundation, visit their Facebook community

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