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UN features life stories of OFW leaders from La Union

January 23, 2017
UN features life stories of OFW leaders from La Union

The United Nations brings to limelight the life stories of former overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who now serve as community leaders in La Union.

 

The Bannuar ti La Union, one of the biggest OFW groups in Region 1, is composed mostly of OFW-returnees who now advocate for the promotion of rights and welfare of the OFWs and their families. An active social partner of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the group focuses mainly on the rights of women migrant workers.

 

This is how the UN Women took interest in the life stories of group’s women leaders, and featured them in the UN Women official publication.

 

Among the OFW-returnees featured by UN were Virginia Carriaga, Primitiva Vanderpoorten, Virginia Estepa, Carmelita Nulledo and Delilah Dulay, who shared their experiences as workers in foreign lands.

 

Meanwhile, Bannuar ti La Union’s president was also featured in “From Where I Stand,” a UN editorial series which captures the unique stories of people around the world, and how they contribute to realizing sustainable development for all.

 

Edna P. Valdez, 58, shares her story as a former household worker in Hongkong who experienced abuse from her employer. From this experience, she now takes inspiration in her advocacies as a community leader.

 

In the series, Valdez was featured along with other women leaders from all over the world.  She is the only Filipina yet featured in the series.

 

“The main challenge for women migrant workers is that they don’t know what rights they have. Even when there are laws and services in place, they don’t know how to claim their rights or access support,” reads Valdez’s story.

 

In March 2015 during the celebration of the women’s month, Valdez was recognized by OWWA RWOI for her exemplary service in the community as a woman leader.

 

The full stories can be read at http://www.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/multimedia/2016/9/photo-philippines-women-migrant-workers and http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2016/9/from-where-i-stand-edna-valdez.

The Bannuar ti La Union, headed by Edna Valdez, (center) is composed mostly of OFW-returnees who now serve as community leaders in La Union, advocating mainly OFW rights promotion. An active social partner of the OWWA, the group’s inspiring stories have been featured by the United Nations (UN) in its official publication.
The Bannuar ti La Union is one of the biggest OFW groups in Region 1. The United Nations  Women takes interest in the stories of the group’s women leaders, and features them in the UN Official Publication and editorial series “From Where I Stand.”