Zonta Club of Central Tuguegarao talks about My Body, My Heart, My Rules and more

To kick off their Women's Month celebration, the Zonta Club of Central Tuguegarao, the Philippines, teamed up with the Z Clubs of Cagayan National High School Senior High and Cagayan National High School to hold a "My Body, My Heart, My Rules" talk. The talk aims to discuss adolescent reproductive health and teenage pregnancy with high school students.

The talk featured Dr. Mariemids S. Isidro-Borlaza, MD, to discuss teenage pregnancy and related medical risks and realities. Zontian Susan A. Carag, MBM, a former area director, was also invited to lecture on protecting oneself from the dangers of early pregnancy. The event was a success, with 120 attendees, where 104 were girls.

The club also launched its Project GWAPA, which stands for Gender-sensitive, Women's Advancement and Power-building Approaches and means "beautiful" in Filipino. The project aims to educate students and teachers about gender sensitivity, the Anti-Rape Law and Safe Spaces Act in the country. The first session of the project was held at Peñablanca East National High School and  more than 750 people attended.

The club thanks the lecturers, teachers and students for engaging in these important discussions because teenage pregnancy and gender equity is a concern that involves everyone.