The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office 7 culminated this year’s Women’s Month Celebration by featuring the independently produced movie “Verdict” in its official Facebook page.

The film was streamed through NEDA 7’s FB page from 27 March to 1 April 2022. This year’s theme for the celebration, “Agenda ng Kababaihan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran”, focuses on women exercising their choices, taking their chances to be heard, and leading the way towards concrete actions.

The movie “Verdict” highlights the harsh realities of pursuing justice amidst complex litigation procedures and processes which often result in impunity for those able to work around the system. It tells the story of a battered wife’s quest for justice against her alcoholic husband set in a tumultuous and complicated justice system which provokes viewers to reflect on the weaknesses of our judicial system.

To cap the month-long celebration for women, NEDA 7 organized an office-wide film showing for its staff on 30 March 2022 featuring the movie Verdict. The message and lessons from the movie were later discussed in a separate forum.

Other institutions in the region were also invited to watch the movie through NEDA 7’s FB page. Several of them took heed of the invitation and incorporated the activity in their respective offices’ National Women’s Month Celebration. Among those that organized film showing activities were the Department of Science and Technology 7 (DOST 7), the National Nutrition Council 7 (NNC 7) and the University of San Jose-Recoletos School of Arts and Sciences.

NEDA‘s film showing activity for the National Women’s Month Celebration was co-sponsored by the DOST 7.