As we commemorate the 78th anniversary of the special plebiscite that gave Filipino women their right to vote, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) enjoins all women to have a meaningful participation in the electoral process as voters and candidates.
The “Walk To End VAW” is expected to be participated in by at least 5,000 individuals from national government agencies, local government units, civil society organizations, academe, and students, among others. This gathering aims to echo a united voice in ending Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC).
Director Emmeline Verzosa: “While the Philippines has good laws, some of them are still not gender-responsive, and even promote unfair and discriminatory practices against women. Given these, having gender lens in legislation is of prime importance in order to amend or repeal these discriminatory laws.”
Women’s vulnerabilities, needs and concerns in conflict and post-conflict areas will soon be fully integrated across all implementing agencies and partners of the government following the signing of a policy document between the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
Twenty-six individuals from national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs), civil society organizations (CSOs), academe and civil society organizations were certified as Gender and Development (GAD) Resource (GR) Pool members by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) on September 9, 2014, at the Sunrise Holiday Mansion, Tagaytay City.
National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General Arsenio M. Balisacan urged the Regional Development Councils (RDCs) to strengthen their respective regional Gender and Development (GAD) mechanisms during the First Regional GAD Council (RGADC) Summit on August 14, 2014, at the Oracle Hotel in Quezon City.
PCW: This milestone legislation, which recognizes the economic, political, and socio-cultural realities affecting women, has paved the way in creating substantive programs and policies that eradicate discrimination against women and promote equal access to resources and opportunities for both women and men.
The summit intends to identify partnership strategies and convergence mechanisms to strengthen collaboration between regional mechanisms and PCW on gender mainstreaming at the local level. It will also serve as the venue to orient RDCs and RGADCs on relevant and most recent gender and development (GAD)-related policies, guidelines and tools that must be implemented and utilized at the regional and local levels.