The Philippines is Asia’s best performing country in closing gender disparity this year, according to the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report.
Previously in eighth position, the Philippines has climbed to fifth spot besting other Asian and non-Asian countries.
Iceland remains at the top while Finland placed at the second spot. The remaining top countries are as follows: Norway (3rd), Sweden (4th), Philippines (5th), Ireland (6th), New Zealand (7th), Denmark (8th), Switzerland (9th) and Nicaragua (10th).
Thirty-nine women entrepreneurs from Aklan, together with Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) survivors, attended the two-day business clinic held at Aklan Tourism and Training Center on October 11-12, 2013.
Mr. Raymond Abrea, founding president of the Center for Strategic Reform of the Philippines (CSR Philippines), taught the women the How-tos of business which include registering a business in four easy steps, preparing cash flow and income statements, and costing products.
Nineteen municipal local government operations officers (MLGOOs), together with seven representatives from Negros Oriental and three representatives from Northern Samar, attended the Roll-out in the Localization of the Magna Carta of Women which was held on October 15-17 at Sampaguita Gardens, New Washington, Aklan.
Recognizing the progress of the programs being implemented by the Iloilo provincial government on Gender and Development (GAD), and as partner in the implementation of PCW-AECID project, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) identified five Local Government Units (LGUs) from the province of Iloilo as pilot areas for its Gender Mainstreaming Monitoring System (GMMS).
Iloilo Province--Aklanon women microentrepreneurs with women survivors of violence from Aklan, participated in a study visit to Oton and Pavia, Iloilo, sponsored by the Regional Gender Resource Center (RGADC) of Western Visayas for the 2013 celebration of the 18- Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Children. The study visit sought to inspire women on how women’s economic empowerment was realized among Philippine Commission on Women-GREAT Women Project beneficiaries.
Malinao, Aklan Province--The municipality of Malinao facilitated the conduct of an election for a new set of Local Council of Women officers for 2013-2014. Elections were held at the Municipal Hall last September 2013, upon the reorganization of a GAD Focal Point System.
Malinao, Aklan--The municipality of Malinao led the reorganization of the municipal GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) last September 2013. Creation and strengthening of the GAD Focal Point System is an institutional mechanism to implement the Magna Carta of Women (MCW), specified within the Joint Memorandum Circular 2013--otherwise known as the Guidelines for the Localization of the Magna Carta of Women (MCW).
Cognizant of the exemplary contribution and commitment to Gender and Development and Women’s Economic Empowerment, the Philippine Commission on Women and the Government of Canada showed their appreciation by awarding special recognitions and citations to national government agencies and local government unit partners during the National WEE Forum held September 19-20, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza, Ortigas Center in Quezon City
Philippines and Canada hold a Bilateral Ministers’ Meeting on Women’s Economic Empowerment last September 7 in Bali, Indonesia during the APEC Women and the Economy Forum. The meeting featured a presentation on the Philippine Experience in Empowering Women Small and Medium Enterprises with the GREAT Women Project being the banner program.