The Philippine government presented its combined 7th and 8th periodic report at the 64th Session of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in Geneva, Switzerland on July 5, 2016.
The Committee oversees the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) which the Philippines ratified in 1981.
When I was informed that President Aquino appointed me as Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in December 2010, I could not help saying “Wow! What an honor to be a ‘balikbayan’ to NCRFW, the former name of PCW when I resigned as its Executive Director in 1994 – a nine-year experience I am always happy to recall.” I wished for it, I prayed for it, especially since PILIPINA, the women’s group where I belong, played a major role in conceptualizing, defining, drafting and lobbying for the passage of the Magna Carta of Women.
Another milestone in the implementation of the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) is underway with the recent collaboration between the Commission on Audit (COA) and the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) on knowledge-sharing and capability development program on mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) concerns in COA and other government agencies.
The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the lead agency that makes government work for the promotion, protection and fulfillment of women’s human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, congratulates Ambassador Rosario G. Manalo for winning a seat in the United Nation’s (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) during the elections held at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Sixty-nine (69) PCW-certified Gender and Development(GAD) practitioners from all over the country participated in the 1stGAD Resource Pool Assembly convened by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) on June 1-3, 2016 at Hotel H2O, Manila.
The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and DDB Group Philippines’s #KnockOutDomesticViolence Campaign bagged the 2016 Asia Pacific Tambuli Bronze Award for Integrated Media Category.
The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the lead agency that makes government work for the promotion, protection and fulfillment of women's human rights, and gender equality and women's empowerment, congratulates the women who braved the recent national and local elections and likewise dared to enter politics which is still viewed as a man's world.
The 79th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the country today comes very timely as the 2016 National Elections is fast approaching.
MOVE AKLAN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST RAPE
Last year MOVE Aklan denounced the lewd performance of dancers in a political campaign in Laguna, again, the country is confronted with unconscionable realities that demean women brought about by machismo and the perpetuation of rape culture as manifested by recent treatment of rape as a joke by no less than a presidential aspirant. We are not only appalled but we are utterly frustrated that the level of political discourse in the final stretch of the campaign season is at the gutter level that no civil society can swallow.
Rape is a gross violation of human rights and wholly not acceptable. No one, regardless of a person’s age, sex, physical appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, race, social status, disability, or profession deserves to be raped.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) records show that for the first half of 2015, reported rape cases went up to 8,288 from 5,069 cases during the same period in 2014.