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.
With less than two months before the most anticipated 2016 National Elections, ‘Juanas’ and ‘Juans’ can already exercise their right to vote –not for qualified candidates but for women’s issues which should be prioritized by the next administration.
Local government units (LGUs) and national government agencies (NGAs) have seen improvement in implementing Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW).
To help expand and develop new markets for women’s products, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) through the ECHOsi Foundation is organizing the GREAT Women Market Match Forum on March 11 at the Yuchengo Museum, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. GREAT stands for Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women.
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) will present how the government, under the current administration fared in bridging the gender gap.
President Benigno S. Aquino III is now one of the 10 Head of State IMPACT Champions for the United Nations’ (UN) HeForShe Movement.