The ASEAN community building process has consistently pursued gender equality, women’s empowerment and respect for women’s human rights as among its guiding principles. This is articulated in the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and reiterated in the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint, which contains the priorities and strategies to achieve the socio-cultural objectives of ASEAN.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s rights. It brings together representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world to build consensus and commitment on policy actions to advance women’s rights.
Pursuant to Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 signed on March 17, 1988, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) leads the annual National Women’s Month celebration (NWMC).