"The low number of women in politics is detrimental for society as a whole" – this statement from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) during the 3rd World Conference on Women in 1985 did not capture much attention. The outcome document of the Conference called the Nairobi Forward Looking Strategies say almost nothing about women’s political participation. Only in 1990 did the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women considered equality in political participation and decision-making as a priority issue.
In line with the National Women’s Month, the MGEC is holding a Women and Media Summit to discuss the role of media in raising the consciousness of the general public in recognizing the dignity of women and the role and contribution of women in the family, community, and the society. Moreover, this will highlight media’s role in promoting women’s political participation, power, leadership and decision-making.
Guidelines for All Participants
As the national machinery for women’s empowerment and gender equality, part of Philippine Commission on Women’s (PCW) commitment is to spearhead the annual celebration of the National Women’s Month. Being the lead agency, there is a need to identify strategies and activities and would make every Women’s month celebration meaningful and in line with the national and international issues and trends on women. For this year’s celebration, the theme is “JUANA, DESISYON MO AY MAHALAGA SA KINABUKASAN NG BAWAT ISA, IKAW NA!”
Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) promotes the full participation and equitable representation of women in all spheres of society particularly in the decision-making and policy-making processes in government and private entities, in order to fully realize their role as agents and beneficiaries of development.
Statistics, however, revealed that disparities among men and women in elective posts and in traditionally male/female dominated agencies in government are still evident. Women are still a minority in top level positions in such agencies as public works, national defense and law enforcement. While opportunities for women in politics and decision-making are opening up, many still hesitate to take on leadership positions due to reproductive roles, conservative mindsets and a belief that politics and leadership are not women’s world (BPfA+20: Philippine Progress Report on the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 2014).
This year’s celebration aims to pay tribute to all women leaders who passionately led and continue to advance women’s advocacies. Their key roles and accomplishments in leadership, power and decision-making will be highlighted in order to influence and break the conservative mindset and belief that politics and leadership are not for women. The celebration will also be a perfect time to drum up the call for “Juanas” to run in public office since the last quarter of 2015 is the period of filing of candidacy for 2016 election.
The Philippine Commission on Women, together with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC) is pleased to invite government, women’s groups, and civil society organizations to submit nominations for the Philippine candidature to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) for the term 2017–2020.
Attached to this invitation for nominations are the following for your information and guidance:
After the success of the first three batches the PCW is now opening the profiling for the fourth batch of the GAD Resource Pool.
The GAD Resource Pool (GR Pool), which is one of the components of the National GAD Resource Program (NGRP), is composed of individual GAD practitioners who will be constantly updated and tapped by the PCW to provide technical assistance on GAD Mainstreaming to NGAs and LGUs.
About the Contest
The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) is inviting all High School students nationwide to join in the “18 Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) Poster Making Contest.” This contest aims to raise public awareness and educate the students about the issues on VAW.
The Gender Mainstreaming Monitoring System or GMMS is an online system for automating the GAD Plan and Budget (GPB) and GAD Accomplishment Report (GAD AR) submission of the agencies, GOCCs, SUCs and other government instrumentalities. Through the submissions, government progress in gender mainstreaming can be monitored.