Strengthening Government Mechanisms in Mainstreaming Gender in Reproductive Health, Population and Anti-VAW Programs: UNFPA-PCW Project Partnership

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has been implementing the project “Strengthening Government Mechanisms in Mainstreaming Gender in Reproductive Health, Population and Anti-VAW Programs” since 2005. The project aims to ensure mainstreaming of gender concerns in the mechanisms of government and in programs addressing reproductive health, population and gender-based violence. It builds on government initiatives to eliminate violence against women (VAW) and promote women’s rights. Capacity building, advocacy and rights education strategies are employed at the national and local levels.

In partnership with the 7 regions, 10 provinces, 30 municipalities and 1 city which are UNFPA pilot sites, and with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the gender component’s major accomplishments include:

  • Creation and strengthening of national and sub-national mechanisms to monitor and reduce gender-based violence
  • Development of guidelines and sample protocol in the establishment of a VAW referral system
  • Development of Performance Standards for VAW services of DSWD, PNP, DOH, DOJ and local government units (LGUs)
  • Training of service providers on VAW responsiveness
  • Operation of VAW Centers
  • Development of the National VAW Documentation System (NVAW DocSys)
  • VAW Advocacy during the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW
  • Formulation and implementation of LGU GAD (gender and development) plans and budgets
  • Gender mainstreamed and institutionalized in RH service delivery and PopDev Planning
  • Establishment of national and local chapters of Men Opposed to Violence Against Women (MOVE)
  • Development and passage of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) GAD Code