2009 National Women’s Month


“Babae Yaman ka ng Bayan”

The theme highlights the critical role of women in nation-building and recognizes that women are an important resource who can contribute to the reduction of poverty. Considering the present global financial crisis, it is timely to tap half of the country’s resource, the women, and create a gender-responsive environment to encourage and support them to venture into high-value and more meaningful economic activities and enterprise development.

The theme also supports the fulfillment of the country’s international treaty obligations, particularly Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Millennium Declaration, and International Labour Organizations (ILO) conventions. It is also in cognizant of the Arroyo Administration’s Ten-Point Agenda and the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) 2004-2010 which identifies the creation of three million enterprises and ten million jobs, with women as the main target of micro-finance initiatives.


  • To serve as a venue for sharing of inspiring stories of women entrepreneurs, lessons learned and good practices in entrepreneurial activities; and
  • To serve as a channel for the nationwide campaign to promote women’s economic empowerment and rights through entrepreneurship.


Event: “Go Negosyo: Babae, Yaman Ka ng Bayan”
Date and time: March 2, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Venue: World Trade Center, Pasay City

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) in partnership with NCRFW is organizing the Go Negosyo Women Entrepreneurship Summit, which is considered the biggest women event of the year. Pinay entrepreneurs who ventured into the world of business and improved their quality of life despite the numerous challenges they faced will share their stories and inspire other women. Participants will have the chance to be mentored by some of the country’s successful women entrepreneurs. Government officials will discuss how they plan to help women in micro small and medium-scale entrepreneurs.

The event will gather at least 3,000 participants from women’s organizations, microenterprises, NGOs, academe, private sector and government. Mini lectures and fora on negosyo basics ranging from best marketing practices for small enterprises, entrepreneurial financial management, leadership styles, competitiveness in the export market, technology utilization to tips and advice on concerns that women entrepreneurs face: health and wellness, fitness, family life and work balance will be conducted.

Different products and services relating to the needs and wants of women consumers will also be showcased through the booths and exhibits.

Launch of the NCRFW Gender and Development (GAD) portal – March 2, 2009

Signing of the Magna Carta of Women