2013 National Women’s Month


In consonance with President Benigno Aquino’s pursuit and vision of ‘tuwid na daan’, the theme being adopted for the 2013 Women’s Month Celebration is “Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan”. The theme underscores women’s leadership role and participation in governance to enhance gender perspective in upholding good governance. It highlights the importance of strengthening the mechanisms and institutions that support women and to widen the arena for their participation. It is also aligned with Section 11 (Participation and Representation) and Section 29 (Peace and Development) of the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710).


  • To highlight women’s leadership roles, participation in-decision making, and participation in the political arena, peace-building and conflict resolution
  • To build upon the gains achieved under existing mechanisms and institutions that support women and gender-responsive governance
  • To strengthen partnership with media in promoting women’s rights and in advocating to address gender issues


Women’s Day Forum – March 8, 2013 (by invitation only)
The Philippine Commission on Women, in collaboration with the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, will organize a forum aligned with the Women’s Month theme: “Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan”.

Participants: around 200 representatives from the Muslim communities

Venue: to be announced

GREAT Women Product Brand Launch – March 19, 2013 (by invitation only)
To showcase the improved products of the Women Micro Entrepreneurs (WMEs) from the selected GREAT Women Project (GWP) Areas, PCW and ECHOsi Foundation, will present the GREAT Women Brand at the Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza on March 19, 2013.

Participants: GWP partner women micro entrepreneurs, representatives from the PCW and CIDA, ECHOsi board members, designers and officers, members of the Women’s Business Council, Zonta groups and Yuchengco Museum guests

Venue: Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Makati City

Launch of the Gender Equality Guides for Media – March 22, 2013 (by invitation only)
In coordination with the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Chair of the Gender Equality Committee for Media (MGEC), the MGEC policy documents, namely: Code of Ethics for Media, Gender Equality Guide, and Guidelines to Protect Women Against Discrimination in Media and Film will be launched.

Participants: Around 100 representatives from MGEC members, government agencies, private media, schools of journalism, information and communication, national media federations and associations

Young Women Leaders Forum – March 20 to 21, 2013
A conference to be participated by a select group of young women leaders in the country to capacitate them with opportunities to develop and exercise their analytical, technical, communication, leadership and networking skills.

Conference sessions will include discussions on crucial issues like democracy, participation, health, environment, gender and other issues.

The activity aims to create a network of empowered young women who would hopefully sustain the gains of the Philippines in addressing women’s/gender issues.

The Young Women Leaders’ Initiative is a capacity building activity of the AECID-funded project of the PCW on the Implementation of the Magna Carta of Women.

Note: Agencies are encouraged to undertake their own activities for the Women’s Month Celebration