Theme

“Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda!”

The theme resonates the call for gender-balance in leadership and decision making positions both in public and private sector; inclusion of women’s concerns in leadership platforms and the government’s development agenda; and capacitating and preparing women and girls to reach their ambitions.

Local Government Units (LGUs) as well as regional and field offices of national government agencies may opt to use their local language in producing their NWMC advocacy materials and collaterals. PCW thanks the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino for translating the theme in various local languages.


2016 Theme in Local Languages

BikolKarahayan ni Juana, Iibá sa Pag-uurulayan!
ChavacanoBien estar di Juana, pone na Adyenda
HiligaynonKaayohan ni Juana, Iupod sa Adyenda!
IbanagPappakapianan ni Juana, Ivulun ta Adyenda!
IfontokEnkhawisan Juana, Itapi Taku iska Adyenda!/Itapi taku iska adyenda nan enkhawisan Juana
IlokanoPagsayaatan ni Juana, Ikuyog iti Pagsaritaan
KankanaeyPan-gawisan Juana, Itapi Taku isan Adyenda!/Itapi taku isan adyenda san pan-gawisan Juana
KapampanganIng Kapakanan nang Juana, Iyabe ya king Adyenda!
MasbateñoKaayuhan ni Juana, Iintra sa Adyenda!
MeranawKamapiyaan ni Juana, Irakёs sa Bitiyara
PangasinanPangkamaungan nёn Juana, Ipila ёd Adyenda/Ipilad Adyenda
SebwanoKaayuhan ni Juana, I-apil sa Adyenda
SurigaononAn Karajawan ni Juana, I-apil sa Adyenda!
WarayKatungdanan ni Juana, Ig-upod ha Adyenda

Objectives

Consistent with Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988, the annual conduct of the National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) aims to give due recognition to the contributions of Filipino women in our society.

Specifically, this year’s celebration aims to:

  • create an avenue for women and women advocates to celebrate the gains of the current administration with regards to closing gender gap, as well as to call on the next administration to continue supporting the advocacy and prioritize women’s issues in various agenda;
  • present the achievements of the Aquino administration in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, through the Report on the State of the Filipino Women;
  • gather public perception on what women’s issues should be prioritized by the next administration through crowdsourcing of “agenda ni Juana”; and
  • strengthen public advocacy on National Women’s Month, with emphasis on women’s issues that still need to be addressed.


Activities

As the lead advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equality, the PCW has lined up a series of activities for the National Women’s Month celebration that will give emphasis on the call to include women’s concerns in leadership platforms and the government’s development agenda. Below is a list of activities that PCW is organizing and co-organizing with other organizations.


PRODUCTION OF ADVOCACY MATERIALS AND COLLATERALS FOR THE 2016 NATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH CELEBRATION

PCW will develop and produce advocacy materials and collaterals related to this year’s NWMC theme and focus area of concern.

All government agencies are encouraged to use the design in producing their collaterals for distribution to stakeholders, especially the general public. The idea is for the advocacy materials to reach as many “Juanas and Juans” as possible, making our NWMC more inclusive and felt by Juanas across the country.

Agencies and local government units are also encouraged to produce and distribute their own information materials featuring programs and services that they offer for their women clients.


FLAG RAISING CEREMONY AT MALACAÑANG
Date: February 29, 2016 (Monday)
Venue: Mabini Grounds, Malacanang Complex

The annual flag raising ceremonies aim to increase the awareness of Office of the President (OP) officials and employees on the background, theme and activities under the National Women’s Month Celebration. This gathering also gives PCW the opportunity to invite and encourage OP system to prepare their activities in line with the celebration.

All government agencies and local government units are encouraged to include NWMC announcement in their respective Flag Raising Ceremonies on February 29.


PCW-AECID PROJECT ON THE MAGNA CARTA OF WOMEN KNOWLEDGE AND PRODUCT FAIR
Date: March 3-4, 2016 (Thursday-Friday)
Venue: TBA (PER INVITATION ONLY)

The ceremonial dinner and opening of the Women’s Month Celebration will happen under the 2-day Knowledge and Product Fair of the soon to be concluded PCW-AECID Project. This mini kick-off activity will be participated in by officials and Technical Working Group members of project pilot sites and partner national government agencies, as well as invited local government units (LGUs) and stakeholders.


FORUM ON GENDER AND ELECTION-RELATED VIOLENCE
Date: March 4, 2016 (Friday)
Venue: Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ARMM Compound, Cotabato City
Lead: Commission on Elections (COMELEC)

The Forum on Gender and Election-Related Violence, spearheaded by the COMELEC- Gender and Development (GAD) Committee, aims to provide a platform for discussing the nexus between gender and election-related violence (ERV) in the Philippines.

Three esteemed women panelists will present discussions on the gender dimension of political violence especially in Mindanao as among the obstacles to women’s full and meaningful participation in the elections, and forward thoughts on how to address the issue. More than 300 women leaders, regional and local candidates, representatives from the political parties, academe, media, women’s groups, civil society and religious organizations from the ARMM are expected to attend the event.

For inquiries regarding this event, interested individuals or agencies are requested to directly contact Director Esmeralda Amora-Ladra of the COMELEC Planning Department through her email address esmeralda.amora.ladra@gmail.com or office telephone nos. (02) 5272989 or 5231550 or her mobile no. 09178063549.


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION, MARCH 8: PRESENTATION OF THE REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE FILIPINO WOMEN (SFW)
Date: March 8, 2016 (Tuesday)
Venue: Malacañang (PER INVITATION ONLY)

The SFW is a term-based report on the achievements, gains and accomplishments of the Aquino Administration with regards to bridging the gender gap and promoting gender equality, consistent with item no. 13 of the President’s Social Contract with the Filipino People. Said report will highlight the factors behind the Philippines’ consistent good standing on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), besting all other Asian countries. Guests to be invited include government, non-government and private sector partners who contributed in collaborative efforts to bridge the gender gap and deliver results for Juana.


LAUNCH EVENT OF THE GREAT WOMEN FORUM: STAKEHOLDERS’ MARKET-MATCH FORUM AND TRADE EXCHANGE
Date: March 11, 2016, 8AM (Wednesday)
Venue: Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Makati City (PER INVITATION ONLY)

The Great Women Market Match Forum will serve as a venue to facilitate the gathering of women owned/managed small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and women-led social enterprise organizations to be engaged for potential trading with or supplying for bigger corporations. It will also be conducted to inform and encourage other big businesses in the country to take deliberate actions and make concrete policies on promoting gender equality in their respective workplaces. Said activity will be attended by medium and large corporations, women groups, associations and cooperatives, embassy and government representatives, and media groups and personalities. This activity is spearheaded by PCW Great Women Project 2 in partnership with the ECHOSI Foundation.


SAMA-SAMANG PAGSULONG SA MGA AGENDA NI JUANA (PUBLIC EVENT)
Date: March 16, 2016, 6AM (Wednesday)
Target Venue: Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila (public event, open to all interested organizations and individuals)

A bigger assembly of women and GAD advocates to celebrate the achievements, gains and accomplishments with regards to bridging the gender gap and promoting women’s empowerment. This gathering is also the opportune time for the PCW to gather public perception on what women’s issues should be prioritized by the next administration. The activity expects to gather more than 5,000 participants from national government agencies, local government units, state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations, private and civil society organizations, and the general public. Interested organizations or individuals may register online.


SERBISYO PARA KAY JUANA
Women and girls will enjoy privileges, freebies and discounts during National Women’s Month Celebration.

  • National Museum. Free admission to all female clients throughout the month of March (01-31 March 2016)
  • Office of the Ombudsman. Fifty percent (50%) discount on Ombudsman Clearance application fees to all walk-in Female clients on March 8, 2016
  • Libreng Sakay para Kay Juana. Free Light Rail Transit (LRT) 2 and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) ride to all women and girls on March 8, 2016 (7:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM only)

ONLINE ADVOCACY FOR 2015 WOMEN’S MONTH CELEBRATION
Date: March 1-31, 2016

JUANA SAYS
Juana Says is a daily dose of inspirational quotes from empowered Filipino women who have been successful in their respective fields. Featured personalities include heads of the government agencies and private corporations, celebrities and artists, among others. Visit, like and share PCW’s official social media accounts througout the month of March to participate in this online advocacy.