2019 National Women’s Month

Specifically, the PCW-led major events for NWMC 2019 aim to:

  • introduce the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) Plan and the GEWE Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Indicators Compendium to stakeholders
  • launch the Gender-Responsive Local Government Unit (GERL) Toolkit and recognize the LGUs that contributed in the development of the tool
  • recognize additional Local Learning Hubs (LLH) and feature the model GAD programs of these LGUs
  • sign the partnership agreement between the PCW and the newly certified GAD Local Learning Hubs
  • conduct continuing advocacy throughout March in line with the theme and focus of NWMC



Date: March 8, 2019 (Friday)
Venue: Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City
Target participants: Key officials and Gender and Development Focal Point System of government agencies and LGUs (please wait for official advisory)
Lead agency: Philippine Commission on Women

The National Women’s Day Conference will serve as the venue for the PCW to launch the Gender Responsive Local Government Unit (GERL) Toolkit; the Certification of new GAD Local Learning Hubs; and launching of the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) Plan, and GEWE Monitoring and Evaluation Compendium. 

  • CERTIFICATION OF NEW GAD LOCAL LEARNING HUB. The GAD Local Learning Hubs (GAD LLHs) showcase innovative GAD structures, processes, and programs that have been sustained or improved by LGUs through the years. The certification of GAD LLHs is meant for sharing and replicating good practices, ultimately giving other LGUs the opportunity to think outside the box when implementing GAD initiatives. LGUs seeking to imbibe GAD innovations can learn from the GAD LLHs and get inspiration on how to infuse GAD in local governance and public service. This March 2019, PCW shall recognize seven (7) that will join the roster of PCW’s certified GAD LLHs.
  • GENDER-RESPONSIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT. The GERL Assessment Tool aims to measure the extent of gender-responsiveness of the LGUs, both provincial and city/municipal levels, in terms of its capacities as an organization, and its delivery of basic services and facilities. Specifically, the GeRL Assessment Tool will: (1) gather data and information on the level of LGUs’ GAD mainstreaming efforts and practices; (2) serve as a monitoring and evaluation tool to measure the extent of gender responsiveness of the LGU as an organization and in the delivery of basic services and facilities; and (3) identify the gaps and corresponding strategies to achieve gender responsive local governance.
  • GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT (GEWE) PLAN, 2019-2025. The GEWE Plan serves as guide and key reference in formulating GAD Plans and Budgets of agencies, and is aligned with and supports the vision of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022. It provides concrete strategies to realize the objectives of the long-term perspective plan on GEWE — the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development 1995-2025. It will also contribute to the realization of AmBisyon Natin 2040, the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, and the attainment of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal No. 5 on Achieving Gender Equality.
  • COMPENDIUM OF GEWE INDICATORS. The Compendium presents a menu of indicators to aid development stakeholders in monitoring and evaluating the results of the interventions and investments undertaken towards the realization of GEWE in various sectoral and thematic areas of concern in the Philippines. It is a tool and reference guide to inform planners and policymakers on their need to design, approve, implement, monitor and evaluate policies, plans, programs, and projects supporting GEWE outcomes and other results. 


  All government agencies and local government units are encouraged to include NWMC announcement in their respective Flag Raising Ceremonies on Mach 4, 2019 (first Monday of March).

SERBISYO PARA KAY JUANA (March 8 or per discretion of sponsoring agency) 

The activity encourages government agencies and private organizations that offer direct services and other transactions with the public to offer privileges like freebies and discounts on International Women’s Day (March 8) and any chosen dates within March, making the celebration more publicly known and felt.

#JUANA SAYS (March 1-31) 

An online advocacy first initiated by PCW in 2015. Juana Says is a daily dose of inspirational quotes from Filipino women from different fields or profession. Personalities who will be invited to share their inspiring words include heads of government agencies, private corporations/companies, celebrities and artists, women from various sectors (e.g. rural, IP, Moro, youth, formal employment, entrepreneurs), among others.  Everyone in encouraged to visit, like and share PCW’s official social media accounts to participate in this online advocacy.

PRODUCTION OF IEC MATERIALS (January to March 2019) 

The 2016 Agenda Ni Juana Crowdsourcing survey during Women’s Month show that the top 5 priority women’s agenda that people expect from the government is “Improved information dissemination on government programs and services for realizing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls and their human rights” which was chosen among the top five priority of 3,297 out of 8,005 survey participants. Section 26 of the Magna Carta of Women (Right to Information) also provides that “Access to information regarding policies on women, including programs, projects, and funding outlays that affect them, shall be ensured.” In view of this, government agencies and LGUs are encouraged to produce and distribute their own information materials featuring programs and services that can be accessed by women clients. Under the banner/theme “WE Make Change Work for Women”, agency/LGU IEC materials shall respond to the following key points:

  • How does the agency/LGU make change work for women?
  • What are the programs and services that can be accessed by women clients? Simplified steps/guide in accessing said programs and services.
  • Results or most recent data on accomplishments (to showcase what we have done so far).

The key objective is for the government to address the expressed need for more information about their programs and services which is also consistent with the mandate for women’s right to information under the Magna Carta of Women.

PURPLE FRIDAYS (March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) 

Purple Fridays is an advocacy activity in calling women and men advocates to advance women’s rights and gender equality, break gender stereotypes and stop gender-based violence and discrimination against women. Wear anything purple every Fridays of March to show your support.

Series of Workshops for the Preparation of the BPFA+25  Progress Report (March 19-29, 2019) 

PCW and key partners will hold a series of consultation during the NWMC, to make the BPfA+25 progress reporting participatory. Interested parties are advised to visit the BPFA25PH for more information about the process and important documents.