Gender Equality and Women Empowerment Plan

The Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) Plan 2019-2025 covers four years of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, and the remaining years of the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development (PPGD) 1995-2025. The GEWE Plan contains strategic actions that: 

  • Concretize President Rodrigo Duterte’s commitments to fully implement the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) or Republic Act (RA) 9710;
  • Contribute to the inclusive human development goal of the PDP 2017-2022, and the collective vision of AmBisyon Natin 2040;
  • Move the country closer to the achievement of the long-term vision of gender equality and women’s empowerment as articulated in the PPGD 1995-2025;
  • Facilitate the implementation of the country’s international commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment, particularly the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing  Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA); the UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) on Women, Peace and Security,  the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 5 on Gender Equality, and relevant Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) declarations and action plans. 

The GEWE Plan 2019-2025 is the government’s guide and key reference in formulating Gender and Development (GAD) plans and budgets. It is the third time-slice framework plan that government has formulated in support of the long-term perspective plan, the PPGD 1995-2025.  

By prioritizing the strategic actions contained in the Plan, government agencies and instrumentalities ensure that their collective efforts result in more meaningful and strategic outcomes that will significantly contribute to the desired positive changes in the status and condition of Filipino women, particularly the poor and marginalized among them.

To facilitate its use as a key reference for agency GAD planning and budgeting, the Plan is aligned with existing government planning, implementation, and monitoring structures such as the development planning and Cabinet clusters.  Experience and lessons learned by government agencies in implementing the earlier framework plans and their own GAD plans informed the identification of priorities and strategies. Agencies spent more time and effort at the front end of planning to be more specific about the gender issues that need to be addressed, ensuring that they are matched by appropriate results, indicators, targets and strategies. The Plan makes it easier for agencies to meaningfully comply with the provisions of the law and contribute to inclusive growth and development.