More than 8,000 Juanas, Juan to ‘vote’ for priority women’s issues

With less than two months before the most anticipated 2016 National Elections, ‘Juanas’ and ‘Juans’ can already exercise their right to vote –not for qualified candidates but for women’s issues which should be prioritized by the next administration.

About 8,000 participants from government agencies, civil society groups, state universities and colleges will gather to call for inclusion of women’s concerns in leadership platforms and the government’s development agenda. This simulation of national polls is part of the public event aptly named as “Sama-Samang Pagsulong sa mga Agenda ni Juana.”

Taking place at the Burnham Green in front of the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila at 6:30 to 9:00 am on March 16, 2016, said public event is part of the celebration of the National Women’s Month carrying the theme, “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda! (Include Women in the Agenda!)”

U.P. Economics professor, veteran women’s rights advocate and broadcast journalist-columnist Solita “Winnie” Monsod keynotes the event.

In a separate statement, Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Executive Director Emmeline L. Verzosa said this public event will enable the participants to be heard and become involved in crafting policies and programs for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, especially now that we anticipate changes in local and national political leaders.

Interested individuals or organizations who won’t be attending the public event can join the crowdsourcing of women’s agenda via PCW’s online voting facility.

“We are enjoining women and men from all parts of the country to join the online voting. In this way, we can to fully maximize the use of technology to reach a wider audience and have a better representation of women and men from different provinces and regions.”

Results of this crowdsourcing will aid the PCW and aspiring leaders in proposing policies and programs related to gender equality, women’s empowerment, and the fulfillment of women’s human rights. 

The online survey runs from March 1-31, 2016 and is accessible in this website.