PCW conducts nationwide stakeholders’ consultations for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Plan 2018-2022

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) is holding a series of nationwide stakeholders’ consultations for the formulation of the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) Plan 2018-2022.

The first of the series was held last December 11 in Pasig City for the Luzon leg, followed by the Mindanao leg last December 12 and 13 in Davao City, and the Visayas leg to be held on December 14 and 15 in Cebu City.

The GEWE Plan 2018-2022 will be formulated to concretize the Philippine Government’s commitment to fully implement RA 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW), and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to ensure its implementation down to the barangay level. Guided by Ambisyon Natin 2040 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly Goal No. 5 on achieving gender equality, and the empowerment of all women and girls, the GEWE plan will also concretize the gender-responsive provisions of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP 2017-2022). It sets out priority goals and strategies in achieving GEWE based on an assessment of challenges and progress achieved along the following cluster themes: a.) Socio-economic Development and Resilience b.) Gender-Responsive Participatory Governance c.) Security, Justice, Peace, and Humanitarian Response, (and the cross cutting themes and supporting strategies of) d.) Ending gender-based violence and e.) Transforming patriarchal norms and culture.

“We aim to gather inputs from representatives of various stakeholders – government, civil society organizations, academe, private sector and women’s groups – to ensure a participatory and inclusive planning process and to make government interventions truly responsive to the needs of every Juana and Juan”, said PCW Executive Director Emmeline L. Verzosa.

Once adopted, the GEWE Plan shall serve as a guide for formulating Gender and Development (GAD) Plans and Budgets of national agencies and local government units (LGUs), and the gender-responsive government policies, plans and projects. 

The GEWE Plan will be launched in March 2018 in time for the National Women’s Month celebration.