PCW Message on its 42nd Founding Anniversary

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) welcomes another year with renewed faith, energy and optimism to better serve Filipino women, children and men this 2017 and beyond.

Looking back, the National Commission for the Role of the Filipino Women (NCRFW), established as an advisory body on policies and programs for the advancement of women, was just a small agency of less than 15 women and men, trying to evolve its purpose. In 2009, we were renamed as Philippine Commission on Women with a stronger mandate. Forty-two years after its creation, the Commission continues to build strong partnerships with government, non-government and even private organizations to better fulfill our imperatives of championing gender equality, women’s empowerment, and the fulfillment of women’s human rights

As we mark the 42nd year of PCW under a new leadership, we look forward to changes that will make positive impact on the lives of the Filipino Women. We all deserve progress that considers and addresses the needs and aspirations of women and men, especially the marginalized women.

Thus, PCW will continue to expand its reach to empower women and attain a gender-fair society where both women and men fully exercise their rights and participate in all development efforts.

Full of inspiration, the PCW will do its best to shape a world where women and girls will be treated with more respect; that they will have better opportunities to fulfill their dreams as professionals, skilled workers, mothers, entrepreneurs and leaders. And that everyone, including men and boys, will realize their shared responsibilities in building a more gender-fair, violence free and resilient community.

The PCW will keep the torch burning to extinguish all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls and to keep each other’s hearts and minds radiating with peace, prosperity and bliss.

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) is the lead agency that makes government work for the promotion, protection and fulfillment of women’s human rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality. It was established as the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women on January 7, 1975 coinciding with the UN Decade for Women.