PCW statement on the 2014 International Day of Action for Women’s Health

As we commemorate this year’s International Day of Action for Women’s Health, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) reiterates its call for a holistic, inclusive, comprehensive, quality and gender-sensitive healthcare service for our women and girls.

Earlier this month, the Commission echoed that the effective and immediate implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law is the best gift for Filipino women for this will help reduce infant and maternal deaths, unexpected pregnancies, especially among teenagers, and abortions, among others. Women’s Health is not just about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). It covers comprehensive health services and programs across all stages of a woman’s life cycle — from womb to tomb.

On this day, May 28, let us also spotlight the gender dimensions of HIV and AIDS and other reproductive tract infections, violence against women (VAW) and the needs of women with disabilities.

The Commission appeals to health care providers to be more gender-sensitive and compassionate in their delivery of services and as they respond to various vulnerabilities of women.

Women and girls must be able to access health-related information, especially on sexuality, not just from media or through friends. Concerted effort among government service providers as duty bearers and citizens as rights holders is essential in achieving a healthier and fulfilling life.