Roll-Out Training in the Localization of Magna Carta of Women in Aklan Held to Ensure Gender-Responsive Governance

Nineteen municipal local government operations officers (MLGOOs), together with seven representatives from Negros Oriental and three representatives from Northern Samar, attended the Roll-out in the Localization of the Magna Carta of Women which was held on October 15-17 at Sampaguita Gardens, New Washington, Aklan. Ms. Yvanee Gimeno of DILG Region VI and Ms. Lynette Urquiola of DILG Aklan served as resource persons. Both of them were trained by PCW in the Competency Training of Technical Advisers on the Localization of the Magna Carta of Women.

The roll-out training sought to capacitate MLGOOs and other key LGU personnel from the Negros Oriental and Northern Samar to successfully coach LGUs in mainstreaming gender in their organizational and operational systems and procedures, policy/program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

The three-day training covered discussions on leveling off on gender and development (GAD), gender mainstreaming, JMC 2013-01, gender analysis and tools, gender-responsive comprehensive development plan, and GAD planning and budgeting. Lectures were complemented by workshop sessions. Participants were able to try a hand on gender analysis tools such as 24-hour activity profile and Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines; and craft a GAD plan and budget using the new template prescribed in the JMC. They also tried their acting chops with a three-minute role-play which featured social institutions’ role in shaping gender roles. A re-entry plan was crafted by the participants at the end of the training.

The roll-out training is part of the implementation of the project “Institutional Strengthening of National and Local Governance on Human Rights and Economic Empowerment with a Gender Focus: Implementation of the Magna Carta of Women (MCW)” or the PCW-AECID MCW Project. The projecvt aims to support women’s economic empowerment and fulfillment of their human rights through the development and implementation of convergent programs that support women’s entrepreneurship and employment and mechanisms that address their social rights.