Virtual Multi-Stakeholder Sectoral Conference on Gains and Challenges of Gender Mainstreaming

The Gains and Challenges of Gender Mainstreaming: the PCW and NAPC Sectoral Multi-Stakeholder Conference provided a venue for sharing valuable lessons learned from implementing various programs and projects to address the issues and concerns of the sectors to gather lessons learned from the perspective of key stakeholders. It also gathered the gains and challenges that surfaced and served as inputs for the development of gender-responsive policies, programs, and interventions that are more focused on the grassroots level. The conference recognized the shift from a government-focused gender mainstreaming approach to a multi-sectoral and multi-dimensional approach that harnesses gender mainstreaming efforts of civil society, the academe, international organizations, the private sector, and the grassroots level towards a synergistic and inclusive gender-responsive governance approach.


The sessions in the education sector served as a venue to showcase the notable initiatives of government organizations, CSOs, and private institutions in gender and development. As the Philippine education system faced numerous uncertainties, especially amidst the pandemic, the presented best practices of the organizations not only signify their staunch support of gender equality and women’s empowerment but also intensify the response to the prevalence of gender biases in the education sector.

As frontrunners in the education sector and protectors of human rights, it is only imperative to advocate for gender-responsive and transformative programs to ensure that GAD is implemented within and beyond our school institutions.

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The environment sector breakout sessions and discussions presented the best practices in implementing climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction projects and programs. These phenomena in the environment sector impact human security and cut across socio-economic issues.

Women and girls are disproportionately impacted by the direct and indirect impacts of climate change and disasters not because of innate characteristics but because of the social structures and cultural norms that show gender inequalities. Gender mainstreaming in environment sector initiatives is essential for these projects and programs to be gender-responsive and transformative.

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The gender mainstreaming practices in the Peace and Security Sector presented government-initiated programs and projects nationwide. It served as a venue to discuss pressing issues of women and children in conflict-affected and conflict-vulnerable areas.

The discussions also focused on the vital role of women in nation-building and peacekeeping. Law enforcement and implementing agencies also highlighted the existing mechanisms of the government to address Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC).

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The Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) sector session provided a platform to discuss women’s challenges and opportunities around the country. It involves presentations from government, non-government, academic, and private institutions. The sector also highlighted exemplary gender mainstreaming practices from the national and community level.

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