We Make Change Work For Women
Thursday, March 1, 2018 to Saturday, March 31, 2018
The National Women’s Month Celebration every March is part of the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day (IWD).
The following issuances serve as legal bases for the annual activity:
In 2017, the PCW Board Members and Inter-Agency Technical Working Group identified the NWMC theme “We Make Change Work for Women”, which shall be used from 2017-2022. It highlights the empowerment of women as active contributors to and claimholders of development. This pursuit of development is also anchored on the commitment of “Malasakit at Pagbabago” or True Compassion and Real Change.
ELEMENTS OF THE THEME
The theme emphasizes that women should be active drivers in bringing about positive changes, and that they should also reap from fruits of development efforts. This can be made possible by empowering women – enabling them to meaningfully engage with other development stakeholders, and by fully implementing the MCW.
Consistent with Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988, the annual conduct of the National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) aims to give due recognition to the contributions of Filipino women in our society.
Specifically, 2018 celebration aims to:
Informing and engaging women as stakeholders of government programs and services
In view of this mandate and the citizen’s expressed need for information, government agencies and LGUs are encouraged to produce and distribute their own information materials featuring their GAD programs and services that can be accessed by women stakeholders. Under the banner/theme “WE Make Change Work for Women”, agency/LGU IEC materials shall respond to the following key points:
Agencies and LGUs can follow their respective office’s branding or style guides in the development of their IEC materials, as long as these key points are presented. The IEC materials may be in the form of flyers, posters, comics, magazine/newsletter, printed materials, audio / video materials, or other format which they deem appropriate and economical. They may also opt to utilize various methods for dissemination such as through information caravan or tapping the broadcast, print and online media. It is also best to prepare the IEC in local languages or pop-version.
Tip for GAD Focal Point Systems: this is the time to make your agency GAD initiatives widely known! The key objective is for the government to address the demand for more information about their programs and services which is also consistent with the mandate for women’s right to information under the MCW.
Participating agencies/LGUs are also requested to send the following information about their IWD treats through the comments link below this webpage:
Creating and facilitating platforms to discuss good practices, gaps, challenges, and commitments in pursuing GAD
You may use the All-Women Cast Lupang Hinirang Video during your Flag Raising Ceremony and agency’s NWMC activities. The music video can be downloaded at http://tiny.cc/allwomenlupanghinirang
Tip for GAD Focal Point Systems: this is the time to highlight GAD within your agency and enjoin the agency officials and employees to support the GAD initiatives that you are working on.
Inspire and empower women and girls to be agents of change
Dates and Venues:
March 8 – GSIS Theatre, Pasay City, 1:00 – 5:00 PM (For Luzon-based participants)
This is intended for participants based in the island group of Luzon. For interested participants, kindly register at https://tinyurl.com/WomenInspiringWomenSeriesLuzon
March 15 – Aklan Training Center, Kalibo, Aklan, 1:00 – 5:00 PM (For Visayas-based participants)
This is intended for participants based in the island group of Visayas. For interested participants, please coordinate with Engr. Roger Esto at Tel. No.: (036) 268-5442 or (036) 262-1555; Email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
March 22 – University of Southeastern Philippines, 1:00 – 5:00 PM (For Mindanao-based participants)
This is intended for participants based in the island group of Mindanao. For interested LGUs, NGAs and NGOs, please coordinate with Ms. Lorna Mandin of Davao City IGDD at Tel. No.: (082) 225-0363; Cp. No.: 0917-546-0823 and email addres: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For state universities and colleges, please coordinate with Ms. Rioliza B. Molina of the University of Southeastern Philippines at Cp. No.: 0917-315-8293; Email address: email@example.com
Important note: these events have limited seats. Separate guidelines on participation shall be released by PCW and partner organizations once logistical details are finalized (e.g. seating capacity of venue, confirmed speakers, etc.).
Tip for GAD Focal Point Systems: You may consider organizing your own Women Inspiring Women Fora, giving special focus on topics relevant to your agency mandate. For example, schools can invite speakers who can inspire young women and girls to excel and explore future career options. Agencies with mandate related to women’s economic empowerment can organize a forum targeting women entrepreneurs. Agencies that deal with traditionally male-dominated fields like science and technology, engineering, mathematics, law enforcement and military, and the likes may consider organizing a gathering of women in the said fields to share their inspiring stories of change. LGUs may host a forum among women’s organizations in the locality to discuss topics relevant for women in the locality, and avenues for engagement and collaboration at the local level.
Agencies/LGUs organizing their own Women Inspiring Women event are also requested to send the following information through the comments link below this webpage for inclusion in the NWMC Calendar of events:
Everyone in encouraged to visit, like and share PCW’s official social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) to participate in this online advocacy.
Agencies and LGUs may also organize their own film showing, provided that their respective GAD Focal Point systems were able to screen the films to ensure that featured films tackle women’s empowerment, gender equality, or issues confronting women in the marginalized and vulnerable sectors.
Republic Act 9710
Magna Carta of Women
The MCW is a comprehensive women’s human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination through the recognition, protection, fulfilment and promotion of the rights of Filipino women, especially those belonging in the marginalized sectors of the society. It conveys a framework of rights for women based directly on international law.
The MCW establishes the Philippine government’s pledge of commitment to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women’s (CEDAW) Committee in its 36th Session in 2006 and to the UN Human Rights Council on its first Universal Periodic Review in 2009. It is the local translation of the provisions of the CEDAW, particularly in defining gender discrimination, state obligations, substantive equality, and temporary special measures. It also recognizes human rights guaranteed by the international Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
Salient features of the law include:
In addition to guaranteeing substantive rights, the MCW establishes the responsibility of the government to take actions in order to end discrimination against women. It provides that the Philippines government must “ensure the substantive equality of men and women” and mandates the State to take steps to review, amend or repeal existing laws that are discriminatory towards women.
The Government, in its entirety, shall fulfill these duties through the development and implementation of laws, policies, regulatory instruments, administrative guidelines, and other appropriate measures. It shall also establish mechanisms to promote the coherent and integrated implementation of the MCW and other related laws and policies to effectively stop discrimination against Filipino women.
The MCW mandates all government offices, including government-owned and controlled corporations and local government units to adopt gender mainstreaming as a strategy for implementing the law and attaining its objectives. It also mandates (a) planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation for gender and development, (b) the creation and/or strengthening of gender and development focal points, and (c) the generation and maintenance of gender statistics and sex-disaggregated databases to aid in planning, programming and policy formulation.
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