PHILIPPINES: National Women's Day

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Manilla Bulletin
South Eastern Asia
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
General Women, Peace and Security

OVER the past decades, government has worked to promote Filipino women in every field of life. Various activities have been undertaken to implement recommendations and decisions made during various local and international conferences on women and development in general.

In the forefront of these efforts to advance gender equality and empowering Filipino women is the National Commission on the Role of Women (NCRW). It has collaborated with other national government agencies and civil society organizations to promote the participation of women as equal partners with men.

Presidential Proclamations Nos. 224 and 227 provide a yearly forum where the Filipino women meet to discuss various gender-related issues which underscore a woman's competence to overcome challenges and achieve national and community goals.

This year's theme is “Magna Carta of Women, Philippine CEDAW: In Support of The Millennium Development Goals.” The Magna Carta of Women is in line with the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

If in the past the Filipino women engaged only in activities like taking care of children and doing household chores, today they excel in any field they choose and are proving to be a pride to the nation.