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Women's nat'l electoral assembly celebrates Filipino women's victory to full citizenship, suffrage

Tacloban City (September 14) -- On September 14 and 15, 2007, the National Federation of Women's clubs of the Philippines and the NFWC Foundation, jointly sponsor the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the granting of the Right of Suffrage to Filipino women in a national convention dubbed as Women's National Electoral Assembly 2007, Mrs. Julie Benedicto, the President of the NFWC Foundation informed.

The statistical records of the Philippines point to the fact that there are many women voters in the country as the men. The grave responsibility of every Filipina to protect the integrity of the electoral process and the tremendous power of the vote in public governance is a serious and urgent need, Mrs. Benedicto said.

Likewise, the electoral reforms needed in the country today and the clamor for responsible stewardship are signs that the power and privilege of suffrage must be safeguarded as the keystone to the realization of peace and national progress.

Every Filipino woman must realize that by her vote, she can make or unmake her country and its future.

For these reasons, there is a need to celebrate once again the victory of that blessed day when the Filipino women finally won their claim to full citizenship and national entity by their inalienable right to vote.

The general objectives of the Assembly are to bring to national attention the sacredness of the ballot and its grave implications on national integrity, peace and true process; to renew in Filipino women their responsibilities and duties as good citizens of the country wherever they maybe and to revitalize the role of women into the mainstream of development and nation building.

The consolation is that there an incremental increase of women in the various fields of public service. Moreover, women's expressions of involvement in civil society could be through organizing along gender-specific issues and formation of all-women groups within broad coalitions as power-enhancing mechanisms. Women's agenda are also integrated in party platforms and even in legislative hearing and consultation. In short, all these are efforts to uplift the status of the Filipina. (PIA 8) [top]

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