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PIA Press Release
2007/09/20

PGMA dares Filipino women leaders to use right of suffrage to modernize Philippines

By Miriam P. Aquino

San Fernando City, La Union (20 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo challenged the Filipino women leaders to fully exercise their right to suffrage and help modernize the country not just in the electoral aspect but also in building a better Philippines.

Addressing the participants during the Women's National Assembly 2007 held recently at the Philippine International Convention Center, the President called her fellow Filipino women to "exercise their right to suffrage to achieve the right of women to have more economic choice, to determine the future of their lives and the lives of their families."

The President added that women's organizations are the greatest tool to count on to empower women to organize trainings on leadership, communication, negotiation, and assertiveness at the grassroots level.

She stressed that using their rights of suffrage to modernize the Philippines would make women's lives better and filled with more economic opportunity, greater social justice and a better future for their children and it is on the society's part to ensure that these rights are respected and protected.

In the Philippines the women enjoy and can exercise several rights and got the right to vote ahead of women from other parts of the world.

Filipino women rose to the very top of the corporate and political world ahead in many other parts of the world. Among the many famous Filipino women in politics is world is former President Corazon Aquino and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the current President.

Aside from being champions in the workplace Filipino women are also champions in the home as they hold the purse strings and take charge of the family's budget, unlike women in many other parts of the world who were deprived of such rights. (PIA La Union) [top]

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