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PIA Press Release
2008/03/03

Women's Month celebration focuses on economic empowerment

Tacloban City (March 3) -- Women's economic empowerment is the focus of this year's Women's Month celebration. Spearheaded by the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), the whole month of March will be celebrated by all the women sector in all the various parts of the country.

NCRFW Chairperson Myrna Yao said that this year's theme, CEDAW ng Bayan: Yaman ng Kababaihan," is in conjunction with the theme of the 52nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, "Financing for Gender Equality and the Empowerment."

The local theme, Chairperson Yao said, focuses on the need to generate resources to finance initiatives on gender equality and the empowerment of women. It will serve as a channel for the nationwide campaign to promote the use of gender and development budget to finance gender equality and women's empowerment programs at the national and local levels, specifically in addressing the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women's (CEDAW) Committee's Concluding Comments.

Furthermore, Ms. Yao said that the occasion will likewise serve as a venue for reviewing gender mainstreaming efforts relating to gender budgeting and exploring possible partnerships and collaboration with non-government organizations, development institutions and private sector for resource generation initiatives.

Although major activities for this year's celebration have been scheduled by the NCRFWP, all government agencies/institutions, local government units, private sector and civil society groups are enjoined to conduct activities such as forum, seminars, job fair, exhibits, services in line with the celebration, Chairperson Yao concluded.

Among the major activities are AIM High Pinay Campaign for Stories on Young Women Achievers in partnership with Johnson & Johnson-Modess and Women's Feature Service; launching of Filipino Women's sub-portal in Wiki Pilipinas and NCRFW website in partnership with Vibal Publishing, Inc.; and Gender Budgeting Forum in coordination with the national government agencies, private sector and civil society organizations.


Tradition

The Regional Gender and Development Committee is encouraging all national government agencies to conduct activities in celebration of the Women's Month.

NSCB Regional Head and RGADC Chair Evangeline Paran informed that the Regional Gender and Development Committee will consolidate all the activities of the various agencies, as well as private entities and submit it to the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Wome and to the Philippine Information Agency for media placement.

Ms. Paran said that as mandated by Republic act 6949 and Presidential Proclamation Numbers 224 and 227, the Region will once again observe the Women's Month this March.

The theme for this year's celebration is CEDAW ng Bayan: Yaman ng Kababaihan which will focus on the need to generate resources to finance initiatives on gender equality and women empowerment.

The 2008 Women's Month Celebration will serve as a channel for the nationwide campaign to promote the use gender and development budget to finance gender equality and women's empowerment programs at the national and local levels.

The occasion will likewise serve as a venue for reviewing gender mainstreaming efforts relating to gender budgeting and exploring possible partnerships and collaboration with non-government organizations, development institutions and private sector for resource generation initiatives.

Ms. Paran called on all the government agencies to hang streamers, the design of which could be uploaded from the website of the National Commission on the Role of the Filipino Women at www.ncrfw.gov.ph.

Ms. Paran also called on the government agencies to submit to the Regional Gender and Development Committee, all their respective list of activities in connection with the month-long celebration of women's month. (PIA 8) [top]

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