GA-WINGS highlights women's contributions to dev't
by Elaine O. Ratunil
Cagayan de Oro City (26 February) -- The Gender Advocates and Women in Government Service (GA-WINGS) in region 10 joins the national observance of the women's month celebration in March with the theme: "Babae: Tagumpay Ka Ng Bayan."
This year's theme highlights women's achievement in paving the way for women's advancement and empowerment amidst major challenges.
Director Alicia Valencia-Euseña, GA-WINGS 10 president, said the observance celebrates the success of women's commitment to pursue equality which resulted in the enactment of the Magna Carta of Women (a comprehensive women's human rights law which serves as the national translation of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the International Bill of Rights for Women) and the achievements in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) and those related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
Euseña said the women's month celebration aims to: 1) Increase understanding of microentrepreneurs, partners from government agencies, non-government organizations, academe and the private sector on microenterprise development, government programs and services that respond to the issues and concerns of the Filipino women, including but not limited to women's rights, environment, family and work life balance;
2) Inculcate knowledge among partners from government agencies, non-government organizations and the private sector on the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Magna Carta of Women; and
3) Increase awareness of the general public on the platforms of the presidentiables to advance the status of women which can be the basis of holding them accountable in case they win the election.
Meanwhile, Euseña said it is due to such history of women organizing around the world that International Women's Day (IWD)—March 8 was officially recognized by the United Nations to celebrate women's contributions to all societies.
In the Philippines, the Women's Month Celebration has since served as a venue to highlight women's achievements and discuss continuing and emerging women's empowerment and gender equality issues and concerns, challenges, and commitments. The celebration focuses on concrete activities that are aligned with national and international instruments and treaties such as the CEDAW, the Beijing Platform for Action, the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015), the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development (1995-2025), and the Framework Plan for Women. (PIA 10) [top]