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Women dare candidates to back Magna Carta for Women implementation

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Manila (5 March) -- As the local and national election campaign draws near, candidates and elective officials are challenged to include in their platforms on the implementation of the Magna Carta of Women to advance the status of women in Dumaguete City.

This was raised by City Social Welfare & Development Officer (CSWDO) Marina Mendoza during the Kapihan sa PIA forum in celebration of Women?s Month this March with the theme "Babae, Tagumpay Ka Ng Bayan."

Mendoza said candidates who support the cause of women especially in the implementation of the Magna Carta would also sponsor the 5 percent Gender and Development (GAD) budget allocation when they got elected.

With this funding, skills and livelihood trainings will be strengthened for women including advocacy efforts and empowerment activities.

The Magna Carta of Women, which was signed by President Macapagal-Arroyo on August 14, 2009 promote the economic rights and well-being of women, especially those in the marginalized sectors.

The law ensure Filipino women be given equal rights in food security and resources for food production, employment, livelihood, credit, capital and technology as well as in skills training and scholarships including those for women migrant workers.

For her part, Atty. Janette Icao of Gender Watch against Violence & Exploitation (GWAVE) said local government units (LGUs) and government-owned and controlled corporations are also mandated to implement the provisions of the law especially legal assistance.

Atty. Icao said of the total victim-clients of GWAVE for legal assistance, 81.7 percent are indigents and so some cases did not prosper due to lack of financial capacity of the victim.

The lady lawyer explained the new law covering equal rights in all matters relating to marriage and family relations, provides that the State ensure the same rights of women and men to: enter into and leave marriages; freely choose a spouse; decide on the number and spacing of their children; enjoy personal rights including the choice of a profession; own, acquire, and administer their property; and acquire, change, or retain their nationality. (PIA/JCT) [top]

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