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Nation observes 2009 Women's Month with theme "Babae, Yaman ka ng Bayan!"

Tacloban City (February 15) -- In celebration of March as the Women's Month, the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women, the Philippine machinery for the advancement of women, has made initial preparations for the activities which will be centered on the theme "Babae, Yaman Ka ng Bayan."

The theme highlights the critical role of women in nation-building and recognizes that women are an important resource who can contribute to the reduction of poverty.

Amidst the present global financial crisis, it is timely to tap half of the country's resource, the women, and create a gender-responsive environment to encourage and support them to venture into high-value and more meaningful economic activities and enterprise development.

NCRFW Chairperson Myrna Yao said the theme also supports the fulfillment of the country's international treaty obligations, particularly the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Millennium Declaration, and International Labor Organizations (ILO) conventions.

The theme is also in cognizant with the Arroyo Administration's Ten-Point Agenda and the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) 2004-2010 which identifies the creation of three million enterprises and ten million jobs, with women as the main target of micro-finance initiatives.

This year's celebration will serve as a channel for the nationwide campaign to promote women's economic empowerment and rights through entrepreneurship.

The activities for this year should serve as a venue for sharing of inspiring stories of women entrepreneurs, lessons learned and good practices in entrepreneurial activities.

As in the past years, this year's Women's Month will be celebrated at all levels of governance, from the barangays to the municipalities, provinces and regions all over the country. (PIA 8) [top]

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