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PIA Press Release
2010/03/31

Women group pushes for political participation

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (31 March) -- In time for the celebration of women's month, women leaders in Davao from various fields of interests gathered and pushed for political participation of women in all levels of governance.

2009 Datu Bago awardee Lyda J. Canson bared during the recent Kapihan sa PIA that it is about time that women should take part in transforming politics by being involved in crafting, legislating, and implementing policies for the public.

It was cited that since 1947, women are considered the majority voters but none or very few surfaced to have sought a political seat. She then advised women leaders to exercise their right for a political position and learn the ropes of the electoral process.

"I just hope that our women will do their share in transforming politics from a politics of family dynasty to a politics of platform," Canson said.

The Datu Bago awardee also urged women voters to act responsibly by choosing the right leaders and making sure that the women sector is well-represented.

It was envisioned to have an equal number of male and female participation in governance by the year 2015.

At the moment, male politicians still dominate the political arena both in the national and local government.

"It's about time that we politicize mothering and nurturing by exercising our skill of governing our country," she added.

These, according to her, may sound ideal and bold dreams of the women sector today, but these are not impossible to achieve. (PIA XI) [top]

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