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Region 8 conducts Women's Day Forum highlighting Magna Carta of Women

Tacloban City (March 6) -- The Regional Gender and Development Committee has identified major activities to be undertaken in observance of the National Women's Month this March.

Among the major activities is the conduct of a "Women's Day Forum" which aims to enlighten the partners from the government agencies, non-government organizations and the private sector on the implementing rules and regulations of the Magna Carta of Women.

Scheduled for March 8 at 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon at the Robinsons Tacloban, the forum will also showcase inspirational talks from women and their struggles and triumphs in their respective fields.

Meanwhile, the whole of Region 8 joins the whole country in highlighting the economic empowerment of women during the whole month of March which is known as the National Women's Month.

In all the six provinces of Region 8, activities started in the municipal and provincial levels on the first day of March. The month-long celebration is anchored on the theme "Babae, Tagumpay ka ng Bayan!"

The theme endeavors to broaden the understanding of micro-entrepreneurs, partners from government and non-government organizations, academe, and the private sector on micro-enterprise development, government programs and services that are responsive to the issues and concerns of Filipino women relative to their dignity and rights, the environment, and family and work life balance.

This year's theme is a celebration of women's achievements in paving the way for their gender's advancement and empowerment via the Magna Carta for Women.

The Magna Carta of Women, a comprehensive women's rights law, serves as the national translation of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (the International Bill of Rights for Women), the achievements in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, those related to the Millennium Development Goals, the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development (1995-2025), and the Framework Plan for Women.

The activities in the different local government units vary depending on the creativity of the planners but the objective is the same—that of bringing into focus the situations and the concerns of women in the respective localities in the Region.

Women's summits, forum on the rights and responsibilities of women, forum on the new laws on women, women conventions, women's socials, livelihood skills trainings and seminars, arts exhibits of women artists, media forum on women issues, radio and television programs highlighting women – these are but few of the many activities which are scheduled to be conducted in the various local government units in Region 8.

The local government units, the National line agencies, women in government and women non-government organizations all over the Region will join hands in advancing the rights and well-being of women.

Region 8 takes pride with the fact that 98 percent of the provincial, city and municipal government units have already included Gender and Development Programs in their planning and budgeting.

Much have been done, but much is still wanting to be done specially in the elimination of stereotypes on women and in the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against women and the girl children in the Region. In the insurgency-stricken areas, the problem of exploitation of minor girl children by the communist-insurgents is one concern which must be brought forward and resolved. (PIA 8) [top]

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