GA-WINGS 10 upholds women economic empowerment
by Elaine O. Ratunil
Cagayan de Oro City (5 March) -- THIS year's theme, "CEDAW ng Bayan: Yaman ng Kababaihan" focuses on the need to generate resources to finance initiatives on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Hence, the 2008 Women's Month Celebration will serve as a channel for the nationwide campaign to promote the use of gender and development (GAD) budget to finance initiatives on gender equality and women's empowerment programs at the national and local levels, specifically in addressing the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee's Concluding Comments.
This was emphasized during the 2008 women's month celebration initiated by the Gender Advocates and Women in Government Service (GA-WINGS) in region 10 on March 4, 2008, at the Police Regional Office-10, Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City.
Film showing on livelihood projects, presentation of business opportunity and cooking demonstration were among the highlights in relation to the theme.
Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) President Christina M. Jugador of the Misamis Oriental stressed that women should always remember that everything begins with them in protecting themselves. She then urged women to be vigilant of their rights.
Jugador cited that male dominates in the judiciary, however, lady judges are started to be appointed on account, as she clarified, that women is considered as diligent and not prone to "padrino or tayo-tayo system."
She, on the other hand, pointed out that women and men are partners, hence, she cited that men cannot live without women.
"Race could not continue without women," she concluded.
"Let us support the CEDAW provisions on the elimination of prejudices and stereotypes on the roles of men and women to end the violence and discrimination against men and women," reiterated Atty. Jugador.
For his part, PCSupt. Teodorico B. Capuyan, Regional Director of Philippine National Police (PNP)-10, reconsidered CEDAW which was adopted in 1979 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
CEDAW is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.
Moreover, the Convention provides the basis for realizing equality between women and men through ensuring women's equal access to, and equal opportunities in, political and public life—including the right to vote and to stand for election—as well as education, health and employment. State parties agree to take all appropriate measures, including legislation and temporary special measures, so that women can enjoy all their human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The Convention, likewise, is the only human rights treaty which affirms the reproductive rights of women and targets culture and tradition as influential forces shaping gender roles and family relations. It affirms women's rights to acquire, change or retain their nationality and the nationality of their children. State parties also agree to take appropriate measures against all forms of traffic in women and exploitation of women. (PIA-10) [top]