March 30, 2020
Women are extraordinary in strength, passion, wisdom, vigor, and heart. They dare to break stereotypes that have long-imprisoned them, battle discrimination head-on and survive every hurdle, only to emerge stronger. (PCW, 2020)
In celebration of the National Women’s Month, the Commission on Population and Development Region X (POPCOM X) supports all calls and cause to empower women of all ages.
During the press conference conducted on March 9, 2020, different agencies confirmed once again their commitment to promote women’s rights, gender equity and equality as well as condemn gender-based violence. The theme, “We Make Change Work for Women”, underscores cooperation, unity, and commitment of all government agencies, local government units, and civil society organizations to take actions and run strategies towards achieving gender equality.
The Commission on Population and Development X (POPCOM X), Department of Education X (DepEd X), Department of Labor and Employment X (DOLE X), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD X) X, and Commission on Human Rights X (CHR X) are one in safeguarding the rights of women, especially those in the marginalized sectors of the society. The fact remains that women face discrimination even up to this day and are subject to violence and harassment not only in the workplace but even in their own home. With the continuous effort of the government, the stereotypes of women being weaker sex have gradually eroded. This is the outcome of government and civil society organizations’ effort to fight against gender stereotyping whereby giving women more attention and equal rights with men. This is through equal job opportunities, social protection and health coverage, leadership, political participation, and environment.
Republic Act 9710
Republic Act 9710, also known as “The Magna Carta of Women (MCW)”, moves for the empowerment of women in all aspects of life. It seeks to eliminate discrimination through the recognition, protection, fulfillment, and promotion of the rights of Filipino women, especially those belonging in the marginalized sectors of the society that include the poor. The MCW promotes gender equality which plays a vital role in the fight against poverty. Through its provisions, the MCW levels up the playing field by making productive resources and economic opportunities equally available for both men and women.
In the context of Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning, POPCOM X ensures the provision of quality information through interpersonal communication and counseling and accessible services to all women of reproductive age who wish to plan their family, with the support of their partners. Also, POPOCM X underscores the point on the rights of women to be fully knowledgeable of their family planning options thus, through informed choices they voluntarily subject themselves to the service they chose.
POPCOM commits to promoting the rights of women in all aspects including family planning and reproductive health and ensures equal opportunity for women and men in all spheres of development.