The provincial government of Lanao del Sur conducted a one-day women's summit on Tuesday, March 21, to celebrate the role of women in nation-building.
The provincial summit was attended by gender and development (GAD) focal persons from the different local government units, line agencies, and non-government organizations in the province.
Dr. Monaima Adiong, provincial GAD focal person, said it is the responsibility of the provincial government as primary duty-bearer to provide platforms to women in the province to voice out their opinions and contribute in shaping local policies which will address their needs.
The summit was a first of its kind in the province.
Commissioner Cristita Triunfante from the Philippine Commission on Women graced the summit and discussed the highlights of Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women.
Other topics tackled during the summit were the UN Resolutions 1325 and 1820 and the situationer of women in Lanao del Sur.
The attendees also underwent a workshop on identification of women issues and concerns in key thematic areas.
Adiong said the output of the workshop will serve as the reference of the provincial GAD execom in crafting the provincial women agenda which will address the needs of the women sector in the province.
Triunfante, on the other hand, said she will bring the provincial women agenda to national women's summit dubbed “C.H.A.N.G.E.: A Women’s Summit (Compassionate and Harmonized Actions and Networks for Gender Equality)” on March 30-31, 2017.
The national summit will bring together key stakeholders implementing the Magna Carta of Women and related-GAD mandates. It will feature relevant plenary discussions and parallel sessions to discuss how to strengthen the implementation of the Magna Carta of Women.
The rights of women are well guaranteed under Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW), a commissioner from the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) reiterated in a provincial women's summit.
Commissioner Cristita C. Triunfante said the MCW is a comprehensive women's human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination, seclusion and marginalization of women.
She said the law protects and fulfills the rights of women and mainstreams them to be active participants in development.
Triunfante was one of the resource persons during the 1st Provincial Women's Summit where she discussed the highlights of the MCW.
She said women empowerment, equal opportunities, equal access to resources, and plans and programs that address discrimination, are all embodied in the MCW.
Some of the rights spelled out in the MCW included protection from all forms of violence, protection and security in times of disaster, calamities and other crisis situations; participation and representation; equal treatment before the law; equal access and elimination of discrimination against in women in education, scholarships and training; equal participation of women in sports; non-discrimination in employment in the field of military, police and other similar services; non-discriminatory and non-derogatory portrayal of women in media and film; right to comprehensive health services and education; special leave benefits; and equal rights in matters relating to marriage and family relations.
Triunfante said the law also guarantees the civil, political and economic rights of women in the marginalized sectors such small farmers and rural workers, fisherfolk, urban poor, workers in the formal economy, workers in the informal economy, migrant workers, indigenous peoples, Moro, children, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and solo parents.
The provincial women's summit was conducted on March 21 by the provincial government of Lanao del Sur in support to the 2017 Women's Month Celebration and to take a stand in addressing issues on women empowerment and mainstreaming.
Source: Lanao del Sur In Focus