TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The city government here celebrated National Women’s Month through a two-day event at People’s Gymnasium on Thursday and Friday, March 15-16.
The activity featured a a trade fair and offered free services for women such as free haircuts and massage, medical, dental and optical consultations, blood typing, and free counseling.
A motorcade around the city participated by government agencies and groups also kicked off the celebration.
On Thursday night, a dance contest participated by various government agencies was also held at the gym.
Further, women also joined livelihood parallel sessions which include baking, meat and fish processing, coffee making and make-up tutorials in a bid to help increase family’s resources.
Meanwhile, some inspirational women shared their life testimonies and tips for success during the Women’s Summit.
“The two-day activity is designed to show respect, inspire and empower all women in the community,” City Councilor and Committee on Women and Family chair Imogen Claire Callangan said in a report from Philippine Information Agency.
Women’s Month bears the theme “We Make Change Work for Women.” This will be the theme of the celebration until 2022. The month-long celebration is part of worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day on March 8.
The Philippine Council on Women (PCW) said the theme “highlights the empowerment of women as active contributors to and claimholders of development.”
This aim for development is also anchored on the nation’s commitment to “True Compassion” and “Real Change,” PCW added.
Further, the theme can be broken down into elements. “WE” stands for “Women Empowerment;” “Make Change Work” derives from the Magna Carta for Women of Republic Act 9710; “Change” means “Compassionate Harmonized Actions and Networks for Gender Equality;'” and “WE” in Women calls for us or tayo in Filipino.
Meanwhile, Commission on Population (PopCom) Region 02 also shared to media excerpts from the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).
Among these is the fact that one of five women aged 15-49 have experienced emotional, psychological, or sexual violence by their husband or partner.
The NDHS’ findings also show that women who are divorced, separated, or widowed, are more likely to have experienced all forms of violence by their most recent partner compared with women who are married or are living with partners.
“We are encouraging everyone to look at women as a partner o kapantay ng lalaki in all spheres,” PopCom 02 Director Herita Macarubbo said in an earlier episode of Tipon-Tipan sa PIA [Philippine Information Agency].
Macarubbo added that there is indeed a need to empower and educate women to enable them to arrive with informed decisions.
She also said women should be given access to basic needs and services.
The regional director also urged women to stand up and realize their self-worth.
Macarubbo said women should strive for their equality with men through equity, adding that women have development in the palm of their hands. Northernforum.net