TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, March 2 (PIA) – The 2014 Women’s Month Celebration this month of March with the theme “Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong” pays tribute to the strong and resilient “Juanas” who brought inspiring changes here in the country and across the globe.
The Philippine Commission on Women, the national machinery for gender equality and women’s empowerment, which spearheads the month-long celebration, said that with the recent geological, socio-economic and political upheavals that shook the country last year, 2014 brings a new ray of hope that will pave the way for healing, recovery and reconciliation.
The PCW said that from the Zamboanga crisis to the pork barrel scandal, the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol and Cebu, and the strongest typhoon history has ever recorded, and many disaster in other parts of the country, the Filipino spirit remains indomitable and unbowed.
These challenges have united the nation and inspired everyone to take part in recovery and rehabilitation processes. People from all walks of life and across the world extended all kinds of help they could offer. Efforts, regardless of how small or significant they were, did not go unnoticed.
The 2014 Women's Month Celebration is the best time to highlight the “drivers of change” who untiringly volunteered themselves in times of disaster, conflict and calamity, a statement from the PCW stated.
This celebration recognizes the role of women in the rehabilitation process and their over-all contributions to progress, PCW added.
The objectives of this year’s celebration is to recognize women’s resiliency, strengths and contributions to progress and to discuss Philippine gains, gaps and challenges in implementing the Beijing Platform for Action.
Among the proposed activities are the Learning Session on Gender Fair Media on March 3 at Malacang, the Women’s Human Symbol Forming - March 8, 2014, Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park Manila, and the GADtimpala, the search for the most outstanding gender-responsive government agency at the national level, among others. (PIA 8)