Philippines getting ready to celebrate International Women's Month this March 2020.

Myra Tambor
Posted February 9, 2020 from Philippines

As published by the Philippines Commission on Women, i'm sharing with you all, my World Pulse sisters the upcoming events in my country for the month of March as we celebrate the International Women's Day and the Women's Month 2020.

Year 2020 is a turning point in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) in the Philippines. It marks the 45th founding anniversary of the Philippine Commission on Women, which is the national machinery on women, and the 25th year of the BPfA which is a global roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls. It is also pivotal for the 40th anniversary in 2021 of taking into force of the CEDAW, considered as the international bill of rights of women and translated into a national law through the Magna Carta of Women (R.A. 9710 or MCW). 2020 also marks the 5th year of the SDGs; the 10th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security; and the 25th year since the gender and development (GAD) budget policy was introduced through the 1995 General Appropriations Act (R.A. 7845).

Thus, under the banner theme, “We Make Change Work for Women,” the 2020 NWMC shall celebrate and take stock of the progress made to advance GEWE in the country. In line with the global multi-generational campaign of UN Women, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for equal future,” the celebration shall also endeavor to bring together women and girl leaders from various generations towards a collective agenda of empowering all women and girls.

Government agencies, local government units, state colleges and universities, and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged to get the youth involved in their women’s month activities.

Suggested Activities for Stakeholders

Stakeholders from both the government and the private sector are enjoined to participate in activities that are open to the public; or initiate their own activities in line with the objectives and focus of the 2020 NWMC.

Production and Distribution of IEC Materials

Briefers on the 2020 National Women’s Month Celebration, BPfA, CEDAW, Magna Carta of Women and other laws and agreements protecting the rights of women will be available for download in the PCW website, so agencies and other participating stakeholders can produce and distribute.  

#SerbisyoParaKayJuana

Serbisyo para kay Juana encourages agencies and organizations that offer direct services, transactions, and products to the public to give privileges like freebies and discounts to women on International Women’s Day (March 8) and/or other dates in March. This aims to bring the celebration to every Juana and make them feel appreciated, supported, and empowered.

Forum, Workshop, Lecture, Contests

Agencies and non-government organizations can hold forums, workshops and lectures that discuss gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as issues still surrounding efforts for these together with actions that can be taken. In-depth conversations on the BPfA, CEDAW, Magna Carta of Women, and other women’s laws relevant to the agency/LGU can also be explored. Essay-writing and poster-making contests can also be conducted.

Film Showing

Agencies and LGUs may organize their own film showing, provided that their respective GAD Focal Point systems were able to screen the films to ensure that featured films tackle women's empowerment, gender equality, or issues confronting women in the marginalized and vulnerable sectors.

Online Advocacy To spread the advocacy online, the hashtag #WomenMakeChange shall be used in all posts related to the celebration. Agencies and private entities can also post on their website and respective social media accounts information, photos, videos, articles or activities in line with the NWMC. Participating agencies can also send their pictures and captions to PCW’s official Facebook account and get a chance to be featured as one of the #WomenMakeChange supporters.

PCW Initiated Activities

Generation Equality Caravan. The Women’s Month Celebration goes National, at its core of the word. The PCW will bring the celebration to Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. The three legs will feature a “fireside chat” that cuts across generations: Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. The PCW will bring speakers of different ages who are immersed in working for gender equality and women’s empowerment and the participants, who are college students, will have the opportunity to ask them questions, and vice versa, thus opening the conversation, which signifies equality. More than lectures, it is about sharing; More than discussing, it is about relating.

#JuanaSays Online Advocacy. First initiated by the PCW in 2015, #JuanaSays is an online advocacy effort providing a daily dose of inspirational quotes from Filipino women whose work and contributions have created positive changes in their respective fields. Female personalities who are invited to share their inspiring words include heads of government and non-government agencies and private corporations/companies; trailblaizers in arts, media, sports, and the entertainment industry; pioneers in science and technology; and champions of women’s rights from various sectors (e.g. rural, IP, Moro, youth, formal employment, entrepreneurs), among others.

Song-writing contest (BPfA). The MusikJuana Songwriting Competition will be launched in time for the National Women’s Month Celebration. The competition aims to search for a musical piece that will help popularize the contents of the BPfA, particularly the 12 areas of concern. The mechanics of the competition will be issued in March and the deadline of the submission of entries will be on June 30, 2020. Winners will be announced and awarded in September, in line with the BPfA anniversary.

Campaign Collaterals.Stakeholders are encouraged to reproduce and distribute the collateral materials released by the PCW for the celebration as part of their IEC material production and distribution activities.

BPfA exhibit. The exhibit will feature all areas of concern and information on the status of each.

BPfA brochure. The briefer will include the basic provisions of this landmark document, progress over the years, as well as the information on the anniversary theme “Generation Equality: Realizing women's rights for an equal future”.

NWMC briefer. This details the activities for the 2020 NWMC, theme, and other pertinent facts and issues concerning women.

Visit www.pcw.gov.ph 

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maeann
Feb 09
Feb 09

Welcome to World Pulse Myra :) I am so happy another Filipina sharing their stories on World Pulse hooray! Connect with us on our facebook group at World Pulse Philippines :) We have activities on the coming International Women's Day. Thank you for sharing this timely event in our Country :)

Myra Tambor
Feb 09
Feb 09

Hi Maeann, im already a member of the fb group, Ate Pauline invited me. Hope to see you in person. Thanks!

maeann
Feb 09
Feb 09

Yehey thanks for joining :)

Anita Shrestha
Feb 09
Feb 09

Dear Myra
Thank you very much for your work. Please keep and update sharing.

Myra Tambor
Feb 09
Feb 09

Thank you, Anita.

Beth Lacey
Feb 10
Feb 10

It sounds like you will have a wonderful celebration

Myra Tambor
Feb 11
Feb 11

Hi Beth, this is actually one of the best occasion we have here in my country for various empowering women activities every year. This is also an opportunity for sisters bonding. :-) Kinda festive mode.

Hello, Myra,

Welcome to World Pulse! Same as Mae Ann, I am happy that another voice from the Philippines is rising up! Thank you for sharing how our country is going to celebrate International Women's Day. More and more Filipinas are truly empowered in our country. Let's keep raising our voices together.

Please write more! We're looking forward to reading more from you. Have a lovely day! Welcome again to our growing family!

Myra Tambor
Feb 11
Feb 11

Oh, thank you Karen. Lets invite more of our Filipino sisters to join here. I will do my best to write my experiences in this journey to #GenerationEquality. Cheers!

You're welcome, sis! Yes, please! There are a lot of stories from our country that the world has yet to hear. I stand with you! Happy heart's day!

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Myra,
Hope you are doing well. Welcome to World pulse and thank you for sharing about your planned events and activities for International Women's day 2020. This is very encouraging and I wish you all the best with the planning and successful event.
Have a great day.

Myra Tambor
Feb 11
Feb 11

thank you for the warm welcome and the best wishes. cheers!

Akshaya9
Feb 11
Feb 11

Hi Myra,
Welcome here in World Pulse. Thank you for sharing this event. Hope you doing fine. Can't wait to read more stories from you kababayan :-)

Have a nice day dear

Myra Tambor
Feb 11
Feb 11

Hi there! Maraming salamat kapatid :-)

Akshaya9
Feb 20
Feb 20

Your welcome sis :-)

Chinyere Kalu
Feb 15
Feb 15

Woah Myra! What an.elaborate celebration for the WID 2020.Here's wishing you a huge success as you join the rest of the world from Philippines .

Myra Tambor
Mar 01
Mar 01

thank you thank you chinyere.

Seka
Feb 17
Feb 17

Bravo pour les femmes fortes des Philippines!
Vous êtes un exemple à suivre!
Bonne réussite dans cette lutte que vous menez.
Seka

Myra Tambor
Mar 01
Mar 01

thank you Seka.

chimdirimebere
Feb 19
Feb 19

Hi Myra,
You have there a well loaded International Women's Day celebration. Thanks a whole lot for what you are doing.

Chimdirimebere Harriet Okoro

Myra Tambor
Mar 01
Mar 01

right! it will be a very busy month of March for us. thank you!

MUKABA ZAWADI
Feb 26
Feb 26

well said on World Women's Day

Myra Tambor
Mar 01
Mar 01

Thank you Mukaba.

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