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Commitment

Gender Equality

Cong. Leni has been a staunch advocate of women’s rights for decades now, beginning with her earlier career as an Alternative Lawyer with SALIGAN. Despite the Philippines having one of the best conditions for women economic participation, a gender gap still exists1, and abuse still occurs, particularly in impoverished and rural areas.

” Nakikita po namin ang mga babaeng hindiipinaglalaban ang kanilang karapatan dahil wala silang pinagkukunan ng kanilang hanap buhay hanggang sa binigyan namin sila ng boses sa Naga’s People’s Council at binigyan ng livelihood ang mga kababaihan.”

In 2004, the Violence Against Women and Children was passed which seeks to address the prevalence of violence against women and children (VAWC), abuses on women and their children by their partners (husband, live-in partner, boy/girlfriend, dating partner).2

Inequalities, imbalances, and unfair treatment of women at home or in the work place still exist to varying degrees, and can be effectively addressed by a grounds-up community based approach that empowers women economically.

“Yung mga nagluluto, inipon namin. Caterers na sila ngayon. Sila na nagluluto tuwing may seminars. Yung mga nagtatahi, sa kanila na nagrerenta ng ng mga toga tuwing graduation. Sa kanila na din nagpapatahi ng mga uniform na pangbasketball. May mapupuntahan yung kanilang mga ginagawa.”

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  1. Bagaman kinilala ang Pilipinas noong bilang 2005 na isa sa mga pinaka-gender equal at sensitive na bansa sa buong mundo ng World Economic Forum, tuloy ang trabaho. Noong 2013, 78.1% ang partisipasyon ng kalalakihan sa labor force samantalang ang kababaihan ay 49.8% lamang. Wala halos pagbabago rito mula 2005.
  2. The definition of “Violence” was correctly comprehensive. It was defined as “any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or against a women with whom the person has a common child, or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which result in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty