SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
30 March 2021 04:46:11 PM
Committed to achieving a more gender-responsive Congress, the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality chaired by Bukidnon Rep. Ma. Lourdes Acosta-Alba held a roundtable discussion Tuesday, on “How to be a gender-responsive legislator." The discussion aimed to address and eliminate discriminatory laws against women and girls, finetune legislative priorities, as well as identify gaps in the legal framework. The online discussion was organized by the committee, in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) to discuss the roadmap entitled, “Equality in Law for Women and Girls by 2030: A Multi-stakeholder Strategy for Accelerated Action.” The roadmap was launched by the UN Women in March 2019. IDLO Consultant Gettie Sandoval presented a study on the analysis of laws in the country from a gender perspective. She said there are women-specific laws consistent with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) but there are still inconsistencies and gaps in previous laws with the Magna Carta on Women. The research also revealed there are laws with prevailing gender stereotypes that need to be addressed. Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Bernadette Herrera-Dy said the country maintains its post as the most gender-equal country in Asia, closing 80 percent of the labor force gap, as women outnumbered men in senior leadership roles as well as in the professional and technical fields. Herrera-Dy also encouraged stakeholders to put forward amendments on the antiquated laws that need change for a better, more gender-responsive and balanced legislation. Acosta-Alba urged legislators to continue building networks and alliances in crafting and passing important legislation. Acosta-Alba then announced that the committee would launch the handbook on "How to be a Gender-Responsive Legislator", which was developed by the PCW, once sessions resume in May. The handbook aims to guide legislators in taking a critical look at the lawmaking processes, as well as aiding them in refining proposed measures towards gender-responsiveness and promotion of women’s rights.