SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
In observance of the International Women’s Day on March 8 and the National Women’s Month this March, we take time to pay tribute to the incredible contributions women have made to global communities. These annual celebrations are an important reminder of how far the world has come in terms of gender equality and recognizing the role and importance of women in society.
This is also an opportune time to show our respects and admiration to all women of the Philippines for their resilience and leadership during the pandemic. Filipino women have been at the frontlines in the response to COVID-19. Women-dominated occupations, such as health professionals, have played an enormous role in efforts to flatten the curve of infection and position the country for economic recovery.
But as we celebrate women’s economic, political and social achievements, we also recognize the obstacles they continue to face in the struggle for equality and fairness, and the fight against discrimination in all its forms. We must not waver in our commitment to ensure that women have equal rights and opportunities and are protected from violence.
The House of Representatives will continue to support all efforts toward gender equality and all opportunities for women to claim their rightful place in positions of leadership. We strongly believe that the country will be more resilient in the face of any crisis when women work side by side with men in all roles, including at the highest levels of decision-making. We couldn’t agree more with the statement that when women have the opportunity to raise their voices and achieve their full potential, it strengthens our families, our communities, and our economy.
Mabuhay ang kababaihan!