2015 National Women’s Month Celebration

Theme: “Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!

Sunday, March 1, 2015 to Tuesday, March 31, 2015

National Women's Month 2015

BACKGROUND

The observance of International Women’s Day (IWD) was a result of the organizing activities of women in the early 20th Century. Between 1909 and 1911, working women in the United States participated in organizing strike activities of the National Women’s Trade Union League and other concerned groups. They were responding to the low wages, lack of protective legislation and the poor working conditions to which women workers were subjected during that time.

In Europe, Clara Zetkin and the Socialist Women’s International demanded that March 8th be the International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated each year to recognize workingwomen around the world. The celebration of IWD has since stimulated major historical events. For instance, IWD was the inspiration for the general strike which began the Russian Revolution in St. Petersburg in 1917 when 10, 000 women textile workers demonstrated.
It is due to such history of women organizing around the world that IWD was officially recognized by the United Nations to celebrate women’s contributions to all societies.

In the Philippines, Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) promotes the full participation and equitable representation of women in all spheres of society particularly in the decision-making and policy-making processes in government and private entities, in order to fully realize their role as agents and beneficiaries of development.

Statistics, however, revealed that disparities among men and women in elective posts and in traditionally male/female dominated agencies in government are still evident. Women are still a minority in top level positions in such agencies as public works, national defense and law enforcement. While opportunities for women in politics and decision-making are opening up, many still hesitate to take on leadership positions due to reproductive roles, conservative mindsets and a belief that politics and leadership are not women’s world (BPfA+20: Philippine Progress Report on the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 2014).

This year’s celebration aims to pay tribute to all women leaders who passionately led and continue to advance women’s advocacies. Their key roles and accomplishments in leadership, power and decision-making will be highlighted in order to influence and break the conservative mindset and belief that politics and leadership are not for women.

LEGAL MANDATE

  • Proclamation No. 224 s. 1988 declaring the first week of March each year as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day;
  • Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 providing for the observance of the Month of March as Women’s Role in History Month; and
  • Republic Act (RA) 6949 s. 1990 declaring March 8 of every year as National Women’s Day.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this year’s celebration are as follows:

  1. To recognize and highlight women’s key roles and accomplishments in leadership, power and decision-making.
  2. To increase awareness on engaging women to participate at all levels of policy and decision-making.
  3. To share strategies and best practices women have employed to become successful women leaders.

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