Gender and Development

Gender equality plays a crucial role in development. The Gender and Development (GAD) focal point at NAPC actively promotes the advancement of women by combating the feminization of poverty through a series of GAD activities. This year, the newly-formed GAD committee has scheduled capacity-development building among NAPC staff and the basic sectors. Key activities include Gender-Sensitivity Training (GST) and Gender-Responsive Planning (GRP). This is to create gender awareness, identify gender issues, and establish a unified action plan in order to address them. Other projects include such activities for women's empowerment as the GREAT Women Project, Grassroots Mobilization for Legislative Agenda on RH, Women's Month, Women and the Environment Month, Women's Health Day, and 16-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW).

The RA 9262 seeks to address the prevalence of violence against women and their children (VAWC) by their intimate partners like husband or ex-husband; live-in partner or former live-in partner; boyfriend/girlfriend or ex-boyfriend/ex-girlfriend; and dating partner or former dating partner.

The RA 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) of 2009 is a comprehensive women's human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against women by recognizing, respecting, protecting, fulfilling and promoting the rights of Filipino women, especially those in the marginalized sectors.

Trafficking in persons is an illegal act and is considered a violation of human rights. The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, adoption or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation or when the adoption is induced by any form of consideration for exploitative purposes shall also be considered as "trafficking in persons".

The RA 8353 or the Anti-Rape Law of 1997 redefines rape as a crime against persons and a public offense.

Under RA 7877, work, education, or training-related sexual harassment is "committed by an employer, employee, manager, supervisor, agent of the employer, teacher, instructor, professor, coach, trainor, or any person who, having authority, influence, or moral ascendancy over another in a work or training or education environment, demands, requests, or otherwise requires any sexual favor from the other, regardless of whether the demand, request, or requirement for submission is accepted or not by the object of said act."

Guidelines for the preparation of annual Gender and Development (GAD) Plans and Budgets and Accomplishment Reports to implement the Magna Carta of Women

 

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