CHR calls for gender-equal society as world marks Women's Month

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 02 2020 09:38 AM

A woman stands at a streetside in Manila. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - Despite efforts to uphold equal rights, there is still a need to promote women's rights for a gender-equal society, the Commission on Human Rights said Monday as the world celebrates Women's Month.

"Equality is not just a women's issue; it is everybody's business," said CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia in a statement.

De Guia said promoting women's rights improves the lives of families and communities.

"There are still various areas where gender parity is not met. Subordination and discrimination against women remain prevalent," she said.

"Individually and collectively, we can actively choose every day to create a gender-equal society," she added.

For this year's celebration, the CHR said it would stage a Purple Action March and a forum on women's rights on Tuesday. A "Gandang Ganda sa Sariling Gawa” book and crafts fair meanwhile will be held in the CHR Central Office in Quezon City on Saturday.

The CHR theme for this year's Women's Month is “Generation equality: the vision we work for women and girls."

The World Economic Forum has reported that the Philippines remains one of the most gender-equal countries worldwide with equal opportunities on political and economic leadership for men and women.

In 2018, the Philippines was the only Asian country that was included in the top 10 of the Global Gender Gap report.