Trading Better: Women’s Economic Rights in Building a Sustainable Future

Women activists and development workers will discuss their concerns on the multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organisation and its impacts on women in the global South. They will also share their insights on building a people-centred trading system that advances women’s rights.

🗓️ July 6, 2022
🕖 7:30 AM New York / 7:30 PM Manila / 6:30 PM Bangkok / 2:30 PM Kampala / 8:30 AM São Paulo
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DOWNLOAD Babae Bantayan ang Eleksyon! Materials

Mahalaga ang papel ng bawat isa sa pagbabantay  – bago, sa araw, at pagkatapos ng eleksyon. Maghanda tayo sa pagtatanggol ng ating boto! Huwag hayaan na maluklok ang mga korap, lumalabag sa karapatang pantao, at nagdadala lamang ng pansariling interes, sa pamamagitan ng pandaraya sa eleksyon.

I-download dito ang mga resources na maaaring gamitin sa pagtatanggol ng boto at pagbabantay sa halalan:

Alternative Report on the Philippines Submitted to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights for the 28th Session of the Universal Periodic Review in the United Nations Human Rights Council in the 4th Cycle of UPR on the Philippines – Center for Women’s Resources

The Philippine government prides itself to be a State party to eight core international human rights instruments and six optional protocols. It is also a founding member of the Human Rights Council in 2006 and it commits to be a State partner of the Human Rights Council.

As such, the Philippine government made commitments to promote, protect, and fulfill the rights of our citizens, especially the poor and the marginalized and the vulnerable, and social justice shall be pursued, even as the rule of law shall prevail at all times. Further, it states that “this administration shall implement a rights-based approach to development and governance, as we improve our people’s welfare in the areas of health, adequate food and water, housing, environmental preservation, and respect for culture.” Finally, it reiterated that “human rights must work to uplift human dignity.”

The Philippine government also committed to the promotion and protection of the human rights of women through various policies and programs during its third cycle review in 2017. It cited national laws and regulations to prove such claims, such as the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the Philippines and for particular women’s concerns, the Magna Carta of Women and the Reproductive Health Law.

It supported these recommendations on women’s rights during the 3rd cycle:, “To continue its work to strengthen its policies to further promote gender equality and eliminate discrimination and violence against women (Recommendation 133.227 from Brunei Darussalam); and Carry on the efforts to combat all forms of discrimination and violence against women (Recommendation 133.228 from Tunisia).

With the Philippines government’s ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), it committed itself to undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all forms.

Further, at the Magna Carta of Women, it defined the State as the primary duty-bearer that shall: (a) Refrain from discriminating against women and violating their rights; (b) Protect women against discrimination and from violation of their rights by private corporations, entities, and individuals; and (c) Promote and fulfill the rights of women in all spheres, including their rights to substantive equality and non-discrimination.

This report shows that despite these commitments and support to UPR recommendations, the Filipino women’s condition remains challenging. CWR is putting forward recommendations for the Philippine government, which hopefully will be supported by other member states.

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Hundreds of women gather to craft the 2022 Women’s Electoral Agenda

Women community leaders, activists, and advocates convened for the hybrid 2022 National Summit this March 6, Sunday, to craft the Women’s Agenda for the 2022 National Elections.

More than 100 women from Luzon joined the face-to-face gathering at the Quezon City University Auditorium in Novaliches, Quezon City, while participants from Visayas and Mindanao joined the virtual conference.

The national summit started with a discussion of the situation of women in the last six years. Participants then joined the workshops to raise their local situations and their demands to build the agenda.

In the afternoon, the Women’s Agenda were collated and presented to local and national politicians to sign their commitment in forwarding women’s issues as part of their electoral agenda.

The Women’s Agenda

The Agenda disclosed the concerns that women want to put forward to the candidates. It included the issues on employment, national industrialization, agricultural support, human rights, assurance of sovereignty, free from violence, and non-discrimination of marginalized sectors including LGBTQ and indigenous peoples, among others.

“Women have suffered the brunt of a worsening socioeconomic crisis in the last six years,” said Cham Perez, Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Resources, a research institution for women.

Perez said that women’s unemployment rate remained high while those employed suffered low wages and job insecurity. She noted that neoliberal policies of liberalization and privatization made it even more difficult for women to realize decent work, stable livelihood, food security, and access to social services such as health and education.

“The minimum wage has not increased since 2018, while prices of basic commodities continue to rise since the implementation of the TRAIN law in the beginning of 2018,” Perez explained.

Perez also noted that women’s economic insecurity made them more vulnerable to different forms of abuse and violence.

Women’s participation in the coming elections

Babae, Bantayan ang Eleksyon (BaBaE Network), an election watchdog network of individuals and organizations, reminded women to scrutinize platforms and programs of candidates. BaBaE Network also raised alarm over reports of election irregularities in the months leading to election day.

“We must remain vigilant during the campaign season, as we move closer to May 9. We enjoin everyone to watch our votes and to immediately report any forms of election fraud,” said Professor Pau Hernando, BaBae Network spokesperson.

Hernando suggested that women should support candidates who forwarded the women’s agenda, and should reject those who have records of misogyny, corruption, fraud, and violence.

The need to mobilize beyond the electoral season

During the summit, participants also affirmed the need to organize and mobilize beyond the 2022 elections.

“While we see the 2022 National Elections to forward women’s issues and concerns, we believe that our political participation should not be limited in casting our votes on May 9,” remarked Gert Libang, National Chairperson of GABRIELA National Alliance of Women.

She explained that the current political system dominated by elites resulted to limited opportunities for societal change.

“The change that we want must continue to organize ourselves and mobilize to raise our grievances and clamor for genuine social change”, she concluded.

The National Women Summit was organized by GABRIELA – Alliance of Filipino Women, Center for Women’s Resources, Babae Bantayan ang Eleksyon, GABRIELA-Youth, Kilusan ng Manggagawang Kababaihan, Amihan – National Federation of Peasant Women, BAI Indigenous Women, Girls for Peace, and Bahaghari.

Unite against the return of the Marcoses to Malacanang! Unite for genuine freedom, development, and democracy!

The Center for Women’s Resources joins the commemoration of the 1986 EDSA People Power that led to the fall of the Marcos Dictatorship as we unite to prevent them from returning to Malacanang in the coming National Elections.

Today, we remember those who have been killed, tortured, disappeared, raped, detained, and many others who lost their homes and livelihood during Martial Law. We vow to never forget the attacks against the people, to hold the Marcoses accountable for their ill-gotten wealth, to combat disinformation and historical revision, and to never again allow them to return and maintain power.

The militant and arduous struggle of the Filipino people to defy one of the darkest times in our history remains the legacy of EDSA People Power. Women have stood at the forefront, from the streets to the countryside, to challenge the dictatorship and to assert genuine freedom, development, and democracy.

While the following administrations have maintained power and control to the ruling elites in the guise of democracy, as they continued to be slaves of imperialist masters through neoliberal policies and measures that suppress the people’s democratic rights, EDSA People Power remains to be a reminder of people’s unity and decisiveness to clamor for change.

The same militancy fuels the women and people’s movement until today, in their continued commitment in pursuing genuine social change amid worsening attacks against human rights defenders and the people during the Duterte administration.

In their campaign for the two highest seats in office for the 2022 National Elections, Marcos Jr. spews empty rhetoric on “unity” while Sara Duterte vows to continue what his father has started. Thus, a continuation of ballooning debt, skyrocketing prices, misogyny, rabid human rights violations and failed pandemic response. There is no basis of unity with them when there is no justice to their atrocities.

We call on women and all Filipino people to commemorate People Power by rejecting tyrants, plunderers, and human rights violators, and prevent them from returning to power. We must work hand-in-hand to fight their dirty tricks of disinformation, fraud, and violations especially towards the national elections. Ultimately, we must continue to exercise our right to political participation beyond the 2022 elections.

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