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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



27 November 2020 04:56:38 PM

The Committee on Women and Gender Equality, chaired by Rep. Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba (1st District, Bukidnon), and the Committee on the Welfare of Children, chaired by Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez (Party-list, TINGOG), in partnership with the Gabriela Party-list and the Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc. (AWLFI), conducted a virtual forum on Friday with the theme: “Labanan ang Abuso sa Kababaihan at Bata.” The event was organized in commemoration of the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children and in celebration of the National Children’s Month. In her opening remarks, Acosta-Alba underscored the need for lawmakers to strengthen the country’s legislative framework and incorporate the gender dimension to existing laws. “We need to do more, and we can do more. We need to make the issue of violence against women and children everybody’s concern,” Acosta-Alba said. For her part, Rep. Arlene Brosas (Party-list, GABRIELA) said the global pandemic, the series of calamities, and the subsequent economic downturn have created further challenges for women and children, thus the initiative to sponsor the forum. “[This] aims not only to spread awareness, but to create stronger unities and solidify our efforts to push forward pro-women, pro-children, and pro-poor policies,” she said. Brosas also discussed Filipino women’s situations amid the COVID-19 crisis. She raised how the pandemic aggravated the challenges women encounter in society. Meanwhile, Romualdez propelled her colleagues to come up with ways to sustainably address the effects of poverty and unemployment to ensure a more inclusive approach in alleviating the plight of Filipino children. For her closing message, AWLFI President and Deputy Speaker Rose Marie “Baby” Arenas echoed that House Members must craft bills that provide social protection plans as well as economic recovery measures that are gender responsive. She said that an inclusive roadmap to recovery would also pave the way for women to take on significant roles in the country’s decision-making processes.