The 2013 National Women’s Month

With the theme "Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan," the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) leads the Celebration of National Women's Month (NWM) on March 1-31, 2013. The theme, which supports H.E., President Benigno S. Aquino III's vision of "tuwid na daan," is also aligned with the Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act 9710). It underscores the need to accelerate women's participation in governance and enhance gender perspective in upholding good governance.

The celebration of NWM is pursuant to 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.

Various events and activities have been lined up to mark NWM 2013. There will be a media launch of the Gender Equality Committee for Media (MGEC) policy documents on March 8, 2013, in coordination with the Presidential Communications Operations Office. A Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System (GFPS) Assembly will be held on March 13-14, 2013 to gather GFPS members from various agencies and Local Government Units to assess how gender mainstreaming has impacted the lives of both women and men.

Women leaders from various government instrumentalities will be honored in a program "Pagpupugay sa mga Kababaihang Namumuno sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan" on March 22, 2013. To create a network of empowered young women capable of sustaining what the Philippines has so far gained in addressing women and gender issues, a Young Women Leaders' Forum is being planned.

We congratulate the Philippine Commission on Women led by Chairperson Remedios Ignacio-Rikken, Executive Director Emmeline L. Verzosa, other Officers and Members, and all the Filipino women of the Republic of the Philippines on the occasion of this year's National Women's Month. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!