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Gender and Development Column

Republic Act 9710, otherwise known as Magna Carta of Women, is a comprehensive women’s human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination through the recognition, protection, fulfillment and promotion of the rights of Filipino women, especially those belonging in the marginalized sectors of the society. It establishes the responsibility of the government to take actions in order to end discrimination against women.

Here are some highlighted portions of Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the law:

Section 2 Declaration of Policy

- Recognizing the economic, political and sociocultural realities affect women's current condition

 -The state affirms the role of women in nation building and ensures the substantive equality of women and men

 -Promote empowerment of women and pursue equal opportunities for women and men; equal access to resources and to development results and outcome

 -Abolition of the unequal structures and practices that perpetuate discrimination and inequality

 -Shall endeavor to develop plans, policies, programs, measures, and mechanisms to address discrimination and inequality in the economic, political, social, and cultural life of women and men

 -Condemns discrimination against women in all its forms

 -Provide the necessary mechanisms to enforce women's rights and adopt and undertake all legal measures necessary to foster and promote the equal opportunity for women

 -To participate in policy formulation, planning, organization, implementation, management, monitoring, and evaluation of all programs, projects, and services

 

Section 3 Principles of Human Rights of Women

 

-No one, therefore, should suffer discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, gender, age, language, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, political, or other opinion, national, social, or geographical origin, disability, property, birth, or other status as established by human rights standards

Section 4 Definition of Terms

Women empowerment- provision, availability, and accessibility of opportunities, services, and observance of human rights which enable women to actively participate and contribute to the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the nation as well as those which shall provide them equal access to ownership, management, and control of production, and of material and informational resources and benefits in the family, community, and society