OLONGAPO CITY, March 28 — The local government unit (LGU) of this city, in cooperation with the Philippine Commission on Women, has conducted over the weekend a forum on the localization of the Magna Carta of Women to promote the rights of women.
Sylvia Alegre of the Philippine Commission on Women was the resource speaker and Mayor James Gordon Jr. the guest speaker on the forum held at the FMA hall here.
The forum was spearheaded by city councilor Ellen Dabu, chairman on committee on women and social services, and Gene R. Eclarino, city social welfare and development/gender advocacy development (GAD) focal person.
More than 100 representatives from various non-government organizations, women organizations and barangay officials of this city attended the forum.
This forum, I hope, will give meaning to the rights of our women pursuant to Republic Act no. 9710, an Act providing for the Magna Carta of Women, a comprehensive womens human rights law as a national machinery for advancement of women, Gordon said as he urged all barangay chairmen to spearhead the implementation of the Magna Carta in their areas of responsibility.
The speaker discussed topics on womens rights giving emphasis on the protection of women and children from all forms of violence, equal treatment before the law, including the states review and when necessary, amendment or repeal of existing laws that are discriminatory to women.
Alegre expressed hope that the Magna Carta of Women will promote women's rights and welfare, especially those in the marginalized sector. (PNA) DCT/FFC/zst/MD/ps