Former PCW officials endorse Robredo for presidency – Manila Bulletin

A total of 129 current and former officials and staff of the Commission for Women of the Philippines (PCW) on Tuesday (March 8) declared their support for the presidential candidacy of Vice President Leni Robredo.

Presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo speaks to supporters during an outing at a sports complex in Tandag City, Surigao Del Sur on March 8, 2022 (MARK BALMORES/MANILA BULLETIN)

Citing a report from the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Equality Report, the group said the Philippines had slipped in global indices that measure gender equality, citing declining women’s participation in politics. and the labor market.

From a previous ranking of eighth, the country has now slipped to 16th place in 2019 and 2020 and then to 17th place in 2021.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a significant number of women in vulnerable sectors to lose their jobs. Time spent in unpaid care work is increasing dramatically due to illness in the family, especially among the elderly, and also the increased demands of children studying at home,” the group said.

“Those who remained employed were challenged to balance all of these roles while remaining productive at their jobs. Meanwhile, domestic violence and sexual abuse likely increased as lockdowns and quarantines forced victims to stay home with their abusers, and police and government services have become less accessible,” they added.

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Former and current PCW officials said the Philippines needs an inclusive leader, as well as someone who supports grassroots leadership, has an outstanding history of sound stewardship of government resources and exemplifies political maturity.

“In her previous calling as an alternative lawyer providing free legal assistance to the indigent, Leni Robredo saw firsthand the relationship between power imbalances and violence against women and their children. When she became a legislator, she passed laws and created livelihood opportunities to empower women by making them less dependent on others,” they pointed out.

“We believe that Leni Robredo is the only candidate who has the expertise, capacity and integrity to do all of this. Therefore, we, former officials and employees of the Philippine Commission for Women and other gender advocates, equality and empowerment of women, support the candidacy of Vice President Robredo for the presidency of the Republic of the Philippines.

Robredo, they added, recognizes the need for the adoption of the anti-discrimination law; expanding access to affordable and comprehensive health care for women; and improving gender mainstreaming in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction management, among others.

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