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Solon: Women’s rights should include empowerment.

The Senate ought to be accountable for more than just passing laws when it comes to advancing women’s rights and meeting gender-specific needs.

Senator Risa Hontiveros stated that more women must be in positions of leadership.

“We shouldn’t merely adopt laws protecting our ladies. She stated in a news release on Tuesday, “We should make it our obligation to guarantee that more women are also in leadership roles, more women who deeply understand the daily experiences of being a woman.

“We would be better able to practice true gender equality and empower everyone when we have the diverse perspectives of different kinds of women in decision-making spaces and at all levels of governance,” the author writes.

In Tokyo, Japan, from April 24 to 26, Hontiveros will represent the Philippines at the Global Conference of Parliamentarians on Population and Development.

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Nations Population Fund, and Japan Trust Fund are supporting the event, which is organized by the Asian Population and Development Association, Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development Japan, and Parliamentarians Federation for Population.

The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), according to Hontiveros, chair of the Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations, and Gender Equality, has also shown social injustices that have widened the gaps and made it more difficult to achieve gender equality in the Philippines.

“Our nation was renowned for having the world’s longest and strictest lockdown. The most vulnerable among us, particularly our women and children, feel the effects the hardest, she said.

To prevent and address the gendered difficulties that women and girls confront, Hontiveros has introduced the Gender Responsive and Inclusive Emergency Management Act.

The bill aims to strengthen gender-based violence preparedness and response systems by guaranteeing that gender-based violence services remain accessible and unhindered; guarantee the availability of sexual and reproductive health goods and services; ensure continuity and a coordinated national response; prioritize women and girls in emergency response, especially those who are most at risk.

“This law comes up at a crucial moment as the Covid-19 policies in our nation start to fade away. She stated in her sponsorship speech on March 8, International Women’s Day, “It is an appropriate time to review our nation’s emergency management system to assess whether or not the more vulnerable among us falls through the cracks.

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