In support to Gender and Development thrust of the government, Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) Project Management Office conducted a Gender Sensitivity Training (GST) anew. Held at Grand Xing Imperial Hotel on April 10-12, 2018, said training was organized by the GAD committee of the project.
PSupt Ma. Cecilia Detablan (Ret), the founder and President of Anti-Trafficking in Persons Advocates Network (ATIPAN) and Dr. Rosario H. Asong of UGSAD Regional Gender Resource Center of the University of the
Philippines – Visayas and the Vice President of Soroptimist International Iloilo Chapter, were the resource persons of the 3-day training.
Women, which are considered as underprivileged in a society ruled by men, are the focus of the discussions. Their rights, opportunities must be recognized as equal to men in decision-making, planning, policies, opportunities among others were emphasized. These were all based on the laws which ensure protection and security of women in the society, even at home and workplace.
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), an international treaty which was then adopted by the Philippines, Republic Act 9710 otherwise known as the Magna Carta of Women, and, Violence Against Womenand Children (VAWC) were some of the aforementioned laws.
Participants of said activity comprise of both men and women employees. It allowed men to be oriented on the laws and provisions protecting and ensuring equal treatment of the opposite sex in the society. It was also a great opportunity for them to clarify certain issues which they deemed unfair or biased. In other words, the training was an avenue for a healthy discussion among the sexes.
The GST ended with activities portraying equality and developmental approaches in the treatment of both men and women especially the latter. /JP Neridel M. Genilo