The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) launches the #AgendaNiJuana advocacy campaign as it aims to promote online discourse on gender-responsive governance and leadership this National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) 2021.

“Your DICT is committed to the implementation of initiatives designed to promote gender-responsive governance and leadership, allowing all citizens—regardless of their gender—to participate in the national agenda,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 6949 and Presidential Proclamation Nos. 224 and 227, s. 1988, the DICT is conducting the event with the overall theme: “We Make Change Work for Women, Sama Samang Pagsulong sa mga Agenda ni Juana”.

This month-long activity includes the conduct of various activities, starting with the Kickoff Activity to be held on March 8, 2021 during the International Women’s Day. The kickoff activity shall feature key speakers who will discuss various topics on gender equality, women’s role in the national agenda and the challenges met during the COVID 19 pandemic, as well as women’s political representation.

Moreover, the Department is organizing other activities through its various units, including a Health and Financial Wellness Week, webinars regarding women’s role in the ICT industry, Digital Literacy Trainings, as well as a Freelancer’s Forum.

Further, there will be a culminating activity on March 29, 2021 wherein the DICT Gender and Development (GAD) Office will be announcing the winners of the planned social media advocacy contest.

The line-up of activities for this month aims to generate online discussions and engagements to raise awareness on how to facilitate good practices, address challenges, and pursue commitments in gender and development.

“By giving women a chance to aspire and create their own future without unfair limits, we are also helping our nation grow and prosper for the benefit of all. Indeed, there is no doubt that our Juanas will continue to grow as a potent social, political, and economic force in this country moving forward,” Honasan said.