Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation Nos.224 and 227 and Republic Act No.6949, we celebrate the National Women’s’ Month. Every March of each year is part of the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day (IWD).
This year’s theme is “WE Make Change Work for Women.” The chosen theme is an offshoot during the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Presidential Rodrigo Roa Duterte directive which was to fully implement the Magna Carta of Women in order to ensure that men and women will be partners in the pursuit of the country’s economic, social, cultural and political developments.
The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) leads the annual National Women’s Month Celebration.
Acronym of the chosen theme has the following elements as explained by PCW.
We stands for Women Empowerment – Women empowerment will make the change that GAD advocates, leaders and experts are espousing or any development responsive of women’s concerns.
Make Change Work – for acronym MCW = Magna Carta of Women – Strengthening the implementation of the MCW at all levels which means putting in place functional mechanisms as well as implementing and making known to citizens, programs and services that address strategic gender needs of women.
Change – Compassionate and Harmonized Actions and Networks for Gender Equality.
Thus, the first National Women’s Month Celebration under the new leadership will focus on these key foundations: partnership for change and full implementation of the Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act 9710) captured through the theme : “WE MAKE CHANGE WORK FOR WOMEN.”
ALL DICT EMPLOYEES/SENIOR OFFICIALS INCLUDING THE ATTACHED AGENCIES are enjoined to participate in the Women’s Month Celebration during the whole month of March.