Tuesday, August 04, 2020

March: Fire Prevention Month and International Women’s Month

(Tuesday3rd day of March 2020)


Iligan City – Ms. Laura Fe Z. Diaz, Head, Gender and Development Office (GAD) reminds us that as this month is the Fire Prevention Month, the country and the whole world also celebrate this month with another important purpose, the celebration of the International Women’s month 2020 during the City hall flag-raising ceremony at the Anahaw Amphitheatre on March 2.

International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8 every year is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not a country, group or organization specific.

“Mga babaye, dili gyud kita equal sa kumo sa atong bana. Maglikay kita nga makasuhan nato atong bana sa Republic Act 9262. Mao nay mapadayonon nga edukasyon nga atong gihatag ngadto sa kabaranggayan. (Women, we are never equal with the fist of our husband. Let’s avoid as much as we can to file a case against our husband with the Republic Act 9262. That is what we continuously educate in our communities)” Ms. Diaz stated during her speech at the flag-raising ceremony.

Republic Act 9262 is known as The Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004. Recognizing “the need to protect the family and its members particularly women and children from violence and threats to their personal safety and security”, RA 9262 was signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on March 2, 2004.

Women’s rights are the rights and entitlements claimed for women and girls worldwide, and which formed the basis for the women’s rights movement in the 19th century and the feminist movement during the 20th century. In some countries, these rights are institutionalized or supported by law, local customs, and behavior, whereas in others they are ignored and suppressed. They differ from broader notions of human rights through claims of an inherent historical and traditional bias against the exercise of rights by women and girls, in favor of men and boys.

Issues commonly associated with notions of women’s rights include the right to bodily integrity and autonomy; to be free from sexual violence; to vote; to hold public office; to enter into legal contracts; to have equal rights in family law; to work; to fair wages or equal pay; to have reproductive rights; to own property; to education. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_rights)

The country celebrates this day nationally with the theme: “We make change work for women”, however, the whole world celebrates it with the theme: “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.”

#IWD2020 #EachforEqual


– Kristoff S. /CIO-Web