MAGANES: Hail to the Filipino women!

March 20, 2017 at 6:24 am Leave a comment

In a matriarchal society like the Philippines, women are revered, honored and respected. Gone are the days when  they were often referred to as the “weaker sex” due maybe to their physiques and their being frail. Physically, they are not that strong but inside them are emotions that could turn tides into ripples, soft but resilient and strong to combat the vicissitudes of life.
Philippines is a country that has a history of “gender equality” long before the United Nations (UN) declared in 1990 a “gender equality and women empowerment.” UN says, “Gender equality is not only fundamental right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision- making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.” UN also declared March 8 as International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is ” Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.”
In her message on the observance of International Women’s Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said,” Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities-typically more than double the time spent by men and boys. They look after younger siblings, older family members, deal with illness in the family and manage the house. In many cases this unequal division of labour is at the expense of women’s and girls’ learning, of paid work, sports, or engagement in civic or community leadership. This shapes the norms of relative disadvantage and advantage, of where women and men are positioned in the economy, of what they are skilled to do and where they will work.” However, this is not the real situation now in the Philippines.
Recognizing the role of women in nation building, the Philippine government has issued in the past administrations the following legal bases: Proclamation No. 224 series of 1988 declaring the first week of March each year as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day; Proclamation No. 224 series of 1988 providing for the observance of the Month of March as Women’s Role in History Month; and Republic Act No. 6949 series of 1990 declaring March 8 of every year as National Women’s Day. Aside from these legal issuances, there is Republic Act No. 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women.

Indeed, we have gone a long way in providing empowerment to women in Philippine society. Women at all levels are recognized in the Philippines. They are in the academe, politics, sports, media, call centers, fashion and arts. There are women also in the once male dominated military and police institutions. Even in the judiciary, women are in the front lines.
Filipino women who are famous are the following: Genoveva Pecson, the first lady senator in the country, who was followed by Eva Estrada Kalaw, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who became a president, Letecia Ramos Shahani, Santanina Rasul, Loi Ejercito Estrada, Loren Legarda, Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe, Pia Cayetano, Risa Hontiveros, former President Corazon Aquino, and the beleaguered Senator Leila Delima. In the Supreme Court, we have two women Chief Justices, Cecilia Muñoz Palma and at present Maria Lourdes Sereno. We have women lawmakers in the House of Representatives. In sports, we have Bong Coo, the Olympic gold medalist in bowling, Bea Lucero in taekwondo, Cristine Jacob in swimming and Lydia Vega in sprint/athletics. The list is long to recognized all women who curved their names in various fields of endeavors.
Philippine history also revealed that women played important roles during the revolution against Spain. We have the likes of Melchora Aquino who is also known as Tandang Sora, Gabriela Silang, Teodora Agoncillo, Teodora Mercado and countless of revolutionary women who braved the dangers of war.
While we are celebrating the Women’s Month, let us not forget the real heroes in our lives. They are our mothers who reared us to become what we are today. They are the ones who provided us wisdom, values and ethics for us to become good citizens in our country. They are the unsung heroes who work tirelessly in our homes just to provide our needs.
As a tribute to all women, here is the lyrics of the Beatles’ song  by John Lennon entitled “Woman”: Woman, I can hardly express,/ My mixed emotion at my thoughtlessness,/ After all I’m forever in your debt,/
 And woman, I will try to express,/ My inner feelings and thankfulness,/ For showing me the meaning of success,/ Ooh, well, well,/ Ooh, well, well,/
Woman, I know you understand,/ The little child inside the man,/ Please remember my life is in your hands,/ Ooh, well, well,/ Ooh, well, well,/
And, woman, hold me close to your heart,/ However distant don’t keep us apart,/ After all it is written in the stars,/ Ooh, well, well,/ Ooh, well, well,/
Woman, please let me explain,/ I never meant to cause you sorrow and pain,/ So let me tell you again and again and again,/
I love you (yeah, yeah) now and forever,/I love you (yeah, yeah) now and forever,/I love you (yeah, yeah) now and forever,/ I love you (yeah, yeah)
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