Pursuant to Proclamation No. 224 s. 1988 declaring the first week of March of every year as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day; Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 providing for the observation of the Month of March as Women’s Role in History Month; and Republic Act (RA) No. 6949 s. 1990 declaring March 8 of every year as National Women’s Day, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) is leading the observance of the National Women’s Month from March 1 to 31, 2020.
With the theme “WE Make Change Work for Women”, the celebration shall highlight the need to empower women as harbingers of change and enable them to participate in and benefit from development efforts.
Year 2020 is a turning point in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) in the Philippines. It marks the 45th founding anniversary of the Philippine Commission on Women, which is the national machinery on women, and the 25th year of the Beijing Platform Action (BPfA) which is global roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls. Thus, under the banner theme, the 2020 National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) shall celebrate and take stock of the progress made to advance GEWE in the country.
In line with the global multi-generational campaign of UN women,” Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for equal future,” the celebration shall also endeavor to bring together women and girl leaders from various generations towards a collective agenda of empowering all women and girls.
Source: DILG MC No. 2020 -051