Capitol holds training on gender sensitivity

Capitol officials attended a two-day gender sensitivity training and orientation on Republic Act 9710 that is also known as the Magna Carta of Women .

The forum was organized by the Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) in cooperation with Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7.

The main objective of the training and orientation was to come up with a gender and development (GAD)-responsive plan and budget pursuant to the provisions of the magna carta.

The cost of implementing GAD programs should be part of the budget of the local government unit (LGU) and should be at least five percent of the LGU’s total budget appropriations.

Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, PWC co-chairperson, earlier encouraged department and office heads to attend the activity.

The magna carta strengthened further various exsting laws and policies that empower and protect women and ensure equal rights and opportunities to women and men.

This was enacted into law in 2009 during the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

It is a comprehensive women’s rights seeking to eliminate discrimination through recognition, protection, fulfillment and promotion of the rights of Filipino women, especially those belonging to marginalized sectors.

In discussions at the social hall, Virgie Clapano, chief of the Local Government Capacity Development Division, pointed out to participants gender biases, including gender stereotyping picturing the wife as just home maker, violence such as wife beating and rape, low self esteem, lack of control, and Double or multiple burden, especially in the home where the wife does many things for the entire family.

Clapano urged participants to be gender sensitive to avoid gender bias. Gender sensitivity is not a battle of the sexes neither is it anti-male, he said.

Both men and women can be victims although women can be affected more than men. Gender sensitivity is the ability to recognize gender issues and recognize women’s different perceptions and interests.

To say that one is gender-sensitive, he or she must recognize that there is inequality between men and women that can be passed on from one generation to the next. He or she recognizes this inequality in the home and in the community and, at the same time, strives to avoid gender bias.