The Workers’ Watch San Carlos conducted their first Gender and Development (GAD) Training last October 3, 2021 at the Margarette Business Hotel in Maramag, Bukidnon.
Workers’ Watch Project Manager Jeo Olar discussed gender issues by debunking imposed gender roles, analysing the historical context and current socio-political conditions that reinforce gender stereotypes, understanding laws that seek to protect individuals against gender discrimination and harassment, and pushing for gender emancipation.
According to the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), around 50 cases of violence against women and children were reported every day in 2020, while around 58 transgender and non-binary individuals were killed in the country from 2008 to September 2020 based on the data of Trans Murder Monitoring Report of Transgender Europe.
In addition, data from IBON Foundation revealed that the employment rate among women fell to 15.7 million in 2018 from 16 million in 2016, and disparity in the average real daily basic pay (ADBP) continues. In fact, women in manufacturing industries usually earn Php 374.00, whilst men earn Php 406.00.
The participants also shared their experiences and manifestations.
“Now I know about the laws which promote and protect women’s rights. It will be easier for us to protect ourselves against discrimination, harassment, and even assault,” said Bae Lorena Aboy, Workers’ Watch San Carlos Finance Manager.
Datu Rex Laranio, Workers’ Watch San Carlos Vice Chairman and Secretary of their tribal council, urged his fellow participants to put into practice the knowledge they have acquired during GAD Training.
“Nothing will change if we don’t practice what we learned. We can’t also put it into practice unless we have the will to do so. Therefore, we must strive to also raise the awareness of others. We could better promote and protect our rights if the people around us do the same,” Datu Laranio manifested, following his questions on ways to promote equality.
“The key to a better society is loving and respecting one another. Genuine peace and social justice can only be realized if we understood and value the dignity of everyone,” said Olar.
Right after the said training, a medical mission followed. The participants received hygiene kits and vitamins. #