Representatives from the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) along with the personnel from the different Bureaus, Services, and attached agencies of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) attended the event entitled, ARISE WOMEN: Inspirational Talk on Women Empowerment towards Gender Equality on 11 March 2016 at the Labor Governance Learning Center (LGLC), DOLE Building, Intramuros, Manila. This is part of the celebration of the National Women’s Month for 2016, with the theme Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda!

Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, in her message, stated that the DOLE has fostered a number of activities for the benefit of Filipino women in the country and engaged them to the 36 posts of the Department abroad. However, she emphasized that “the challenge is whether both Juan and Juana felt the inclusive growth that we (at the government) are working upon.”

Secretary Baldoz also mentioned that she will be leading the 30-member delegation for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women which will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016. The priority theme for this year will be women empowerment and the link to sustainable development.

“The special thing about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is that the concerns of women are all-encompassing in the 17 agenda. Since women and girls constitute half of the world’s population, the United Nations is taking into account the women’s vulnerability as the core of the debate and putting higher value for women and girls as agents of change”, Baldoz said.  

Secretary Baldoz added that “the spiritual conviction of women is the strong foundation of overcoming difficulties at home, work, and business”. Hence, as the highlight of the event, Ms. Jodi Sta. Maria of ABS-CBN was invited to share among the DOLE personnel the difficulties she encountered as a woman and her spiritual journey to the Lord. When asked about her advocacy with regard to women, Ms. Sta Maria said, “My concern is for women to be educated. Women become more vulnerable because they lack the knowledge to protect themselves and get decent jobs. Job generation must be worked on to lessen the number of women engaging into hazardous work, here and abroad”.  

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