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All the participating government agencies and non-government organizations vowed to share their part in crafting the Philippine Progress Report with an end view of producing a comprehensive national review on the achievements and challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform from 2014 to 2019.
Photo Credits: Philippine Commission on Women

 

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) participated in the launching of the National-level Review Process of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action + 25 Philippine Progress Report on January 30, 2019. The kickoff activity was led by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and was held at the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center in Quezon City. It was attended by representatives of various government agencies and civil society organizations.



The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) was forged during the 4th World Conference on Women in 1995 in Beijing, China and is considered as a landmark document for advancing the rights of women and gender equality worldwide. BPfA is also regarded as a comprehensive blueprint of commitments by UN Member States, including the Philippines, towards realizing women’s full development and their equality with men.


Following the 25th anniversary next year of the Platform’s passage, the Philippines is set to submit the BPfA + 25 Philippine Progress Report to the United Nations (UN) this year. The progress report will include a comprehensive national review on the achievements and challenges in the implementation of the Platform from 2014 to 2019 in the country.


Every five years, the UN member states voluntarily report to the UN the progress of their implementation on the areas of concern enshrined in the Platform. This year, the UN Women identified the following 6 overarching dimensions and corresponding critical areas of concern for the national-level review process of the States:

1. Inclusive development, shared prosperity, and decent work
2. Poverty eradication, social protection, and social services
3. Freedom from violence, stigma, and stereotypes
4. Participation, accountability, and gender-responsive institutions
5. Peaceful and inclusive societies; and
6. Environmental conservation, protection, and rehabilitation

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In showing support to the Philippine Commission on Women as head of the Steering Committee, CFO, through its officers, Ms. Janet Ramos (2nd from left) and Mr. Michael Apattad (3rd from left) committed to partake in this endeavour up until the finalization of the Progress Report. PCW Gender and Development Specialist Claire Ruzzel Esturas (extreme left) and Head of PCW’s Sectoral Coordination Division, Mr. Macario Jusayan (extreme right), on the other hand welcomed CFO’s commitment.
Photo Credits: Philippine Commission on Women


The CFO will take part in providing related inputs and reports on (a) inclusive development, shared prosperity, and decent work; and (b) freedom from violence, stigma, and stereotypes.


As part of the participatory process in drafting the progress report, a series of sub-national consultations and workshops will be undertaken this year in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao on March 6-7, March 11-12, and March 14-15, respectively.


After the scheduled National Level Consultation on March 29, the Philippine Progress Report will be submitted to UN Women on May 1, and will be officially launched thereafter on August 2019, in time for the 10th Anniversary of the passage of the Magna Carta of Women.