BORONGAN CITY, March 22, 2018–“Women should not be contented with being recipients of help from government and private entities, but must also be their partners in development”.
This was the challenge raised to representatives of different women’s groups that gathered recently at the Eastern Samar provincial gymnasium to celebrate the 2018 National Women’s Month that bears the theme, “We make change work for women.”
The celebration highlighted the empowerment of women as “contributors to and claim-holders of development” and pushed for change in all initiatives favorable to women to ensure a safe a nurturing environment.
Women are given access to the programs of different government agencies and NGO’s, an opportunity that must not be taken for granted, said Donnalyn Abalo of Terre des Hommes.
It was noted that in recent years, there has been a marked progress in the campaign for government and for everyone, to recognize and respect the rights of women. It is important that women are given the chance to participate in nation building, she said.
She furthered that Government agencies are mandated to advocate, promote and initiate programs that will address issues most women face. But it is important that in crafting programs and policies for their benefit, women should be included, in every step of the way, making sure that no one is left behind.
For his part, Provincial Administrator Jojo Erroba said, “The celebration of women’s day is important not only to women, but also for us. Without you we won’t be here”.
The women were treated to beauty pampering for one day while some women’s groups from different towns displayed their products, ranging from handicrafts to processed food during the gathering.
These groups are recipients of technical and financial assistance from the government and non government organizations. (Eden Cidro/Este News)