International Mandates for Gender and Development

  1. United Nation Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimation Against Women (UN CEDAW) – adopted by UN in 1979 and took effect on September 4, 1981.
  2. International Bill of Rights of Women – promotes equality in all fields; affirmative action for women and protection of women from violence.
  3. Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA)1995 – calls for action on 12 areas of concern aflecting women and girl-children.
  4. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – are eight international development goals that all 192 member states of UN and at least 23 international organizations adopted during the 2000 UN Millenium Summit; aim to eliminate extreme poverty by 2015.

National Mandates for Gender Mainstreaming

  1. Sec. 14, Art. 11, 1987 Philippine Constitution – The state recognizes the role of women in nation building and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and men.The Philippine being a member of the United Nations and a signatory to the Beijing Platform for Action, enacted several legislations to mainstream gender perspective into all government policies and programs. Philippine policies for GAD are the following:
    1. Republic Act No. 7192 (1992) Women in Development and Nation Building Act – promotes the integration of women as full equal partners of men in development and nation Building.
    2. All government departments shall ensure that women benefit equally and participate directly in the devlopment programs and projects.
    3. General Appropriations Act (GAA) from 1995 to present – directs government agencies to formulate a GAD plan, the cost of which shall not be less than 5% of their yearly budget.
    4. Republic Act No. 9710 (14 August 2009) Magna Carta of Women – The local adaptation of the UN CEDAW
    5. GAD Programs addressing gender issues and concerns shall be designed and implemented based on the mandate of National Government Agencies and Local Government Units (Section 36.a).
    6. Department of Budget and Management (DBM), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Joint Circular 2012 – 1: The Guidelines in Preparing GAD Plan and Budget and GAD Accomplishment Report to implement the Magna Carta of Women (MCW).

Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) Efforts for Gender Mainstreaming

  1. The Senate Electoral Tribunal commenced its Gender and Development (GAD) program on August 12, 2009 when CSC conducted the Gender Mainstreaming and GAD Planning Workshop.
  2. On 17 of September 2010, SET created its Gender and Development Focal Point and Gender Advocacy Volunteers under Administrative Order No. 08, Series of 2010.
  3. On 12 April 2013, SET established the Policy on Gender and Development Program under Administrative Order No. 04, Series of 2013.
  4. On 03 October 2014, SET reconstituted its Gender and Development Focal Point System under Administrative Order No. 15, Series of 2014.

Composition of the GAD Focal Point System

  1. Chairperson of the Tribunal
  2. GAD Executive Committee
  3. GAD Technical Working Group
  4. GAD Secretariat


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