International Mandates for Gender and Development
- 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.
- International Bill of Rights of Women – promotes equality in all fields; affirmative action for women and protection of women from violence.
- Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA)1995 – calls for action on 12 areas of concern aflecting women and girl-children.
- 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
- 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:
- 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.
- All government departments shall ensure that women benefit equally and participate directly in the devlopment programs and projects.
- 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.
- Republic Act No. 9710 (14 August 2009) Magna Carta of Women – The local adaptation of the UN CEDAW
- 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).
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- On 12 April 2013, SET established the Policy on Gender and Development Program under Administrative Order No. 04, Series of 2013.
- 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
- Chairperson of the Tribunal
- GAD Executive Committee
- GAD Technical Working Group
- GAD Secretariat
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