Making change work for women
ESSENCE - Liagaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - March 7, 2019 - 12:00am

When can we truly state that change is occurring in a gender that is perceived, and in reality, remained by and large disadvantaged? This year's celebration of Women's Month is another reminder for the general public of the women's role as it features the strengthening of women as dynamic supporters to and recipients of development.

 

Development policies and programs tend not to view women as vital to the economic advancement process. This is reflected in the higher interests in women's regenerative as opposed to their productive roles, for the most part in populace programs. However, women all through the developing world take part in economically work and earn incomes. They work fundamentally in agriculture and in the informal sector and, progressively, in formal wage employment. Their earnings, be that as it may, are commonly low.

Human beings have a dignity that merits respect from laws and social institutions. It is at the center of modern democratic thought and practice everywhere throughout the world. It includes a thought of equal worth, whether rich and poor, rural or urban, female or male, all are similarly deserving respect, just in virtue of being human, and this regard ought not to be compressed by virtue of a trademark that is dispersed by the impulses of fortune.

But human dignity is frequently violated on grounds of sex. Many women all over the world find themselves treated unequally with respect to employment, bodily safety and integrity, basic nutrition and health care, education, and political voice. In many cases, these hardships are caused by their being women, and in many cases, laws and institutions construct or perpetuate these inequalities.

Though women have claimed milestones in this aspect, the struggle for authentic equality remains flagrant and prevalent.

Empowering women enables them to confidently and meaningfully engage with appropriate institutions to ensure that they contribute to and benefit from development and changes. Thus, women's empowerment will make the change that we are espousing or any development effort responsive to women's concerns.

Making change work for women requires reinforcing the implementation of their crucial rights and privileges at all fronts. It implies setting up practical mechanisms as well as executing and making known to citizens, programs and services that address the strategic gender needs of women.

In our different capacities whether as government authorities and employees, individuals from the private sector, the academe, non-government associations, or as private people can be accomplices for a change that is gender-responsive. The stress is on our aggregate effort, collaboration and participation to guarantee that women won't be deserted in the quest for change.

WOMEN'S MONTH
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