International Day of Rural Women

Republic Act No. 9710 otherwise known as The Magna Carta of Women (MCW), recognizes that the rural women is among/one of the marginalized sectors of the society and therefore should be guaranteed with all civil, political, social and economic rights as provided under Rule V on the Rights and Empowerment of the Marginalized Sectors. Accordingly, under Section 23 on Food Security and Productive Resources of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), “The state recognizes the contribution of women to food production and shall ensure its sustainability and sufficiency, including in the context of climate change, with the active participation of women.”

The MCW is founded on the principle of eliminating discrimination against women and upholding the measures provided under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other international human rights instruments. Under CEDAW, the Article 14 specifically addresses rural women concerns and provided appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination of women in the rural areas thereby upholding their right to the following;

  1. To participate in the elaboration and implementation of development planning at all levels;
  2. To have access to adequate health care facilities, including information, counselling and services in family planning;
  3. To benefit directly from social security programmes;
  4. To obtain all types of training and education, formal and non-formal, including that relating to functional literacy, as well as, inter alia, the benefit of all community and extension services, in order to increase their technical proficiency;
  5. To organize self-help groups and co-operatives in order to obtain equal access to economic opportunities through employment or self-employment;
  6. To participate in all community activities;
  7. To have access to agricultural credit and loans, marketing facilities, appropriate technology and equal treatment in land and agrarian reform as well as in land resettlement schemes; and
  8. To enjoy adequate living conditions, particularly in relation to housing, sanitation, electricity and water supply, transport and communications.

The FMB as an institution promotes the community-based forest management strategy to improve the well-being of forest dependent communities, and at the same time ensure the sustainable management, rehabilitation and protection of the forestlands and its resources, through the active participation of different stakeholders. With the CBFM Program, organized and empowered communities are the key drivers toward responsible resource utilization, sustainable management of forest lands and coastal areas. The CBFMP promotes the sustainable management and utilization of resources by providing equal opportunities for men and women to participate and share in the responsibilities and benefits of the program.

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 1105, “Declaring October 15, 1997, and of Every Year thereafter as National Rural Women’s Day, the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) joins in the observance of the International Day of Rural Women in recognition of their role and valuable contribution to food security and development in the rural areas.

Posted: October 14, 2019 Views: 125

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