Lawmakers want equality for women
from April 2, 2014 04:00 pm to April 2, 2014 04:00 pm
by Ben Rosario
April 1, 2014
As the celebration of the International Women’s month came to a close, lawmakers called for the immediate repeal or amendment of laws with provisions that are discriminatory to women.
Reps. Carol Jayne B. Lopez (YACAP Partylist) and Lino Cayetano (NP, Taguig-Pateros) said this move is mandated under the Magna Carta for Women.
The two filed House Resolution 904 calling for a joint review by the Committees on Women and Gender Equality and on Population and Family Relations of all existing laws that are seen to be prejudiced against women.
They said Section 12 of RA 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women stresses the need to review, amend or repeal said laws if they are found to be discriminatory to women within three years since its effectivity.
“The Magna Carta of Women defines discrimination against women as any gender-based distinction, exclusion, or restriction which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment, or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil, or any other field,” the two said.
Both members of the House minority, Lopez and Cayetano noted there are already laws being subjected to amendments for being unfair to or prejudiced against women.
According to Lopez, these laws can be found in the Revised Penal Code.
“There is still a need for a continuous review of discriminatory provisions against women in various existing laws to ensure that the full human rights of women, as guaranteed by the Constitution and by international conventions to which the Philippines is a party-signatory, are upheld to encourage and enable active participation of women and significantly contribute to the national development,” stated Lopez and Cayetano.
According to Lopez, under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women the Philippines has committed itself to to pursue all appropriate means and without delay a policy of eliminating discrimination against women.