The annual conduct of the National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) aims to give due recognition to the contributions of Filipino women in our society. Specifically, 2017 celebration aims to: (1) inform and engage women as stakeholders of government programs and services to promote citizen-centric governance and make “change” a conscious effort to know, understand, and provide what ALL citizens need; (2) create and facilitate platforms to discuss good practices, gaps, challenges, and commitments in pursuing gender and development (GAD) – to strengthen implementation of the Magna Carta of Women; and (3) inspire and empower women and girls to be agents of change – to contribute in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of all women.
The month-long activity first took place on February 28, 2017 at 8:00 o’clock in the morning with the ASSCAT Faculty and Staff joining the kick off activity of the 2017 National Women’s Month with this year’s theme, “WE Make Change Work for Women”.
The kick off activity started with a Zumba to invigorate not just the physical aspect of those who were present but also their mental condition. Dr. Joy C. Capistrano, Vice-President for Administration then gave her talk about this year’s theme. She gave emphasis on the meaning of the theme and its elements.
Capital letter WE stands for Women’ Empowerment. 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 of women’s concerns.
Make Change Work = MCW= Magna Carta for Women – making change work for women necessitates strengthening the implementation of the MCW at all levels. It means putting in place functional mechanisms as well as implementing and making known to citizens, programs and services that address gender needs of women. She also announced the activities scheduled for the whole month of March.
It was then followed by an inspiring message from Dr. Juarlito V. Garcines, College President and chair of GFPS where he gave emphasis to the word CHANGE. Change for him means Compassion and Harmonized Actions and Networks for Gender Equality and encouraged everyone to be gender-responsive.
On March 17, 2017, a competition among students was held which included Poster Making, Pagsulat Ng Sanaysay, Essay Writing Contest, Dagliang Talumpati and Extemporaneous Speaking. Winners were chosen and were awarded cash prizes and certificates.