Institutional Strengthening and Economic Empowerment with a Gender
Perspective: Implementation of the Magna Carta of Women
The Philippine law called Magna Carta of Women promotes the integration of the Gender and Development approach in all government programs. For this, gender analysis constitutes a necessary competence for institutions, so that they are capable of raising awareness about gender in development efforts. The Philippine Women’s Commission (PCW) is the institution charged with overseeing the implementation of the law and evaluating its compliance and effectiveness. To facilitate the leadership role of the PCW in this task, the AECID executed from 2011 to June 2016 the project Institutional Strengthening and Economic Empowerment with a Gender Perspective: Implementation of the Magna Carta of Women.
This support was within the priorities of the Spanish Cooperation in the Philippines in its support for the consolidation of democratic processes and the rule of law, in particular with regard to the promotion of equality between men and women.
The project Institutional Strengthening and Economic Empowerment with a Gender Perspective: Implementation of the Magna Carta of Women was aimed at increasing the capacity of the Philippine Commission for Women (PCW) in its mission to lead gender sensitization at all levels of society and to make effective the Magna Carta of Women among national institutions, provincial governments and Local Government Units (LGUs).
The project facilitated technical assistance for the development of the capacities of all those institutions in gender analysis, the monitoring and evaluation of policies according to the Gender and Development approach and the creation of alliances on women’s economic empowerment and human rights.Read the next fact sheet
The objective of the project was to promote the reduction of gender inequalities in the economic, political and social spheres.
As Project results are highlighted:
1. The capacity of the PCW to monitor and evaluate the application of the Magna Carta of Women has been improved.
2. Encouraged the implementation of the Magna Carta of Women between national agencies and Local Government Units.
3. Strengthened the coordination between the national agencies and the Local Government Units in the implementation of the Magna Carta of Women.
The project was executed in 6 provinces: Aklan, Albay, Iloilo, Oriental Mindoro, Surigao del Norte and Sarangani, and was in charge of 12 Local Government Units and 4 government agencies: National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Finance, Civil Service Commission and Department of Education through the Higher Education Commission (CHED).
In its last period of execution, the project focused on consolidating the achievements and working towards its sustainability. Among them are: the Unified Information System on Gender Violence, the Gender Monitoring and Transversalization System (GMMS) for the PCW staff in Manila and the Mobile Application of the Magna Carta of Women.