The Philippines is ready to showcase the economic contribution of the Filipino women and how the government enhances their empowerment before the United Nations when its commission on the status of women (CSW) convenes its sessions in New York in March.

The 61st session of the UN body will focus on “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work,” and is expected to be attended by various government and non-government organizations as they converge and consolidate information to reach the common goal of raising the capabilities of women.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the government fully supports any activities and campaigns towards increasing public awareness about the rights, as well as the unique skills of Filipino women, including the recognition of their significant contribution in the growth of the economy.

“We are doing our best to reach more Filipino women in the country and overseas. We have various programs and trainings that they can utilize to improve their status and result in the development of their respective communities,” Bello said.

He cited the labor department’s training programs, livelihood assistance, skills development on entrepreneurship, livelihood know-how and adaption to technologies.

Among the areas of special interest to the UN session is the empowerment of indigenous women, such as those living in rural and remote areas and members of various tribes which are often deprived of quality education, lesser access to food, nutrition security and better sources of rural income.

During the session, DOLE Assistant Secretary Maria Gloria A. Tango will facilitate the working group in providing inputs to the country ministerial round table statement and side events composed of representatives from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA); National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO); Institute for Labor Studies (ILS); International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB); and the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC).

CSW is the principal global body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

It is one of the functional commissions focused on promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

For more information on the session, the public may visit the official website of the commission at http://www.unwomen.org.

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