Beng joins International Women’s Day celebration PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 March 2012 14:13

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao and District 1 Representative Beng Climaco joins the women sector in the celebration of International Women’s Day today, March 8, as she vows to continue her unfaltering advocacy for the empowerment of the sector.

Cong. Climaco will march the streets today together with other women groups in the city in observance of women’s day with the United Nation’s 2012 theme “Empower Rural Women-End Hunger and Poverty”.

“We value each of the roles women take in our society. We rise above circumstances that placed women in demoralizing situations and work hard for opportunities that are due to each and every woman in our city and country,” the lady solon emphasized.

Climaco is a staunch stalwart of women empowerment even before she joined politics over a decade ago and she continues her advocacy with more vigor and dynamism now that she is in the Halls of Congress.

Recently, she authored a bill to declare March 8 as a non-working holiday to strengthen the advocacy of Women Empowerment through programs that can be organized during this day.

House Bill 3962 seeks to amend Republic Act 6949 or An Act to Declare March Eight of Every Year as a Working Special Holiday.

The bill mandates all government agencies at all levels, including attached agencies and Local Government Units, and government owned and controlled corporations, through their GAD (Gender and Development) Focal Persons, to prepare and implement a program in the observance of the National Women’s Day on March 8 of every year commemorating the role of women in the history of the country and promoting awareness on women’s rights and participation in national development.

Projects on livelihood for women, support to Breast Cancer Awareness to Women, the milk bank project and the Magna Carta for Women were among Cong. Climaco’s tangible programs that espouse women empowerment.

The UN 2012 theme: “Empower Rural Women-End hunger and Poverty” has been declared the international overall theme, but countries are likewise encouraged to develop themes relevant to their locality and history. — Marvin Segura