PHL reaffirms support for prominent role of women in society, government PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 December 2013 16:42

TOKYO, Japan — The Philippines, through President Benigno Aquino III, on Saturday  reaffirmed its support for giving women a prominent role in various aspects of society, including spurring economic development.

In his statement at the session of the ASEAN Japan Commemorative Summit here, the President said the Philippines has been committed to fostering inclusiveness and openness in society.

“Just as we are determined to build disaster-resilient communities, we too are committed to fostering inclusiveness and openness in society. Part of this agenda includes enabling women to take a more prominent role not only in rehabilitation efforts but also in spurring economic development and further strengthening the ties of communities,” he said.

He added the Philippines welcomes the declaration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to create a society where women “shine.”

“This is a vision our administration shares as we have constantly worked to empower women in our country, whether by implementing initiatives in health and education, or by making certain that all Filipinos have equal access to opportunities,” he said.

He added the Philippines looks forward to chairing the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March 2014.

Also, President Aquino looks forward to deliberations on a draft resolution that Japan is to submit to the United Nations “that presents the role of women in times of natural disasters.”

In the meantime, he said the Philippines encourages everyone to “continue finding ways to foster gender equality and women’s empowerment in the long term, which is fundamental to creating a truly inclusive global community.” JBP/PCOO/RSM