Magna Carta for Women Nears Passage in Philippines
Thursday, September 25, 2008 3:06 PM

The Philippine House of Representatives passed House Bill 4273, known as the "Magna Carta of Women," in August 2008. Originating in part from the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), this bill consolidates 15 previous bills and was mostly the product of work by the Committee on Women and Gender Equality.

The chair of the Committee, Nanette Castelo-Daza, said "the Magna Carta of Women eliminates discrimination against women, but recognizes, protects, fulfills and promotes human rights and fundamental freedoms of women, particularly the poor and marginalized.” Speaker Prospero C. Nograles stated that the passage of the bill showed the country’s commitment to uplifting women and eliminating “discrimination and abuse.”  The legislation also needs to be passed by the Phillipine Senate to take effect. 

Compiled from: Bugaoisan, Gil, Child adoption and women protection bills approved, Congress of the Philippines House of Representatives Press Releases, 8 August 2008.