Philippines: Implementation Mechanisms Needed for Women's Rights Legislation
Thursday, November 5, 2009 11:10 AM

The Philippine government enacted the Magna Carta of Women last August, but women’s rights groups in the country are concerned the legislation may never be fully implemented.

The Magna Carta of Women contains provisions legally protecting women from all forms of violence and prohibiting discrimination against women in employment or education. It also guarantees that women will have equal rights in marriage, access to healthcare, and protection and security in disaster situations.

Several provisions also address specific rights for marginalized groups including indigenous women, women with disabilities, and women who work in rural areas. These groups are guaranteed affordable housing, food security, employment, preservation of cultural identity, and inclusion in development discussions and peace processes.

Prior to enacting the Magna Carta, the Philippines ratified CEDAW, passed 27 pieces legislation addressing women’s rights, and rated high in gender parity according to the UN 2009 Human Development Report. Despite these measures, gender discrimination continues to be a problem in the country due to a lack of effective implementation mechanisms.

Compiled from: Stephen de Tarczynski, "Philippines: Women's Rights Laws in Place," Inter Press Service, (28 October 2009).