Intl. Women’s Month: Partylist rep lectures on gender equality, SLU prof tackles women empowerment

March 14, 2018


In celebration of International Women’s Month, the Political Science Society presented “Babae Po Ako!: A Symposium on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment” at the University Auditorium.

Resource speakers Prof. Mary Jane Najarilla, Luzon representative of the Philippine Political Science Association and chair of the Political Science Department of Saint Louis University, Baguio City, and Rep. Sarah Elado of Kabataan Partylist addressed gender equality, women empowerment, and youth solidarity.

Najarilla, a women’s rights advocate, discussed the kinds of abuses, cycle of violence, penalties committed against women and the proper way women should be treated.

She also discussed Republic Acts Nos. 9262 and 7877 -- laws that stress women’s rights.

Message ko sa kanila [referring to women] is to know their rights, and not to fear kung ano man ang challenges, but to fight,” Najarilla stressed.

For her part, Elago emphasized gender equality, youth solidarity and economic status of the Philippines.

She gave a brief background om the present economic and poverty rate of the country and cited the inequity between social statuses, which led her to focus on the equal rights persons should receive regardless of their gender and getting rid of the “scandalous inequality.”

She expressed her strong advocacy for gender equality by saying “Sa lahat ng aspeto, sa politika, sa ekonomiya, kung ano ‘yung mga nakikita mo ‘dun sa iba’t-ibang ikauunlad, siya [gender equality] ang mag-aangat ng opportunity, ng pagkakataon sa bawat isa, para mapaunlad hindi lang ang kanilang mga sarili, bilang babae, o bilang member ng LGBT community, kundi bilang isang mamamayang Pilipino.”

Elago also stressed her support for youth solidarity and used the hashtags #STAYWOKE and #YOUTHQUAKE, saying the youth should be aware and fight for their rights despite their age.

“Kasi kahit bulong ‘yan, kung madami kayo at nagkakaisa, lalakas at lalakas ‘yan,” she said. ##

[Written by Athina Bales. Photos by Aesha Marcelo and Genré]