Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) Seminar

RATIONALE

One of the PCW approved and endorsed GAD activity of PEZA for 2018 is the conduct of the training/seminar for HGDG to be utilized as a tool in Gender Analysis and in the preparation of the PEZA GAD Plans and Budget/Accomplishment Reports.

One of the pillars of gender mainstreaming in an organization are the people, most especially the GAD Focal Point System (GFPS). Since the GFPS are expected to lead the agency in gender mainstreaming, capacity development strategies such as regular conduct of trainings are needed.

PEZA conducted several trainings on gender analysis and the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines for its GFPS. However, since gender mainstreaming requires an agency effort, there is also a need to capacitate non-GFPS technical staff on gender analysis in order for them to identify and address gender issues in their line of work.

SESSION OBJECTIVES

1. To raise the awareness of the participants on the value of gender mainstreaming and gender analysis;
2. To orient the participants on the gender analysis frameworks and tools;
3. To capacitate the participants on the use of the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines

The Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) Seminar was conducted last May 18, 2018 at the Cavite Economic Zone.

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Gender Sensitivity Training Batch 1

The Magna Carta of Women requires government agencies to establish the GFPS Committee to spearhead gender mainstreaming within the agency. The GFPS is expected to advocate, guide, coordinate, and monitor the development, implementation, review and updating of Gender and Development (GAD) plans and GAD-related programs, activities and projects (PAPs).

Gender Sensitivity Training (GST) is one of the gender tools aimed to raise awareness on gender equality concerns. The learnings from the activity will enable PEZA to continuously improve by providing gender responsive services. The said training is also aligned with the PEZA Learning and Development Program.

Professor Josephine G. Banaag, from the College of Social Work and Community Development of UP Diliman, served as the resource speaker for the 8-hour training. Batch 1 of the aforementioned training was held last April 17 at the PEZA Head Office Social Hall.

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Forum on Women Empowerment

PEZA, together with DOE and PNOC, conducted a joint GAD activity through a Forum on Women Empowerment last March 19, 2018 in celebration of the 2018 National Women’s Month.

The guest speaker of the said activity is no other than Dra. Ma. Dominga Padilla, most commonly known as Dra. Minguita. She is one of the few who braved the waters towards change and public service. Aside from being a remarkable ophthalmologist and being the founder of the Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines in 1995, Dra. Padilla’s strong love for the country led her to being an advocate of truth, anti-corruption, and good governance in the Philippines.

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2016 “Boses” Screening

     PEZA conducted a film showing of a movie “BOSES” at the PEZA Social Hall last December 2, 2016. The movie which was produced by ERASTO Films has been endorsed by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) to various government agencies in connection with their advocacy on the campaign to end violence against women and children. This is also PEZA’s way of supporting the advocacy pursuant to R.A. 9262: Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 by including it as part of its implementation program on Gender and Development (GAD).

          Boses is the story of a musician named Ariel who offers violin lessons to a child of the slums. Through the violin, the abused child Onyok is able to get back his voice from a mute, desensitized existence. A violin teacher and his student, a mute 7-year old abused child in a shelter, develop a friendship stemming from their love of music. Ariel discovers the immense talent of Onyok hiding behind a veneer of silence and pain caused by an unhappy and cruel father. In the developing relationship of teacher and student, both characters reveal more of themselves that otherwise may have remained unspoken. They discover each other’s strengths and failures through the violin lessons.

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