Language shapes thoughts, perceptions and attitudes and, thus, plays a very crucial role in promoting gender awareness and consciousness. The use of generic masculine terms to refer to both sexes in the text of laws renders women invisible, and could result to the non-consideration of their needs and concerns in the implementation of such laws.
Recognizing that the use of gender-fair language is the first benchmark of gender-sensitivity, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) issued Memorandum Circular No. 12, series of 2005 encourages the use of non-sexist language in all official documents, communications and issuances. Republic Act 9710, otherwise known as the “Magna Carta of Women,” reinforces the use of gender-sensitive language at all times.
M.O. 2018-004 Suggested Guide in Writing PEZA Official Documents to also Consider the Use of Gender Fair Language
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