Discrimination / Gender Equality

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TO: People of the Republic of the Philippines

FROM: Students of National University

SUBJECT: Discrimination/ Gender equality

Discrimination based on gender (sex) is a common civil rights violation that takes many forms, including sexual harassment; pregnancy discrimination and unequal pay for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and trans genders who do the same jobs as others. Unfortunately, most Filipinos are all too familiar with all these inequalities. Many studies over the pas years show that having an equal treatment depending on gender can increase the productivity and harmony in the society. This is to promote equality through community initiatives. Gender equality requires strategic interventions at all levels of programming and policy-making. These levels include reproductive health, economic empowerment, educational, and political empowerment.

Gender equality is the view that everyone should receive equal treatment and not be dominated against based on their gender. The goal of gender equality is for people to acquire, if they so choose, equal treatment throughout society, not just in politics, the workplace, or any other policy-designated sphere. If we address this regardless of ones gender, it can lead and point to empowerment and participation as a necessary step if our society is to overcome the obstacles associated with a lot of issues like poverty and development.

Gender equality empowers all people to actively participate in their community. When in comes to community leadership and engagement, everyone should be able to work with community stakeholders, officials and others to eliminate discrimination and exploitation and open opportunities for all, regardless of the gender. We should promote and recognize everyone’s leadership in, and contribution to their communities and ensure sufficient representation of everyone in any community consultation without questioning or doubting ones gender. The decision to implement this has always been at the discretion of all genders, may it be lesbians, gays, bisexuals, or trans gender. So accepting and understanding this has varied over the years.

We ask everyone to make it as part of your understanding and awareness to accept and embody gender equality. A key issue towards insuring this in the community is respecting of everyone’s rights, access to and the control of resources, social and political participation are still not guaranteed in many social and legal institutions. Imagine a world where people are free to pursue any constructive contribution to society with dignity regardless of the way they are born. This equality will foster the participatory community, which is necessary for our society to reach its fullest potential.


An Advocacy from ECE152 Team Ironman

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February 9, 2017 7:30 am

The importance of this social movements is to spread the knowledge and awareness to our society that being different like gay,lesbian,trans and bisexual is not a problem on our society that if you’re belongs to the third sexuality you can work and contributed to your job, school,organization etc. as they look as a normal people because I was belonged to this society as a bisexual. Before I suffered from different types of bullying that tend to act like a manly guy because I know how it hurts to be on that part. But now , years pas by the world… Read more »

February 9, 2017 2:43 pm

Filipinos should wake up from this kind of crab mentality, Gender Equality is one of the most talked about issue not only in our country but in the whole world. People are always pulling each other when they see that you achieve your goals/ become successful. There is a kind of mentality that if you are a woman, you can’t do what man can do or vise versa. Like for example, from the workplace there is a certain job that only a MAN can do but., Today in our society there is a WOMAN (whether it is a lesbian or… Read more »

February 10, 2017 5:02 am

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February 12, 2017 2:12 pm

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February 13, 2017 2:17 pm

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Kathrina Burlaos
Kathrina Burlaos
February 13, 2017 3:26 pm

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February 13, 2017 4:10 pm

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Em Dee
February 14, 2017 4:49 am

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Maureene Punsalan
February 14, 2017 4:55 am

Gender inequality is one of the issue that rises in our society nowadays. Since many of women, girls and those who belongs to LGBT are suffering from discrimination in different aspects, most specially in terms of employment opportunity. Having equal human right is a path towards a more peaceful and sustainable society. It brings unity of people knowing they are treated.the same way as others, they are treated as human, as people regardless of their religion, race, and gender. Women can also do what other people thinks is just meant to be done by men. Rizal would surely support this… Read more »

Clariz Ann C. Dimaano
Clariz Ann C. Dimaano
February 14, 2017 5:46 am

Gender equality is something that our country needs right now. There are lots of Filipinos who are closed minded in this matter, and they only see the people of the third gender as someone ‘less’ of a person, someone who is only there to provide them with comedic relief. The Fight for women’s rights can be traced back to 1800’s. Before, women were not allowed to vote, go to school, work, and the fight is still continuing until now and is not just for women but also to the LGBT who are struggling to be treated as equal. As we… Read more »

Clariz Ann C. Dimaano
Clariz Ann C. Dimaano
February 14, 2017 5:59 am

Gender equality is something that this country needs right now.There are lots of Filipinos who are close minded in this matter. They only see people of the third gender as someone ‘less’ of a person and someone who is only there to provide them with comedic relief. The fight for women’s rights can be traced back in the 1800’s. Before, women are not allowed to vote, go to school, or work for themselves and this fight is still continuing up to this date in different countries. Alongside with the fight for the women’s rights, the LGBT rights are here too.… Read more »

February 14, 2017 7:33 am

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February 14, 2017 10:03 am

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February 14, 2017 5:43 pm

I was nominated as a representative for the Supreme Student Government during high school. I went all out with the campaigns and carefully planned the projects that I wanted to contribute to the team. Everything was going steady if it wasn’t for my rival who happened to be a guy. Let me rephrase that: If it wasn’t for the headlong votes majority of the students dropped in the box. I would accept if the reason was that they thought he would be a more effective leader than I would be, but it was nowhere near that situation. I have lost… Read more »

February 15, 2017 4:32 am

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Windy Ciudadano
Windy Ciudadano
February 15, 2017 5:27 am

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February 15, 2017 8:23 am

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Angela Claire P. Apostol
February 15, 2017 12:00 pm

Through years discrimination of sexuality was a poison to the society. Equality for work and opportunity was prohibited to those person in third sex (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and other sexuality such as pan and demi sexual). In the Philippines we have this crab mentality which keep us from moving forward. They think that when you belong to third sex society you are “salot sa lipunan” or “no right to live free”. How come people think about that? The reason why, is they base it from the bible which then stated that there’s no such thing as LGBT because… Read more »

Kristel Parungao
Kristel Parungao
February 15, 2017 12:11 pm

Nowadays, the community tends to discriminate, segregate and to judge others as if they’re nothing to be criticize in them. Ability, physical matters, emotional matters, neighborhood courses and so forth will never attest one’s gender whether you are straight or not gay or lesbian or an a ugly being. Everyone should respect others as much as they respect themselves because they’re judgement for other will only reflect themselves. Human rights claims to set individual’s equality exclusive to human race. In order to achieve humanitarian character we should encourage and promote respect and freedom for all distinction as to race sex… Read more »

February 15, 2017 1:50 pm

Dr. Jose Rizal would support this advocacy because he is an advocate for freedom. He believes that everyone should be free from discrimination whether it be race, color or gender. Gender equality requires equal enjoyment by women and men of socially-valued goods, opportunities, resources and rewards. Where gender inequality exists, it is generally women who are excluded or disadvantaged in relation to decision-making and access to economic and social resources. Therefore a critical aspect of promoting gender equality is the empowerment of women, with a focus on identifying and redressing power imbalances and giving women more autonomy to manage their… Read more »

February 15, 2017 2:47 pm

Gender inequality is one of the most debatable topic nowadays. A lot of people agrees that everyone deserves the same treatment no matter what age, gender, nationality or color but not everyone acts on it. There are still people out there who thinks that only a man and a woman have the rights to live a fulfilling life. They, of course, have their own reasons like the church, thinking that God only created a man and woman and nothing else or maybe it’s just their personal opinion. but whatever reason that is, not everyone thinks the same. There are women… Read more »

February 15, 2017 4:09 pm

The problem of the society in this matter, affects most likely womens because of some saying that, Wives should only stay at home because of their lack of “skill” as verbalized by others. Little did they know that gender doesn’t affect anything regarding this matter. Nevativity does, But it doesn’t make sense at least. Surely there’s just this thing why mothers stay at home because someone has to, But it doesn’t mean that it should. In fact there are many ways why women could stand up as much as the men can do. People go through discrimination everyday, but they… Read more »

February 15, 2017 6:44 pm

It is observed that there is an inequality among gender we are facing even up today. This social issue has been arising like a cancer that is very difficult to cure or should I say difficult to be give a remedy. But why? There is big why coming into my mind when I heard about this issue. Do people in this society need to be rude and act like a homophobic and destroy the confidence of an individual who’s having a different gender preference? When we talk about inequality it is followed by discrimination which literally degrading the humanity of… Read more »

February 15, 2017 11:35 pm

Philippines’ religion are mostly Roman Catholic that really affects our daily activities. For gender equality has been the most debatable topic these days. For example senator Manny Pacquiao argued against a legislative proposal prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity. “Even in the Bible, we can read na ang babae, dapat magsuot na pambabae; at ang lalaki, magsuot ng panlalaki. That’s what I believe” Senator Pacquaio said. On the other a representative Geraldin Roman, First District of Bataan said “I respect his religious beliefs, but the basis of our laws is not the bible. It is the Constitution where… Read more »

Kyle Raymundo
Kyle Raymundo
February 16, 2017 2:01 am

The 1987 Constitution, specifically Article II, Section IX of the Philippines, states that “the values dignity of every human person guarantees full respect of human rights.” The Philippines has also expressed its commitment to the international community to include gender equality in its national agenda for development particulary in Suistainable Development Goals enacted by United Nations. However, stories pf discrimination and stigma against the LGBTQIA remain prevalent in society. In this year, we support the passage of Sogie or Anti Discrimination Bill. Deplorable situation of discrimination, from kin and kith alike, we experienced by then. Stories of bullying as well… Read more »

February 16, 2017 4:00 am

Discrimination/Gender equality is one of the major problems in our society that I am firmly against of. Who would actually want to be looked at by persons with judgmental perception for freely doing what you want that is not even against the law? Of course, nobody does. Apparently, in the Philippines it is common for men to be expected to always give way for women as they call it as chivalry. If you fail so? Then these people around you will call you gay and “bastos!” without hesitating to look for your point of view. Same goes for the women… Read more »

Cunard Marcelo Selosa
February 16, 2017 3:09 pm

Discrimination or gender equality is one of the huge problem of our society nowadays. It is chronic here in the Philippines that many of our countrymen suffers day by day. As a part of LGBT community being judged by people who don’t know something about me hurts me a lot, but I must prove that even though I’m different form them I can do what they can do or even exceed what they can do. Women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender etc let’s stand for our rights, let’s stand for our freedom to live freely, to live without judgement, to live… Read more »

February 17, 2017 3:06 am

This is one of the most problem in our country. I’m not against this. Because gender equality is a human right. Women are entitled to live with dignity and with freedom from want and from fear. Gender equality is a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty.

Because we can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of it’s women.

February 20, 2017 12:37 pm

As our Pope Francis says in one of his interview, “If a gay person wants to be close to God, who am i to judge?”. This sums up everything on issues about gender equality and discrimination. Pope Francis is the Bishop of Rome and, therefore, the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church. He is the one who is on top of promoting catholic views and values on Earth. God is on top of everything here on Earth, if you want to be in heaven someday, then you must be good, you must follow our God’s rule. Since our Pope promotes that gay… Read more »

Sayuri Bolante
Sayuri Bolante
February 28, 2017 5:57 am

Gender equality, also known as sex equality, gender egalitarianism, sexual equality or equality of genders, is the belief that everyone should receive equal treatment and not be discriminated against based on their gender. This is why I strongly support Gender equality. Growing up a girl, I myself, experienced how lowly society can treat you. You should be prim and proper, you should be like this and like that. there are lots of do’s and don’ts. Same with the boys. If you were born a boy, society expects you to be what you ought to be. Being born a boy means… Read more »

Richard Eliseeff
Richard Eliseeff
February 28, 2017 12:27 pm

I strongly agree with this advocacy. Gender discrimination is one of the hot topics in most of the country and specially in our own country. We should always have respect to all gender because no matter what you are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, homosexual and etc… we should always give them respect because we are all human beings and we are all love by God and i think that’s what’s important. Discriminating them will never give you a reward and disrespecting them will never give you plus “pogi” points. If you are a straight person it doesn’t mean that you… Read more »

Alexis Carabuena
Alexis Carabuena
February 28, 2017 12:28 pm

Men and women are equal. If you have sons and daughters, will you tell you daughters they are worth less than your sons? Wouldn’t you send both to school and often times the most brilliant in a class is a girl. More and more women are becoming CEOs and even politicians globally. If you have children, be an equal parent : Be willing to take paternity leave and stay at home to care for your kids when they need you. Divide childcare responsibilities with your partner and also ensure that both of you get to spend an equal amount of… Read more »

Vincent Masangkay
Vincent Masangkay
February 28, 2017 1:48 pm

Ang gender equality ay isa sa mga major issue hindi lang sa pilipinas maging sa buong mundo. Kahit na may mga ilang bansa na ang nag legal. Still may ibang mga bansa parin na hindi sumasang ayon sa gender equality na to. may ibang mapang husga na hihilahin sila pababa pag alam nila na successful sila sa buhay. CRAB MENTALITY nga ang sabi ng iba. tigilan na natin ang gantong sitwason. At hayaan na lang natin ang buhay nila. Tutal may buhay ka din naman gusto mo bang pake alaman ka sa mga trip mo sa buhay mo? diba magagalit… Read more »

February 28, 2017 2:42 pm

First of all, gender equality means men and women both held in equal context. It doesn’t mean a woman living in a man’s world deprived the chance for progressing. It also doesn’t mean a man, living in fear of rules being abused which were applied to protect women in the first place. Before your hate starts bubbling, I’m not taking sides here. All I’m saying is, Gender equality should cover its literal meaning. Both genders considered equal. It is essential to bolster sex correspondence as it gives individuals being segregated the equivalent chance to demonstrate to the general public that… Read more »

elizara dela cruz
elizara dela cruz
February 28, 2017 3:03 pm

Everyone wants equality, but why can’t we have it? is discriminating both genders enough to have the qul rights we wish for? I support the thought of gender equality. There are lots of people whom i andi don’t who support this so i hope that someday people will see that men and women are in the same picture

Graciella Lingad
Graciella Lingad
February 28, 2017 5:52 pm

I believe in this advocacy because some people may see gender equality as a minor issue but in reality, it has a big impact in our society. By simply accepting each and every men, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders, as who and what they are I can support this advocacy. Take economic development as an example. Labor issues about gender inequality to be exact. There are certain jobs that are only offered for men but not for women and vice versa. Imagine if gender equality is implemented in every job or occupation, there would be more workers or laborers… Read more »

Christian Villaruel
Christian Villaruel
March 5, 2017 12:07 pm

For us knowing that god made only two genders, but how about the gays and the lesbian? it doesn’t matter if you’re gay or lesbian all we gotta do is to respect them and accept them for who they are because they are also a human and part of god’s creation, We’re all created by god and none of us is perfect.

jacinto,mark aj
jacinto,mark aj
March 7, 2017 3:33 am

Gender equality is an important issue,as gender equality guidelines improve education for both men and women.
Let us take action together to put a stop to discrimination.

john nicole espiritu
john nicole espiritu
March 7, 2017 3:35 am

some filipino dont understand the gender equality the church dont even understand how gender equality is.Filipino gay groups say they have to overcome discrimination first before gunning for same-sex marriage legislation in the face of stern Church opposition that, according to a retired bishop, “God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Adam, nor Eve and Eve. and as a gay student respect the people who give respect to…

Jacob Mangulabnan
Jacob Mangulabnan
March 7, 2017 3:37 am

Sang-ayon ako sa advocacy na ito, dahil pare-pareho lamang tayong tao at pantay pantay ang paningin ng maykapal sa atin. Marami akong kaibigang lesbians at gays, iba nga ang kanilang gender at puso ngunit sila ay tapat at may paninindigan sa kanilang mga sarili. Ngunit sa mata ng ibang tao ito ay isang kasalanan sa dyos at doon ako hindi sang-ayon. Dahil ang pagmamahal ng dyos ay para sating lahat at ito’y pantay pantay.

-Jacob A. Mangulabnan

Adrianne Keith Domingo
Adrianne Keith Domingo
March 7, 2017 4:01 am

I Have friends that are Lesbian and Gay but I think its not right to discriminate them because they are human too there is nothing wrong on being a Lesbian or Gay unless they did wrong to someone but the point is they just sit and laugh to each other having fun with their friends.I think they are the ones who is Respectful than others they don’t give opinion on what you’re doing on your life.Even though they exprerieced discrimination Gays and Lesbians are more successfull its a slap on their face of someone who were discriminating them on the… Read more »

jan prudente
jan prudente
March 7, 2017 4:02 am

Of course every human being be it Male or Female are equal…But it depends on what you mean by gender equality. Everybody has got a duty to perform in life that’s why human beings are made differently. Women are not called “weaker vessels” for nothing. It means that unlike men, they don’t have that physical prowess to do most things that men are known for that’s why they’re more into things that involves more of thinking and being meticulous. That’s how they’re made. I personally see it as an insult when women abandon the niche that God has carved for… Read more »

krizhia anne pasatiempo
krizhia anne pasatiempo
March 7, 2017 4:05 am

By the way, I believe in gender equality. Men and women are equal. The only little difference is in physique. That being said, there are some women even more powerful than some men.When it comes to the mind, women and men are equal. When social barriers and norms are removed, men and women are virtually the same when it comes to certain cognitive issues.

-krizhia anne pasatiempo

nathaniel renegado
nathaniel renegado
March 7, 2017 4:16 am

This is just low coming from you. In my experience, people usually begin to attack an opponent’s character instead of his points when they start finding it difficult to make a rational argument. But you were changing positions now. . . .na wa o. You said one thing in one post then said something else later. Then you were saying something about wage discrimination not being the norm as if I ever claimed it was the norm. By the way its good to know you think so highly of me. Next time try to express your point clearly. You should… Read more »

Jerico Yvan Dones
Jerico Yvan Dones
March 9, 2017 4:14 am

Society just wouldn’t let this issue be put to rest. I have read and heard plenty of advocacies that promote gender equality, but it seems to me that people are still not open to accepting it wholeheartedly. Sure enough there is progress to women’s rights, but the LGBT community is still struggling to attain equal treatment. We now have an improved set of laws that addresses VAW (violence against women) and we tend to favor the victims. But what about those who have a different sexual preference? Society is taking them far too lightly. It’s already 2017 and I know… Read more »

ames 26
March 9, 2017 1:35 pm

Diaz, James Marvin S. ELE 151 Republic Act No. 0929 An act declaring Gender Equality in the Education, Work, and for other purposes. SECTION 1. Short Title. — This Act shall be known as “Gender Equality Act of 2017”. SECTION 2. Declaration of Policy. – The State shall value the dignity of every individual, enhance the development of its human resources, guarantee full respect for human rights, and uphold the dignity of every gender such as Men, Women, and LGBT group. SECTION 3. Principles of Human Rights of Women. — Human rights are universal and inalienable. All people in the… Read more »

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