Updated contact information in January 2017
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