Presentations were given by Ms. Imelda Henkin, Deputy Executive Director of UNFPA and Representative Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, the Philippines.
Women's Movement Making Progress in the Philippines- Representative Bellaflor Angara-Castillo,
'Poverty, Gender and Reproductive Health in the Philippines: A Legislative Perspective' was the title of Rep.
said that the women's movement is alive and continually growing in every sector of the Philippines, even in religious and faith-based groups.
then listed various articles under the Philippine Constitution and explained that the crucial pieces of legislation are aimed not only at addressing women's issues, but also correcting flawed gender stereotypes in the country.
Narrowing the Gender Gap Essential
pointed out it had been proven that countries narrowing the gender gap and improving the status of women develop faster.
Quoting former British
Prime Minister Lady Margaret Thatcher, Rep.
said "'You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it' and we shall continue to push for women empowerment in Asia.
The closing remarks were delivered by Hon. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, Co-Chair of PLCPD.
, the Philippines, and Dr. Tariq Aziz MP Pakistan.