Philippine Ambassador to Korea Raul S. Hernandez poses with Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan and other participants from the Philippines at the the opening ceremony of the 21st FAWA Convention and International Symposium on 14 October 2014 at the Lotte Hotel Seoul.
Patricia B. Licuanan, chair of the Commission on Higher Education, noted in the conference¡¯s keynote address the progress accomplished in the 20 years since the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995 by reconsidering gender inequality issue as a matter of public policy, which was previously ignored in the name of tradition.
also pointed out continuing discrimination against women in the areas of employment, salary, and accessibility to social security and public service.
While there have been advances in women¡¯s level of education has advanced, it has not been sufficient to stimulate socioeconomic changes, she
Education for women is significant, but gender equality is possible when existing socioeconomic conditions change and women can access to diverse opportunities, she
said, adding that women must draw from accumulated wisdom, tap limitless resilience, use new technologies, enhance partnerships with men and NGOs.