THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT has strengthened its advocacy on gender and development which is one of the priority programs of the Climaco administration to ensure that explicit, implicit, actual and potential gender biases are removed in the society.
Mayor Beng Climaco, GAD chairperson and a long-time champion of gender equality, recently spoke in the opening of the two-day “Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting” held at the Garden Orchid Hotel here.
At the workshop, Climaco stressed the strong need to equalize the status and condition of and relations between women and men. The Gender and Development (GAD) Unit under the Office of the City Mayor scheduled the training workshop as part of the local government’s goal to strengthen the implementation of the GAD code.
Rosalyn Chem, Director of the Gender Research and Resource Center of the Western Mindanao State University, facilitated the workshop whose three-pronged objective were about the concept of gender and development, revisit the implementation of Ordinance 450 or the GAD Code and to come up with next steps action plan to develop and promote it.
The concept of gender responsive and budgeting is not new to organizations working in the government sector. It holds responsible the decision makers, organizations and authorities for their commitment to gender equality and women empowerment.
The activity also gave participants – who are members of the GAD Focal Point System Committee, GAD Technical Working Group and the Local Council of Women – a deep insight of the concept and tools used for gender responsive planning and budgeting but will focus more on the status of the implementation of the GAD Code.
The GAD envisions to make Zamboanga, by the year 2025, a gender-sensitive city where women are respected and empowered like men, enjoying equal rights with men in government and society while being proactive, responsive and self-reliant. (Zamboanga Post)
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