Young Liberals Hold First Young Women's
|Young liberal ladies address gender issues.
To dispel the societal myths of women, the Philippine young liberals
(KALIPI) together with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation
(FNF) gathered together young ladies from different regions of
the country for the first young women’s summit at Subic,
Olongapo City from September 2-4, 2005.
The two day seminar discussed the current situation of
Filipino women and their role in nation building. Commissioner
Mary Ann Concepcion Tan of the National Commission on the Role
of Filipino Women explained the difference between sex and gender.
“Sex is biological while gender is what society determines
as male and female,” she said. Concepcion Tan then elaborated
on what her commission is doing to correct these misconceptions
especially through skills training and micro financing. “If
you empower women economically, the rest will follow.”
Batanes Representative Dina Abad also spoke on women as leaders.
She illustrated their role in nation building by pointing out
their participation in the political field as early as the sixth
Congress. Isabela Governor Grace Padaca further emphasized how
society underestimates women and how
their perceived weakness is actually their strength.
“There is no distinction between men and women. We all have
the capacity to be leaders,” she said. “Leadership
is a process of becoming; when we empower ourselves, we empower
FNF Communications Officer Alexandra Cuyegkeng praised KALIPI
for their first young women’s summit. “Most, if not
all of KALIPI’s activities have been for men by men. It’s
about time it had a seminar focused solely on women’s issues,”
she said in her welcome remarks.
The summit concluded with the young ladies organizing and planning
for the formation of an all female council to affirm KALIPI’s
commitment to empowering women and addressing gender issues.