Batangas State University joined in the annual observance and celebration of National Women’s Month to commemorate the struggle for women’s rights and celebrate the achievements of women throughout the world.
With the theme, “We Make Change Work for Women” and official hashtag #WomenMakeChange the event started with a parade which took place at BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City attended by over 80 University officials, employees and students on March 8, 2018.
During the kick off activity, Prof. Rogelio A. Antenor, OIC-President shared his motivational messages. He denoted the importance of empowering women among different institutions and agencies which will bring significant change in upholding women’s rights as well as gender equality. Moreover, he also congratulated the Gender and Development (GAD) Office led by its Asst. Director, Assoc. Prof. Maria Theresa A. Hernandez for disseminating the University’s advocacy towards women empowerment.
The celebration also had activities with the goal of strengthening the implementation of the Magna Carta of Women (MCW). These platforms include film showing, distribution of IEC (information, education & communication) materials, women entrepreneurs’ business forum, and contests such as Women’s Month Celebration Video Contest and Photography Contest for students to engage in.
Moreover, the Red Spartan community also joined in the online advocacy initiated by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) which aims to enjoin women netizens to share insights on their idea of change and how they see themselves as effective contributors to that change. The official hashtags used were #BilangBabae I am a #PartnerForChange and #JuanaSays.
The theme “We Make Change Work for Women” is anchored on one of the schemes of Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to ensure that man and woman will be partners in pursuit of the country’s economic, social, cultural and political developments. In addition, this theme will be used from 2017 to 2022.