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Womens Economic Empowerment

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Womens Economic Empowerment

  1. 1. WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT: A KEY TO BUILDING A STRONG NATION Originally prepared and presented by EMMELINE L. VERZOSA, Executive Director, National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women during the Luzon Regional Training on Gender in Microfinance; Bayview Park Hotel, Manila City; November 12, 2005 GEMMA IFURUNG National Commission on the Role of the Filipino Women Visayas Regional Training On Gender In Microfinance Cebu Business Hotel, Cebu City 3 December 2005
  2. 2. <ul><li>NCRFW : </li></ul><ul><li>the lead government agency </li></ul><ul><li>steering development efforts </li></ul><ul><li>towards women’s empowerment and gender equality </li></ul>V ision
  3. 3. <ul><li>We, in partnership with key stakeholders, shall make government work for the promotion, protection and fulfillment of women’s human rights to enable women and men to equally contribute to and benefit from development. </li></ul>M ission
  4. 4. <ul><li>We shall pursue this through </li></ul><ul><li>gender mainstreaming </li></ul><ul><li>to make government </li></ul><ul><li>policies, plans, programs and services gender responsive </li></ul>M ission
  5. 5. National and Local Development Planning Cycle Planning Monitoring & Evaluation Implementation Programming & Budgeting 6B
  6. 6. GAD Planning, M&E Institutional Mechanism Advocacy &Training GAD Data Base Planning Monitoring & Evaluation Implementation Programming & Budgeting 6B The GAD Mainstreaming Strategy
  7. 7. <ul><li>Enhanced enabling environment </li></ul><ul><li>for government to </li></ul><ul><li>develop, implement, monitor and evaluate gender-responsive </li></ul><ul><li>policies, plans, programs, and projects </li></ul><ul><li>at the national and local levels. </li></ul>G oal
  8. 8. <ul><li>Coordinates the preparation of Philippine development plans for women </li></ul><ul><li>Acts as clearinghouse and database for information relating to women </li></ul>C ore F unctions
  9. 9. <ul><li>Conducts policy studies and reviews legislation to integrate women’s and gender concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Provides technical services and ensures the development of institutional capabilities for GAD mainstreaming of government agencies and local partners </li></ul>C ore F unctions
  10. 10. <ul><li>Monitors and assesses the implementation of laws and policies on women including international treaties and conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Undertakes continuing advocacy to promote women’s economic, social, and political empowerment </li></ul>C ore F unctions
  11. 11. FRAMEWORK PLAN FOR WOMEN (FPW) <ul><li>Time slice of the PPGD </li></ul><ul><li>3 Major Thrusts </li></ul><ul><li>- Advancing and protecting Women’s </li></ul><ul><li>Human Rights </li></ul><ul><li>- Promotion of Women’s Economic </li></ul><ul><li>Empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>- Promotion of Gender-Responsive </li></ul><ul><li>Governance </li></ul>
  12. 12. GOVERNMENT NGOs/ CSOs PRIVATE SECTOR ACADEME/ GRCs The FPW Conceptual Framework EMPOWERED WOMEN, STRONGER NATION WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT/ GENDER EQUALITY WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS BEAT THE ODDS BEAT THE ODDS MEDIUM-TERM PHILIPPINE DEVELOPMENT PLAN (MTPDP) GENDER MAINSTREAMING GENDER MAINSTREAMING GENDER-RESPONSIVE GOVERNANCE
  13. 13. THE “BIBINGKA” PRINCIPLE NGOs  empowerment  representation  monitoring gov’t implementation of GAD commitments at grassroots level NCRFW Oversight  identify critical points of intervention  build alliances and support systems  GAD monitoring GENDER-RESPONSIVE DEVELOPMENT GOs GAD mainstreaming initiatives  policy/program reformulation  resource allocation  institutional reform  capacity-building
  14. 14. FPW ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OBJECTIVES <ul><li>Enhance sustainable access of women to capital market, training, information, technology and technical assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance employment and livelihood skills of women, particularly in high value adding industries and agricultural activities </li></ul><ul><li>Increase awareness of women of their economic rights and opportunities </li></ul>
  15. 15. GAD in the MTPDP <ul><li>Part III. Social Justice and Basic Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter I. Basic Needs: Anti-Poverty Programs </li></ul><ul><li>1.1 Livelihood </li></ul><ul><li>“ In particular, since women are the majority target of microfinance initiatives, programs should aim, not just to reduce income poverty, but to empower women as well. Women’s active participation in decision-making in small enterprise development, gender consciousness and empowerment ensure that programs are sensitive to women’s specific needs and roles , especially as wives and mothers that exercise control over their micro-enterprises and also benefit personally from them”. </li></ul>
  16. 16. GAD in the MTPDP <ul><li>Part III. Social Justice and Basic Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter I. Basic Needs: Anti-Poverty Programs </li></ul><ul><li>On Livelihood </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop gender-responsive microfinance services and products in partnership with LGUs, NGOs and POs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- training </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- product development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- market access </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- new technologies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- social insurance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- women’s health (e.g. family planning and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- other basic services (e.g. housing and pension) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Key Elements in Pursuing Gender Responsive Microfinance Policies and Programs <ul><li>Clear expression of gender equality and women’s empowerment as goals in microfinance policies and programs of microfinance institutions (MFIs) </li></ul><ul><li>Adoption of the credit plus five approach </li></ul>
  18. 18. Key Elements in Pursuing Gender Responsive Microfinance Policies and Programs <ul><li>Capability-building of personnel in concerned GFIs (i.e. PCFC and Landbank) and retailer MFIs on gender awareness and integration of gender perspective in programs and services </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring and Evaluation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Development of qualitative and quantitative indicators and measures of women’s empowerment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Integration and application of indicators in M & E scheme </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Development of feedback and participatory decision-making mechanism </li></ul>
  19. 19. Role of MFIs in Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment <ul><li>Review, data analysis and research </li></ul><ul><li>Pro-actively integrate gender in programs and services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Awareness of and support for women clients’ concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Empowerment among the MFI Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Including relevant qualitative and quantitative measures of women’s empowerment in M & E scheme </li></ul>
  20. 20. HELP YOUR CLIENTS MOVE OUT OF POVERTY <ul><li>Adopt a Credit Plus Approach </li></ul>COMPREHENSIVE MICROFINANCE PACKAGE NON FINANCIAL SERVICES FINANCIAL SERVICES Credit and savings Skills training, *social security, modules on responsible parenthood, health and nutrition, family planning, *occupational safety and health and gender empowerment, *micro-insurance and housing
  21. 21. HELP YOUR CLIENTS MOVE OUT OF POVERTY <ul><li>How? </li></ul>FORM STRATEGIC ALLIANCES Focus on your strengths, passion and mission and LINK with organizations with complimentary services
  22. 22. FORMING STRATEGIC ALLIANCES <ul><li>Three ways: </li></ul><ul><li>Linked approach – partner with other organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Parallel approach – create new service unit within your organization </li></ul><ul><li>Unified approach – multi-tasking of staff </li></ul>
  23. 23. FORM STRATEGIC ALLIANCES WITH <ul><li>NAPC NCRFW </li></ul><ul><li>PCFC DepEd </li></ul><ul><li>TESDA DOST </li></ul><ul><li>DOLE DTI </li></ul><ul><li>DILG DSWD </li></ul><ul><li>DOH DA, DAR </li></ul><ul><li> LGUs, NGOs </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>THANK YOU </li></ul>

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