Thursday, March 9, 2017
Philippine Senate Celebrates International Women’s Day with Photo Exhibit
Coinciding with the international celebration of women’s day yesterday, March 8, 2017, women senators led by Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros opened a photo exhibit that featured the achievements made by Filipino women senators in the last one hundred years.
The photo exhibit highlighted the role of past and present women senators in nation-building and the Philippine Senate as a democratic institution promoting gender equality and women empowerment.
“The Senate is one of the most hallowed institutions in government. As it reaches its first century, we can proudly say that the role of women has been constant, steadfast and vital to the Senate’s success and relevance. That six Senators sit in office today is a testament to how far the institution has come. We have crafted some of the most important pieces of legislation in our country’s history – The Magna Carta of Women, the Reproductive Health (RH) Law and recently, the Expanded Maternity Leave Bill, which grants 120 days worth of paid maternity leave to working women,” Hontiveros said.
Aside from Hontiveros, the event was attended by Senator Nancy Binay.
Former Senators Eva Estrada Kalaw, Anna Dominique Coseteng, Luisa Ejercito-Estrada, Santanina Rasul also graced the event.
The photo exhibit was organized by the office of Senator Hontiveros in partnership with the Senate Gender and Development Focal Point, the Reference Bureau, the Public Relations and Information Bureau and the institutional Linkages Services of External Affairs and Relations.