The Senate joined the celebration of the Women’s Day and adopted on Monday a resolution that also recognizes their role in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Senate Resolution No. 93 was unanimously approved by members of the Upper Chamber during the plenary session on March 8, which is celebrated as the International Women’s Day and also in the Philippines as the National Women’s Day.
Introduced by Senator Joel Villanueva, the measure “commemorate[s] the role of women in nation building and celebrate[s] women’s indispensable contributions to the Filipino home and in the workforce, particularly in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Citing data from the Philippine Statistics Authority in 2020, the resolution noted that there are more than 53 million women in the country, and 50 percent of them are part of the workforce.
“Celebrating women’s unique and essential contributions in the home and in the workforce serves as a timely reminder of both the progress that the Philippines has achieved, as well as the work still needed to be done to secure the the fundamental equality before the law of women and men,” it further stated.
“We also honor our women healthcare workers and frontliners who offered their lives to fight COVID-19 and countless others who became sick and infected,” Villanueva also said in his sponsorship speech.
All senators were made co-authors to the resolution.
This year’s theme for the International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.”