Go out register, vote for candidates who’ll push for gender equality — CHR

Published May 10, 2021, 12:29 PM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

Commission on Human Rights

Go out register and vote in the May 2022 elections and select candidates who will highlight the issue of gender stereotyping and will promote the equality among men and women, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) urged Filipinos on Monday, May 10.

The CHR described gender stereotyping as a “traditional” view on the role of women and mothers, wherein they are the caretakers of household chores and they are responsible for meeting the needs of children.

The Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights (OHC-UNHR) said: “Gender stereotyping refers to the practice of ascribing to an individual woman or man specific attributes, characteristics, or roles by reason only of her or his membership in the social group of women or men. Gender stereotyping is wrongful when it results in a violation or violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

As the country’s Gender Ombud, the CHR had long pushed for equality among men and women – starting with equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, and equal participation in political discussions and decision-making in all areas of life.

The CHR had also condemned acts of harassment against women and girls, as well as promoted health care services that champion the special needs of women and girls.

The CHR said that although there have been some positive changes in this traditional view, many women are still tied to this practice.

In its post on Twitter, the CHR shared ways how Filipinos can help out to end gender stereotyping — beginning with voter registration.

“Magparehistro para sa eleksyon 2022 upang mailatag ang usaping ito at makapaghalal ng mga lider na makikinig at tutugon sa mga isyu ng mga nanay at kababaihan, (Register for the 2022 election to raise this issue and elect leaders who will listen and respond to the issues on mothers and women),” the CHR said.

“Pag-usapan and mga bahaginan ng responsibilidad sa bahay, trabaho, at komunidad. Isulong ang mga batas at polisiyang women-friendly, (Discuss the roles of responsibility at home, work, and the community. Promote women-friendly laws and policies),” it added.