CHR pays tribute to single working women

Published August 4, 2021, 4:39 PM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki


The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) joined the observance today, Aug. 4, of the “Single Working Women’s Day” and paid tribute to the “important contributions” made by the hardworking women who are supporting themselves and their families.

It said in its social media post that single working Filipino women contribute significantly to the development of the economy, and this is why the Commission hopes that these women prioritize their “lakas ng loob at pangangatawan (courage and good health)” so they can take on whatever work or career they choose — be it in households, communities, hospitals, health facilities, and various public and private institutions.

It pointed out that single women face several challenges as they go about their day-to-day lives, such as sexual harassment and undeserved sexist attacks in the workplace or communities they live in, and these challenges are even exacerbated during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Kaugnay ng pagdiriwang ngayong araw, binibigyang diin din natin ang mga patuloy na hamong kinakaharap ng mga kababaihan sa mga lugar na kanilang pinagtatrabahuhan gaya ng isyu ng diskriminasyon at iba pang porma ng karahasan, (In connection with today’s celebration, we also emphasize the ongoing challenges faced by women in the areas where they work such as the issue of discrimination and other forms of violence),” the CHR said.

“Bukod sa pagtugon sa pinansyal na responsibilidad, karamihan sa mga babaeng ito ay tumatayong mga breadwinners at tagapag-alaga rin ng kanilang mga kapamilya, lalung-lalo na sa panahon ngayon ng pandemya, (Aside from meeting financial responsibility, most of these women stand as breadwinners and also guardians of their family members, especially during today’s pandemic),” it added.

Thus, the CHR renewed its call for gender justice, especially in the government’s COVID-19 recovery plan and vaccination roll-out as it pointed out that they need to be informed of government plans or policies that will affect their lives.