PACE OF PEACE: Education and empowerment through gender and development 

By Lourdes G. dela Torre, Ph.D

MARAMAG, Bukidnon (BukidnonNews.Net/30 December 2016) The concerns for Gender and Development has been given emphasis internationally by the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women that the United Nations has initiated.  It tried to address the various forms of discriminatory experiences that the women have been subjected to.  The attempt was to eradicate, if not eliminate these discriminations against women in all parts of the world.

 

On the country’s part, and as a member of the UN, the Philippines enacted the Republic Act 7192, (or the Women in Development and Nation-Building Act) to acknowledge the women’s active participation in community development.  This law empowered the women to become contributors in the development of the country through education and training that increased their capability for economic development not only of their own households, but also the society where they live.
Thus, the popularization of the campaign for Gender and development has been part of the advocacy and education in both formal and non-formal setting.

 

In the academic institutions of basic and tertiary levels, curriculum has ensured that Gender-related concerns, concepts and theories are allotted time in instruction.

Teaching and non-teaching personnel were required to recognize the issues that affect gender and are expected to ensure that they become gender-sensitive  not only on their actions but also in using gender-fair languages.  The empowerment of women entails that the academic must have the baseline information about gender-related issues that may be existing in their campuses.

 

Researches on gender-related concerns are being encouraged so that more gender-sensitive programs and projects can be initiated and done.  Such focus on GAD has made a lot of innovations in the school system.  The national and local government units are requiring different institutions to have more concrete and specific GAD projects for them to be given funding that guarantees the promotion of GAD.

It is also expected that GAD must be tackled not only theoretically but also more effectively to uplift the condition of female stakeholders to free them to participate in the development of the school and community.  Such empowerment will also increase their purchasing power and make the economy alive and progressive.

 

With GAD, the women are provided with freedom from the bondage of housework while their men counterpart is being freed from their traditional outlook that they are the main breadwinner of the household.  Instead, both are given the new avenue to accept that they are partners in the development of the family.  As partners, they do not compete with each other.  They collaborate and cooperate for the common good.

 

(BUKIDNON VIEWS is the opinion section of Bukidnon News.Net. Dr. Lourdes G. dela Torre is an educator and researcher whose works have been presented in various national and international conferences. She is presently with the Bukidnon National School of Home Industries in Maramag, Bukidnon. She has published books on Peace Education and Field Study. She is a consultant on community organizing, social, and peace studies. Pace of Peace is her column for Bukidnon Views. She can be reached at editor@bukidnonnews.net)