Moving a step closer to gender equality through GAD Agenda

By: Margeline Kate D. Moncada

On April 28-30, the Insurance and Community Enhancement Division (ICED) hosted a writeshop on Gender and Development Agenda (GAD), outlining the agency’s GAD vision, and mission, and programs and goals to be pursued over a six-year period. The activity was led by GAD Focal Point System co-chairperson, Atty. Maria Rosalie Richa Taguian, and was participated by the GFPS members via videoconferencing.

Ma. Gichelle Cruz of the Philippine Commission on Women walked the participants through the previous accomplishments of the group when they initially drafted the GAD Agenda in October 2019. She also reintroduced the attendees to various GAD-related international commitments such as the United Nation Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (UN CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Cruz likewise touched on the national commitments and mandates such as Women in Development and Nation Building Act (R.A. 7192), the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development 1995-2025 (PPGD 1995-2025), and the Magna Carta of Women (MCW R.A.9710).

The participants were divided into groups and tasked to identify and prioritize gender issues and the corresponding strategic action plans to address them. As the participants keenly worked on the re-formulation of the GAD goals, Cruz introduced the strategic road map of SHFC’s GAD Agenda, which includes the prioritized gender issues, GAD mandates, result outcome, baseline data, indicators, and target per year.

The three-day write shop served as a venue for discussion on different perceptions and insights on GAD and gender mainstreaming. The event concluded with a synthesis of the writeshop and action plan on how the GFPS will move along in crafting the 6-year GAD Agenda Strategic Plan. Its formulation is a move towards the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment by agency.


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We will pursue FAIR shelter solutions through an equitable and participatory convergence strategy that promote women economic empowerment and social inclusion, the elimination of gender-based violence, create safe spaces, and ensure inclusive access to necessary social protection mechanisms and resources to uplift the living conditions of our partner Communities.