Honoring Women's Resiliency, Strength, Contributions to Pprogress on Women's Month

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Honoring Women's Resiliency, Strength, Contributions to Pprogress on Women's Month


Tribute to women around the world can be traced back to the observance of International Womens Day (IWD), a result of the organizing activities of women during the early 20th century. From 1909 to 1911, working women in the United States of America participated in the National Womens Trade Union League and other concerned groups. In Europe, Clara Zetkin and the Socialist Womens International demanded that March 8th be International Womens Day (IWD), celebrated each year to recognize working women around the world. The celebration of IWD has since stimulated major historical events. It is due to such history of women organizing around the world that IWD was officially recognized by the United Nations to celebrate womens contributions to all societies. In the Philippines, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), formerly known as the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW) until August 14, 2009, was established through Presidential Decree No. 633, as an advisory body to the President and the Cabinet on policies and programs for the advancement of women. Its mandate is to review, evaluate, and recommend measures, including priorities, to ensure the full integration of women for economic, social, and cultural development at national, regional, and international levels, and to ensure further equality between women and men. Its mandate was expanded by the enactment of Republic Act 9710, the Magna Carta of Women (MCW). The countrys Womens Month/Day Celebration is pursuant to Proclamation No. 224 s. 1988 declaring the first week of March each year as Womens Week and March 8 as Womens Rights and International Peace Day; Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 providing for the observance of the Month of March as Womens Role in History Month; and Republic Act (RA) 6949 s. …

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