The Magna Carta of Women (MCW) moves for the empowerment of women in all spheres of development. It seeks to eliminate discrimination through the recognition, protection, fulfillment and promotion of the rights of Filipino women, especially those belonging in the marginalized sectors of the society that include the poor. The MCW promotes gender equality which plays a pivotal role in the fight against poverty. Through its provisions, the MCW levels up the playing field by making productive resources and economic opportunities equally available for both men and women.
Generally, women do not control family properties and decision-making rights on the use of income, further limiting opportunities to break the poverty cycle. Women’s economic empowerment through the MCW is deemed crucial in putting a halt to this scenario. The fight against poverty can be won when women are capacitated to generate income for themselves and their families are provided with equal access to resources in doing so.