Attaining the Millennium Development Goals through the Magna Carta of Women

Being a State Party to the United Nations Millennium Declaration in 2000 that gave birth to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Philippine government is committed to ensure that the country’s development planning efforts focus on an MDG-responsive policy framework and legislation to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable human development.

The third MDG focuses on promoting gender equality and women empowerment which include (1) ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education, (2) share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector, and (3) proportion of seats held by women in national parliament. While having a goal focused for women, it is also evident that gender issues are present in all the other goals. Thus, addressing gender issues, which cut across all the goals, will effectively contribute to the attainment of the MDGs.

At present, the PCW and its partners, both government and civil society, have formed six clusters to address the gender concerns of the MDGs through the implementation of the Magna Carta of Women (MCW). This law provides for concrete actions and definite measures which address gender issues. The issues being addressed by the law align well with the concerns stated in the MDGs. PCW believes that giving due consideration to these concerns will have a significant impact in the attainment of the MDGS.