Focus Areas

The PCW channels its efforts in to critical areas that promote gender equality and women empowerment. It focuses on integrating a gender perspective in human rights and development issues that are substantial in furthering the plight of women.

Women’s Priority Legislative Agenda (WPLA)

The WPLA seeks to repeal the discriminatory provisions of existing laws and moves for the formulation and adoption of new legislations that promote women's empowerment and gender equality. The WPLA is primarily anchored on the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development (PPGD), Framework Plan for Women (FPW), and the provision on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), particularly it's Concluding comments.

Gender-Responsive Governance

Gender-responsive governance as defined by the Philippine Framework Plan for Women is good governance that enhances the abilities of women and men to contribute to and benefit from development.

Leadership and Political Participation

The Philippines’ well developed legal framework for gender equality shows promise in the attainment of a 50/50 gender balance in politics and decision making bodies. An eminent fact is the two woman presidents that the country has elected within the past three decades.

Women and the Environment

Day-to day activities concerning the utilization and care for natural resources have provided women with a special knowledge of the environment. Women’s multiple roles in the society is deemed as a viable solution to addressing environmental concerns. 

Violence against Women (VAW)

The Philippine government recognizes the pervasiveness of VAW and have put in place several mechanisms to address and eliminate its all forms.

Women's Economic Empowerment

Women’s economic empowerment through the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) is crucial in the fight against poverty. Through its provisions, the MCW makes productive resources and economic opportunities eqaully available for both men and women.

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

As a signatory to the United Nations Millennium Declaration in 2000 that gave birth to the MDGs, the country is bound to promote and fulfill the rights of women in all spheres, including their rights to substantive equality and non-discrimination in accord with the shared vision of more empowered women as targeted by the third MDG – “Promote gender equality and empower women.”