The World Economic Forum annually publishes The Global Gender Gap Report, monitoring gender parity in four dimensions; economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment. It is estimated that gender parity will still not be attained in the next 99.5 years, which means we will not yet witness an equal global representation of men and women in our lifetime.
Although the Philippines leads all countries in Asia in closing the gender gap and has consistently belonged to the top ten performing countries from 2006 to 2018, the Philippines dropped out from this streak in 2019 when it landed the 16th spot. These are just some of the reasons why the amplification of the call for gender equality every March, as supported by Proclamation No. 224, s. 1988, Proclamation No. 227, s. 1988, and Republic Act 6949, remains urgent and relevant.
Davao del Norte State College, through its Gender and Development Office, responds to this call by participating in the #PurpleMondays campaign, publication of information regarding the Women’s Month Celebration, and conducting activities relating to gender. The Office of the College President cascaded a memorandum, urging all employees to wear purple every Monday, signifying the College’s commitment in creating a gender-inclusive environment and lobbying gender-responsive projects.
Selected College officials and personnel were also invited to a Training on Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines last March 15, 2021 at the DNSC Audio-visual Room. A tool was introduced to ensure that there is a fair gender representation in the implementation of the College’s functions. On March 16, 2021, the Gender and Development Office partnered with the Office of the Student Development and Services through its Guidance Services Unit, and the Social Sciences Department faculty members to provide a Webinar on Adolescent Sexual Health and Reproductive Health Rights. Students attended and were encouraged to post their insights from the online activity to spread virtual awareness on the youth’s reproductive health rights.