COMELEC gender and development executive committee to begin public discussion on gender quota in polls

The COMELEC's Gender and Development (GAD) Group on Policy Studies (GAD-GPS) will meet with civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations to launch a series of public discussions on initiatives to increase women participation in Philippine elections on October 19, 2016, 10:00 AM, in the COMELEC Session Hall, 8/F Palacio del Gobernador Building, Intramuros, Manila.

The GAD-GPS Executive Committee, headed by Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, is advocating for increased women's participation in elective positions, to improve the usual 21% women participation rate in elections per record of the COMELEC. The Commissioner said they hope that political parties can have their own voluntary quota for women candidates or Congress may pass a law providing for women's quota in all elective positions in government.

The Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, considered 30% of Women's participation as the critical mass, enough to influence decision-making in government and push for change in programs and processes. Based on COMELEC data, 21.37% of the total elected leaders in the May 2016 National and Local Elections were women. Less than 20% of total barangay officials are women.

The event will also launch I AGREE (Advocate for Gender Equality in Elections), an initiative pushing for gender equality in government.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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