The Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), as a forerunner in advocating women’s rights, celebrates women’s month with the global theme, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for equal future.” Likewise, the Bureau, as the host of the flag raising ceremony on March 2, 2020, kicked off the celebration by presenting a video of the various programs of the Bureau, which has significantly enforced the rights of women especially the vulnerable and disadvantaged group.
The welfare and protection of the women especially in the informal sector, are among the anchors of the BWSC in formulating policies and programs for women.
From the Kasambahay Law to the Expanded Maternity Leave Law, the bureau has spearheaded legal measures to address the gaps in the labor force participation of women.
Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla, BWSC Director, once remarked, “May we be reminded of the true essence of this celebration. Knowing our rights, and must I emphasize these rights as a women, and knowing where we should rightfully stand in the society. We have a place in the society.”
The continuing efforts of the bureau is anchored by its mandate to formulate, recommend and advocate for policies and programs for the protection, welfare and empowerment of women.
With a recognition from the Philippine Commission on Women as one of the handful recipients of the GADtimpala 2018 Bronze Award for Most Outstanding Gender-Responsive Agency, the BWSC envisions an equal and gender-responsive employment for women in all sectors.
This year, the BWSC will be conducting a Gender and Development (GAD) Executive Learning Session for DOLE senior officials on March 04, 2020 to provide basic gender principles and knowledge on the different instruments on gender, as well as teach them on how to incorporate gender in all DOLE activities and statements.