This article was written by Lila Ramos Shahani and published at philstar.com on March 2, 2015.
“Women make up over half of our population. Their contribution to society has been incalculable, but disparities clearly remain between the fulfillment of their needs, on the one hand, and the services and protections afforded them by the state, on the other.
The coming celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8—originated in 1909 by Socialists in New York commemorating the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union—provides us with an opportunity to celebrate some hard-won achievements, call attention to currently unresolved issues and look toward future needs and hopes of women’s lives in the Philippines. What is the status of women and to what extent has the quality of their lives improved? What role has the government played in spurring or, at times, impeding, such developments, at least in the past fifty years?”
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