Employers in the country have agreed to promote
gender equality in the workplace as a commitment to
the program of the International Labor Organization
(ILO) Country Office for the
Philippines which is gender-responsive pandemic
play a crucial role to shape
a future of work based on
dignity and respect for all,
free from violence and harassment”, stated the ILO
On this, the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and the
Philippine Women’s Economic Network (PhilWEN) have signed a memorandum of
agreement (MOA) to create a Diversity and Inclusion Committee to promote gender
equality in the workplace.
Accordingly with a clear commitment to a world of work free from
violence and harassment, trade unionists all over the world has been calling
world leaders for ratification of ILO Convention 190 adopted during the
International Labor Organization (ILO) 108th Centenary Session, June
The ILO Convention 190 considered a landmark labor instrument got an
overwhelming support from countries worldwide including our country as a
signatory to Convention190. The Duterte administration have yet to ratify the
ILO Violence and Harassment Convention.
Consequently, trade unionists in the country are also challenging the
administration to observe and promote ILO Convention 111, elimination and
discrimination with respect to employment and occupation, on the basis of race,
color, sex, religion, political opinion, among others, as stipulated in the international
core labor standard
Nevertheless, our country is listed as one of the countries with a
general interest to ratify the landmark labor instrument. So far only
Argentina. Fiji, Namibia, Uruguay have ratified the Convention. And there are a
growing number of countries that have taken steps towards ratification, stated
the ILO report.
Taking cognizance on the issue, the Associated Labor Unions (ALU), an
affiliate of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) is urging the
administration to put premium in reclaiming women’s fundamental right to
dignity, equality and inherent power as change-makers in society.
Sadly, there is nothing in the long list of government’s 2021 priority
agenda that directly tackles these concerns, mentioned an ALU press statement.
With the union’s steadfast belief, achievement of gender equality, end
of violence and harassment in the world of work and government’s ratification
of ILO Conventions 190 and 111, respectively are both achievable and doable.
“Although this pandemic drove us to be flexible and innovative at work
and be resilient in life, there are young women who became vulnerable to
exploitation just to earn or survive. That is why, implementation of laws that
protect young women is essential”, added a feminist advocate.
Eva Arcos, ALU NVP and Women’s Committee Chair, stated that the pandemic
and the stringent restrictions imposed by government have made violence more
glaring, reduced women’s capacities and casted out of political participation
With the forthcoming elections next year, women leaders and politician
are getting to be more and more the attractive choice. A comparative study with
hard evidence presented by PDI Columnist Solita Collas - Monsod involving 193
countries and their COVID-19 outcomes showed that women-led countries have
performed better, experiencing fewer cases as well as fewer deaths.
That goes to show that women power and leadership could not be
underestimated. As of June 2020, 70 countries in the modern era have seen