Herrera Bagong Henerasyon Rep. Bernadette Herrera

Herrera reaffirms commitment to champion women’s rights

March 2, 2024 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 541 views

HOUSE Deputy Minority Leader and Bagong Henerasyon Rep. Bernadette Herrera on Friday reaffirmed her commitment to championing women’s rights and empowerment as the nation commemorates the beginning of Women’s Month, which is celebrated every March in the Philippines.

“As we embark on Women’s Month, let us renew our collective commitment to the pursuit of gender equality and the empowerment of women,” Herrera said. “Together, let us endeavor to cultivate a society where every woman and girl can thrive and contribute meaningfully to the advancement and prosperity of our nation.”

Since its inception in 1988, Women’s Month has served as a platform to recognize the invaluable contributions of women to Philippine society while shedding light on the persistent struggles they endure.

This month-long observance includes the worldwide celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, designated by the United Nations as an occasion to advocate for civil and human rights, as well as gender equality.

Herrera, a staunch advocate for women’s rights and gender equality, recognized the significance of this month and the opportunity it presents to advance the cause of women in society.

“Women’s Month serves as a reminder of the invaluable contributions women have made throughout history and continue to make in various fields, including politics, science, arts, and business,” Herrera said.

“It is a time to reflect on the progress achieved in promoting women’s empowerment and to address the challenges that still persist,” she stressed.

Herrera strongly believes that “empowering women is not just a matter of fairness, but also a key driver of social and economic development.”

Throughout her career as a legislator, Herrera has been a vocal proponent of legislation aimed at promoting women’s rights and gender equality.

She has championed bills that seek to address gender-based violence, promote equal pay, enhance women’s access to education and healthcare, and support women’s entrepreneurship.

Notably, Herrera authored the landmark 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Act, extending crucial support to working mothers across the nation.

She also played a pivotal role in advocating for the bill banning child marriage, a significant stride towards safeguarding the rights of young girls in the country. This legislation was successfully enacted into law during the term of former President Rodrigo Duterte.

Herrera urged everyone to join hands in celebrating Women’s Month and to actively participate in the events and activities organized throughout the month.

She encouraged individuals, organizations, and institutions to reflect on the progress made in advancing women’s rights and to renew their commitment to achieving full gender equality.

“I am honored to be part of the celebration of Women’s Month, and I am committed to continue advocating for the rights and empowerment of women,” Herrera said.

“Let us seize this opportunity to reflect on the achievements and challenges faced by women, and let us work together to build a more inclusive and equitable society,” she concluded.