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9th Ateneo FactCheck 2013 Project Brief: Women Empowerment

9th Ateneo FactCheck 2013 Project Brief: Women Empowerment

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Briefing paper on 2013 Philippine midterm elections-senator candidates; their stances on women's empowerment legislation. Produced by Ateneo de Manila Univ.-Office of the Vice President for Social Development and ASoG-PODER.
Briefing paper on 2013 Philippine midterm elections-senator candidates; their stances on women's empowerment legislation. Produced by Ateneo de Manila Univ.-Office of the Vice President for Social Development and ASoG-PODER.

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Brought to you by
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
and
ATENEO SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT
through its
POLITICAL DEMOCRACY AND REFORMS (PODER) PROGRAM
 Ateneo FactCheck 2013Ninth Brief 
Fact Check: Women Empowerment Claim:
Among the female senatorial bets, only a few have a track record, platform, andlegislative agenda that said to empower women and prom
ote women’s rights and welfare.
 
Fact Checked:
After the momentous passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law followed a number of other legislative initiatives that challenge the senatorial candidates. Beside the RH Law,now pending in the Supreme Court (SC) due to the staunch opposition of the CatholicChurch, comes the issues on Divorce and Same-Sex Marriage, which are perceived by majorprogressive women's organization to be crucial in empowering women and in promotingtheir rights and welfare and therefore can be dubbed as a progressive womenempowerment legislative agenda. Women's organizations considered these legislativeagenda as advancing women's welfare and rights as these widen women's freedom todecide and choose on matters that affect them most particularly their health and sexualityon the philosophical premise that women know what's best for them and having thefreedom to advance their interest will enable women to be more productive and effectivemembers of society.This FactCheck aims to see who amongst the female senatorial candidates have (1)Platform, (2) a track record on women's rights and welfare, and (3) their stand on theseinitiatives in the "progressive" women empowerment legislative agenda.Among the 33 senatorial candidates this election, eight (24%) are women. Six (30%) arewomen in the top 20 of Social Weather Station (SWS) senatorial survey from April 13-15,2013. These are Loren Legarda, Cynthia Villar, Jamby Madrigal, Risa Hontiveros, and GracePoe from Team PNoy, and Nancy Binay from United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).Poe has women's rights and welfare as part of her platform, but with no legislative track record yet. Binay, on the other hand, neither has a track record nor a platform. The otherfour
 
Legarda, Villar, Madrigal, and Hontiveros
have both the track record and theplatform on women's rights and welfare. They had either passed or sponsored a bill for
advancing women’s welfare.
 
 
 
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Brought to you by
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
and
ATENEO SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT
through its
POLITICAL DEMOCRACY AND REFORMS (PODER) PROGRAM
While all have women's rights and welfare in their platform, when it comes to the enumerated"progressive" legislative women empowerment agenda
RH Law, Divorce and Same SexMarriage
only Risa Hontiveros is consistent in favoring these pieces of legislation. The rest would be against on at least one.
1. Loren Legarda
X
3-4. Nancy Binay 
XXX
3-4. Cynthia Villar 
XXX
10-11. Grace Poe
X
16. Jamby Madrigal 
X
17. Risa Hontiveros
Senatorial candidate ranking(SWS April 13-15, 2013)RH LawDivorceSame Sex Marriage
1. Loren Legarda
RA 9262-- An Act Defining Violence Against Women and their Children (2004)[Source:http://www.thepoc.net/voters-education/18304-senatorial-candidates-vouching-for-womens-rights.html];Senate Bill 1434, or the Women Empowerement Act, aims to provide equal opportunity between men andwomen n the areas of public governance by reserving certain percentages of positions in the differentbranches of government to qualified women. [Source:http://www.lorenlegarda.com.ph/news_555_legarda_gender_equality_and_women_empowerment_a_causeforbothenders.h
reiterated her commitment to “the cause of women’s rights,
including freedom from violence, quality healthcare, education andaccess to jobs.
3-4. Nancy Binay 
No information foundNo information found
3-4. Cynthia Villar 
sponsored bills such as: RA 9208-- Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003; RA 9262 -- Anti-Violence AgainstWomen and their Children Act of 2004; RA 9710-- The Magna Carta for Women [ Source:http://www.thepoc.net/voters-education/18304-senatorial-candidates-vouching-for-womens-rights.html]
As you know, I personally advocate for the empowerment of women across all sectors. It is my belief that women play animportant role in nation-building. [Source:http://www.liberalparty.org.ph/2013/03/villar-vows-to-help-empower-women/]
10-11. Grace Poe
NoneJust a glance at the numbers would tell you, espousing pro-womenbills can be tough. And yet if you look at our demography, thenumber of women earning income for their families has beengrowing at a tremendous pace. In this lopsided state, womenshould realize that the best avenue to ensure protection of theirrights is to put more women in the legislature. [Source:http://www.philstar.com/nation/2013/03/11/918397/more-women-needed-government]
16. Jamby Madrigal 
Author, Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2007; Author, Magna Carta for Women [Source:http://www.halalan.up.edu.ph/index.php/candidates/senatorial-candidates/team-pnoy/39-madrigal-maria-ana-consuelo-abad-santos]The Magna Carta for Women had been languishing since the 9thCongress, kaya po natin yan pinursige dahil nakita ko yungkakulangan ng batas para sa kapakanan ng kababaihan, tumataasyung kaso ng violence against women, yung mga kaso ngdiscrimination, kaya talagang isa itong batas na naging priority konoon. [Source: http://www.liberalparty.org.ph/2013/03/madrigal-calls-for-information-campaign-on-womens-rights/]
17. Risa Hontiveros
Anti-Prostitution Bill; Gender Balance Bill ; RH Bill [ Source: http://www.equalizerpost.com/2013/03/risa-hontiveros-baraquela-very.html]She wears her advocacies on her alampay, a native shawl drapedover her shoulder that symbolizes her concerns: green for theenvironment, and her favorite indigo shawl which representswomen empowerment. [Source:
Senatorial candidate ranking (SWSApril 13-15, 2013)Track RecordCommitments

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