The realization of the vision to achieve a gender responsive development under the 2001 to 2004 Framework Plan for Women (FPW), which is a time slice of the 30-year Philippine Plan for Gender and Development (PPGD), requires sound gender advocacy, plans, programs, and policies. To ensure that women and men will equally contribute and benefit from the economic, social, political, cultural, and environmental development of the country, appropriate measures must be undertaken to provide them with equal conditions for realizing their full rights to participate in the development process and, at the same time, gain from it. Moreover, it is also necessary to enhance the level of women’s and men’s awareness and capabilities leading to greater participation, decision-making, power and control, and to women’s and men’s transformative action.
Every effort aimed at advancing the status of women requires timely and accurate information on their situation as compared to that of men. Understanding where, why, and how gender inequality arises is a vital step in addressing gender and development problems and issues.
The handbook focuses on the situation of women relative to men in the following major areas:
- Population and Families
- Economic Participation
- Health and Nutrition
- Social Welfare
- Public Life
- Peace and Human Rights
- Violence Against Women and Children