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DSWD, UNPFA team up to promote women’s rights

/ 02:44 PM January 30, 2024

DSWD, UNPFA team up to promote women's rights


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding on a partnership for the empowerment of women’s rights.

According to the DSWD, the agreement will focus on areas such as the implementation of programs against gender-based violence (GBV), support for victims of gender-based violence, and removing discriminatory gender norms and practices in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, among others.


“Together, we can reach the most vulnerable and provide critical support and services in the fight against gender-based violence and harmful gender norms,” Leila Joudane, UNFPA Philippines Country Representative, said.


“Ensuring inclusive access to essential and comprehensive SRHRH (sexual and reproductive health and rights) and GBV services is central to the UN mission of leaving no one behind. Together with DSWD, we can achieve this by bridging gaps and establishing a reliable referral pathway,” she added.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rex Gatchalian said the agreement would strengthen moves against GBV in the country and promote the fundamental rights of women and children.

“Through this partnership with the UNFPA, we are certain that we will have a stronger system to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in the Philippines. We are thankful to the UNFPA for helping us to promote and uphold the rights of women and children,” Gatchalian said.

The agreement will be effective for five years.

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