by Raymund Antonio
Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo has highlighted the need to provide more protection for women because of the emergence of new forms of violence within the advent of social media.
Speaking in a women’s forum “She for She,” Robredo said social media is “emerging as the new space for harassment and unwelcome comments” against women.
“It is a sad reality that the culture of misogyny and sexism persists until today. We cannot let this continue,” Robredo told forum participants Tuesday night.
Robredo noted the struggle for women empowerment as well as the continued gender inequality.
She said Filipino women are still vulnerable to indecent working conditions, inadequate social security, and discrimination.
“Women have to work twice as hard to be where their counterparts are in society. While more than 70 percent of our men are in the labor force, only half of our women have access to jobs,” the former housing chief said.
“Women in this country account for 11.2 million of our population living in poverty… In some homes, women suffer from fear and the ready fist of their men,” Robredo said.
The Global Gender Gap Report of 2016 ranked the Philippines 7th among the 10 most gender equal countries in the world.
The Vice President said that people regardless of their gender should not be constrained from taking on opportunities for growth and development.
“Gender should not dictate who has a seat at the table nor should it dictate anyone’s limitation,” she said.