ON MARCH 8, 2018, hundreds of women from different sectors gathered at the EBJ Freedom Park to celebrate International Women’s Right and International Peace Day in support of the United Nations Proclamation No. 224 series of 1988, declaring the first week of March as International Women’s Week and March 8 as International Women’s Day.
Ramona Pareñas, Gender and Development advocate, and consultant and a former coordinator of the Women Development (WID), was the keynote speaker.
Pareñas encouraged the participation of multi-sectoral group in pursuing gender advocacy in the province.
In her message, Governor Rhodora Cadiao said the provincial government of Antique under her administration will continue to sustain and support the Gender and Development (GAD) programs.
Cadiao also acknowledged the significant role of women as partners in change and development.
Rhoda Pon-an, GAD-IAC chair, encouraged everyone to support and continue working towards women empowerment.
The program was attended by Vice Governor Edgar Denosta, San Jose de Buenavista Mayor Elmer C. Untaran, Reynaldo S. Elio, Antique journalists, TESDA Antique Provincial Director Jose Jerry Hallares, Gender Advocates, Non-Government Organizations, government employees, cooperatives and Ahon sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI) members.
Booths at park exhibited products made by women entrepreneurs with support from ASHI.
Other activities held at the EBJ Freedom Park were random blood sampling, counseling, dental extraction, training on demonstration and entrepreneurship, wallet making made of abaca, sushi-making, patent generation, food processing (meat and pickles), tips on crime prevention, and best practices in leaflets.