Women and the Environment
The state of today’s environment is a direct consequence of economic and social factors. Most decisive of these factors are poverty and the rapid population growth that result to the destruction of forests and pollution of water and air. It is deemed that the role of women is critical in combating poverty and controlling population in order to work for the protection of the environment and natural resources (ENR) and achieve sustainable development.
Though women may also be agents of environmental degradation by the nature of their activities and responsibilities, they have an equally significant impact on environmental conservation due to their multiple roles. Women’s day-to-day activities such as growing, collecting or buying food, tending domestic animals, gathering wood and water, and caring for children and the home have provided them with special knowledge of the environment.
The international community recognizes the role of women in ENR utilization and preservation that it has endorsed several plans of action for the full integration of women in all development activities. The Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) for one has included gender inequalities in the management of natural resources and in the safeguarding of the environment under one of its critical areas of concern. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) called on governments to integrate a gender perspective into the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of national environmental policies.
For its part, the Philippines has adopted the Philippine Strategy for Sustainable Development that serves as a framework for natural resources management and environmental protection. The Strategy’s key elements include conservation, proper pricing of natural resources, property rights reform, population management, rural development, and citizen’s participation. –Philippine Commission on Women
In line with the National Women’s Month Celebration, EMB XI Gender and Development Kick-off activity was held on March 2, 2020 with the theme “Women can make Change in Climate and Disaster Resiliency”. During the said activity a Seminar on responsible parenthood and reproductive health (RA 10354) was conducted with Resource Speaker from the Department of Health XI, Ms. Fairuz P. Dinalo. She emphasized the role of every women in the universal access to methods on contraception, fertility control, sex education and maternal care. Family Planning and the decision on the methods to be used in planning pregnancy and the number of children is the responsibility of couples/ individuals. She also stressed out that RPRH Act program gives priority to marginalized, poor beneficiaries and women in provision of reproductive health care, information and family planning supplies.