PyD country rep acknowledges POs role in gender equality
By Nora L. Molde
BUTUAN CITY, June 22 (PIA) – “You have an important role representing your communities’ needs and voices,” said Paz y Desarrollo (PyD) country representative Antonio Gonzalez to the peoples organization (POs) involved in formation of the Alliance of Gender Advocates in Caraga (AGAC) during its formal launch on Thursday in one of the convention centers here.
According to Gonzalez, PyD as a gender oriented non-government organization in its advocacy work has been promoting the synergies and the capacities for linkaging among the program stakeholders. Public officers and representatives of several POs from the fourteen barangays of Agusan del Norte that are included in the program, decided to take a step forward and enhance their participation in local economical and political processes.
Gonzalez told the POs representatives that as gender advocates, both men and women should be represented in every messages and actions that they are going to make and take. “Keep in mind the values of your organization and always be reminded that as members of AGAC, you are pursuing for equal opportunities, equal access to resources and equal exercise of rights for men and women,” he said.
The alliance according to Gonzalez is a result of a Partnership Learning Consortium (PLC) workshop, an activity carried out within the framework of the Female Forward Program of PyD, with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and in collaboration with its local partner in Agusan del Norte Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) Mindanao which is promoting gender equality in political participation since 2011.
With the launching of AGAC, Gonzalez said they will be able to offer a common space for dialogue, interaction and exchange of experiences and good practices that will allow the organizations involved to actively participate in policy-making bodies in their respective areas and to promote women empowerment and gender equality.
“AGAC will provide you the tools and space to raise the voice of the people you represent,” Gonzalez said. PyD will provide advice and assistance if needed, Gonzalez added. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)