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STATISTICS

Population: 103,775,002 (July 2012 est.) Age Structure 0-14 years: 34.3% 15-24 years: 19.1% Male 18,175,763 10,107,717 Female 17,452,488 9,753,268

25-54 years: 36.6%


55-64 years: 5.6% 65 years and over: 4.3%

19,065,843
2,663,592 1,948,152

18,941,091
3,102,247 2,564,841

WOMENS SECTOR
It is the sector of the society that includes all female human, regardless of age. Women are typically capable of giving birth, though older women who have gone through menopause and some intersex women cannot. Throughout history women have assumed various social roles in occupation. In some cultures, a majority of women have adopted specific appearances, such as wearing long hair.

ISSUES

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (VAW)


appears as one of the countrys pervasive social problems. According to the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey conducted by the NSO, one in five Filipino women age 15-49 has experienced physical violence since age 15. VAW is deemed to be closely linked with the unequal power relationship between women and men otherwise known as gender-based violence. VAW is a form of mens expression of controlling women to retain power.

TEENAGE PRENANCY
Teenage pregnancy robs a girl child of her right to enjoy a full life. It often pushes her to give up her childhood and forces her to be a mother, even though she is just a child herself. It is not a choice she makes for herself, it is a consequence she has to live with out of lack of information and option(Ugochi Daniels, UNFPA Country Rep.). .

In the 2011 annual report of the UNFPA-Philippines office ,the teen pregnancies in the country rose by 70 percent in a span of 10 years from 114,205 in 1999 to 195,662 in 2009. There is also an increasing trend of maternal deaths among teenagers. The proportion of maternal deaths doubled from 5 percent to 10 percent between 2000 and 2010. The number of babies born to teenage mothers also increased from 7.1 percent to 11 percent.

PROSTITUTION

Sex-for-fly Scandal in Middle East

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has summoned the assistant labor attach stationed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to answer questions on allegations that Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) officials assigned in the Middle East are engaged in a sex-for-flight scheme victimizing distressed Filipinas

More than ever before, prostitution has become institutionalized, organized, and globalized (i.e. through trafficking and the internet). If we look at the streets around us we see the explosion in budget hotels which are so clean but not so good, the all pervasive sight of girly bars and the numerous high class clubs and establishments that seem to cater for so many well to do clientele. Different forms of prostitution thus exist: street prostitution, bars, brothels, akyat-barko, massage parlors, escort services, sex tourism, cybersex, local & international sex trafficking. Prostitution in the Philippines has become a de facto legal industry.

Even back in the summer of 1982, Manila was depressingly tagged at the biggest brothel in Asia. There were 50,000 registered hospitality girls in the tourist entertainment in the early 70s, and in 1987 there were 300,000 bar girls not to mention the unlicensed ones who were estimated to number about of the national figure then. In 1998 it was estimated that there were at least 400,000 to 500,000 prostituted persons in the Philippines with 75,000 of these being children. In her Anti-Prostitution Act (Senate Bill No. 2341) Senator Pia S. Cayetano cites the number of women being exploited in prostitution in the Philippines now ballooning to 800,000.

LAWS FOR WOMEN

International Bill of Rights of Women, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the only human rights treaty which affirms the reproductive rights of women and targets culture and tradition as influential forces shaping gender roles and family relations. It affirms women's rights to acquire, change or retain their nationality and the nationality of their children. Republic Act 9710 Magna Carta of Women - a comprehensive women's human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination through the recognition, protection, fulfilment and promotion of the rights of Filipino women, especially those belonging in the marginalized sectors of the society. It conveys a framework of rights for women based directly on international law.

Republic Act 9262 An Act Defining Violence Against Women and Their Children Providing for Protective Measures for Victims, Prescribing Penalties therefore , and for other Purposes. Republic Act 10354 The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 - The State recognizes and guarantees the human rights of all persons including their right to equality and nondiscrimination of these rights, the right to sustainable human development, the right to health which includes reproductive health, the right to education and information, and the right to choose and make decisions for themselves in accordance with their religious convictions, ethics, cultural beliefs, and the demands of responsible parenthood. Republic Act 8505 Rape Victim Assistance and Protection Act of 1998 - An act providing assistance and protection for rape victims, establishing for the purpose a Rape Crisis Center in every province and city, authorizing the appropriation of funds therefore, and for other purposes.

Republic Act 9995 Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 - An act defining and penalizing the crime of photo and video voyeurism, prescribing penalties therefor, for other purposes. Republic Act 9775 Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 - An act defining the crime of child pornography, prescribing penalties therefor and for other purposes. Republic Act 10398 An Act Declaring November Twenty-Five Of Every Year As National Consciousness Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women And Children" - In recognition of the need to establish a comprehensive and structured campaign for national consciousness on anti-violence against women, November 25 of every year is hereby declared as the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children.

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES


PCW Womens Desk DSWD Gabriella Partylist NGOs LGUs

IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU THINK CAN CWTS CONTRIBUTE IN ADDRESSING THE SECTOR'S ISSUES AND CONCERNS? BE SPECIFIC.

SOURCES
http://pcw.gov.ph/focus-areas/violence-againstwomen http://www.indexmundi.com/philippines/demographi cs_profile.html http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2013/07/11/963984/ teenage-pregnancy-rise http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/globalfilipino/08/08/13/labor-exec-sex-flight-scandalsummoned http://pcw.gov.ph/ http://www.preda.org/en/news/child-abusecrimes/prostitution-in-the-philippines-a-time-forchange/