The event, with this year’s theme “Sama-Samang Pagsulong sa mga Agenda ni Juana,” was part of a series of activities organized by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) for the National Women’s Month celebration. About 8,000 participants from different national government agencies, local government units, state universities and colleges, private and civil society organizations, and GAD advocates attended and celebrated the empowerment of women to bridge the gender gap in the society.

Highlighting the event was the Keynote Speech of UP Economics professor and broadcast journalist-columnist, Ms. Solita “Winnie” Monsod. She emphasized the need for women empowerment in the country, thus she encouraged everyone to vote for public officials that advocate the rights of the women, as well as those who include women on their agenda and platforms. The Philippines ranked 7th among the 145 countries in terms of global gender gap index according to a report done in 2015.

A national poll was conducted that allowed the participants to cast their votes in the Agenda ni Juana Ballot, where each participant selected five priority issues under the list of agenda that include economic empowerment, social development, security, justice and peace, climate change and disaster risk reduction, and gender-responsive governance.

The National Women’s Month is celebrated annually pursuant to the Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988, which aims to give due recognition to the contributions of Filipino women in our society.