Solidarity Message by Councilor Leah Librado for the Implementing the Magna Carta of Women Project Launch

Solidarity Message by Councilor Leah Librado

Implementing the Magna Carta of Women: Enabling and Empowering Women on the Ground to Actively Participate in Politics and Governance Project Launch

14 November 2012

Felis Resort Complex, Davao City
Today’s launch and training dubbed “Women in Politics and Governance” only reminds us to double our efforts in ensuring women’s participation in governance, particularly in decision-making. This project, in partnership with our office and the IGDD generally aims to implement the Magna Carta of Women so as to enable and empower the women sector on the ground to actively involve themselves in mainstream, alternative politics.

 

Governance in the Philippines has been very much tainted with traditional politics, systemic corruption and non-transparency of several policies and government transactions. With empowered, conscious and well-trained women legislators who are driven to make a change, we see hope even with the present set-up and thus, urge the women of Davao City to make their voices be heard and contribute, through active participation in decision-making processes, to the city’s over-all progress and development.
I am also positive that WeGovern Institute’s efforts in this two-day activity will ultimately yield substantial participation of our women population in both the city and barangay levels. The upcoming elections will eventually be the benchmark of our undertaking, lending credence to women’s great and meaningful contribution in nation-building, especially if they are given the opportunity.
In closing, I enjoin all of you to utilize this training, especially our women participants, and with your participation in the elections next year, we can hope that more women councilors in the Sangguniang Panlungsod and in different barangay councils will be able to take the lead. Daghang salamat and once again, welcome!