Forum on Federalism, BBL for women set Feb. 17 in Bacolod

A women leaders’ Forum on Federalism and a separate Learning Session on the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be held on Saturday, February 17, in Bacolod City.

The forum entitled, ”Federalism: What is in it for Women?” will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hall 2 of May Fair Plaza located at 12th Lacson St., Bacolod City.

The forum is organized by PILIPINA-Bacolod/Negros Occidental Chapter, in coordination with the Provincial Council for Women of Negros Occidental, as a response to the request of women leaders to be informed about Federalism, which is currently being discussed in Congress and is expected to be passed within the first quarter of this year.

According to Marie June Pavillar-Castro, chair of PILIPINA-Bacolod/Negros Occidental Chapter, resource person for the forum is Eleanor R. Dionisio, the associate director of the John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues and research associate for JJCICSI’s Church and Society Program.

An avowed feminist, Dionisio is a member of PILIPINA (Ang Kilusan ng Kababaihang Pilipino), and has done extensive research on women’s issues and the Roman Catholic Church.

She also wrote the paper, “More Alike Than Different: Women, Men and Gender as a Social Construction,” in the 1980’s which to this day, serves as the basic reference of gender sensitivity training and education.

The half-day forum will be attended by about 100 women leaders who are PILIPINA members and DAWN Foundation officers and former training scholars, PCW officers and board members, local women council presidents of component cities and municipalities, and members of Bacolod City women’s clubs and non-government organizations.

Meanwhile, the learning session for 30 selected women leaders on the salient points of the proposed BBL currently pending in the 17th Congress, will be held from 2p.m.- 6p.m. at Ting Ting’s Restaurant, along B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City, a Moro woman leader, Atty. Anna Tarhata Basman will be the resource speaker.

Both the forum and the learning session are part of PILIPINA’s Women Defend Democracy project.

Castro added that PILIPINA is also arranging a possible dialogue on Saturday, with some Negrense representatives in Congress, to share the positions of the women sector on both Federalism and BBL.*(Marie June Pavillar-Castro)


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