Pangasinan Rep. Gina de Venecia (Fourth District) has called for the establishment of ministry or department for women in all Asian countries. She made this call in a speech during the 6th Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) held in Islamabad, Pakistan, last week.
“These ministries or departments for women,” De Venecia said, “would be dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women at the national and local levels and focus on women’s special concerns in politics and development.”
Saying that women possess a gentler nature and a quantum of compassion greater than men, she asserted that party organizations in Asia would benefit from more women politicians in directing campaigns against mass poverty & social injustice as well as in causes that include inclusive economic growth that leave no one behind. De Venecia cited, among others, primary health care particularly of childbearing women and of infants, as well as basic education and employment.
De Venecia observed that many women leaders have taken positions of honor in Asia, the Middle East and the Arab world, Australia and New Zealand as well as in the small Pacific island-states.
“But if we really want a quantum leap in the status of women in Asia, we must ask our respective governments to create a Ministry or Department for Women in our respective countries”, she explained.
De Venecia is the head of the Association of Women Legislators, the 79-member women’s caucus at the House of Representatives. Also in attendance at the said assembly was Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, (2nd Dist., Cagayan de Oro City), who was recently chosen as a Special Rapporteur of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), which represents more than 330 ruling and opposition parties from 52 countries in Asia. PNA