• Women lawmakers ‘control’ Congress

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    Women lawmakers will take “control” of functions in the plenary today as part of celebrations of Women’s Month.

    The session will be led by Rep. Gina de Venecia of Pangasinan who will act as Speaker.

    De Venecia, wife of former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr., is the president of the 79-member Association of Woman Legislators Foundation Inc.

    Rep. Luz Ilagan of Gabriela party-list over the weekend said woman legislators face many challenges.

    Ilagan cited societal discrimination and the “macho and patriarchal” mindset, which she said had hindered the growth of women and their full participation in socio-political activities.

    She also cited as a challenge the elimination of all forms of violence against women.

    Ilagan, who will deliver a privileged speech on the plight of woman workers, said these challenges can be overcome through “correct” implementation of laws such as the Magna Carta of Women as well as changing the culture of impunity.

    Ilagan said women can excel as leaders.

    “Woman legislators are taken seriously because they are not just replacements of their male relatives. They can also excel as woman leaders. Women-friendly laws should be supported by men. These laws are intended to correct decades of inequality and subordination of women,” she added.

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