In the Philippines we are working to reform discriminatory laws, policies and practices to bring them in line with UN human rights and International Labour Organization conventions, including those which focus on eliminating racial discrimination, discrimination against women and those promoting child and labour rights.  

To do this we are supporting civil society and trade unions by: 

  • Providing training on conventions, best ways to monitor their implementation and effective strategies for engaging government;
  • Providing assistance to support strong partnerships between civil society and trade unions, so that together effective results can be ensured; and
  • Overseeing financial schemes so that monitoring and engagement with the government can be widely carried out.

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News on Philippines

In July, the Equal Rights Trust completed its final factfinding mission as part of its work promoting the implementation of three UN conventions and seven core International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions in nine countries around the world.

On 14 August 2009, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law Republic Act 9710 (the Magna Carta of Women). The Magna Carta of Women seeks to eliminate discrimination against women by recognising, protecting, fulfilling and promoting the rights of Philippino women in all spheres of society.

The introduction of legislation on women’s rights has been under discussion in the Philippines’ Congress (the bicameral parliament) for the past seven years.