5 Important Laws in the Philippines in Support for Women’s Rights You Should Know About
Living in this modern world also means that there should be equality in gender, whether you be male or female. In the Philippines, the government advocates that women should have certain rights that many, if not most, do not grant. In this article, LH Prime Cebu shares as much information about 5 important laws we have in our country that support women’s rights that many of us are not aware of.
Wiki Pilipinas shares these laws:
- Republic Act No. 6949 – “An Act to Declare March Eight of Every Year as a Working Special Holiday to be Known as National Women’s Day”
- Republic Act No. 6972 – An Act Establishing a Day Care Center in Every Barangay Instituting Therein a Total Development and Protection of Children Program, Appropriating Funds Therefor, and for Other Purposes Republic Act No. 7192 – “An Act Promoting the Integration of Women as Full and Equal Partners of Men in Development and Nation Building and for Other Purposes”
- Republic Act No. 7322 – “An Act Increasing Maternity Benefits in Favor of Women Workers in the Private Sector, Amending for the Purpose Section 14-A of Republic Act No. 1161, as Amended, and for Other Purposes” – This Act increases maternity benefits of women workers in the private sector from a 45-day to 60-day benefit equivalent.
- Republic Act No. 8972 – “An Act Providing for Benefits and Privileges to Solo Parents and their Children, Appropriating Funds Therefor and for Other Purposes” (Also known as Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000)
- Republic Act No. 8353 – this includes marital rape. An Act Expanding the Definition of the Crime of Rape, Reclassifying the Same as a Crime Against Persons, Amending for the Purpose Act No. 3815, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the Revised Penal Code, and for Other Purposes
Many female employees, whether government or private sector, should be aware that maternity leave and benefits have been increased, instead of 45 days, it is now 60 days.
We may not be aware of this, but there are wives who experience marital rape. What’s worse is that they feel that their husbands are in the right and these wives do not do anything about it. This is a very delicate situation, but if you know of someone who is going through this now, help and reach out.
A medical exam in Cebu can help by confirming the incident, especially if it is not only rape that happens within the 4 walls of the house, but also physical abuse. Women are citizens of this country and just as important as the men. Then again, many of us do not seem to be aware of these laws we have in our country that support women’s rights. Hopefully, this article will help in dealing with that.