Abilan, Buenavista – The Commission on Population and Development-Caraga is one in the campaign in empowering all women and girls to reach their full potential.

With this year’s women’s month theme, “We Make Change Work for Women”, POPCOM believes that empowering women with health information, educating adolescents and youth on sexual and reproductive health, ensuring access to healthcare, and involving men in maternal, newborn and child health, are all critical ways to eradicate the inequality that pervades in existing gender roles and relations.

Through its Responsible Parenting-Family Planning (RPFP) classes, POPCOM is capacitating women on home management and budgeting and also in planning the timing and spacing of their children, which will empower them to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.

While the Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) sessions help particularly the female adolescents to have a positive view of their sexuality, protect and promote their sexual and reproductive health.

Moreover, POPCOM emphasized that investing in adolescent girls by promoting healthy habits and ensuring them with quality and decent education and access to health services would give them a better chance to delay pregnancy and early marriages. These investments would give them better economic opportunity and improve their lives and accelerate the fight against poverty, inequity and gender discrimination. Thus, empowering the young girls.

In its continuing advocacy known as “Kalalakihang Tumutugoon sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon para sa Kalusugan ng Ina at Pamilya (KATROPA)”, POPCOM is urging men to actively perform their roles as father and husband and partner to achieve maternal health, women empowerment, and gender equality.

It can be recalled that the observance of Women’s Role in History Month every March is mandated through Proclamation No. 277.  Meanwhile, Republic Act 6949 officially declares March 8 of every year as National Women’s Day.