The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) pushes for gender equality and inclusive society through its organized activities in support of the 2023 National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC).

Among the JJWC-initiated activities to emphasize the role of women and everyone (WE) in the pursuit of gender equality are:

Oh My GAD: The JJWC Podcast Series. A podcast series with the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee (RJJWC) Juan and Juanas which aims to validate and pay tribute to the significant role and contribution of all WE to nation-building and aims to further promote women’s empowerment and gender equality in the context of Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (JJWA).

The two-part series featured Atty. Euvic Ferrer of the Commission on Human Rights – CARAGA, and Ms. Elsa Rodriguez and Esperanza de Castro, Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Officers from Sta. Rosa City, Laguna on the implementation of JJWA and their contributions in advocating for making change work for women.

Issuance of JJWC Breastfeeding Policy and Setting-Up of JJWC Breastfeeding and Wellness Room. In compliance with RA 92008 or the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, JJWC issued a policy to encourage, protect, and support the practice of breastfeeding. The policy also includes the provision of compensable time for breastfeeding and lactation periods.

Deepening Session on Gender and Development (GAD) Concepts and Analysis Tools. A deep-dive session on Safe Spaces Act, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE), and Gender Analysis Tools participated by JJWC’s GAD Resource Pool and GAD Focal Point System – Technical Working Group (GFPS-TWG) Members.

JJWC Online Forum: Ano ang SOGIESC mo? An online forum for JJWC employees on SOGIESC Concepts and Issues of LGBTIQ Persons discussed by Ms. Ma. Cristina M. Cristobal, Project Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Outright Action International on March 31, 2023.

Further, JJWC adopted some of the Philippine Commission on Women recommended activities such as the NWMC-themed Flag Raising Ceremony and Purple Wednesdays.

“We at JJWC commit to mainstream gender perspective in our policies, programs, and activities and further contribute to achieving a gender-responsive society where #WEcanbeEquALL,” said Executive Director Atty. Tricia Clare A. Oco.