Thursday, March 12, 2009

Magna Carta of Women - Update

From the Daily Tribune:
"A lawmaker from Iloilo yesterday accused her colleagues of attempting to derail the passage of the Magna Carta of Women even as she said that the move did not succeed.

Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin revealed that Parañaque Rep. Eduardo Zialcita and Deputy Speaker for Visayas Cebu Rep. Raul Del Mar tried but failed to insert some provisions that would allow educational institutions to terminate and refuse employment or enrolment to women who become pregnant out of wedlock.

Earlier, the Commission on Human Rights said the Magna Carta of Women would ensure that women and girls would have the same rights as men and boys in civil, political, economic, social and cultural aspects of life.

The CHR maintained that aside from ensuring that laws are not biased against women, laws should also be crafted to specifically protect women’s rights and promote the development of their well-being."

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