The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) marked Women’s Month with workplace Gender Sensitivity Training for its employees. The training, facilitated by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), aims to build the capacity of public servants to be more responsive to gender-specific needs in the development of policies, programs, and projects. It also seeks to build a workplace environment that where gender perspectives and discussions are normalized and accepted. This will particularly apply in the creation and implementation of the annual gender and development plan and budget of the Agency. The activity is In line with the recurring Women’s Month theme for 2023 to 2028 of the Philippine Commission on Women, “Women Empowerment (WE) for gender equality and inclusive society.”
Prior to the training and the worldwide celebrations of International Women’s Day on 08 March, PhilSA held its yearly Women’s Month edition of the Cosmickapihan flag-raising ceremony on 06 March. Part of the special program was a trivia quiz on laws for the protection and empowerment of women, such as the Magna Carta for Women (RA 9710), Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 (RA 9262), and the Safe Spaces Act or Bawal Bastos Law (11313). The quiz comprised scenario-based questions covering topics on gender discrimination, gender-based violence, and workplace etiquette. As a young Agency, PhilSA strives to attain an inclusive culture regardless of gender by diversifying its workforce, ensuring the participation of women in leadership roles, and eliminating gender bias.
The 2023 International Women’s Day celebrations called attention to equity and digital inclusivity. Throughout March, PhilSA employees will #JoinTheMission to #EmbraceEquity, participate in the worldwide online campaign, and share their thoughts on the theme “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.”