Violence against women (VAW) appears as one of the country’s pervasive social problems. According to the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey conducted by the National Statistics Office, one in five Filipino women age 15-49 has experienced physical violence since age 15. It is indeed alarming that despite efforts to address the concern, VAW persists.
AN ACT TO REGULATE THE EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN, TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION HEREOF, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Section 1. Employment of children below fourteen years of age. —
(a) Children below fourteen years of age may only be employed to perform light work —
(1) which is not harmful to their health or normal development, and
(2) which is not such as to prejudice their attendance in school or to benefit from the instruction there given.
AN ACT GRANTING MATERNITY LEAVE TO WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE UNDER TEMPORARY APPOINTMENTS WHO HAVE RENDERED LESS THAN TWO YEARS OF SERVICE, BY AMENDING COMMONWEALTH ACT NUMBERED SIX HUNDRED AND FORTY-SEVEN AS AMENDED
Section 1. Section one of Commonwealth Act Numbered Six hundred and forty-seven, as amended, is further amended by adding thereto two new subsections which shall read as follows:
Magna Carta of Women
The MCW is a comprehensive women's human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination through the recognition, protection, fulfilment and promotion of the rights of Filipino women, especially those belonging in the marginalized sectors of the society. It conveys a framework of rights for women based directly on international law.