The Association of Lady Legislators and the Committee on Women and Gender Equality made a significant debut in celebrating the 100 years of International Women’s Day and National Women’s Month 2011 held at the House of Representatives on March 14, 2011. The theme of the day’s opening activity, “Empowering Women through Legislation and Arts, Envisioning to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals: A Photo and Art Exhibit”, is a visual manifest of their mutual capability in all political undertakings and governance with their male counterparts.
Each lady legislator exhibited photographs of their achievements and activities at the South Wing Lobby to highlight their role as women and legislators who are actively working towards social, political and economic developments in the country and globally.
“We, the Lady Legislators, also heal the wound of the nation!” Congresswoman Virginia De Venecia, president of the association, said in her opening remarks. “The Lady Legislators already succeeded in healing the scar of political divide when we decided to unite in order to promote the best interest of the country, above and beyond our political affiliation!” she added. The Speaker of the Lower House, Congressman Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. recognized the role and contributions of the Lady Legislators and also assured that their voice shall always be heard at the plenary for the benefit of the Filipino people.
The women in congress themselves are the embodiment of all the qualities being celebrated by National Women’s Month. They represent the empowerment and gender equality aspired for all of Filipino women. They are working, breathing examples of all that possible and of all that should be celebrated in women.
CONGRESSWOMAN KIMI AND PEERS AT THE PHOTO EXHIBIT
Lower House Speaker, Cong. Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.
Congw. Virginia De Venecia – President, Association of Lady Legislators
15TH CONGRESS ASSOCIATION OF LADY LEGISLATORS