Women’s Day Celebration: Webinar highlights women’s rights and leadership amidst pandemic

With the decades-long participation in the International Women’s Month celebration, St. Bridget College continues to deepen their support with a webinar highlighting women’s issues, rights, and leadership amidst pandemic, March 10 via Microsoft teams.

With the theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 world,” the said webinar was attended by both College and Senior High school level, with Atty. Sr. M. Clara Lina G. Loilo, RGS as the guest speaker.

“Parents must know the equal rights and responsibilities of young people and constantly remind their children about it. This way, there will be no discrimination against young and old, poor, rich, abled and disabled, and every women can then be treated fair and equal in every way, ” Ms. Lea Castillo, RVED teacher, shared in a statement.

Ms. Monica Abaya and Mr. Sherwin Bagon, College department Social Work faculty members, served as the Masters of Ceremony who introduced the theme, while Sr. Mary Celeste Yuzon, RGS, warmed everyone by her welcoming message. Her message was followed by a video presentation that showcased the different female leaders in the history of St. Bridget College.

Sr. Loilo emphasized women’s empowerment, and the importance of celebrating International Women’s Day by presenting the history of the said celebration in the world, and in the Philippines.

In her said speech, she showed the different female leaders of the World, emphasizing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who are both notable for their responses on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The said webinar also encouraged everyone to protect and promote women’s rights while recounting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; furthermore, Sr. Loilo invited everyone to participate in the Orange the World Campaign.

Sr. Loilo continued to empower womanhood by presenting successful women who were known in their respective fields like the different female CEOs in businesses and leaders who served in various branches of government in the Philippines including the country’s two Presidents, two Vice Presidents, and two Chief Justices.

With all these being said, Sr. Loilo deepened the webinar by explaining various laws and policies for women in the Philippines, and how it is being violated even by some government officials.

Sr. Loilo then focused on the issues of women’s rights and gender equality and expounded how people can close the gender gap and achieve an equal future.

Before ending her presentation, Sr. Loilo featured two Filipinas who were able to make it to the National Geographic Society’s 2020 Young Explorers, 25-year-old Josefa Tauli and 22-year-old Louise Mabulo and presented a video that explained women of this generation.

The students were able to express their views and ask their questions in the Question-and-Answer portion. The said webinar was initiated and facilitated by SBC’s Women, Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (WJPIC) Committee, headed by Mrs. Rosalie Aguila.

TERESA CLAIRE C. AGTAY