NEW YORK CITY — Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations Antonio M. Lagdameo highlighted the Philippines’ track record and leadership advancing gender equality domestically and around the world. He delivered keynote remarks during the joint observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations and the Philippine Consulate General in New York.
Ambassador Lagdameo said, “The Philippines is among earliest advocates of the human rights of women at the UN fora. We worked hard to push for the equal rights between men and women during the crafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
Ambassador Lagdameo also recalled the Philippines’ role in the drafting of the Beijing Platform for Action. “The Platform remains today the most comprehensive global policy framework and blueprint for advancing women’s rights,” Ambassador Lagdameo added.
Turning to the Philippines’ national laws and policies, Ambassador Lagdameo stressed that “Violence against women is contrary to the laws and policies of the Philippines. It is borne out of an outdated notion that women are somehow lesser than men and are not entitled to the same rights; a notion that we condemn and reject.”
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed on 25 November and marks the start of the Philippines’ 18-day campaign to end violence against women. Philippine government agencies participate in the 18-day campaign each year.