The Ministry of Human Settlements and Development, the Housing Arm of the BARMM, exhibits its strong support to the Women’s Month celebration this year with the theme Women and Everyone (WE) for Gender Equity and Inclusive Society by first participating in Kick-off Motorcade today, March 8, 2023.

“I always look forward to every year’s Women’s Month. This year is really unique and exciting as we embrace the context of Islam on Gender Equity, and the MHSD has always been advocating Gender Equity and inclusivity,” said Zuhaira U. Ebrahim, Gender and Development Focal Person (GAD FP).

GAD FP Ebrahim shared that, from the Kickoff Activity, the MHSD will be conducting a series of activities related to Women’s Month.

“We are also targeting an inclusive event on Gender Equity that will include both the Regional and Provincial Offices. As we deliver our services, we aim to promote and implement Gender Equity – Gender Equity for ALL, Gender Equity for everyone,” she added.

WE emphasizes the role of women themselves and everyone in the pursuit of gender equality. WE also stands for Women’s Empowerment, which can only be achieved when agencies, mechanisms, institutions, private partners, and duty-bearers from the national to the local level provide women equal rights and opportunities, and women take these opportunities to further themselves.

With women and everyone in synergy, WE can make gender equality a possibility.

The motorcade took the way from Cotabato City Plaza to City Hall to the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, Bangsamoro Government Center, where the opening program took place.

The MHSD was also one of the sponsors  for the distribution of Women’s Month tokens during the opening program.

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 227 series of 1988 providing for the observance of the Month of March as Women’s Role in History, the Bangsamoro Regional Government, through the Bangsamoro Women Commission (BWC), will spearhead the celebration throughout the month of March.