How we started?
In October 14 – 15, 2003, the first National Rural Women Congress was held in TESDA’s Women’s Center in Taguig, National Capital Region. This was participated by around 300 rural women leaders and advocates from 50 provinces. The theme adopted was: Kilalanin ang Kababaihan sa Kanayunan tungo sa karapatan sa pagmamay-ari, akses sa rekursong pangkabuhayan at partisipasyon sa pamamahala (Recognizing Rural Women towards claiming property rights, access to economic resources, and participation in governance).
Before the formation of PKKK, different rural women, people’s organizations and NGOs have been organizing and mobilizing themselves to address rural women’s issues on access and control over land and water resources, food insecurity, access to basic services and invisibility. The Philippine Peasant Institute initiated the formation of the National Conveners’ Group to the 1st National Rural Women Congress.
The original Conveners were:
- from the peoples organizations (POs): Alay Kapwa, Daluyong, Kabalikat, Kabapa, Kalipunan ng mga Maliliit na Mangingisda, PKSK, PSKNE, Lakambini, Makabayan, Pakisama, Sarilaya-Kabayani, Unorka;
- from the non-government organizations (NGOs): CARRD, CERD, FIAN, MODE, PBSP-Western Batangas, PEACE Foundation, Philippine Peasant Institute, Philnet-RDI, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), Tambuyog Development Center, Womanhealth, WISE-ACT;
- from other institutions – Ms. Jeanne Illo of the Institute of Philippine Culture, and Ms. Zenny Tuquero of SEARCA.
In preparation for the Congress, the Conveners also coordinated with the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), the Inter-Agency Committee on the International Rural Women’s Day Celebration, and Ms. Thelma Paris of the IRRI-Gender Desk.
The first National Rural Women Congress was able to unite on the National Rural Women Agenda. It also served as a consolidated political voice for rural women to address issues of invisibility and non-recognition and rural women’s property rights, governance, basic services, violence against women and discrimination.
Since the formation of PKKK, the coalition has successfully held its Congresses to unite and plan for the realization of the National Rural Women Agenda. In 2009 National Rural Women Congress, the agenda on Rural Women’s Right to Safe Environment and Protection from Impacts to Climate Change was adopted. The 7th National Rural Women Congress in 2017 October, the agenda to address Unpaid Care Work and Rights of Children and Young Rural Women were adopted.
A Gender Responsive Rural Women Development Plan (GRRWDP) 2011-2016 was formulated and adopted by the members of PKKK. This presented the situation of rural women based on the Rural Women Agenda and proposed measures and activities to address the issues along with corresponding gender equality indicators. PKKK continues to work on the GRRWDP at the local areas where PKKK members are operating and at the national level.
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