Oh, My GAD! A Webinar on GAD Concepts on Women’s Empowerment and GAD-Related Laws


To cap the 2022 National Women’s Month Celebration, the DENR –BMB through the GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) conducted a webinar entitled Oh, My GAD! A Webinar on GAD Concepts on Women’s Empowerment and GAD-Related Laws. The webinar was attended by 124 participants via zoom and face-to-face mode held at the Tamaraw Hall of Bulwagang Ninoy, with 59 females and 65 males.

The resource speaker of the webinar is Director Noreen Boots Gocon-Gragasin of the Integrated Records Management Office of the Civil Service Commission. Director Noreen discussed some basic GAD concepts, role and perceptions between men and women, gender bias, discrimination that can happen in the workplace and women rights under the Magna Carta of Women.

Director Noreen emphasized that GAD is a significant tool to recognize the unequal status between women and men and that it serves as a corrective pair of glass in perspective and development approach towards correcting decades of gender inequality and inequity.

Manifestations, Multiple Burden, Subordination and Gender Stereotyping are some of the specific gender issues discussed in the webinar. These gender issues as described by Director Noreen can cause violence that may affect the personal lives of men and women thus these gender-based violence could be manifested in the form of domestic violence (e.g., physical abuse, sexual abuse, economic abuse), sexual harassment, gender bullying, prostitution, sexual assault and even trafficking. 

The Speaker also highlighted the importance on the use of gender sensitive language in roles and occupational references and concluded the webinar with the discussion of Legal basis for Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women and rights and empowerment of women guaranteed under the said law.

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BMB OIC Director Natividad Y. Bernardino as she delivered her Opening Remarks Ms. Amelita DJ. Ortiz, Assistant Director and Chairperson, BMB-GFPS delivering the
closing message of the webinar

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Ms. Nancy Corpuz, OIC-Chief of the BPKMD and BMB-GAD

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                       Director Noreen Boots Gocon-Gragasin, Resource Speaker

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Number of participants to the webinar on GAD Concepts on Women’s Empowerment and GAD-Related Laws

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Participants of the BMB GAD webinar on April 1, 2022 via zoom app

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Participants of the BMB GAD webinar at the Tamaraw Hall, Bulwagang Ninoy