“To peacefully promote women empowerment, we need to establish mechanisms for women’s equal participation and equitable representation at all levels in the political and public life. These will enable them to articulate their concerns and needs in the community and the society, “ Dr. Rolando Mamaat Jr. said.

The speaker,  Dr. Mamaat, Jr. defined Women Empowerment as the process of uplifting their social status and establishing “balance for better” in every endeavour they will undergo in their community.  In doing, it has to be cultivated with peace to avoid violence and destruction.

To further inspire the one hundred twenty-two (122) women participants to be peacefully empowered, he identified and associated  iconic women frontrunners, the likes of Mother Mary, Mother Teresa, former president Cory Aquino and Malala of India who proved themselves as empowered leaders and peace advocates.  Guidelines  in cultivating a culture of peace and promoting women empowerment were also digested smoothly.

Motivated and encouraged by the principles of Mohandas Gandhi, the speaker  challenged the attendees to adhere to  Gandhi’s words, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

The forum was in celebration of the Women’s Month. It was held on  March 26 at the Hotel Supreme Convention Plaza, Magsaysay  Avenue, Baguio City.

Maggie B. Balagtey