Women`s Legal and Human Rights Bureau Services

UN Women, based on the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, is committed to eliminating discrimination against women and girls. women`s empowerment; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, peace and security. HR and Pol-Ad target, inter alia, human rights mechanisms such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). At the regional level, it engages ASEAN critically through human rights mechanisms such as the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), as well as the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). At the national level, in cooperation with women`s movements, it seeks to initiate legal reforms through legislative advocacy and the transformation of the legal and judicial system to make it more sensitive to the reality of women. Support us in defending women`s economic, social and cultural rights through feminist legal representation. “Engage in feminist legal advocacy; We have a vision of a transformed, self-determined Filipino society that enjoys the same status as other societies, where people are able to achieve their holistic and social security. The Women`s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB) is a feminist legal non-governmental organization of women`s rights activists. They are professionals in the various disciplines of law and social sciences, social work and community development who address women`s issues and concerns. UN Women partnered with the Partnership of Philippine Support Services Agencies (PHILSSA) to implement one of its projects to promote legal literacy in the communities of Quezon City and Davao City. The project aims to 1) raise awareness of women`s rights among women and communities and 2) increase women`s participation and representation in promoting women`s access to justice in formal and informal justice systems. Project activities include community organizing, paralegal training, research, stakeholder engagement and political advocacy.

Founded in 1990, WLB focuses primarily on feminist legal work – pursuing policies and programs that defend the rights and interests of Filipino women, conducting information and educational communication campaigns to raise public awareness and actions on women`s issues, conducting training and research with other women`s groups to develop the knowledge and skills needed for campaigns and stronger advocacy commitments for women`s rights. Build; and the promotion of alternative feminist lawyers in accordance with the institutional mandate to defend and promote women`s rights. Our current challenge is to strategically expand our scope to include women`s economic, social and cultural rights in our advocacy. WLB strives to maximize women`s profits in areas such as the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, other UN agencies and international organizations. Based on consultations with relevant stakeholders, the Access to Justice (A2J) programme in the Philippines focused on women in conflict with the law. As part of a community-based approach to gender equality, A2J works with communities to improve women`s legal empowerment. improving gender mainstreaming in community justice mechanisms; and involve the whole community to change social norms, leading to the prevention of discrimination and the acceptance of women as active citizens. Support UN Women in programmatic outreach and networking initiatives (including formal and informal justice providers[1] and other actors[2]) to promote and protect WICL`s rights and facilitate their access to justice The project “Improving Access to Justice for Women in Asia and the Pacific: bridging the gap between formal and informal systems by empowering women” (2018-2023) is generously supported by the Government of Sweden. The overall objective of the project is to improve access to justice for women in formal and informal systems in Asia and the Pacific and to bridge the gap between these systems by empowering women and reducing gender bias.