The National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women, the women’s movement and gender mainstreaming in the Philippines
in Mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state?

The National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW) has had a long and chequered history, often interwoven with the twists and turns of Philippine feminism. The NCRFW's leadership has emanated from the Philippine women's movement, and from two streams in particular: liberal and left-of-centre feminism. If the NCRFW loses steam because of factors beyond its control, gender mainstreaming will all the more become rarefied rhetoric convenient to disarm women and humour the funding agencies. One high point of the GO-NGO partnership nurtured early on by the NCRFW was the annual GO-NGO congress starting in 1989. The GO-NGO partnership proved a winning combination in three major undertakings during Ramos' term: the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) and the Social Reform Agenda.

Mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state?

Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women

Editor: Shirin M. Rai

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