Kaya rin namin! Cynthia Villar lists Filipinas’ achievement as Women’s Month ends
More and more Filipino women are taking on influential and leadership roles both in the public and private sector, Sen. Cynthia Villar said recently.
“As a case in point, since the 16th Congress of the Philippine Senate and until the present 17th Congress, we have the record of the most number of lady senators—6 out of the 24 senators in the upper chamber,” she said.
Villar was referring to Senators Nancy Binay, Leila de Lima, Risa Hontiveros, Loren Legarda, Grace Poe, and herself.
Villar said that women also benefit from agricultural development since based on official statistics, 25 percent of the world’s population is composed of women farmers, who are often even heads of their families or households.
“Many are not yet aware that women are considered as the ‘dominant force’ in agriculture,” said Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food.
“Unfortunately, here in our country, agricultural workers are among the poorest,” the senator said.
“As such, women from farming families bear the burden of poverty, too. So, they really need adequate help and support,” she added.
She believes that women “have a lot to contribute to the development given the proper opportunities, such as the opportunity to learn new skills.”
“I also believe that when we empower women, we empower families and generations of people,” she said.
“As a woman in governance or in a leadership role, I find that there is no better way to use my influence than to help my fellow women and their families,” Villar said.