Country Philippines
Year 2009
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description


Section 5 of the Magna Carta for Women on "Protection from Violence" states:

The State shall ensure that all women shall be protected from all forms of violence as provided for in existing
laws. Agencies of government shall give priority to the defense and protection to women against gender-based offenses and help women attain justice and healing. Towards this end, measures to prosecute and reform offenders shall likewise be pursued.

(a) Within the next five (5) years, there shall be an incremental increase in the recruitment and training of women in the police force, forensics and medico-legal and legal services, and such other services availed by women
who are victims of gender-related offenses until fifty percent (50%) of personnel shall be women.
(b) Women shall have the right to protection and security in situations of armed conflict and militarization. Towards this end, they shall be protected from all forms of gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, and all forms of violence in situations of armed conflict. The State shall observe international standards, particularly International Humanitarian Laws, for the protection of civilian population in circumstances of emergency and armed conflict. It shall not force women, especially indigenous peoples, to abandon their lands, territories and means of subsistence, or relocate them in special centers for military purposes under any discriminatory condition.
(c) All government personnel involved in the protection and defense of women against gender-based violence shall undergo a mandatory training on human rights and gender sensitivity pursuant to this Act.

Full Text

Magna Carta for Women

Source of Information

UNIFEM Southeast Asia