ILO Forum for International Women's Day

The International Women’s Day 2007 focus was on Celebrating working women - breaking barriers, driving change. The ILO led a campaign to honour women who had pursued their ideals against great odds.

A Global Employment Trends report on the situation of working women around the world was also launched on this day. According to the report, more women than ever were in jobs, but a gap persisted in status, job security, wages and education between women and men which was contributing to a feminization of working poverty. The ILO celebrated International Women’s Day in Manila, combining the ILO theme with the United Nation’s general theme on Ending impunity for violence, driving change against women and girls. A panel brought together Ms Hadja Bainon Karon (Peace Activist and Chairperson of the Moro National Liberation Front Women’s Committee), Ms Rowena Guanzon (Lawyer and Legal Counsel), Ms Cecile Oebanda Flores (Executive Director of Visayan Forum, and an International Anti-Slavery Awardee), Mr Rolando Suarez (Assistant Vice President of the Philippine Daily Inquirer), Ms Susanita Tesiorna (Representative of informal economy workers, and Council Member of Kababaihang Kaagapay sa Hanapbuhay), and Ms Laraine Sarmiento (Head of the Microfinance for Informal Sector and local official of Quezon City) to discuss challenges to attain gender equality in the Philippines.