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This award goes to a person or a group of individuals who worked to improve the state of a societal cause in the Philippines through social media. This person or group invested time and effort (and sometimes even money) for the betterment of other people’s lives. The nominees can have a photo/video/audio channel, a blog, a Facebook page/app or a Twitter account on environmental, political, educational and other relevant advocacies.
Major Organizational Affiliations:
1.Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP) – National Chairperson
2.Support Service Institute for Women (SIW), Inc. – President & Executive Director
3.Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN) – Chair, Legislative Advocacy Committee & member, Steering Committee
4.HOMENET Philippines – Member, Steering Committee
5.Magna Carta for Informal Sector Alliance (MAGCAISA) – Member, Coordinating Committee
6.Partnership Mutual Benefit Association (PMBA) – President, Board of Trustees
7.Aksyon Kababaihan! – Member, National Executive Board
Beth is also involved in other national, regional and international organizations.
Some awards/citations received:
In 2004, Beth was the Silver Rose Award Recipient. The Silver Rose is yearly awarded by the Labour Movement’s International Forum and other NGOs in Denmark to a person who has excelled in the area of human rights and development work following an international selection process. Beth was cited for her initiatives in the fields of: livelihood development, policy advocacy and political participation. Previous Silver Rose awardees include Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, Nelson Mandela of South Africa and President of Chile, Ricardo Lagos.
For her work toward the empowerment of women, particularly those in poverty, Beth has been awarded numerous citations and certificates of recognition by various community-based women’s organizations, as well as other NGOs in the country.
Through her work with grassroots women for more than two and a half decades, Beth has led the achievement of the following:
1.Livelihood provision for poor women in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao
Through the implementation of various livelihood projects that benefited around 7,000 families of women in poverty have been assisted.
2.Policy and legislative advocacy
· Took a leading role in the successful policy and legislative advocacy for the passage of the following laws/policies:
o Anti-Sexual Harassment;
o Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Act;
o Quezon City Reproductive Health Code; and
o Magna Carta of Women (MCW)
· serves as resource person in Committee Meetings of the House of Representatives (HOR) and Senate and as Technical Team member to authors of legislative proposals under consideration by Congress in relation with the advocacy for women-friendly and pro-poor legislations; and
· currently serves as a leading advocate for the passage of the reproductive health (RH) bill and Magna Carta for Workers in Informal Employment (MACWIE) at the national level and the correct implementation of the Gender and Development (GAD) budget, Anti-VAWC, MCW, and other laws at the local level.
3.Women’s political participation
Trained around 1,000 grassroots women leaders in politics, developed their skills, encouraged and assisted them when they ran for elections at the Barangay and local government unit (LGU) levels. Many of these women held or still hold elective positions in their LGUs.
4.Direct assistance to women and their families
· Established an anti-violence against women (anti-VAW) fund from the 2004 Silver Rose Award prize. The fund has given legal, medical, and other assistance to around 5 rape victims/survivors; 33 victims of domestic abuse; 6 victims of child abuse.
· Provided relief and other forms of assistance to at least 10,000 families who were victimized by calamities like typhoons and floodings, Mayon volcano eruptions. Areas covered by these operations were: Malabon; Caloocan City; Payatas in Quezon City; Tondo, Manila; Antipolo City; San Mateo, Rizal; Cavite; Bataan; Iloilo City; Kabankalan City; and Agusan del Sur.
· Facilitated access to social protection through micro-insurance of more than 7,000 women and their families;
5.Organizing and provision of education and skills training to poor, unschooled women in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao
· Led the conduct of organizing, advocacy, education and skills development of women workers in the informal sectors that resulted in the establishment of AKSYON Kababaihan! a national federation of more than 300 organizations of women in the informal sectors in NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
· Led in the training and organizing of young community women on the issues of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) that resulted in the establishment of the Young Women’s CHOICE, a national organization of poor young women actively involved in SRHR issues in their communities.
· Written published and unpublished papers on: Philippine women’s economic situation; globalization and neoliberalism; grassroots women’s advocacy initiatives; women’s political participation; unionism; gender balance in governance; VAW; reproductive health and rights; feminism; etc. Some works have been translated into German and Danish languages.
· Has extensively travelled in many parts of the world in the performance of her various positions and as speaker in international conferences;
· Featured and/or guested in various publications, television and radio programs locally and in some European countries including Germany and Denmark;
· Participated in various international following conferences including: Beijing World Conference on Women, the World Social Summit for Development in Copenhagen; Socialist International (SI) Congresses and Conferences; Socialist International Women (SIW) Congresses and Conferences; Asian Conference on Women’s Political Participation; Beijing plus 5 conferences; ICPD + 10 conference; Beijing + 10 NGO Asia-Pacific Conference, ICPD + 15, etc.
· Writes a column with the national broadsheet Manila Standard Today entitled “Power Point” that comes out every Saturday.
· Mother of three (3) beautiful children the eldest of which is a diplomate surgeon, the second a junior student at the Ateneo de Manila University taking up BS Applied Math and Finance, and the youngest, also a junior student at the University of Santo Tomas taking up Advertising Arts.
Beth is known as a team builder, negotiator, mover and doer. Her various skills include: leadership; development project/program conceptualization, proposal writing, implementation, and assessment; bill drafting, writing and editing; implementation of popularized and participatory education activities tailored for community organizations; facilitating and handling of group processes including conflict resolution; public speaking; legislative and policy advocacy; etc.
She is known for being hardworking, intense, focused, and passionate in her work.