The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR is celebrating the women in government service as it observes the 2023 National Women’s Month.

For the month of March, the Department, through the Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System (RGFPS), has lined up activities all aimed at honoring its women officials and employees, and promoting gender equality and inclusiveness among all its employees.

The National Women’s Month will be kicked off on March 6 where an information drive about the celebration and GAD will be conducted.

For the whole month, the employees shall observe ‘Purple Wednesdays’ where they shall wear purple-color clothing.

A Zumba activity will be conducted every Friday to promote wellness among all employees.

On March 8, an orientation will be conducted on Gender equality, disability and social inclusion (GEDSI) in climate change by the National GFPS.

On the same day, the Department will launch a Women’s Bazaar where legal service will be offered by the Legal Division.

On March 9, the Department will join the first quarter national simultaneous earthquake drill led by the Office of the Civil Defense. For this activity, the DENR-CAR will focus on the readiness of women in such circumstances.

On March 13, the Enforcement Division will lead a talk on fire prevention in preparation for the summer season.

On March 16 to 17, the RGFPS will conduct the 1st Quarter General Assembly to discuss GAD activities for the year, as well as address GAD-related issues or matters in the DENR-CAR.

Previously, select employees participated in the 2023 GEDSI Summit held in coordination with the Civil Service Commission-CAR.

The month-long celebration will be capped off with a culminating program. During such, the Department will launch the Search of Outstanding Women Leaders, conduct a GAD talk, and offer services such as body massage, manicure, pedicure and haircut to women employees.

In line with the United Nation’s international Women’s Day theme, this year’s focus is “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”. It calls for the empowerment of women and girls toward maximizing their opportunities and benefits from innovation and technology as well as bridge the gender gap in ICT and connectivity. The same is aligned with the priority theme of the 67th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women “innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.