Women’s Call for the Labor Day: COUNT US IN! -CWR

1 May 2017

“Count us in!” Such is the call of the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), a research and training institution for women established in 1982, in time for the Labor Day. CWR promotes such call since only 50.1 percent of Filipino women in the working age population are part of the labor force. CWR believes that with such status, the road to empowerment remains a far-fetched goal.

“Women need to be involved in production work and political activity to improve their skills and status. With only half of the working age population of 32.5 million are counted in the labor force, women’s empowerment remains an unreachable goal,” says CWR executive director Jojo Guan.

Guan further stresses that 5.4 million Filipino women cannot find decent and regular jobs, summing up the latest government record of 2.28 million underemployed, the 2.18 million unpaid family workers, and the 945,000 unemployed.

Most of the women wage workers are employed in industries with non-regular status and lowest wages. Some 1.26 million are in wholesale and retail trade, one million in manufacturing, and more than half a million in agriculture. Some 1.66 million women are employed in other service activities in private households, which could mean they work as domestic workers.

“The country fails to create productive industry jobs, which result to more women finding jobs in the services sector, assigning them in low-skilled, low wage, and non-regular jobs. With such trend of jobs available to women, they could hardly unleash their potential as nation builders,” Guan says.

Unleashing women’s potential also means ending the scheme of contractualization, which is prevalent among industries that mostly employ women.

Guan stresses, “the government should take a courageous stand in eradicating contractualization and avoid creating department orders that only help companies circumvent the law. Women’s status is at stake since most of us work in a non-regular basis. With regular jobs and decent wages, we can be bricks in building a better society. Count us in!,” says Guan. ###