Sunday, May 27, 2012
Suffrage describes not only the legal right to vote, but also the practical question of whether a question will be put to a vote. Typically citizens become eligible to vote after reaching the age of legal adulthood. Most democracies no longer extend different rights to vote on the basis of sex or race.
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, adopted by the United Nations in 1979.
Since April 30, 1937 , women of the Philippines have blazed many trails and have become a true force in politics, business, and other sectors of Philippine society. It is this right to suffrage which has made it possible for the country to have had two women presidents, and the involvement of Filipino women as decision makers in all facets of national life.They fought against many odds for women’s right to vote. Filipino women who fought for suffrage include, among many others, Pura Villanueva Kalaw, Librada Avelino, Concepcion Felix Rodriguez, Encarnacion Versoza, Pilar Hidalgo Lim, Rosa Sevilla Alvero, Roasario Lam, Josefa Llanes Escoda, Natividad Almeda Lopez, Minerva Guysayko Laudico, and Tarhata Putri Kiram representing the Muslim women.
President Ferdinand E. Marcos issued Proclamation No. 2346 declaring April 30 of each year as “Woman Suffrage Day’’ to enable the Filipino women to “renew their advocacy and support of clean, honest elections, and pursue with greater zeal their efforts towards this direction.’’