By Leandria Pagunsan
In a recent activity in line with the observance of National Women’s Month celebration in Dumaguete City, Dr. Betsy Joy Tan, vice-president for academic affairs of Silliman University, in her keynote message said that that Filipina women now have shifted from the image of a weak persona to that of being independent, forgiving, and becoming stronger despite the many challenges they face.
The activity was attended by women employees of the provincial government of Negros Oriental headed by co-chair of the Provincial Commission on Women (PCW) Phoebe Tan and focal person for Gender and Development (GAD) program, Josefina Columna.
Tan, in her speech, revealed that women are powerful and educated now because even if they stay at home, they know what’s happening around them locally, nationally, and internationally.
She added that feminism, citing equality for women’s rights, demand change in the human cycle because what would society become without the nurturing half in the family which is the woman.
Tan pointed out that the “winds of change” have shifted from moments to movements in the Philippine culture where women will soon invade the four “moments”, namely: optimism, respect, trust, and intentionality.
The winds of change, according to Tan, speaks of this year’s theme, “We Make Change Work for Women” with a global recognition that “women are a force to reckon with because they are catalyst for change.”
The change that Tan mentioned refers to powerful women who succeeded despite the challenges and hardship they encounter, because the emotional quotient of a woman is so high that it reinforces the “why to live and bear almost any how.”
Lastly, Tan acknowledged that empowered women listen to their inner voice inspiring other women to listen to the voices of other women also, leading women to inspire other women.