EASE for Women: Economic And Social Empowerment

March is designated as Women’s Month. All over the world, March 8 is chosen as a day of action to look into the role of women, the challenges we are facing and what we can do to make the world a better place for women.

This year, the UN Women’s International Women’s Day theme is: “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”. The theme focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

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In line with the UN Women’s 2019 International Women’s Day (IWD) theme, Stichting Bayanihan organized a forum that has successfully brought together organizations and individuals that strive for a better treatment of women in the society. The forum took place in Rotterdam on March 2 with the theme:

“Together let’s build EASE for Women: Economic And Social Empowerment”

02 March 2019 (Saturday) 13.00-17.00 hrs

@Stichting Dona Daria, Gerard Scholtenstraat 129, 3035 SJ Rotterdam

This forum has been opened to all gender and gender orientations because we believe that working to improve the lives of women, it should be inclusive. The speakers discussed the different aspects of the theme and much of the forum were devoted on sharing and discussions of experiences and solutions to challenges facing women, particularly as Filipinas in the Netherlands.

Program Content in Brief

March 2, 2019 (Saturday) | 13.00-17.00 hrs

Registration & Arrival


You are welcome from 1pm and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea before the program begins.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

The emcee welcomes participants, followed by opening remarks and brief introduction of Stichting Bayanihan by Bayanihan Board Member Rose Slotema-Haboc.

Information Session

With Resource Speaker Maya Butalid, Project Leader Integration & Participation, Vluchtelingen Zuid-Nederland

What does it mean to be a woman? What’s the value and significance of the different roles women play in the society? Why is economic and social empowerment important for the society and the women themselves to pursue for women?

Information Session

With Resource Speaker Cora Espanto, President of Migrante Den Haag

That by sharing her personal experience, we get to show the ‘face of modern day slavery’ and raise awareness of its reality the importance of information and women empowerment. 

Coffee Break

Participants are advised to take note of any relevant question that they may have about the talks of the resource speakers. All questions shall be addressed during the forum at the end of all the talks.

Information Session

With Resource Speaker Jille Belisario, Culture & Migration Officer at Fairwork

She will share her expertise on what Filipinos in the Netherlands need to know about migrant labor rights.

Information Session

With Resource Speaker Atty. Pendong Jalandoni, Schoolplein Advocaten

Atty. Jalandoni will shed a light on the rights and obligations of Filipinas in the context of marriage & family, implications of one’s legal status in the country especially in cases of domestic violence.


Q&A With Valued Resource Speakers

An open forum with all the four resource speakers sitting as panel to address questions, concerns, issues and other relevant matters raised by event attendees.


Words of Thanks

Stichting Bayanihan Board member Cora van Campenhout delivers words of thanks, followed by networking until 17.00.

In conclusion, here is the outcome of the March 2 celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD). The Stichting Bayanihan Board would like to extend our HEARTFELT, BIG & SPECIAL THANKS to:

>>> the members of the IWD 2019 Organizing Team: Salome van den Toorn-Panoy, Nora van der Does-Gonzales, Yeyen Paez, Bella Jiao, Veronica Balbuena, Rose Slotema-Haboc, Diana Oosterbeek-Latoza, Cora van Campenhout and Myra Colis.

>>> our valued resource speakers- Atty. Pendong Jalandoni, Ma. Ophelia Butalid-Echaves , Jille Belisario , and Cora Espanto– who all together made this year’s content so impactful and very close to heart.

>>> to ALL OF YOU who decided to spend your Saturday with us, came and actively joined us in our advocacy towards women empowerment, gender equality and human rights, thank you very much…

>>> and of course not to forget my fellow coordinator and our talented news reporter, Jofelle Tesorio.