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On Tuesday, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo received the prestigious “Most Influential Filipina Woman of the World Award” from Filipina Women’s Network (FWN), a non-government organization.
Robredo received the said award during the 13th Filipina Leadership Global Sumit in Cebu, where she also served as the keynote speaker.
The award given to her was under the “Nicole” category, which “honors Filipino women whose words, actions, and activism inspire others to act and revolutionize society’s way of understanding traditional beliefs and customs, thus leaving behind a Filipino global imprint.”
As the keynote speaker of the event, Robredo called on to the FWN members to perpetuate women empowerment in order to change the society. According to her, Filipinas today are more powerful, accomplished, emphatic, and socially aware than before.
“We are not here to rule the world. We are about creating the world where despots and heroes are no longer needed, so that each one of us can be a hero.”
Women empowerment is one of the five areas that are in the priority of the Office of the Vice President. The others are hunger and food security, rural development, education, and public health.
She disclosed that one of her strategies is giving women power over their ability to earn a living. Despite this, she admitted that her office doesn’t have that much funding.
“But in this work, we have discovered that it is not the money per se that can transform society. It is transparency, trust, and governance.”
“It is the ability to convene and inspire. It is the mandate to step back, look at the gaps and figure out how to maximize our joint resources to fill up those gaps. It is clarity of vision and focus,” she added.
Robredo receives “Most Influential Filipina Woman of the World Award Reviewed by FNPH Correspondent on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Rating: