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Multi-stakeholder Conference Intensifies Call for Gender Reforms

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The Philippine College of Criminology
Manila Law College
Sales St., Sta. Cruz, Manila
Contact person: Mr. Enrique Polidario, enrique.polidario@pccr.edu.ph
0917-734-7011

The Bayleaf Intramuros—“Gender reform now,” called participants from different sectors in an inaugural conference geared towards advancing gender-responsive initiatives in the areas of criminology and criminal justice.

Criminology refers to the systematic study of crime and resolution, while criminal justice pertains to the interdisciplinary study of police, jails, and justice.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief PMGEN GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELEAZAR, in his keynote speech, expressed support for the call and underscored the importance of forging partnership for and strengthening commitment to gender reform as a multi-sectoral undertaking.

“Collaboration across sectors is critical in nurturing awareness and prompting action on gender issues. Each of us can be reliable partners for change, and this is why our linkages matter in this pursuit,” said PMGEN ELEAZAR.

The event gathered hundreds of participants from the industry, law and justice practices, the government and law enforcement, the civil society, the media, the academe, non-government organizations, donor agencies, and professions engaged in the fields of criminology and criminal justice.

The conference’s outcome document is “The Declaration of Commitment on Gender Reforms in Criminology and Criminal Justice,” or aptly called the “Intramuros Declaration,” thus giving due reference to the historic Walled City, where the document is set for adoption on 17 August, the last day of the two-day conference.

“This Declaration reflects the aspirations of various stakeholders on our call for gender reforms in criminology and criminal justice. Embracing a sense of togetherness, it consolidates the voices that matter to the cause,” said Philippine College of Criminology (PCCR) President Ma. Cecilia Bautista-Lim.

The Declaration features policy recommendations to help the government shape and implement more gender-sensitive and gender-responsive strategies.

Key proposals cited include revisiting of existing laws and their relevance across time, ensuring judicious use of resources directed to gender reforms as moves to augment resource allocation continue, and reinforcing stronger stakeholder engagement to further the objective.

“We hope to gain further momentum to achieve meaningful gender reform success this time in the discipline and the practice of criminology and criminal justice,” said PCCR Research Director Dr. Cristy Ututalum, who served as the conference convener.

NCRPO Chief PMGEN ELEAZAR endorsed the Declaration, adding that while efforts towards having gender-responsive policies are already promoted through various legislations, this should not limit the cause from achieving more.

“This encourages us to revisit what we already have, where we stand, and what we need to do to address the evolving character and needs of our people,” said PMGEN ELEAZAR, stressing that part of the task is for each sector to help the government in its thrust to mainstream insightful talks on gender issues along other priorities that safeguard human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Carrying the theme, “Strengthening Criminal Justice Linkages by Enhancing Gender-Responsive Partnerships,” the conference was jointly hosted by the Manila Law College and the Philippine College of Criminology, which is celebrating its 65th Founding Anniversary as a pioneer school of police science and crime detection in Southeast Asia.

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