Date Published:
Oct 08, 2015
Discussion Papers
Focus Area(s):
DP 2015-44

The Philippines, as a signatory of various international declarations, is one with other countries in instituting programs and policies to protect women and children. Despite this, the effectiveness of these measures cannot be established as patriarchy remains evident in Philippine culture. To study the effects of this culture on the human rights of girl-children in Cagayan de Oro and Claveria, Misamis Oriental, Philippines, this paper examined the factors that affect the kind of life that they live. Data were collected from a comprehensive review of existing literature, in-depth interviews, and case studies of the life stories of the respondents. The study found that poverty has a huge impact on perpetuating a patriarchal mentality. The school, media, church, and family were also identified as key players in transforming the society into having a culture that is safer and more protective of the rights of girl-children. Aside from their partnership and coordination, the review and proper implementation of existing laws and policies are measures geared toward diminishing, and eventually eradicating, the culture of patriarchy in Philippine society.

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