MULTI-SECTORAL APPROACHES TOWARDS THE REALIZATION OF UNITED NATIONS’ SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS ON WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT IN MANILA CITY
The promotion of gender equality and women empowerment, as one of the goals of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, is perceived as essential in achieving all of the other goals. In the Philippines, Manila City, being the country’s capital and center of economic opportunities, is giving paramount importance to gender equality. This research aims to identify the Multisectoral Approaches Towards the Realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Women Economic Empowerment in Manila City. The research utilizes descriptive and qualitative approach and experts involved in strengthening women economic empowerment were interviewed and findings revealed that women of Manila City were empowered and given equal, or to some extent, even greater opportunities than men. Moreover, the LGUs were able to conduct costly programs, projects, and activities because they are supported financially, unlike the NGOs, which catered less expensive but educational approaches. Similarly, the accomplishment of empowering women economically is congruent to the Liberal Feminist framework, which is to deliver knowledge and raise women’s awareness of their rights. Nevertheless, lobbying the support from the concerned agencies is an important move towards the greater mobilization and advancement of programs, projects and activities on women. Hence, the goal of promoting women economic empowerment in Manila City must not be stopped. Albeit the respondents have made significant actions towards enhancing the lives of women, the most critical challenge is not by achieving Sustainable Development Goal No. 5, rather, the consistency and sustainability in promoting women empowerment even after 2030.