Senator Risa Hontiveros Hosts Women’s Leadership Summit with Filipino Leaders
On Saturday, March 26, 2022, Senator Risa Hontiveros met with Filipino leaders at Astbury to Poblacion, Makati to discuss the most pressing issues facing them as Women’s Month draws to a close. The women leaders present at this Women’s Leadership Summit were diverse, spanning business, entrepreneurship, small business, social impact, startups, academia, media, and more.
The Women’s Leadership Summit was anchored by a fireside chat with Senator Hontiveros, moderated by Katya Lichaucothe editor of Big deal and co-author of Intrepid Philippines IItwo books that address women’s issues and celebrate women’s empowerment.
In addition to her role as a policy maker and advocate, Hontiveros has also shared insights from her perspective as an author. At the end of 2021, she published Healthy Buhay, Happy Mama: Risa Hontiveros’ journey through motherhood with PH librarya publishing house in the Philippines focused on helping authors and brands with everything from self-publishing for impression.
She again reiterated the challenges of work-life balance as a career woman and mother, this time emphasizing the government’s role in helping on that front. She cited the two most recent bills she passed — one that raised the age of legal consent from 12 to 16, and another that made it easier for people to adopt — as examples of how government can help women and families.
Despite these recent successes, Hontiveros has not been content to rest on its laurels.
“There is still so much to do for women and our families. That’s why it’s important to view Women’s Month not just as a celebration in its own right, but as an opportunity to stop and set the agenda for the rest of the year. We need to push these issues forward throughout the year, so that our women get the support we deserve,” Hontiveros said.
In keeping with this principle, the fireside chat was followed by an open forum in which Hontiveros engaged in discussion with the women present. These women were selected because of their leadership in their respective fields, ensuring that the lively discussion could also translate into action. Many of them have also served as leaders in various women’s organizations, which further amplified the discussion.
Hontiveros was grateful for the open forum.
“Improving the status of women will always be a multisectoral effort. We need government to enact solutions, industry to help implement them, and the media to highlight other areas for improvement. Based on the quality of the discussions at this Women’s Leadership Summit, it is clear that we can achieve high-level collaboration to make the Philippines a world-class example of representation, inclusion and advancement. of women,” Hontiveros said.
In addition to author Risa Hontiveros, Healthy buhay, happy mom was made possible thanks to chief editor Mio Borromeoeditor-in-chief Pancho Dizondeputy editorial director Kyle Nateeditor-in-chief Sam Balinadocopy editor Monique Padilloresearch advisor Monette Quiogueand designer Josephine Daluzand Bookshelf PH, which helps authors, thought leaders and brands media relations, social media marketing, content marketingand other creative services.
Hontiveros’s book can be ordered here: https://bookshelf.com.ph/pages/healthy-buhay-happy-mama