Authored By: M Pulido | Published: March 8, 2023

PIEP Observes International Women’s Day: Working Together for Gender Equality and an Inclusive Society

On March 8th every year, the world comes together to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), a global event that recognizes the achievements of women and promotes gender equality. The Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP) proudly joins this significant occasion, reaffirming its commitment to empowering women and advocating for an inclusive society.

Under the theme of “Working Together for Gender Equality and an Inclusive Society,” PIEP recognizes the invaluable contributions of women in the field of environmental planning. Women have played a pivotal role in shaping sustainable development, fostering community resilience, and championing innovative solutions to address environmental challenges.

Throughout history, women have consistently demonstrated their leadership abilities, passion, and dedication to creating positive change. PIEP acknowledges and celebrates the remarkable achievements of women environmental planners, who have made significant strides in promoting sustainable practices, urban resilience, and social equity.

In observance of International Women’s Day, PIEP organizes various initiatives and activities that highlight the importance of gender equality and inclusivity. These efforts aim to raise awareness, inspire action, and foster dialogue within the environmental planning community.

One of the key activities organized by PIEP is a series of panel discussions and workshops that explore the intersection of gender, environmental planning, and sustainable development. These sessions provide a platform for women environmental planners to share their experiences, insights, and success stories, while also addressing the challenges they face in the profession. By amplifying their voices, PIEP aims to empower women planners and encourage their continued engagement in shaping resilient and inclusive communities.

PIEP also collaborates with partner organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions to promote gender-responsive policies and initiatives. Through these collaborations, PIEP seeks to create an enabling environment that supports women’s empowerment, encourages equal opportunities, and enhances gender mainstreaming in all aspects of environmental planning.

Furthermore, PIEP recognizes the need for continuous education and capacity-building to ensure gender equality in the field. The institute provides training programs, mentorship opportunities, and scholarships to empower aspiring women environmental planners and equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their careers.

As an organization committed to sustainable development and social justice, PIEP acknowledges that achieving gender equality requires the active participation and collaboration of all stakeholders. By engaging men, women, and non-binary individuals in meaningful discussions, PIEP aims to foster an inclusive society where everyone’s contributions are valued, respected, and embraced.

On International Women’s Day and beyond, PIEP remains steadfast in its commitment to advancing gender equality, promoting diversity, and creating inclusive spaces within the environmental planning profession. By harnessing the collective power and potential of women, PIEP strives to build a more equitable and sustainable future for all.

As we commemorate International Women’s Day, let us celebrate the achievements of women environmental planners and rededicate ourselves to working together for gender equality and an inclusive society. Together, we can create positive change, break barriers, and build a better world for present and future generations.