Chairwoman of The Association of Transgender Philippines, Kate Montecarlo, and Head of the Legal-Political and Inter-Organizational Affairs, Dindi Tan, attended a forum entitled Constitutional and Judicial Challenges to Women's Rights held at Miriam College last September 2, 2013.
The said forum was organized by Miriam College,Women and Gender Institute (WAGI), Department of International Studies and CEDAW Watch in cooperation with the Gender Justice Network and WomenLead.
Kate Montecarlo raised a concern regarding the definition of gender under the law and the inclusion of transgender women in the women's rights and protection, the risks of people with transgender experiece, including intersex people, face having no law that protects them.
The forum was opened by Prof. Aurora de Dios, WAGI Executive Director, which was followed by Hon. Linabelle Ruth Villarica, Chairperson of the Committee on Women and Gender Equality. Hon. Villarica talked about the recent Supreme Court Decision on the Constitutionality of Repbulic Act 9262.
Ms. Risa Hontiveros, National Chair of Akbayan, on the other hand, discussed the Experiences and Challenges to the Passage of the Reproductive Health Law.
Students of Miriam College were enlightened on the success of women's rights in the country when Ms. Elizabeth Angsioco, National Chair of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines narrated The Role of NGOs in Promoting and Defending Women's Reproductive Rights.
COA Commisioner Rowena V. Guanzon who is a member of Gender Justice Network and Asia Cause Lawyers Network, educated the audience on the Constitutionality of Anti-VAWC and Recent Supreme Court Decision on the Case of Rosalie Garcia.
Association of Transgenders in the Philippines