The BWC was created by virtue of Bangsamoro Autonomy (BAA) Act No. 8, otherwise known as an Act creating Bangsamoro Women Commission which was signed and approved on 13th February 2020.
The BANGSAMORO WOMEN COMMISSION (BWC) shall promote, protect and uphold women’s rights as human rights, work for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, ensure that legal measures are taken to promote gender justice, women’s rights and welfare, and promote gender and development including the meaningful participation of women in all levels of governance, policy and decision-making.
In furtherance of the above-stated mandate, the Commission shall be the primary policy-making, coordinating and monitoring body of women, gender and development in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
The Bangsamoro Women Commission shall be responsible for the development of women and their families by promoting and protecting their socio-economic and political rights, to attain a desired quality of life.
Forefront to achieve gender justice and family development as bases of sustainable developed Bangsamoro communities.
The Bangsamoro Women Commission is the lead agency that shall promote the welfare of and empower the Bangsamoro women and their families, protect their rights and prevent abuses thereof.
BANGSAMORO WOMEN COMMISSION FUNCTIONS
1. Policy Formulation and Technical Assistance
1.1 Issue guidelines for the formulation of gender development plans of the Bangsamoro Government and of the Local Government Units within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region;
1.2. Prepare the Bangsamoro Gender and Development plan with relevant ministries, agencies, offices and other stakeholders;
1.3. Conduct research to support the development of policies for women designed to promote, uphold, protect the welfare and rights of women;
1.4. Pilot special programs for women that can be replicated in the Bangsamoro;
1.5. Recommend policies and legislations to the Bangsamoro Parliament relating to women, in coordination with concerned ministries, offices and agencies; and
1.6. Provide technical assistance and capacity building to the Bangsamoro Government agencies, LGUs and stakeholders
2. Ensure and Monitor Compliance
2.1. Monitor, assess and ensure compliance of Bangsamoro Government agencies with the issued guidelines and implementation of their GAD plans. For this purpose, the Commission may require all ministries, agencies and offices of the Bangsamoro Government to submit their GAD plan and budget as well as regular reports on the status of implementation and utilization thereof.
2.2. Recommend polices to the Bangsamoro Government measures for the successful implementation of GAD plans;
2.3. Monitor and assess the compliance of the Bangsamoro Government on CEDAW, UNSCR 1325, and all other international instruments to which the Philippines is a signatory;
2.4. Participate in the reporting to international bodies tasked to monitor implementation of CEDAW and other instruments.
3. Coordination with Bangsamoro Government, LGUs and Stakeholders
3.1. Closely work with and coordinate with the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) to generate sex dis-aggregated data in furtherance of evidence-based policies for the welfare of women;
3.2. Refer specific cases of women needing assistance and interventions to Bangsamoro Government agencies, national government agencies and other stakeholders;
3.3. Work with law enforcement agencies, Shari’ah and regular courts, and other institutions and stakeholders to address gender-based violence, and other women’s issues;
3.4. Convene an advisory council composed of representatives from Bangsamoro ministries and other offices including representatives from local government units in the BARMM and one-woman representative each from the following stakeholders: youth, civil society organizations, traditional leaders, Bangsamoro communities outside BARMM and religious leaders. For this purpose, the Commission shall issue guidelines for the convening of the Council.