Women are nearly synonymous with nurturing, caring, and uplifting others. In the Philippines, mothers are called ilaw ng tahanan, because they guide their families in the right direction - they are often in charge of the family’s budget and finances, maintaining the affairs of the household, and are the main source of support by the husband and the children.
When it comes to the workplace, the Philippines topped the list of most gender-diverse Asian countries, according to the Gender Diversity Benchmark for Asia (GDBA) in 2019. Filipino women are also noted to dominate a wide variety of industries, from tourism, beauty and fitness, and healthcare, to biotechnology, journalism, and finance.
But now, with a pandemic that has lasted for over two years, women are faced with an added challenge - protecting their family’s health, as well as their own. Women comprise a large chunk of the medical and healthcare workforce, making them front liners in the fight against COVID-19. At the same time, they are also expected to juggle their careers and their domestic responsibilities, such as feeding their families, ensuring their children are receiving proper education, and nursing family members who may have contracted the disease. Other women have had to leave their jobs in order to keep up with these demands, resulting in a staggering increase in women's unemployment over the past couple of years.
That is why, the theme for this year’s National Women’s Month is “We Make Change Work for Women: Agenda ng Kababaihan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran”, because this sudden change does not have to mean a setback in the strides towards women empowerment. There are still many ways for women to continue empowering themselves, no matter the situation they face.
Education and skills development have become crucial for women during this period. In fact, the Philippines has seen a rise in women starting online businesses to add to the family income. Women are learning new skills they can profit from, such as baking, cooking, sewing, and even driving. Online support groups for women have evolved into spaces where they can learn, transact, and help each other find work opportunities that they can do alongside their responsibilities at home.
This new normal for women means that they also have a responsibility to themselves to stay strong and healthy, which can be achieved through eating the right kinds of food, adopting a healthier, more active lifestyle, and taking vitamin supplements that cover their nutritional needs and help their bodies in fighting the COVID-19 virus.
Natural supplements like Nature’Z-C contain vitamins A, B, C and E, and other essential minerals like calcium, potassium, and iron. It also has Calcium Ascorbate, a non-acidic form of vitamin C that helps strengthen the immune system; Zinc Sulfate, which aids in protein synthesis, cell growth, and the activation of vitamin A in the body; Glycine max or soya bean, which boosts metabolism, manages diabetes and prevents osteoporosis; and Moringa oleifera or malunggay, which helps fight off infections.
Women continue to prove, time and time again, that they will always find ways to be empowered, even during a time as restrictive as a pandemic. They have also shown that they are a resilient force, able to withstand any hardship thrown their way, which is why they deserve a partner that can keep up with them - just like Nature’Z-C.