Office of the Vice President
27 September 2017
The ban on the mandatory wearing of high heels is a welcome development, but there are bigger issues that must be addressed for women in the workplace, Vice President Leni Robredo said Wednesday.
VP Leni issued the comment in light of an order issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), which prohibits workplaces from requiring their female employees to wear shoes with heels higher than an inch—a response to calls for the occupational safety of working women.
“Tingin ko important first step iyong desisyon ng DOLE na pagbawalin na iyong pag-require sa heels, pero sana matugunan pa din iyong iba pang uri ng diskriminasyon,” she told reporters during a visit to Pili, Camarines Sur.
VP Leni, who spent years as a public interest lawyer, called for solutions to the continued discrimination against women, in particular when it comes to employment opportunities.
The Vice President noted that there are several factors that contribute to this, including the lingering perception that working women have “more disturbances,” which in turn is rooted in the a continuing insistence that they perform their “traditional” role as homemakers.
“Generally, mas preferred pa din iyong mga lalaki. Kapag sinabi ko na generally, hindi sa lahat, pero mas madami pa din na iyong preference lalaki kaysa babae,” she told reporters during a visit to Pili, Camarines Sur. “Unang una, dahil iyong lalaki, hindi nagma-maternity leave. Pangalawa … sa kultura natin kasi, siya iyong primary na nag-aasikaso sa mga bata, so siya iyong pine-perceive na mas maraming disturbances. Siya iyong pine-perceive na mas maraming dahilan para mag-leave sa trabaho, kaya maraming mga employers na iyong preference talaga mga lalaki.”
“Ito, matagal nating pinagtrabahuhan na unti-unti magbago na iyong ganitong pagtingin, at nakikita natin na malaki na din talaga iyong pagbabago. Although iyong diskriminasyon nandoon pa din,” she added.