The various existing laws and policies to empower and protect women, and ensure equal rights and opportunities for men and women, have been strengthened further with the enactment of Republic Act No. 9710, otherwise known as The Magna Carta of Women.
The Act, which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 2396 and House Bill No. 4273, was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on May 19, 2009 and May 20, 2009, respectively. It was signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on August 14, 2009.