Sato: PH a world leader in gender equality w/ passage of SOGIE bill

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Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato lauded the House of Representatives for passing House Bill No. 4982 or the Act Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE) on third reading last Wednesday.

“With the proposed measure, the Philippines puts forward its status as a leader in the global trend promoting gender equality, including LGBT,” said Sato, an advocate of women and LGBT rights,

The bill ensures that discrimination against women, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBTs) will be meted with harsher penalties.

Listed among the discriminatory practices is denying access to public services, including military service, including sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in the criteria for hiring, promotion, transfer, designation, work assignment, reassignment, dismissal of workers; refusing admission or expelling any person from any educational or training institution on the basis of SOGIE.

The law also considers an act of discrimination, among others, refusing or revoking the accreditation, formal recognition, registration, or plan to organize any organization, group, political party, institution, or establishment in educational institutions, workplaces, communities, and other settings.