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CJ Gesmundo hammers down on sexist language

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In a bid to promote gender-fair language within the nation’s judiciary system itself, Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo has released a memorandum order that strongly discourages the use of sexist terms in official documentation, communications, and issuances, from here on.


Terms such as “brotherhood”, “fraternity”, and “salesman”, among others, are to no longer be used following Gesmundo’s order, which revives a previous administrative circular with the same intent.


In 2006 then Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban assimilated the 2005 Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 12 wherein it is stipulated that government personnel must adhere to gender-fair terminology.


For the aforementioned terms, “kinship”, “solidarity”, and “sales agent”, respectively, are now the appropriate alternatives that court authorities and employees must utilize.


The memorandum order issued by Gesmundo also noted that despite having had sufficient gender-fair language seminars and learning materials, the ill-advised terminology remained in use.


On September 16, a talk on gender and development integration for court officials was conducted under the leadership of the Supreme Court’s (SC) Committee on Gender Responsiveness, headed by Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier.


To bolster the memorandum order and address the issue of sexist language, the Supreme Court (SC) mandated the Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJA) to disseminate the newly enforced guidelines on gender-fair terminology and usage.


“Being the Court’s judicial education arm, the PhilJA holds lectures for Court officials and personnel on gender sensitivity and its relevance in the Court’s decisions and proceedings, as well as on the use of gender-fair language,” the directive stated.


Also in 2006, Administrative Circular No. 86-2006, which added to the government’s efforts to incorporate women’s concerns in its dealings and proceedings, promoted gender sensitivity within bureaucratic systems through the use of gender-fair language.

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