Love is…Freedom from Violence!
On the 14th of February 2013, we join a global strike to demand an end to violence against women or VAW.
This is our independent contribution to the campaign, led by the World March of Women – Pilipinas and organizations who participated in the first flashmob (Dec. 10, 2012) – Alliance of Progressive Labor – Women, Bagong Kamalayan, Batis-AWARE, Buklod, CATW-AP, Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), Kaisa Ka, Sarilaya, Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK), WomanHealth, Focus on the Global South, Foundation for Media Alternatives, KAISA – Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan – UP Diliman, Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), Tigra, UP Manila students, Women’s Crisis Center (WCC), and Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE).
The first flashmob video can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANvbHoc2GyM
The international call was received by the lead organizations from the European Women’s Lobby. We have decided that this is a critical moment to contribute to the widening and deepening resistance to violence against women, in the wake of epidemic of rapes in India. This becomes urgent as in the Philippines, one in 10 women aged 15-49 experienced sexual violence, and for deaf women, it is 1 in every 3 women raped. There has been increase in violence against indigenous women especially in mining communities, including the recent murder of a pregnant woman in Tampakan. We see the rise in hate crimes against lesbians. There has been steady growth in the prostitution of women and children as the climate and capitalist crises continue.
Flashmob was held last Feb. 14 at 9am, the ‘characters’ were lesbian lovers, flowers and lollipop sellers, dvd vendor, and to blend with the crowd in the area, wearing costumes as fast food worker, street sweeper, cook, waitress, MMDA, etc. The first to enter was the traffic enforcer in the middle of this intersection. LBT dancers from a colored beetle, and one or two danced on top of one vehicle, ala-“Step Up Revolution.” Towards the end, a streamer was unfurled, which bears this text: “BABAE – hindi pag-aari, hindi kalakal, hindi laruan… May sariling katauhan!”
Here is the video of the latest flashmob rehearsal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a10KZ_GGe-E.
Additonal participating groups are Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB), Amnesty International – Pilipinas (AI), BATIS, Kasibulan, WAGI, WEDPRO, and numerous individuals who joined through the event’s facebook page.
Let’s continue uniting to end all forms of violence against women!
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