[In the news] Lawmakers: Pinays still poor, abused -PhilStar.com

Lawmakers: Pinays still poor, abused
By Paolo Romero, The Philippine Star
March 9, 2013

philstar-logo-white1MANILA, Philippines – Women lawmakers yesterday called on fellow Filipino women to assert their rights, saying many of them remain hungry, poor and abused under the Aquino administration.

Gabriela party-list Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmerenciana de Jesus issued the statement as their group marked International Women’s Day with protests nationwide to decry what they said was the unabated attacks on women’s economic and political rights.

“The situation of Filipino women has never been more burdened with poverty. The assault on our rights has gone from bad to worse under the policy direction of the Aquino administration,” Ilagan said.

“More women are going hungry, are without jobs or livelihood and are being deprived of much needed healthcare services,” she said. “Women do not feel even a pinch of the economic growth that President Aquino claims to have achieved for this country.”

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