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[Video] #SanaAllDapatAll Pantay at Patas | #WokeDTalk2021 Episode 1

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WELCOME PO SA WOKE D’ TALK 2021 EPISODE 1Ang title po ng Episode natin ay #SanaAllDapatAll​ PANTAY AT PATASAng mga topic po ng usapan ay iinog sa usaping Diskriminasyon at ang International Women’s DayAng Episode po na ito ay LIVE-STREAMED nitong March 6.

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[Video] HRNN commemorates International Women’s Day 2021

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HRNN commemorates International Women’s Day 2021

Sa March 08, 2021
Alas-4 ng hapon!

Maki-HRNN kasama ang ating mga guest anchors na maghahatid ng mga balitang tungkol sa karapatang pantao, na dapat malaman mo!
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Sa ulo ng mga balita!
Heto ang ating HR Ulat!

Congress OK’s bill na ang mga drug suspects ay guilty until proven innocent!
Ayon kay Speaker of the house Lord Allan Velasco baka daw maitulak na ang Cha-Cha sa Mayo.

Duterte walang imik sa sunod-sunod na pagpaslang sa mga abugado sa bansa.
At iba pang mga balita!

Sa ating Kamusta Ka, makipagkumustahan tungkol sa mga usaping pangkabaaihan at kasarian kasama ang Coalition Against Traffickin In Women- Asia Pacific (CATWAP), Moro women, GALANG (Philippines), KAISA KA, Nagkaisa-Women, at Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau – WLB.

Makibalita sa Balitang Birus para sa latest CoViD news tungkol sa mga bakuna, testing, at iba pang balitang pang-health!

Alamin ang reak nga mga pare at mare sa tanong na

“Anong papel ang ginagampanan ng kababaihan sa pagtugon sa krisis ng pandemya?” sa ating PAREAK, MAREAK.

Makibahagi sa ating Hiling Habilin, at malaman ang patuloy na mga panawagan at pagkilos para sa kababaihan at para sa pagtatanggol ng karapatang pantao.

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[Press Release] Kapangyarihan ng Kababaihan, Women’s Response to Duterte | World March of Women

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On the Occasion of March 8 Celebration
Kapangyarihan ng Kababaihan, Women’s Response to Duterte

Photo from World March of Women

Over one hundred and fifty (150) women showed up at Plaza Miranda this morning beating drums, chanting “Kami ay Peminista, Hindi Terorista.”

“The pandemic has shown the strength of Filipino women not only to cope with but overcome the multiple responsibilities we carry and roles we undertake in the family and household, in the workplace, at the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, in various civic and political spaces despite the threat of the virus and while limited by the adherence to health protocols,” said Ana Maria Nemenzo, National Coordinator of WomanHealth Philippines.

On the other hand, Jean Enriquez, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) and National Coordinator of World March of Women (WMW), asserted that “the health crisis, too, has further unmasked the Duterte regime.” “It has exposed its weak leadership—with its failure in governance and to address the social-economic crises exacerbated by the pandemic,” according to the WMW statement.“It could only cover up this failure with increased brutality through its security forces, as seen in police harassment of ordinary people while those in authority could violate social and health protocols with impunity, in terrorist-tagging that has led to the murder of activists and civilians, in intensified military operations among urban and rural communities, and in repeatedly dismissing women’s capacity for leadership,” added Enriquez.

“Babae and hardest hit ng pandemya. Siya rin ang matapang napumapasan ng mahihirap na trabaho sa frontlines, kahit tanggalanng trabaho ang dala ng pandemya,” said Judy Ann Chan-Miranda of Partido Manggagawa. More women lost their jobs compared to men, 1.7 times more in most countries, according to the International Labor Organization. In a developing country such as the Philippines, where majority of women work in the informal or invisible sector, they have been the most affected, explained Miranda.

“Sa panahon ng ganitong krisis, nakakalungkot na ang perspektibang kasarian ang napagwawalang-bahala. Sa pag-aayos ng mgaproblema ng bansa, mahalaga na tugunan ang di-pagkakapantay-pantay na nararanasan ng kababaihan,” asserted Myrna Jimenezof Sarilaya. It is extremely important that women are not left behind during this pandemic. For us, there is really no better time to get involved and fight for our rights but now,” Jimenez added.

Meanwhile, the pandemic has aggravated other social-political issues in the country especially those affecting and confronted by indigenous peoples.

“The pandemic and climate change have worsened food insecurity among indigenous communities,” said Judy Pasimio of LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights). Indigenous women continue to defend their lands and rights, as food providers and defenders of women human rights, against destructive mining operations, industrial plantations, and mega-dams—industries which destroy food sources of indigenous and rural communities, according to Pasimio. “While they face state accusations that they are terrorists or sympathizers of terrorists, they continue to care for their communities and to struggle,” she added. “Amidst the pandemic, they continue to fight,” said Pasimio.

“But opposite the kind of power that the Duterte regime wields—the kind that oppresses and even kills, the kind that steps on the interest of ordinary people, mocks and manipulates legitimate grievances of the public, promotes and entrenches the political and economic elite, and the kind that betrays national interest to connive with foreign interest—is woman power, the kind that liberates from oppression, engenders social-economic and political equality, fights against all forms of discrimination and marginalization, and promotes human dignity,” according to the WMW statement. “Feminism is the kind of power that is not afraid; that emboldens women to be at the frontlines, to be leaders and warriors, to dream, fight for, and realize genuine change,” the grassroots feminist movement added. The action included survivors of prostitution and women relatives of extra-judicial killings, all wearing purple and chanting “Kamingmga Babae, Laging Umaabante.”

“We, women together with a broader labor movement would like our government to invest their energy and resources to develop a robust public employment program,” said Michelle Lising, Chairperson of Sentro Women’s Council. “This is needed to address the deep economic crisis, and such policies should include climate jobs, employment and income guarantees,” added Lising.

The Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) is also calling for more long-term support and protection for overseas Filipino workers and migrants, among whom majority of women have been the most adversely affected by the pandemic and corresponding lockdowns in countries around the globe. “There should be more long-term assistance for our Filipinos working abroad who were displaced by the pandemic as well as policies that will ensure for their sustainable protection especially against abuse of women,” said Ellene Sana, Executive Director of CMA.

“Five years after Rodrigo Duterte got elected as president, women’s situation in the Philippines worsened,” claimed Jelen Paclarin, Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB). “Women who criticized Duterte’s blatant remarks and wrongdoings have experienced denigration, vilification, and became the central topic of his sexist jokes to entertain people or divert the issue fired at him,” added Paclarin. According to WLB, with this kind of leadership and pronouncements, Duterte has solidified that stereotyping, shaming, and silencing women is normal and acceptable in our society. “President Duterte continues to disregard the rights of women as guaranteed by the 1987 PhilippineConstitution and their important role in nation-building,” said Paclarin.

Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) Executive Director Liza Garcia also shared the significance of online spaces in women’s rights: “Violence against women committed online have spiked in 2020 by up to 165%, based on our data mapping results: Women are still being targeted with sextortion, non-consensual circulation of intimate images, and sexual threats. Reports of deepfaked videos and photos of women, and disinformation against women human rights defenders also continue to surface.” “These persistent threats impede women from fully exercising online the same human rights that they have offline,” according to Garcia. “If left unaddressed, the gender gaps and existing violence online is tantamount to allowing the ICTs to be just as oppressive as the many forces offline that hinder women from progress,” she said. “Not only is a VAW-free Internet vital to women’s meaningful connectivity, it is also part and parcel of making safe spaces for women and supporting the gender equality that we are all striving towards,” added Garcia.

#BabaeMakapangyarihan was the hashtag used by the group in posting International Women’s Day captions.

Contact Persons : Jean Enriquez 09778105326, Judy Miranda 09175570777

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[Statement] Fight to Build a World that Upholds the Rights, Welfare of Women -KAISA-KA

Yes, pushing for women’s rights, equal political representation, economic participation and access to opportunities, to be free of gender stereotypes and bias and to be free of violence and oppression remains relevant today as it was hundred years ago when the International Working Women’s Day was established.

For Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (Unity of Women for Freedom) or KAISA KA which believes that women suffer from three-tiered oppression – national oppression which is present in neo-colonies like the Philippines, class oppression and gender oppression; women, along with men must work together to realize a world where women’s rights are upheld and promoted.

A Severely Unequal World

Global inequality has deteriorated to the point that the income of twenty-six billionaires equals the income of the bottom 50% of the world’s population of around 3.8 million people (Global Wealth Report 2018, Credit Suisse). This gap will widen further as we anticipate shutdowns and bankruptcies given sluggish global trade and investment due to the ongoing recession and expected economic crash within the year that is worse than the 2008 recession.

This in turn, will further exacerbate the already lopsided economic and political participation of women worldwide. As it is, only a quarter of women sit at the power table, with a negligible figure representing voices of grassroots women.
Globally, only 2/3 of women aged 25-54 are in the laborforce with many facing limited economic participation and access to economic opportunities as compared to almost 70% of males in the workforce according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2020 released by the World Economic Forum last week.

Of those that have paid work, almost half of the women earn less than their male counterparts. This means women are valued less in the workplace. And despite strides made in technology to ease the “deadening drudgery” of domestic work, they are expected by society to remain primarily in charge of care work and domestic work, which are often unpaid.

Violence Against Women

The United States remains bent on asserting its unipolar military supremacy in an increasingly multipolar economic arena. On top of trade wars between big power rivals US vs. China and Russia and against EU too, we see it throwing its military weight globally – presently engaged in seven wars from Africa to Middle East and engaged in interventionist activities in Asia, Latin America and Europe, including stationing foreign troops in the Philippines and elsewhere in the world.

In spite of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which urges all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts. It also calls on all parties to conflict to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, in situations of armed conflict. Abuses continue, and justice-seeking for such remains slow.

This is on top of the disturbing statistic that one in five women experience violence, especially through technology such as cyber-harassment.

Push Back Now

Strides have been made globally to push back against inequality, patriarchy, violence and exploitation but still the challenge looms large as many governments worldwide increasingly lean towards the far-right spectrum, which is inherently anti-women.

In the Philippines, government pronouncements and policies undercut full realization of women’s participation in nation-building with its pro-corporate, misogynist and anti-people policies. It penalizes those who seek to uphold, justice, democracy, and freedom while reward those who have proven their personal loyalty, never mind if they are corrupt or abusive.

We need to promote a culture that values critical-mindedness rather than blind obedience, tolerance rather than hate and discrimination and genuine democracy rather than repression.

We women, along with men as our allies, need to fight for our freedoms. The economic and political empowerment of women will impact greatly in the common struggle against economic exploitation, cultural and political repression, state and class violence and the anti-imperialist struggle in general.

This is necessary to uplift the status of women in society, ensure that women can partake in a peaceful and prosperous society and positively impact in shaping the future generation. Only then can we realize a just and humans society worthy of women.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/kilusan-para-sa-pambansang-demokrasya/statement-fight-to-build-a-world-that-upholds-the-rights-welfare-of-women/3115203588534559/

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[Statement] “Ipagpatuloy ang Rebolusyon ni Oriang tungo sa Paglaya ng Kababaihan at ng Lipunan!” -Oriang

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Sinusundan natin ang yapak ni Gregoria de Jesus, kilala bilang Oriang, dahil sinusundan din tayo ng dipa tapos na laban sa mga mapang-api sa lipunan. Bahagi si Oriang sa himagsikan laban sa pagmamalupit ng mga dayuhang mananakop, laban sa di makatarungang pagkakahati-hati ng yaman, laban sa diskriminasyon, lalo na sa kababaihan.

Ipaglaban ang Kabuhayan, Karapatan, Kalayaan at Sariling Kapasyahan! Ito ang nananataling daing at sigaw ng Kababaihan at ng masang anak pawis.

Kalayaan mula sa Kahirapan at Diskriminasyon sa Trabaho Kabuhayan bang maituturing ang P500 sahod kada araw? Sa patuloy na tumataas na bilihin, pamasahe at gamot, gayundin ang bayad sa kuryente, tubig at renta sa bahay, ano nga ba ang matitira pa sa limang daan. Sa mga sumasahod, sinasabing ang kita ng lalaki ay mataas ng 23-30% sa kita ng babae. Kadalasan, ang mga trabahong inilalaaan para sa mga kababaihan ay yung gawaing impormal, walang proteksyon, at pang serbisyo.

Ang kalakarang Kontraktwalisasyon ay patuloy na nagdudulot ng kawalang seguridad sa ating mga manggagawa. Marami sa ating manggagawa, karamihan ay kababaihan, ang minamarapat na makipag sapalaran nalang sa ibang bansa kung saan iba-ibang banta ang kanilang kinakaharap – gyera, pagmamalupit, pang aabuso, rape, sakit gaya ng COVID-19.

Nananatiling nasa 49% lamang ng mga kababaihan ang binibilang sa lakas paggawa, hindi kini kwenta ang gawaing bahay sa pag bilang dito. Subalit sa tuwing kulang ang kita sa pamilya, ang kababaihan pa rin ang pumapasan ng kung saan kukuha ng pang tapal. Nariyang kailangang rumaket at mamasukan, tipirin ang gastusing bahay, mangutang, at kadalasan ay isakripisyo ang sariling pangangailangan.

Kasarinlan sa Yaman at Pagkain

Pasanin ng mga kababaihan ang kaseguruhan sa pagkain. Sa mahirap na tahanan, halos 60% ng kita ay napupunta sa pagkain, ibig sabihin ito ang lubos na pinag babadyetan. Dahil nga itinatali ng lipunan ang kababaihan sa gawaing pagluluto at pamamalengke, laking pasakit ang mataas na presyo ng bigas sa nagdaang panahon. Bilang tugon, minarapat ng kasalukuyang administrasyon at sa pangunguna ni Senator Cynthia Villar na isabatas ang Rice Tariffication Law o RTL. Malaya nitong pinapapasok ang imported na bigas, remedyo daw sa mataas na presyo ng bigas. Kabaligtaran ang resulta. Mataas ang presyo ng local na bigas dahil na rin sa mataas na gastos sa produksyon, na walang gaanong suporta mula sa pamahalaan.

Matapos ang isang taon, hindi pa rin magaan sa badyet ang presyo ng bigas sa merkado. Ang malupit pa, nilunod ng imported na bigas ang local na produksyon. Bumulusok sa halos P7-9 ang kilo ng palay at tuluyang nalugi ang mga magsasaka. Sa pagpapatuloy nito, tiyak na hindi na gaganahan ang ating mga magsasaka na magpatuloy pang magtanim, maaring mapalitan ng gamit ang lupa, at darating ang panahon na mawawalan tayo ng kasarinlan sa pagkain.

Kalayaan mula sa Inhustisya

Ang di pagkakapantay-pantay ay nararamdaman lalo na sa pang-araw-araw na buhay. Higit na dama ng kababaihan na siyang nagbabadyet sa kakarampot na kita, ang biglang sirit sa mga bilihin at bayarin dahil sa dagdag na BUWIS dulot ng TRAIN Law. Sa porma ng E-VAT at excise tax sa langis, naipapasa pa rin ng mga kumpanya ang pananagutan sa buwis sa mga mamimimili. Samantala, di naman dama ng mamamayan na bumabalik ang kanilang buwis sa porma ng serbisyo. Bagkus ang kalakhan ng buwis na makakalap ay inilalaan sa programang BUILD, BUILD, BUILD na mismong banta sa mga lugar tirahan ng mga naghihirap. Inhustisya ding maituturing ang magdusa sa epekto ng pagbabago sa klima, gayong hindi naman tayo, bagkus ang mga industriyalisadong bansa, ang pangunahing nagdulot nito. Kaya dapat bigyang pansin ang mga bansang nanganganib sa mga kalamidad dulot ng climate change, at bigyang pagkakataon at lakas ang mga kababaihang mamuno sa mga climate change at disaster response actions; at sa pagkitil sa sanhi ng climate change, tulad ng pag wakas sa pag gamit ng maruming enerhiya dala ng mga coal-fired power plants.

Kalayaan sa Panunupil at Pagpatay

Ang mataas na bilang ng extrajudicial killings kaugnay sa gyera sa droga, ang kaliwa’t kanang pag patay sa mga abogado, lider manggagawa, lider magsasaka, taga pagtanggol ng kalikasan – lahat ito ay senyales ng isang mapanganib at di-malayang bayan.

Lalo pang itinanim ang takot sa mamamayan sa pamamagitan ng ng EO 70 ng Malacanang at Memorandum Order #32 ng DILG, kung saan lahat ng antas ng gobyerno – ang military, kapulisan at lahat ng ahensya at mga LGUs ay ginawang bahagi ng counter-insurgency. Ilang reports narin ang nakarating mula sa mga lehitimong people’s organizations na nagsasabing, tumaas ang insidente ng pagmamanman sa kanilang mga kilos at pag-interrogate sa kanilang mga lider, lalo na kung tukoy na kritiko sa mga kasalukuyang polisiya. Taliwas sa isang demokrasyang bansa, pinaiiral nito ang takot at pananahimik ng kanyang mamamayan.

Gobyerno ng Masa hindi ng mga Elitista

Hindi tumitigil ang gobyernong Duterte sa pagtutulak ng ChaCha. Nasa pang ilang salang nang borador para dito. Ang nakasalang ngayon sa Kongreso ay listahan ng mga amyenda sa batas na higit na magpapalaki ng pandarambong ng mga dayuhan sa rekurso at ekonomiya ng bansa. At ang tahasang pagpapalawig pa ng termino ng mga trapong politico sa gobyerno.

Samantala, abot-abot ang sikuhan at tikisan sa pagitan ng mga oligarkiya pawang nag-aagawan sa mga kontrata at prangkisa mula sa gobyerno ni Duterte. Saksi tayo sa pagpapalit ng mga crony ng dating administrador ng gobyernong mga makabagong crony ng gobyernong Duterte.

Kalayaan sa Diskriminasyon at Karahasan

Sa nag daang mga taon sa Administrasyong Duterte ay bitbit ng gobyerno ang temang – We Make Change Work for Women – subalit kung meron mang hindi mabago-bago ay ang patuloy na pagiging bastos at kontra-kababaihan ng Pangulo mismo. Lalong sinesemento ni pangulong Duterte ang di pantay na trato sa kababaihan sa tuwing sya ay magjo-joke, magbabalewala o di maglalaan ng sapat na rekurso para sa gender equality. Naisabatas ang Safe Spaces Act o ang RA 11313 upang maproteksyonan ang lahat mula sa pambabastos. Paano kung ang bastos ay nasa loob mismo ng mga institusyong dapat mag protekta sa atin?

Tumaas ang insidente ng VAW. Isa sa bawat 4 na babaeng edad 15-49 ang nakakaranas ng karahasan. Inuugnay ang pang-aabuso sa tumataas din naming kaso ng teenage pregnancy. Ngayon ay 1 sa 10 babae edad 15-19 ay buntis na sa unang pagkakataon. May pagtaya na 15-26% ng mga nabubuntis na kabataan ay nakaranas ng pang-aabuso.

Sinasabi naming magandang pagbabago na ang pag expand sa maternity leave sa 105 days at ang pagtataas ng benepisyo. Subalit hindi pa naman lubusang pinag-uusapan kung may control nga ba ang mga kababaihan sa kanilang sekswalidad at pagbubuntis. Sa ilang datos, sinasabing nasa halos 60% ng kababaihan ang hindi na tutugunan ang pangangailangan para sa pagpaplano ng pamilya o pag-aanak. Sa dulo, ipinaglalaban pa rin nating mga Ka-Oriang ang mismong kalayaan sa ating katawan.

May 124 taon nang nagdaan mula nang isinulong nila Ka Oriang at Ka Andres Bonifacio, sampu ng masang anakpawis ng Katipunan, ang Rebolusyong Pilipino para sa Kalayaan at Kasarinlan laban sa mga mananakop na Kastila. Nananatiling mailap ang adhikaing paglaya at kaginhawaan ng masang Pilipino, lalo ng kababaihan. Tulad nila Ka Oriang, kinikilala natin na wala tayong aasahan na manunubos para makamit
ito, kundi ang sarili nating pagkilos.

Puspusin ang Rebolusyon ni Ka Oriang sa Paglaya ng Kababaihan at ng Lipunan!
Ipaglaban ang Kabuhayan, Karapatan, Kalayaan at Sariling Kapasyahan!
Gobyerno ng Masa, Hindi ng Elitista!

#OriangLumalaban
#WorldWomenMonth

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[Statement] Dahil sa lupa kami nabubuhay, dahil sa lupa kami pinapatay -LILAK

PAHAYAG NG MGA KATUTUBONG KABABAIHAN
Para sa March 8, International Women’s Day

Dahil sa lupa kami nabubuhay, dahil sa lupa kami pinapatay.

Kundi man biglaan at tahasan, kami ay pinapatay unti-unti, dahan-dahan; sa pamamagitan ng pagpasok ng mga dayuhan sa aming lupaing ninuno – para magmina, mag troso, magtayo ng dam, ng mga plantasyon, magbukas para sa turismo. Unti-unti kaming nasasakal sa kanilang pagbaliktad ng aming bundok, sa pagkalbo ng aming kagubatan, sa pagdumi ng mga ilog at karagatan, sa paglapastangan sa aming mga sagradong lugar.

Bilang mga nanay, ate, asawa, dalaga, lider kababaihan, aming pangunahing interes ay ang pagkakaroon ng sapat at masustansyang pagkain para sa pamilya, ang magkaron ng regular na mapagkakakitaan at matiwasay na araw at gabi sa aming komunidad.

Pero yan ay lalong nagiging mailap na pangarap sa kasalukuyan. Magkatunggali ang pagtingin ng presidente sa aming kalagayan at ang katugunan sa aming kahirapan. Ang presidente ang nagsabi na sya mismo ang pipili ng mga minahan at plantasyon na papapasukin nya sa aming mga lupaing ninuno. Tila bulag sa mga pahirap na dinudulot ng ganitong klaseng proyekto sa amin bilang mga babae, at sa aming komunidad. Ilan nang mga asawa, kapwa lider kababaihan ang mga napatay dahil sa pakikipag laban sa mga mapanirang mga proyektong ito.

Kamakailan din ay nagsabi ang presidente na babayaran kaming mga katutubo ng P20,000 sa bawat komunista, terorista na aming mapatay. Hanap-buhay ba ang pagpatay? Sagrado ang buhay, at kaming mga kababaihan ang nauunang nagbibigay ng buhay. Hindi namin pagkakakitaan ang pagkitil nito.
Tila ginagawang bahagi ng kaisipan, ng kultura ang karahasan. Yan ang di namin mapapayagan. Kapayapaan ang aming pangarap; kapanatagan ang aming hangarin at tunay na kaunlaran na nakabatay sa aming kalagayan sa loob ng aming lupaing ninuno ang aming layunin.

Dapat nang iwaksi ang karahasan, ang patayan. Ang kailangan ay ang pagkalinga sa mamamayan. Sa aming mga katutubo, lalo’t higit sa mga kababaihan, ang nais namin ay tunay na serbisyung pangkalusugan, na may pagkilala sa aming kultura at sariling kaalaman sa pangangalaga ng aming katawan.
Dapat nang iwaksi ang pagsira ng kalikasan. Ang kailangan ay ang angkop at pangmatagalang pangkabuhayan upang ganap na maigpawan ang kahirapan at kagutumang nararanasan ng kababaihan at ng aming pamilya.

Sa lahat nang ito, kinikilala naming mga kababaihan na kami ay sumasalamin sa kalikasan, na kung kami ay tuwirang mapagsasamantalahan at di makakalinga ng ating pamahalaan, tulad din ng kalikasan, na lulugmok at tuluyang magiging kawalan ng sambayanan.

Ngunit, batid namin na ang tunay na lakas at pagbabago ay magaganap sa aming pagsasama-sama bilang katutubo, at pakiki-isa sa mas malawakang kilusan ng kababaihan.
KATARUNGAN, KABUHAYAN, KAPANGYARIHAN para sa KATUTUBONG KABABAIHAN!

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[Press Release] INDIGENOUS WOMEN to Gov’t: Stop Violence, Focus on Food and Poverty -Lilak

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INDIGENOUS WOMEN to Gov’t: Stop Violence, Focus on Food and Poverty

Iba, Zambales / 3.8.18 – “Dahil sa lupa kami nabubuhay, dahil sa lupa kami pinapatay.”

“Land is why we live, land is why we are killed.” This is the statement of the Indigenous women to describe the current situation that most of their communities face today. “Puro patayan na lang ngayon – ng tao, ng kalikasan. Magmula sa war on drugs, tapos laban sa NPA. Humahaba na rin ang listahan ng mga katutubo na pinapatay dahil sa pakikipaglaban nila sa kanilang lupa mula sa mga minahan at iba pang dambuhalang proyekto. Samantala, mismo ang presidente ang nagtutulak ng pagmimina at plantasyon sa katutubong lupain. Tama ba yon?” asks Teresa dela Cruz, an indigenous woman leader from Maporac, Zambales.

“It is all about killings now – of people, or our environment. From war on drugs, then killings of NPAs. The list of indigenous peoples being killed for fighting for their land against mining and other investors, is growing. Meanwhile, it is the president himself which has said that it will handpick mining and plantations for the ancestral domain. Is this right?”

Indigenous women from Aeta, Mangyan and Dumagat communities celebrated the International Women’s Day at the capitol plaza of Iba, Zambales. TheAeta performed their traditional dance talipi and eagle dance. ”Eagles are very much part of our culture. But nowadays, you seldom see eagles. There are no more forest for them to live in,” Teresa explained. In their dance, the Aeta women brought baskets and bilao, which are often empty now. “Hunger is becoming an ordinary part of our daily experience. This is not just among Aetas but for most of us indigenous women. Our forests, and farms which are sources of food are being destroyed by land grabbers, and by development projects such as mining, and dams,” according to Conchita Bigong, anAlangan-Mangyan from Mindoro. “We need to cultivate our lands, and regenerate our forests. That’s where our food and livelihood come from.” In their statement, they criticized the president for offering P20,000 to indigenous people for every communist they kill. “Hanap-buhay ba ang pagpatay? Sagrado ang buhay, at kaming mga kababaihan ang nauunang nagbibigay ng buhay. Hindi namin pagkakakitaan ang pagkitil nito.”

“Is killing a livelihood? Life is sacred, and we, women are the ones who give life. We refuse to make money out of eliminating it.”

Remedios Marquez, a Dumagat woman leader said that what is needed today is less violence, but more caring and nurturing. “Ang kailangan ay ang pagkalinga sa mamamayan. Sa aming mga katutubo, lalo’t higit sa mga kababaihan, ang nais namin ay tunay na serbisyung pangkalusugan, na may pagkilala sa aming kultura at sariling kaalaman sa pangangalaga ng aming katawan.”

“What is needed is nurturing of our citizens. For us indigenous peoples, especially women, what we need are health services which recognize our culture and our indigenous knowledge in our care for our bodies.”

The women from Sta. Cruz, Zambales joined the celebration, as they echo the calls of the indigenous women to stop mining and destroying their environment. There were other groups present– LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights), Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB) and World March of Women, Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM).

This is the first time that the indigenous women led an International Women’s Day celebration in Zambales. “Batid namin na ang tunay na lakas at pagbabago ay magaganap sa aming pagsasama-sama bilang katutubo, at pakiki-isa sa mas malawakang kilusan ng kababaihan,”Remedios said.

“We know that true strength and the genuine changes lie in our coming together as a collective as indigenous women, and from the solidarity with the broader women’s movement.”

This year’s theme for their celebration – Katarungan, Kabuhayan, Kapangyarihan para sa Katutubong Kababaihan.

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[Statement] NOW MORE THAN EVER IS THE TIME TO MARCH, RESIST, STRUGGLE!

NOW MORE THAN EVER IS THE TIME TO MARCH, RESIST, STRUGGLE!

Filipino women from across all sectors have fought long and tough struggles–and have won many. In the past decades, we asserted for better working conditions for workers, pushed for lands for farmersand decent housing for the urban poor,fought and brought down a dictatorship, claimed our reproductive rights, and resisted sexual and other forms of violence against women.

However, conditions around the world, and in particular, in Philippine society, are far from achieving gender equality and ending misogyny.Especially in these times when forces promoting patriarchal and anti-poor policies return to power.

In the labor front, working women are far from enjoying job security as most of them are in the service industry, where all forms of contractual arrangements are prevalent. Women’s multiple burden is aggravated by ENDO as they toil in difficult conditions in work places and remain to carry the bigger part of house chores.

Women in the agriculture sector have been able to gain lands titled to their own names, but their struggle for land rights is far from over.The Department of Agrarian Reform budget was reduced by P241.9 million compared to the previous year. DAR estimates a balance of 621,085hectares for land acquisition and distribution. Meanwhile, land-owning and business interests continue to push back through land claim reversals.

Indigenous women’s strength and power are slowly being recognized in their communities and in society at large. However, they are forcibly weakened by lack of food security due to the exploitation of natural resources for profit, while the violence wrought by government and private security forces of mining, logging and plantation companies push them to silence.

The Reproductive Health law was passed in December 2012 but its implementation has been significantly hampered by the limitations of rights through the Supreme Court decisions and the weak RH services and budget support in the public health sector.

The RH programs and all other economic, social and cultural programs are also being threatened in the communities by the extra-judicial killings that affect residents as well as community organizers.

On top of all these social-economic struggles, the forces of sexism and misogynistic violence have been further unleashed and kindled, especially under the new government of Rodrigo Duterte. Mr. Duterte doesn’t hide how he belittles women not only through his openly sexist remarks, which he often excuses as mere ‘jokes’.

On Women’s Day eve, the House of Representatives passed the Death Penalty bill, which women vehemently opposed, as it solidifies a patriarchal criminal justice system. For decades, we worked with other sectors for its abolition as it does not address the root causes of criminality, and instead propagates the patriarchal culture of vindictiveness.

Under Duterte’s war on drugs, increasing number of women, including lesbian and transwomen, accused as being drug users without benefit of just trial have been executed by the police and vigilante killers.  None have been punished for these extrajudicial killings for the president would prefer to exterminate those he perceives as dregs of society rather than to create a society where the unemployed would find productive, secure employment; where the poor would have decent lives and livelihood so they wouldn’t have to resort to drug use and selling–a society that nurtures, empowers women and all its citizens, and where impunity and violence would have no place.

The Filipino women have persisted amidst all these challenges in the past. The Filipino women will not be cowed, not now, not ever. We shall always rise to the occasion to struggle and defend our victories; to further fight for and realize our rights. We shall not allow the forces of misogyny, of death, of all kinds of violence against women to overcome us.

On March 8, 2017 women from urban poor communities, from factories, from offices, from the rural areas, the peasant and indigenous women alike, and from schools shall come out to show to the these forces that we are persisting, we are resisting, we are reclaiming our spaces, our rights, our lives.

AlabKatipunan•AlyansaTigil Mina (ATM) • Amnesty International – Philippines •
BagongKamalayan • Batis AWARE • Buklod • Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) •
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific •Focus on the Global South •
Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) •In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement •
Freedom from Debt Coalition – Women’s Committee • KAISA-KA • KAMP
• Kilos Maralita • LIKHAAN •LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights) •
PartidoLakasngMasa (PLM) • PartidoManggagawa • PAHRA • PiglasKababaihan •
PambansangKoalisyonngKababaihansaKanayunan (PKKK) • SALIGAN • SARILAYA • SENTRO • SPELL • Transform Asia • Union of Students for the Advancement of Democracy (USAD Ateneo) • UNYPHIL-Women •
WomanHealthPhils. • Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB) •
Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE) •
World March of Women – Pilipinas • numerous courageous individuals

[Press Release] Women workers join calls for a national wage, secure jobs amid worsening poverty -Women WISE3

Women workers join calls for a national wage, secure jobs amid worsening poverty

On International Women’s Day, Women Workers in Struggle for Employment, Empowerment and Emancipation or Women WISE3, an organization of women workers and families of victims of trade union and human rights violations, called on the government to adopt a national minimum wage close to living standards, provide access to secure jobs and livelihood amid worsening poverty in the country.

Dylin Lauron, Women WISE3 secretary-general said, “The demand for secure and regular jobs and a national minimum wage that approximate the living standards becomes more justified with the recent report showing increased poverty incidence.”

Last week, the government reported an increase in poverty incidence by 1.2 points from 24.6 25.8 percent in the first half of 2014. Economists point to rising prices and impact of Typhoon Haiyan as main reasons for the surge in poverty incidence.

“Women are worst hit by poverty because they have less access to regular and paying jobs compared to male counterparts. Women also have lower economic participation compared to men. Living wages and regular jobs will definitely allow women and poor families to cope with ever increasing prices of basic commodities and also increase resilience of the poor to natural disasters and typhoons,” Lauron added.

The group noted that the 2013 gender labor statistics of the government reveal worse working conditions for women: Filipino women’s participation in the labor force is only 49.9 percent compared to 78.1 for men; 30 percent more employed women render unpaid family work compared to men; across all major economic sectors and in most major occupation groups, women also have lower average wages compared to men as much as 47 percent (See Tables 1-3).

The group also underscored that a nationalized wage system is much needed as regional wages dragged down real wages especially in regions outside Metro Manila. Citing a report of the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights, the group said that real wages decreased by as much as 21 percent in the Eastern Visayas Region.

On October last year, All Workers Unity, a national alliance of worker groups from both public and public sector launched a campaign calling for P16,000 national minimum wage.

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8 March 2015

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[Press Release] Women gathered to mark the International Women’s Day -WMW

Women gathered to mark the International Women’s Day

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Today, over five hundred (500) women gathered early in front of the University of Sto. Tomas to mark the International Women’s Day. This was the starting point of their march towards Mendiola where women affiliated with the World March of Women (WMW)-Pilipinas demanded accountability of the highest in command of the recent tragedy in Mamasapano.

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The women’s march was joined by human rights groups Amnesty International, the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), labor groups such as SENTRO and Partido ng Manggagawa, all calling for peace and self-determination in Mindanao and an end to the intervention in national affairs by the United States.

“The death of transwoman Jennifer Laude in the hands of a US soldier and the death of the child Sarah Panangulon in Mamasapano, are in the same context of US wars,” stated Jean Enriquez, Philippine Coordinator of the WMW. “Olongapo murder suspect Joseph Scott Pemberton’s ship USS Peleliu ensures amphibious US presence in the Western Pacific, while the PNP SAF operation responsible for Sarah’s murder was clearly sponsored by the US war on terror,” she added.

The group underscored the economic interest of the US in Mindanao in particular, the Philippines and the region in general, as the US “pivot to Asia” strategy started in 2011, or the transfer of military resources to the region, coinciding with a Trans-Pacific Partnership Economic agreement. As a result, “women, children, the environment are considered collateral damages,” according to the WMW statement.

“Jennifer’s murder is a hate crime committed by a US soldier who enjoys the protection of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA),” declared the group. “Even in court, the unequal relations manifest in allowing the attendance of several US military personnel while limiting Jennifer’s side to only her immediate family and her lawyers,” said their statement.

Carrying roses to symbolize their call for peace, the women also wore pink shirts with the slogan “Pagkain, hindi Bala.” They were demanding that President Benigno Aquino III be also held accountable for his role in the tragedy, as reports clearly pointed to his direct knowledge of the operation, beginning with the appointment of suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima and strengthened by their correspondence. “Evidently, the only consideration of this operation was the US’s desire to get Marwan and show a positive development in its war on terror, without regard for the Muslim communities that would suffer as well as the peace process that would be compromised,” stated Virgie Suarez, Chairperson, of KAISA KA.

The WMW and supporting organizations lamented that the ongoing military offensive already displaced 8,130 families, with women bearing the most of the hardships and dangers that go with the need to evacuate. Young women and children become more prone to trafficking and prostitution.

They called for a political and economic solution, not war, to resolve the problems in the area. WMW also called for an end to the VFA and all agreements that “tie the country to an unequal defense relation with the US and make the government an accomplice to the US war crimes in its unending quest for world dominance.”

The program in Mendiola ended with the women’s movement’s emblematic song “Bread and Roses” as the women leaders demanded justice for all victims of US militarism. Similar marches were conducted by WMW members in Cavite, Cebu, Davao, and Gen. Santos City.

Participating organizations included Focus on the Global South, Freedom from Debt Coalition, Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), LBT groups, anti-trafficking groups Action against Violence and Exploitation, Inc. (ACTVE) and CATW-AP, prostitution survivor groups Bagong Kamalayan and Buklod, migrant groups such as Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA).

Women’s organizations present were Kababaihan-Pilipinas, KAISA-KA, KAMP, the indigenous women’s group LILAK, Piglas Kababaihan, Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK),SARILAYA, Transform Asia, WomanHealth Phils., Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB), Welga ng Kababaihan, Women’s Crisis Center, Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE), and World March of Women – Pilipinas.

March 8, 2015
Contact Person: Jean Enriquez 0915 3178018

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Statement on International Women’s Day:

The Philippines Should Stop Being US’s Pawn and Warfront

Increased US militarization of the Philippines through the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the Asian Pivot and the soon-to-be-operational Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) makes living dangerous and doubly difficult for women and children. This has been made clear by the country’s experience with US’s Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines. Again, this is the lesson we can glean from the recent events: the murder of trans-woman Jennifer Laude on October 11, 2014, as well as the killing and displacement of Muslim civilians during and after the Mamasapano tragedy on January 25 this year.

The World March of Women-Philippines and other women’s organizations and individuals gathered today, supposedly to celebrate International Women’s Day, bemoan the Philippine government’s acquiescence to all US military trainings, exercises, troop deployment, prepositioning of war material, patrolling of Philippine waters and docking in Philippine ports of US warships and maintenance of military advisers. These are all for US wars.

Jennifer’s murder is not an ordinary crime as the President pictured it to be. It is clearly a hate crime committed by a US soldier who enjoys the protection of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), hence the difficulty for Philippine police authorities to serve him an arrest warrant and present him in court for preliminary investigation. While custody comes with criminal jurisdiction over the crime, US authorities have custody of the accused Joseph Scott Pemberton. Even in court, the unequal relations manifest in allowing the attendance of several US military personnel while limiting Jennifer’s side to only her immediate family and her lawyers.

The urgency and secrecy of the special operation to get Marwan, carried-out for the US by the PNP Special Action Force (SAF), particularly the 84th Special Action Company skipped the PNP chain of command and supposedly defied the order by the President and Commander-in-Chief, Benigno C. Aquino III, to coordinate with the AFP. Evidently, the only consideration of this operation was the US’s desire to get Marwan and show a positive development in its war on terror as the ISIS continues to advance in several fronts in the Middle East and even in Europe. Hence, the result: a tragedy that befell 44 members of the PNP-SAF, 18 members of the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front (MILF), at least five Muslim civilians killed, including a girl named “Sarah”, more than a thousand displaced, and a compromised peace process for the Mindanao-Sulu area.

The AFP is now into an offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a splinter group of the MIFF. Already, this has displaced 8,130 families or 30,130 individuals. Women, the elderly and children bear most of the hardships and dangers that go with the need to evacuate. Young women and children become more prone to trafficking and prostitution. The current military offensive could increase the possibility of more terrorism, as extremist groups prey on the economic and social desperation of the communities. This requires a negotiated political solution, not war, to resolve the problems in the area.

The World March of Women is definitely against any action that terrorizes civilians. We condemn the US military that has been dismissing as collateral damage the massive destruction and carnage it has caused all over the world that spawn more terrorist groups. We call on the Aquino government to end the VFA and all agreements that tie the country to an unequal defense relation with the US and make the government an accomplice to the US war crimes in its unending quest for world dominance.

We call for peace and self-determination for Mindanao. We demand justice for all victims of US militarism!

Pagkain, hindi Bala. Give us bread and give us roses.
Justice For All! Accountability at the Highest Level!
Scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement! No To US Intervention!
Signatories:

Action against Violence and Exploitation, Inc. (ACTVE) • Amnesty International Philippines • Bagong Kamalayan • Buklod ng Kababaihan •Coalition Against Trafficking In Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) • Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) • Dindi Tan • Focus on the Global South •Freedom from Debt Coalition • Kababaihan-Pilipinas • Kaisa Ka • KAMP •Katutubong Lilak (Purple Action for Women’s Rights) • Nisa ul Haqq Fi Bangsamoro • Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) • Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) • PAHRA • Piglas Kababaihan • Pambansang Koalisyon ng mga Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK) • Sarilaya • Sentro – Women • Transform Asia • WomanHealth Philippines • Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB) • Welga ng Kababaihan • Women’s Crisis Center Manila • Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality – YSAGE • World March of Women – Pilipinas • numerous courageous individuals

March 8, 2015
Contact Person: Jean Enriquez 0915 3178018

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[Statement] The Philippines Should Stop Being US’s Pawn and Warfront -SENTRO

The Philippines Should Stop Being US’s Pawn and Warfront.

Statement on International Women’s Day:

Increased US militarization of the Philippines through the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the Asian Pivot and the soon-to-be-operational Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) makes living dangerous and doubly difficult for women and children. This has been made clear by the country’s experience with US’s Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines. Again, this is the lesson we can glean from the recent events: the murder of trans-woman Jennifer Laude on October 11, 2014, as well as the killing and displacement of Muslim civilians during and after the Mamasapano tragedy on January 25 this year.

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The World March of Women-Philippines and other women’s organizations and individuals gathered today, supposedly to celebrate International Women’s Day, bemoan the Philippine government’s acquiescence to all US military trainings, exercises, troop deployment, prepositioning of war materiel, patrolling Philippine waters and docking in Philippine ports of US warships and maintaining military advisers. These are all for US’ wars.

Jennifer’s murder is not an ordinary crime as the President pictured it to be. It is clearly a hate crime committed by a US soldier who enjoys the protection of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), hence the difficulty for Philippine police authorities to serve him an arrest warrant and present him in court for preliminary investigation. While custody comes with criminal jurisdiction over the crime, US authorities have custody of the accused Joseph Scott Pemberton. Even in court, the unequal relations manifest in allowing the attendance of several US military personnel while limiting Jennifer’s side to only her immediate family and her lawyers.

The urgency and secrecy of the special operation to get Marwan, carried-out for the US by the PNP Special Action Force (SAF), particularly the 84th Special Action Company skipped the PNP chain of command and defied the order by the President and Commander-in-Chief, Benigno C. Aquino III, to coordinate with the AFP. Evidently, the only consideration of this operation was the US’s desire to get Marwan and show a positive development in its war on terror as the ISIS continues to advance in several fronts in the Middle East and even in Europe. Hence the result: a tragedy that befell 44 members of the PNP-SAF, 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), at least five Muslim civilians killed, including a girl named “Sarah”, more than a thousand displaced, and a compromised peace process for the Mindanao-Sulu area.

The AFP is now into an offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a splinter group of the MIFF. Already, this has displaced 8,130 families or 30,130 individuals. Women, the elderly and children bear most of the hardships and dangers that go with need to evacuate. Young women and children become more prone to trafficking and prostitution.

The World March of Women is definitely against terrorism but it laments the conduct of a war on terror that terrorizes civilians. We condemn the US military that has been dismissing as collateral damage the massive destruction and carnage it has done all over the world that spawn more terrorist groups. We call on the Aquino government to end the VFA and all agreements that tie the country to an unequal defense relation with the US and make the government an accomplice to the US’ war crimes in its unending quest for world dominance.

We call for peace and self-determination for Mindanao, and justice for all victims of US militarism!

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[Statement] FORUM-ASIA Statement – International Women’s Day 2015

FORUM-ASIA Statement – International Women’s Day 2015

On International Women’s Day FORUM-ASIA joins the international community in celebrating the political, economic, social and cultural achievements of women and acknowledging the contribution that women have played in pursuing and strengthening peace, development and protection of human rights.

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On this day FORUM-ASIA would like to send a particular message of appreciation and support to all women human rights defenders (WHRDs) committed to the advancement, promotion and protection of all human rights. In Asia, many WHRDs who are on the front line for the promotion and protection of human rights are open to far greater risks when advocating for their causes. Women are the targets not only of conventional abuses but also more underreported and frequently overlooked abuses such as sexual violence. This is largely due to the influence of cultural and religious norms as well as patriarchal attitudes, combined with worrying levels of impunity accepted by traditional communities.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, FORUM-ASIA recognises all the WHRDs on the ground, in particular those defenders who continue to face risks and threats due to their restless struggles.

In India, the civil and political activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, commonly referred to as the Iron Lady of Manipur, began a hunger strike in 2000 protesting the Indian government’s use of the draconian Armed Forces (Special Power) Act, 1958 (AFSPA). She has since been subjected to a vicious cycle of arrests and criminalisation. The same harassment faced now by another brave social activist, Teesta Setalvad, who continues to face harassment through trumped-up charges in connection with her work to achieve justice for the victims of the Gulbarg Society Massacre during the horrific 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.

In Sri Lanka, Balendran Jayakumari and her 13-year old daughter B. Vibooshika are currently detained following their arrest in March 2014. Jayakumari, whose own son was disappeared, and her daughter have prominently advocated against disappearances in the country and were leading voices in demanding the whereabouts of missing persons arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka.

In Cambodia, 10 WHRDs protecting land rights issues were sentenced in November 2014 to 1 year’s imprisonment following a peaceful protest about the continuing flooding of their homes. Seven of them have been active campaigners for several years and have frequently faced judicial harassment and arrest.

In observance of this auspicious day, FORUM-ASIA recalls the importance of the landmark resolution on protecting WHRDs adopted by UN General Assembly in 2013, and urge Asian governments to act upon and adopt effective legislation and policies for the recognition and protection of WHRDs.

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[Statement] Continue the Fight for Women’s Emancipation and People’s Sovereignty -KAISA KA

KAISA KA on International Women’s Day 2015:
Continue the Fight for Women’s Emancipation and People’s Sovereignty

Filipino women can vote. They can be elected into office. They can attain higher education. But they are not really free. Most of them are poor, deprived of opportunities to improve their lot. They are a part of the Philippines that is tied to an unequal relationship. Hence they can not rejoice. On this International Women’s Day, they grieve.

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We, the members of KAISA KA protest against the Benigno Aquino III government’s implementation of policies that drive women to work, often in utter slavery, abroad; and, its embrace of US’s policies and programs that spell the further militarization of the Philippines and the entire Asia-Pacific, bring the people closer to war and cause insecurity and more danger to women.

Supporters of the president, especially business groups repeatedly proclaim a rosy picture of Philippine economy. “The Philippines is no longer the sick man of Asia.” “It is now the second tiger economy in Asia, next to China.” But evidently, because of its embrace of neoliberal policies, growing number of workers cannot be absorbed in workplaces in the Philippines, and this drives a large number to seek jobs abroad, some even braving the danger of getting trafficked by drug and sex syndicates and hazards.

The Aquino government has unquestioningly accepted all US military policies and programs for the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific, as if its interests are one with those of big US capitalists. It refuses to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) despite the clarity that the US uses this and the moldy Mutual Defense Treaty to drag the country into US’s wars and to become a front in a war of aggression. The Aquino government even approved the Enhanced Defense Cooperation (EDCA) agreement that directs the Philippines to accommodate a large number of troops and prepositioned war materiel.

We experienced very recently the heart-rending effect of this compliance with the military measures of the US. The gruesome murder of Jennifer Laude and the Philippine government’s subsequent submission to US’s custody of the accused L/Cpl Joseph Scott Pemberton show the bastardized treatment of the Philippines and the menace that the coming soldiers in their droves under EDCA will bring to women.

The US did not care whether the operation that it directed the PNP-SAF to execute in Mamasapano would create a number of widows and orphans or whether it would compromise the peace process. All it insured was its interest, not to eradicate terrorism because the US itself puts up and supports terrorist groups for its needs, but to have something positive to show to the American people that spend for its war on terror. And now, it does not care when the present war in Mindanao-Sulu that it also directs has displaced more than 30,000 women, children and old people.

Women have to unite to fight the militarization of the Philippines and the entire Asia-Pacific by the US. We should oppose the Philippine government’s subservience to the only superpower in the world that endangers women and the rest of the people. Women’s concerted actions, in unity with other oppressed sectors in society, in their numbers will guarantee security for women.

Onward with the emancipation of women! Assert people’s sovereignty!

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[Statement] WeMen for Gender Justice Statement during the International Women’s Day 2014 -Lanog Mindanao

Salute and Celebrate Victories and Challenges
WeMen for Gender Justice Statement during the International Women’s Day 2014

Photo by Lanog Mindanao

Photo by Lanog Mindanao

8 March 2014- We are given a chance to show our solidarity and gratitude to our women and celebrate the victories of the working women demanding rights as workers and as human at the same time to women’s contribution in building our society –the struggle for quality life and social justice.


It has been a struggle led by women across the world making world power balance and on how to nurture mother earth. It has been a challenge to confront Patriarchy and Capitalism. But it did not stop the women’s movement worldwide, instead these challenges made the struggle relevant and timely.

WeMen for Gender Justice and many activists today across genders in the world will have different actions in time of the International Women’s Day 2014 though this is just one of the many days of gender justice campaigns and efforts. We would like to share this day to all activists and every single woman in the world. We are very thankful for giving life to us as our mothers. We would like to express our salute and gratitude particularly to those who offered their lives and martyred of this cause. We will continue to celebrate hopes, voices and actions as we continue to work hand-in-hand with them towards the elimination of violence and discrimination towards equality and justice.

As we celebrate this day we stand firm against those who dare to violate women’s rights and those rapist-capitalists of mother earth – the greedy capitalism that caused destruction to our environment and displacements. We believe that no nation can claim of being free if half of its population is marginalized and neglected, oppressed and denied.

Time for us men to do our share and find our space in this fight. Give up that insecurities and be part of this humanist and internationalist cause.

WeMen for Gender Justice will join the actions organized by the women organizations in Mindanao, Philippines and organize meetings, discussions and solidarity actions of its own in this 2014 International Women’s Day and Philippine National Women’s Month and the rest of the year.

For women and earth are the same – source of life, Salute and Celebrate Victories and Challenges.

Vhong Fenis
WeMen for Gender Justice, Mindanao, Philippines
fvaltimore@yahoo.com
8 March 2014

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[Event] Women’s Day Flashmob- No to Corporate Occupation of our Land! No to Occupation of our Bodies! -World March of Women, Pilipinas

Women’s Day Flashmob
8 March 2014 (Saturday), 12 noon
Landmark Food Court, Trinoma, Quezon City

On the 8th of March, 2014, International Women’s Day, Filipino women demanded: “No to Corporate Occupation of our Land! No to Occupation of our Bodies!

Over 200 women and supporting men sang the emblematic theme “Bread and Roses.” This was followed by a community singing of “Babae” by Inang Laya. Some of them dressed up as fastfood workers and cleaners. Towards the end of the first song, they revealed inner pink shirts, which carried this text in front: “Stop Corporate Land-grabbing!” The back of their shirts contained the logo of ‘bread and roses.’

World March of Women logo

This action is a protest of women against Ayala and other corporations that displace and threaten urban poor communities, a children’s hospital, a seedlings bank in Quezon City, as well as farming and indigenous communities defending their lands, and now public lands in disaster areas. It is a protest against privatization of public services, too, and the continuing threat against the Reproductive Health Law.

Led by the World March of Women – Pilipinas and participated in by around 30 organizations and numerous individuals: Alliance of Progressive Labor/SENTRO – Women, Bagong Kamalayan, Batis-AWARE, Buklod, CATW-AP, Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), D2KA, Kaisa Ka, Sarilaya, Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK), WomanHealth, Focus on the Global South, Free Burma Coalition, Freedom from Debt Coalition-Women, KAMP, Lilak, Piglas Kababaihan, PC-ICC, PLM, Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), Rainbow Rights Project, Transform Asia, Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB), Women’s Crisis Center (WCC), and Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE).

See video of the flash mob @ https://www.facebook.com/jean.enriquez?fref=ts#

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[Statement] Passing it back from our backs. Women’s burdens exacerbated by PNoy’s neglect: stop it now! -FDC

Passing it back from our backs.
Women’s burdens exacerbated by PNoy’s neglect: stop it now!

Photo by FDC

Photo by FDC

Today, we, the marginalized and grassroots women will march to the streets for reproductive, economic and climate justice. Today, on the occasion of celebrating International Women’s Day, we put forward our demands to the PNoy government as mothers, sisters, daughters, as citizens and as a sector, even as a people.

We raise our voices and question now, as we unload our multiple burdens passing it back from our backs to the government, “Why until now, we do not have essential services and benefits? Why until now we have remained sacrifices and continue to be further marginalized?”

Mr. President, why do we continue to live under the conditions of severe poverty, existing socio-cultural-ecological and economic inequality, with continued multiple violations of our rights?

We march to the streets to make known, despite a hundred and three years of observing Women’s Day, we continue to face terrible labor conditions, deprived of basic freedoms, to enjoy a better quality of life, free from violence and discrimination, free from multiple burdens from lack of social services, deprived of our rights to decent work, reproductive health, education and training, affordable and adequate housing, access to water and electricity or energy needs.

We, marginalized grassroots women will continue to march to be recognized as equal members of society with equal rights to essential services and benefits. We refuse to remain in the margins, to be sacrificed first in the midst of disasters, to benefit last as our government continue to neglect us and multiply our burdens with high prices of essential commodities, privatization of essential services, questioned reproductive health law and multiple injustices.

Despite our government’s avowed commitment to implement international human rights treaties and despite the passage of the Magna Carta of Women as well as the Reproductive Health Law, we continue to suffer as enforcement and implementation remains nil to be enjoyed, especially by grassroots working women.

Why do this government continue to narrowly define and measure poverty impacts only as a matter of income? In consequence, we are further entrenched in poverty, as it continues to exploit our women’s work, education, unpaid ‘care’ work, denying our access to resources, and political decision-making.

We demand better treatment as women, claiming our rights that we fought for, struggled for by our mothers, our grandmothers and our foremothers.

We demand the government to combat the flexibility and informality of labor markets that deny decent working conditions and incomes to women workers, and expand public expenditure for social protection systems that includes ‘care’ services and social infrastructure.

We demand the guarantee of inheritance rights, access to credit and land ownership, recognition of intellectual, cultural and social rights, and property rights is essential in making strides for development that aspires to be inclusive.

We demand to put a stop to unpaid ‘care’ work of women, unpaid contributions to development made by women at all levels while it continues to be subtracted, and becomes detrimental as it represent the fundamental pillar of rural livelihoods and community well-being.

We refuse to continue bearing the biggest brunt in the midst of natural and national disasters as public services and social protection remain lacking. We, as food producers refuse to be hungry without food to eat most of the time, but continue to hunger for justice and decry this irony of increasing poverty while the national coffers are siphoned off through the pork barrel of politicians.

We are reviled by the systemic wastage of public money. We decry the backlogs in bridging the gaps in education, health and housing, with dismal government allocation year after year. Public expenditure in education is only 2.2% of GNP in 2012, a far cry from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) 6% of GNP benchmark for developing countries. That amounts to P3.763 trillion education spending backlog since 1996, when UNESCO adopted the standard.

We continue to raise the question on government’s public spending. Consider the math on health with only 0.35% of GDP, shameful compared to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 5% of GDP benchmark. This is why until now only 60 percent of the Filipino population finished secondary education. Moreover, the National Housing Authority’s (NHA) estimates the country’s housing backlogs accumulated to 3,756,072 units from 2001-2010, costing roughly P1.126T (P300,000/unit).

Emancipate us from debt. From 2001-2012, debt service (interest payments and principal amortization) in the National Budget constitute an average 37.74% of national budget/total government expenditures. More importantly, debt service payments constitute an average of 63.55 % of the annual government revenues during the same period.

We demand access to health services and social protection, with public health services immediately available when the needs arise. Not health services dependent on the benevolence of government officials, with women lining up in public hospitals and health centers waiting for their turn bearing the referral letters of their local officials to be serviced. in having healthy children going to school without worries of tuition and miscellaneous fees and other education needs. Around 60% of our household’s income goes to food, effectively reducing household budget for housing and children’s education needs.

We demand secure affordable housing and stop the carnage from demolitions that give way to corporate capture of development with greed and aggression in our communities.

We demand the government to effectively address gender discrimination in the labor market with effective measures to eliminate the gender pay gap as well as ensure universal and affordable access to social protection and public services to all, recognizing the informal and precarious nature of most labor markets as well as the unpaid work that sustains women’s everyday lives.

FREEDOM FROM DEBT COALITION
Statement of FDC Women Committee on International Women’s Day
March 8, 2014

“March 8, 2013 International Women’s Day” finalist for the 3rd HR Pinduteros Choice for HR VIDEO

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Watch video @ https://hronlineph.com/2013/03/09/featured-video-march-8-2013-international-womens-day-by-clydiecandy/

A feminist flashmob organized by World March of Women-Philippines, participated by Women Human Rights Defenders from different NGOs in the Philippines.

About World March of Women-Philippines
“We march to the streets, gather in spaces of protest and launch myriad forms of collective action, as we draw our strength from the wisdom forged by the herstorical struggle of our ancestors and our continuing efforts to sustain these struggles. We are telling our governments, the men in our societies, the people and institutions whose actions, policies, perspectives, ideologies and behaviour maintain the political, social and economic oppression of women that change we want, and change we are making happen.

“Here in the Philippines, the state of the majority of Filipino women remains precarious. True, there has been renewed hope under a new government that promises to be the total opposite of the inept government that GMA’s administration was and to undertake reforms in governance, but this breath of fresh air is so thin it is fast depleting, threatening once again the gains that the women’s movement in the Philippines have achieved.”
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[Statement] Filipino women resist renewed US military presence in Philippine territory -KAISA KA

Filipino women resist renewed US military presence in Philippine territory

Enough is enough!

Kaisa kaKAISA KA, a grassroots-based organization advancing women’s rights and empowerment and social change takes this day, the 102nd International Women’s Day as a fitting occasion to denounce the continuing US military presence in the Philippines.

The increasing rotational troop deployment and US Navy vessels that dock and sail within Philippine territory, in connection with the rebalancing of US forces, not only attract attacks from US’ enemies and undermine national sovereignty but also compromise and endanger the lives, limbs and dignity of Filipino women and children.

The 50,000 abandoned Amerasians, some of whom are joining women’s march today, and the deformed bodies of victims of US military toxic wastes are clear reminders of the gravity of the problem brought about by the more than 90 years of US military basing and presence – especially to the Filipino women and children.
It is appalling that the Aquino government has agreed to allow the US military to use Subic and Clark again. And it is saddening that when the announcement was made last year, some local officials in the areas concerned were just too happy for the business opportunities that the building of a marine base will bring.

These government officials know very well that these business opportunities are merely support services, most of which are related to prostitution. But they always try to drown the point that renewed military presence has enlivened prostitution and trafficking; will expose Filipinas to more military violence, HIV-AIDS infection, dangerous drugs use and addiction; and harmful wastes that can adversely affect reproductive health. These officials have also been blind to the problems of the neglected Amerasians.

We demand from the Aquino government to seriously reconsider its decision to open Philippine territory for the US’ plan to deploy the bulk of its troops and vessels in the Asia Pacific. The military aid that the Philippines gets, the assistance during disasters and the so-called training that the AFP gets from the “permanently visiting” forces cannot compensate for the negative impact of increased militarism in our country. In the first place, Philippine sovereignty and patrimony are not for sale!

We strongly remind the Aquino presidency to abide by the principles and policies of the Philippine Constitution regarding foreign military bases, troops and nuclear power. We admonish the Aquino government to give more weight to the safety, health, peace of mind and dignity of our women.

The Filipino women will ever assert their right to march as active agents and shapers of their own future and of Philippine society.

KAISA KA
Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan
#22-A Libertad Street, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City 1501, Philippines
Telefax: (02) 7173262 Email: kaisa_ka98@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.kaisaka.org / http://www.kaisakakalayaan.org

Press Statement
March 8, 2013

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[Statement] Women say YES to Development! Women say NO to Corporate Mining!

Women say YES to Development! Women say NO to Corporate Mining!

March 8 2013 Women say No to mining from HRD FB

International Women’s Day. 08 March 2013. Today, we celebrate our hopes, our rights, our voices, our movements as we continue to work towards the elimination of violence and discrimination, our right to self-determination, our right to decide on our bodies, communities and natural resources. We voice out the development we want. We move towards equality and justice. We dance until we are all free.

As we celebrate this day we stand firm against those who dare to violate our hopes, our rights, our voices, and our movements. We stand firm against those who dare to destroy the lives we choose to live and the future we dream for our children. WE STAND FIRM AGAINST CORPORATE MINING, for mining companies dared to poison us, kill us, displace us, prostitute us, exploit us.

MINING POISONS our food and waters – mine tailings seeping through the water system, backhoes excavating our rice fields, coastal areas and mountains. Women toil more than twelve hours a day to produce and secure food for their families, to bring water to their homes, to gather medicines from their forests. Women regard the land and water as source of life; but yes, mining corporations easily disregard the value of life.

MINING DISPLACES rural women – away from their homes, their farms, their municipal waters, their forests. With diminishing sources of income due to degradation of their natural resources, rural women have to find work in the cities or abroad, with the risk of falling prey to trafficking and prostitution. Women are driven away from their families and communities; but yes, mining corporations easily disregard the value of family and community.

MINING WORSENS prostitution – peddling entertainment to investors and their male workers, peddling women next to the produce of the mines. Young women get attracted to jobs near the mining areas, many fall victims to empty promises of better incomes at the cost of their bodies and dignity; but yes, mining corporations easily disregard a person’s dignity.

MINING EXPLOITS workers – subjecting them to inhuman conditions and various risks to health and danger without any occupational safety hazards, without security of tenure, without decent pay. The government promotes mining for job creation but it has not delivered any impact on employment; but yes, mining corporations easily disregard the dignity of work.

MINING KILLS indigenous women – Juvy Capion’s and Cheryl Ananayo’s children sleep at night grieving the loss of their mothers, whose last cries were for their ancestral domains. Indigenous women laid their lives for their ancestral lands not because they wanted to merely benefit or profit from it, but because they wanted to protect the ties that bind them as a people, their cultural identity and integrity. This is the reason why there is the free prior informed consent (FPIC) that would protect indigenous communities from threats of encroachment; but yes, mining corporations easily disregard the right to self-determination, and bastardize the very spirit of FPIC.

With all its dominance and violence, corporate mining perpetuates patriarchy. It has deprived women’s voice to be heard in the communities. It has justified militarization in the country side. With all its capitalist greed, multinational mining corporations perpetuate wanton exploitation of the environment, and undermines national sovereignty. It has worsened impacts of climate change. It has threatened food sovereignty and national patrimony. But mining corporations cannot do it by themselves; but yes, government has long been by their side.

Today, in one voice, women from different communities, and languages, say –

Mining poisons our food and water.

Mining kills indigenous women.

Mining exploits workers.

Mining displaces rural women.

Mining worsens prostitution.

Protect women human rights defenders in mining areas.

STOP corporate mining!

Pursue a development path that uplifts the dignity and lives of the Filipino communities, nurtures the natural resources and environment, and eliminates all forms of violence against women.

Akbayan–Youth • Alliance of Progressive Labor • Amnesty International • Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) • Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) • Asian Circle 1325 • Bagong Kamalayan • BATIS • Batis-AWARE • Buklod • Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino – Kababaihan • CATW-AP • Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) • Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center, Inc • DAKILA Palawan Collective • Development Action for Women Network • Filipino Deaf Women Health and Crisis Center (FDWHCC) • Focus on the Global South • Free Burma Coalition • Freedom from Debt Coalition • Initiatives for International Dialogue • Kababaihan-Pilipinas • KAISA-KA • KAMP • Kasibulan • Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC-KsK/Friends of the Earth-Phils) • LILAK (Purple Action for Women’s Rights) • Medical Action Group • MFA • Partido Lakas ng Masa • Partido ng Manggagawa • PAHRA • PEACE • Philrights • Piglas Kababaihan • PKKK • PREDA • RENEW • Rice Watch and Action Network (R1) • SARILAYA • Transform Asia • Unlad Kabayan • WEDPRO • WomanHealth Phils. • Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau • Welga ng Kababaihan • Women’s Crisis Center • Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE) • World March of Women – Pilipinas • numerous courageous individuals who joined through the event’s facebook page

Jean Enriquez
Executive Director, CATW-AP
Tel: 63-2-4342149
http://www.catw-ap.org

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