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[Statement] We Won’t Be Silenced! – Lilak Statement on the Arrest and Detention of Young Women Environmental Activists

Lilak strongly condemns the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines’ (CoMP), Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s, and the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) violent response to what was meant to be a peaceful and non-disruptive protest action.

On September 10, Tuesday, a silent protest amid the Mining Philippines International Conference and Exhibit by young women from the Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) Women and Mining Working Group was violently disrupted. The young women were then arrested and detained.

Young women from LILAK (Purple Action Indigenous Women’s Rights), together with indigenous women from the Maporac Aetas Organization (MAO), the National Rural Women Coalition (PKKK), and Oriang, painted their bodies with the words Kalikasan, Kabuhayan, Karapatan, and Kinabukasan in protest of large-scale mining in the Philippines.

The women including a Lilak representative who was documenting the silent protest were arrested, detained, and taken to a police precinct where they were questioned. The Sofitel’s security staff, which was composed of undercover security personnel, extracted the young women using brute force and went as far as to cover the women’s mouths and noses with cloths. One of our sisters begged the security to let her breathe. This forceful extraction caused injury among three of our companions.

The overreaction, violence, and uncalled for arrest and detention from the security officers of Sofitel and PNP is a testament of CoMP’s and the Philippine government’s intolerance against environmental activists.

Lilak, as a collective of women human rights activists supporting indigenous women’s struggles and as a convener of the ATM Women and Mining Working Group, will continue its fight against large-scale mining and extractives, against the displacement of indigenous peoples, and against prejudice and violence of environmental and human rights activists and women human rights defenders.

#WeWontBeSilenced #KababaihanLumalaban #KababaihanLabanMina
#KatutubongLilak #LILAK

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[Statement] CHR spokesperson, Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia, on the recent offences against women’s dignity

Media plays a powerful role in shaping mindsets on critical issues. As such, they are seen as secondary duty bearers charged with the duty to equally ensure that their conduct contributes to the protection and promotion of rights.

As such, the Commission on Human Rights lauds ABS-CBN for not condoning inappropriate behaviour, including a rape joke, made in one of its programs. We believe that appropriating a sanction for the offence made, rather than dismissing it as a display of humour, sends a strong message on the need to respect everyone’s rights and dignity, especially women. We hope that this episode on national television serves as a teachable moment for all Filipinos.

On a similar note, we urge the University of Santo Tomas to ensure that those who leaked the lewd photos and videos of women without their consent are dealt with the highest standards of justice and human dignity in mind.

Schools and universities are expected to help shape values of their students, alongside parents and guardians. It is, then, in the best interest of the children to be able to correct actions early, particularly those seen to disrespect and devalue the humanity of others by disregarding their rights, while those who can be made accountable before our laws are tried for the alleged wrong that was done. In this way, we demonstrate that human rights are everyone’s concern—not of only those involved in violations.

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[In the news] Palace: People used to, enjoying Duterte’s rape ‘jokes’ as icebreaker -PhilStar.com

Filipinos are used to and appreciate President Rodrigo Duterte talking about rape to lighten the mood and, anyway, nobody can tell him what he can and cannot say, top officials said Tuesday.

On Sunday, Duterte pretended to read out offenses by Philippine Military Academy cadets that the president traditionally pardons at the military academy’s graduation rites. Among the supposed offenses was rape, drugs with rape and robbery, and multiple rape.

The Palace on Tuesday characterized Duterte’s comments as “mischievous” and said that the president talked lightly about sexual assault to make people laugh—which they did.

“People have been so used to his jokes hence his audience always receive them with hearty laughter,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo, who is also chief presidential legal counsel, said in a statement to reporters.

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[Tula] “Katarungan sa kapirasong laman” -ni Raymart King dela Cruz

Pamatid uhaw, Pantawid sarap
Nakasilay nang hita, sinaniban na.
Inabangan nang mag-isa
Kumuha nang tyempo hanggang sa dinamba
Tinakpan ang bibig
Maging mga mata
Sinuntok sa tiyan, pinalo sa ulo
Nawalan nang malay
Ayos na pare.
Isang panghahalay..

Kawawang Nene
Hindi na nakauwi.
Matapos parausan
Puso ay tumigil
Sinaksak paulit ulit
Ng punyal sa dibdib
Upang hindi na makita ay sa sako isinilid

Hagulgol ng magulang
Sa sinapit ng anak
Awa, Galit, Hinagpis
Bunga ay luhang pumatak.
Labing apat na taon
Pinag-aral – Inaruga
Sa isang iglap lamang
Kinabukasan ay nawala

Hustisyang hiningi
Naging mailap,
Mga mata ay bulag sa salaping ipinasak
Tila ba mga nakapikit
May pasak sa bibig.
Kapag hindi nagsalita ay gigilitan ng leeg.

Hayok sa laman
Dakilang timang
Sa sandaling aliw
Kinawawang nilalang.
Hindi na binuhay
Ninakawan pa ng katarungan
Langit ang huhusga
Sa gawa mong kasalanan.

Ang may akda ay nagsusulat din ng mga awitin at isa rin musikero.

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[From the web] Foster the empowerment of women and children -UCAN news

Foster the empowerment of women and children

There is a rising tide of “people power” in the world today, and it is female power. Women are standing up and speaking out as never before and more people are sitting up and listening to what they have to say. Their message is basic, straightforward and its most important words are: freedom from abuse, equality, justice, education.

Across the world, the #MeToo movement is empowering women and girls to stand up and challenge those who have harassed, abused or exploited them. Women themselves are challenging the historical oppression they endured for so long in submissive docility. They are now speaking out, holding their abusers, mostly men, to account and finding the courage to call them out and bring them to justice.

It takes bravery, too, to shake of the shackles of slavery and walk free. We are in a new age but the real struggle for the rights and equality of women and children lies ahead.

Jenny, a 14-year old girl from a slum in Manila, had very little in this world. The poor are the most vulnerable. She was not well loved at home, feared her strict father and joined a street gang.

The gang introduced Jenny to Juan Gonzales. He appeared to befriend her, gave her money, a cellphone, new clothes and took her to restaurants. He was grooming her and one day he took her to a hotel room and sexually violated her. He warned her not to tell anyone and gave her money. She was confused, shocked and felt guilt and obligated because he paid her.

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[Video] Four Cases of Prostituted Women in Four Minutes -CATW-AP

Four Cases of Prostituted Women in Four Minutes

CATW-AP and SENTRO started our healing program, including women’s rights training, with women survivors of the State’s drug-related killings in 2017.

 

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[Statement] Kaisa Ka stands up for Maria Ressa and a Free Press

Kaisa Ka stands up for Maria Ressa and a Free Press

Kaisa Ka stands up for freedom of expression and of the press. Kaisa Ka stands for Maria Ressa, a woman, a journalist, a staunch critic of the Duterte administration.

Kaisa Ka condemns the arrest of Ressa for the alleged commission of cyber libel when the alleged “acts” took place long before the passage of the Cybercrime Law.

The illegal arrest is meant to clip and render mute those who fight against the tyrannical, authoritarian and misogynist Duterte administration. This administration has already owned the Executive branch; coopted the judiciary with its selective application of the law, and has set it sights on media.

Freedom of the press and speech stand for freedom of the people, It is its stoutest weapon. Our Constitution, and all organic laws of all free states provide that “no law shall be passed, abridging the freedom of the press and that no person shall be punished except for an abuse of that freedom”.

Kaisa Ka believes in the best interest of a civilized society to have a full and free discussion of government affairs and have the liberty to comment upon the administration of government and guard against repressive measures. This can only be possible if the press is free to report and inform the public and are not sycophants of those in the halls of power.

We cannot and should not speak in whisper or exist with baited breath from fear of reprisal or censure. Kaisa Ka believes that it is our duty to bring to the bar of public opinion, the conduct of government officials whose exercise of authority is conferred by the people. It is not only our right. It is our duty.

Kaisa Ka is one with every woman, every citizen, activist and human rights defender in protest of this attack to our freedom. Together, we will not be silenced and cowed. We say no to ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE AND TYRANNY.

Break the culture of silence, violence and impunity! Free Maria Ressa!

Reference: Atty. Virginia Suarez, Chairperson –KAISA KA (0908 8159923)

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[In the news] House OKs bill criminalizing catcalling, street harassment -RAPPLER.com

House OKs bill criminalizing catcalling, street harassment

The House of Representatives approved on Monday, January 14, a bill that would punish catcalling and other forms of street harassment.

Legislators approved on 3rd and final reading House Bill (HB) 8794 or the “Safe Street, Public and Online Spaces Act” with a vote of 208-0-0. (READ: The many faces of sexual harassment in PH)

The bill seeks to tag as “crimes” different forms of gender-based street, public spaces, and online sexual harassment, which are committed “through any unwanted and uninvited sexual actions or remarks against any person that result or will likely result [to] an invasion of the victim’s sense of personal safety, regardless of the motive for committing such action or remarks.”

The Senate already approved its version of the measure in October 2018, which means the bill will now go to the bicameral conference committee so lawmakers can reconcile conflicting provisions of their versions.

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[In the news] PHL Commission on Women: Sexual abuse is no laughing matter -GMAnews

PHL Commission on Women: Sexual abuse is no laughing matter

Sexual assault is not something to laugh about and make fun of, the Philippine Commission on Women said on Monday in a statement that also calls out public officials who “continue to perpetuate misogyny” and trivialize rape with their comments.

Any sexual abuse “is an abhorrent attack on a person’s self-worth and should never be used as subject matter to prove a point,” the PCW’s statement, released on the occasion of its 44th anniversary, stressed.

“It is no laughing matter to use sexual abuse anecdotes which treat women as sex objects to ‘lighten’ discussions in public assemblies,” it added.

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[In the news] Duterte’s sexist tirades -PHILSTAR.com

Duterte’s sexist tirades

Vice President Leni Robredo says “jokes” about molesting sleeping househelp “normalize” sexual abuse.

On her weekly radio show, Robredo says that telling jokes is not wrong but says in Filipino that “there are some jokes that really shouldn’t be told.”

President Rodrigo Duterte reaped criticism last week for saying he had touched a sleeping househelp when he was still a teen. The Palace has said that the president’s story was made up and was supposedly meant to highlight sexual abuse by Catholic priests.

Robredo says the “joke” could put Filipino OFWs at risk and says the president’s story seems to have been told “without considering so many of our fellow Filipinos work as domestic helpers abroad and there have been many cases of abuse.”

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[Statement] Matindi ang pinsala ng kabastusang ito (ni Duterte) sa mga kababaihan, lalo na sa mga kasambahay -PKKK

Matindi ang pinsala ng kabastusang ito (ni Duterte) sa mga kababaihan, lalo na sa mga kasambahay

PAHAYAG NG PAMBANSANG KOALISYON NG KABABAIHAN SA KANAYUNAN (PKKK) SA KABASTUSAN NI DUTERTE

Kami sa PKKK ay nagpapahayag ng galit sa pagmamalaki ni Duterte sa kanyang ginawang molestasyon ng kanilang kasambahay. Naniniwala kami na ikinuwento niya ito hindi sa perspektibo ng isang batang lalaki bagkus sa perspektibo ng isang indibidwal na naniniwalang normal ang pambabastos sa kababaihan.

Hindi kailanman katanggap-tanggap ang anumang aksyon ng sekswal na karahasan – pisikal man o verbal, at lalong hindi sa porma ng biro. Ang kanyang ginawa ay nagpapalakas loob sa mga kalalakihan. Ang mga nagdedepensa sa kanyang pahayag ay syang tagapaypay ng lakas ng loob na ito – ang mambastos at manamantala sa mga tinitingnang mahihina.

Kami sa PKKK ay naniniwalang matindi ang pinsala ng kabastusang ito sa mga kababaihan, lalo na sa mga kasambahay. Marami sa kanila ay galing sa mga probinsya na apektado ng matinding kahirapan sa kanayunan. Hindi makatarungan na ang kanilang trabaho ay lalo pang inilantad sa karahasan dahil sa “ginawang istorya” ni Duterte. Hindi lamang ito istorya, kundi bahagi ito ng kasaysayan ng machismo.

Sa pagtatapos ng taong 2018, tinuring na ika-8 ang Pilipinas sa mga bansang nakakaranas ng gender equality sa ilalim ng Global Gender Gap report ng World Economic Forum (WEF). Naniniwala ang PKKK na hangga’t may bastos tayong Presidente, mga opisyal na nagbibigay-katwiran, at mga nananahimik sa kanyang mga sinasabi, nagmimistulang hungkag ang pagkilalang ito.

Muli kaming nananawagan na aralin at isapuso natin ang prinsipyo ng karapatang pantao. Gawin nating sentro ito ng mga diskusyon sa usaping kaunlaran. Walang saysay ang anumang klase ng progreso o kahusayan ng materyal na kondisyon kung walang pagkilala sa dignidad ng lahat ng Pilipino.

Taong maaaring kontakin:
Amparo Miciano
Secretary-General
ruralwomencongress_ph@yahoo.com
Cell No.: 09189244802
Tel No.: 372-9041

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[Right-up] Taas-kamaong pagpupugay sa lahat ng ina ng bayan -ni Atty. Virginia Lacsa Suarez

TAAS-KAMAONG PAGPUPUGAY SA LAHAT NG INA NG BAYAN….

Photo by PhilRights

Sa bawat babaeng nilapastangan, minura at binastos;

sa bawat manggagawang kontraktwal, inabuso at tinanggal;

sa bawat bata o matandang kinitil ang buhay;

sa bawat magsasaka at mangigisdang inagawan ng kalikasan at kabuhayan;

sa bawat paslit na nagugutom sa kalye; o pasyente na walang pambili ng gamot o walang mapuntahang ospital;

at sa bawat pamilyang walang makain at matirhan…

may INA na bumabaka ng hirap o di kaya’y NAKIKIBAKA para sa Inang-bayan.
– Atty. Virginia Lacsa Suarez

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[From the web] Rage for Rights Against Misogyny and Tyranny -KAISA KA

Rage for Rights Against Misogyny and Tyranny

Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (KAISA KA) marked International Women’s Day,March 8, also known as International Working Women’s Day with creative actions in Manila, Cebu and Baguio to underscore the message that as long as one among us is subjected to violence and abuse whether physically, psychologically or even economically, no woman can be truly emancipated.

In Manila, women conducted a jog-protest against violence and tyranny from Recto to Mendiola while in Cebu, KAISA KA joined the women of Cebu Citizen’s Alliance (CCA) as they march from Sto. Rosario to Metro Gaisano in the morning. The action opens the month-long commemoration of International Women’s Day with the theme: Rage Pinay, Women Resist! which will be punctuated by learning sessions in schools and communities.

In Baguio, creative interpretations of the theme: Stop Misogyny, Uphold Women’s Human Rights and Dignity will be done in the afternoon at People’s Park.

According to KAISA KA Chairperson Attorney Virginia Suarez, rather than blaming women’s sensibilities for being offended and degraded by the words of the President, offensive and degrading speech has no place in the Presidential lexicon. Rather than promoting women’s rights he is doing the exact opposite – promoting a climate that breeds misogyny, sexism and encourages violence against women.

“This government has been especially hard on strong women who are taking a stand against a tyrannical ruler, especially one bent on appropriating more power by undermining checks to executive power,” added Suarez referring to Supreme Court Justice Chief Justice Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and Senator Leila de Lima.

“Making “change work for women” will not go beyond lip service unless this normalization of violence against women is addressed,” pointed out Suarez.

KAISA KA cited that though there are strides globally with respect to human rights the global trend of ultra-right and ultra-conservative leaders further constrict whatever “safe space” remains for women to enjoy a life of dignity.

Poverty and VAW

“We anticipate that as the economy worsens, so would more women fall prey to abuse and violence,” added Suarez as studies have shown a correlation between poverty and violence against women.

KAISA KA pointed out that in many Filipino households; it is the wife and mother who is tasked with trying to stretch the meager family finances or “gumagawa ng paraan”. And with inflation now at 4.5% (or a 4 year high) due to the direct and indirect effects of Tax Reform and Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN, the finances are insufficient to cover the bare minimum of subsistence.

TRAIN took away from the already poor while on one hand giving back to the already rich citing that the 40 % of the riches Filipinos earning a combined income of 4.1 Trillion pesos got 137 Billion pesos as a result of the lowering of the Personal Income Tax while the poorest 60 percent of the population earning a combined income of 2.1 Trillion pesos got nothing from TRAIN and in fact will be squeezed further because of it.

Women become more prone to abuse and violence, the more that they are economically disenfranchised or marginalized. Some even resort to anti-social activities to tide over their families.

For KAISA KA, to continue to assert women’s rights and welfare in these troubled times is a challenge especially since alongside the culture that normalizes misogyny is a palpable culture of fear and passivity as a result of weaponizing the war against drugs against the poor and down-trodden including women and children

“No woman can be safe until all are safe, we must rage against the impending darkness so that we can be able to the dawning light of day,” ended Suarez.###
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About KAISA KA
Founded in 1998, Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan Para sa Kalayaan or KAISA KA (Unity of Women for Freedom) is a national organization of grassroots women advocating for emancipation of women from the three-tier oppression as a people, as a class and as women,
In the past KAISA KA has been very vocal against the ill effects of unequal security relations between the US and the Philippines (MDT,VFA, MLSA, and EDCA) It believes that violence perpetuated against women is more systemic in nature and should be addressed in a more holistic and comprehensive manner such as affecting a change in the policy as well as a change in the existing value systems.

#IWD2018

[KAISA KA] #IWD2018 Rage for Rights Against Misogyny and Tyranny
PRESS RELEASE
March 8, 2018
Reference: Atty. Virginia Lacsa Suarez, Chairperson KAISA KA

Source: web.facebook.com/notes/kilusan-para-sa-pambansang-demokrasya

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[Statement] FORUM-ASIA commemorates International Women’s Day 2018 in solidarity with women’s rights and feminist movement

FORUM-ASIA commemorates International Women’s Day 2018 in solidarity with women’s rights and feminist movement

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) joins the international community in commemorating International Women’s Day 2018 and celebrating the fundamental principles of equality and non-discrimination.

We express solidarity with all women’s rights and feminist organisations and movements in Asia and beyond. We salute them for their courage to challenge the structural causes of gender-based violence and discrimination, and for their resistance against injustice and inequality that has been perpetuated by unequal power relations.

Globally, it is undeniable that gender inequality exists in various areas like political participation, economic status and education opportunities. Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) in Asia face severe challenges which can be life-threatening in some cases, as they are confronted by additional barriers not only due to the hostile political climate towards human rights defenders, but also because of patriarchal norms and the systematic discrimination against women in the region. They often need to deal with gender-based harassment and discrimination, facing greater risks involving themselves, their families as well as their communities.

Despite the challenges, these women stand up to speak out and fight against the injustice and repression they encounter, and it is this determination and bravery that assures that they have and always will be the driving force for change. On this special day, FORUM-ASIA pays tribute to all the courageous women who have contributed to the advancement of human rights around the world.

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[From the web] FIDH presents 101 statistics on violations of women’s rights -FIDH

On the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day, FIDH is launching a website page presenting 101 shocking statistics on sexist violence and discrimination against women worldwide. This action aims to highlight the depth of male-female inequality and the many areas in which these abuses occur: relationships, marriage, health, work, politics, access to land, media visibility, and more.

FIDH presents 101 statistics on violations of women’s rights, for example:

– 3 women are killed by their partners every day in the United States.
– Only 11 countries in the world had women heads of state in 2017.
The women’s free speech movement that has emerged over the past six months is encouraging more and more female victims of abuse to speak out, press charges and help raise awareness about the devastating extent and nature of this phenomenon. Feminist movements worldwide are mobilising against conservatism and misogyny. But the fight to liberate women from oppression and patriarchal domination is far from over.
The fight for equality is everyone’s fight: women’s and men’s alike. If you find these figures offensive, help by sharing them on social networks.

The fight for women’s rights must be fought every day, not only on March 8.

Read more @www.fidh.org

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[Statement] Violence against women is a policy of the Duterte administration -WMW

STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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Violence against women is a policy of the Duterte administration. This violence is evident in the president’s economic policies, his verbal attack on women, and his marginalization of women in power. Today, International Women’s Day 2018, we are telling Mr. Duterte that we’ve had enough of these. We are rising, resisting, reclaiming our power!

Mr. Duterte’s war on drugs has left in its trail thousands of widows and orphans, yet he stubbornly refuses to replace the wanton killing of alleged drug users with a more comprehensive, humane rehabilitation program that would be more sustainable. He would rather have the poor killed and their number decimated than come up with an anti-poverty program that would address the problem’s more systemic roots. In a September survey, released in December last year, 47 percent Filipinos (10.4 million) considered themselves poor, while more than 30 percent or more than 7 million Filipinos rated themselves food poor or unable to obtain enough income to feed themselves and their families adequately. In October 2017, there were 134,000 fewer employed Filipinos from last year, owing to the 1.43 million jobs lost in the agricultural sector (Punongbayan, JC. Rappler, Dec. 2017). He could not even put an end to ENDO as promised, thus allowing for the continuing feminization of contractual labor even as his administration pushed for the passing into law and now the implementation of TRAIN, a taxation system that further devalues the income of workers who also have to face increased costs of basic goods and provisions.

Meanwhile, Duterte’s anti-women remarks have always been passed off as “jokes” but they reveal a deep-seated hatred of women; these tirades against women further contribute to the normalization of sexual violence against women and girls. Under his strong-man rule, what the president says is not just mere words but are taken as policy themselves. His promotion of sex tourism with his remark on “42 virgins” as come-on for visitors to the country and his encouragement of the military to shoot the vagina of female rebels (members of the New People’s Army) again constitute violent attacks on women and make us more vulnerable to violence.

Another means of Mr. Duterte to control and punish women is by disempowering women in government positions and in media who refuse to be cowed and are critical of the president’s actions and policies, such as in the case of Senator Leila de Lima, who was imprisoned without due process, and Chief Justice Sereno who is now threatened with an impeachment. Then, there are also Partricia Licuanan of CHED, Pia Ranada and Maria Ressa of Rappler, among others.

Duterte lies when he says he supports women’s rights and their role in development. “Look at what I’ve done in Davao”, he would boast. But he doesn’t talk about how the indigenous women have been made vulnerable as they face the military daily as they fight for their ancestral lands against corporations. He would even pick out mining and plantation companies that can invest in these ancestral lands. These indigenous women face harassments, threats, and leaders are killed.

Unable to solve socio-economic issues, Duterte wants charter change and a shift to federal system of government to further his authoritarian rule. But we, Filipino women, will have no more of Duterte’s duplicity and violence against women in all forms. Kabuhayan, Katarungan, Kapangyarihan sa Kababaihan are rightfully ours. With nothing to gain from this government, we shall rise, resist, and reclaim our bodies, and spaces!

Alyansa Tigil Mina
Amnesty International Philippines
Bagong Kamalayan Prostitution Survivors’ Collective
BUKLOD – Olongapo
Center for Migrant Advocacy, Phils. Inc.
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP)
Focus on the Global South
Foundation for Media Alternatives
Kalipunan ng Kilusang Masa (KALIPUNAN)
LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenouse Women’s Rights)
Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan Sa Kanayunan
Partido Manggagawa
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates
Piglas Kababaihan
Sarilaya
Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa – Sentro
USAD Ateneo de Manila
WomanHealth Philippines
Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau – WLB
World March of Women – Pilipinas

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[Statement] RISE, RESIST, RECLAIM our rights, our voice, our territories -Lilak

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March 8 2018 – International Women’s Day
RISE, RESIST, RECLAIM our rights, our voice, our territories

We have been told to go to hell when we filed a complaint against then candidate Duterte with the Gender Ombud for violation of Magna Carta of Women, with his rape jokes and other sexist remarks.

We were on the streets until the eve of election to urge women and men to “Resist Neo-Fascists” and not vote for Duterte-Marcos.

We continued to march, wept for, and protested against the thousands of killings of women, men and even children under the so called War on Drugs; and kept pushing for legal, health-based and humane process for addressing drug addiction and rehabilitation.

We were vigilantly calling out sexist remarks, and anti-women actions of Duterte and his men, especially against women who are courageous enough to stand up for the truth, and against Duterte.

We have opposed Kill Bills (Death Penalty and Lowering the Age of Criminal Liability).

We have rejected Duterte’s persistency in weakening democratic institutions, and institutionalizing impunity.
We have been called “angry feminists” and without sense of humour.

We were harassed. We were maligned, threatened – on line, off line.

We keep on. We stand against the entrenchment of feudal landlords and the wholesale land grabbing of foreign corporations through charter change. We continue to work to end violence against women. We demand accountability to those who perpetuate misogyny. We resist fascists.

Our numbers may be few, but our voices are loud, our feet steady. And we are growing, like flowers abloom.

We are ReSISTERS!

This international Day of Women, LILAK joins our indigenous women sisters who stand with courage asserting their rights to their land, to life with dignity; and World March of Women-Pilipinas as we all RISE, RESIST and RECLAIM our rights, our voice, our territories as we struggle for more humane, just, fair, societies, where women of diverse identities are respected, honoured and celebrated.
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[Video] Lumaban sa sari-saring paraan (Marso 8) -World March of Women

[Video] Lumaban sa sari-saring paraan (Marso 8) -World March Of Women

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[From the web] “Something Must be Done:” Why Nymia Simbulan Risks It All for Filipino Human Rights -globalhumanrights.org

“Something Must be Done:”
Why Nymia Simbulan Risks It All for Filipino Human Rights
By Carolyn Ziv, Fund Staff
December 11, 2017

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Imagine being a young mother with two children, another on the way—and your husband in the crosshairs of your government’s intelligence agencies.

Imagine that, fearing for the safety of your children, you make the difficult decision to send them across an ocean to live with relatives.

Imagine witnessing your husband put behinds bars, unfairly imprisoned for speaking out against injustice.

And imagine that despite all of this, you persist.

Filipina activist Nymia Pimentel Simbulan doesn’t have to imagine; this is her reality. But instead of being silenced, Nymia channeled these experiences into her activism. Today, she is the Executive Director of the Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights), a grantee of the Fund for Global Human Rights that investigates, exposes, and advocates for an end to human rights abuses.

With PhilRights emerging as a vocal critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s ongoing “war on drugs,” Nymia’s work is risky. But like so many of the women activists the Fund supports, Nymia refuses to give up when the going gets tough. It’s a persistence she has demonstrated since her days as a student activist protesting an authoritarian regime—a peaceful resistance that landed Nymia herself in jail.

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