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[Statement] We remain steadfast in protecting children’s rights; we resist any vilification of women and children; we condemn the further killings -CLRD

Statement on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018

Today is international women’s day. Women must be celebrated and honored. But how in this precarious time, where our civil and political rights are in constant danger, do we commemorate this symbolic day? In the past few months, many lives were taken – women and children included, caught int he crossfire of the unrelenting drug war.

Many of our children are left without their mothers, sisters, aunts and grandmothers. they were traumatized and continue to suffer the feeling of wanting and longing for their loved ones.

As we grieve with the children who have lost the women figure in their lives, we, at Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC), likewise stand in solidarity with all the women who have lost their loved ones, especially their children.

We remain steadfast in protecting children’s rights; we resist any vilification of women and children; we condemn the further killings.

We call for a fair and just society where the human dignity of everyone are respected, especially the rights of those who are the most vulnerable among us.

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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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[Campaign] It’s about time we celebrate our SHEroes! -DAKILA

It’s about time we celebrate our SHEroes!

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Extracted from DAKILA Fb page

Extracted from DAKILA Fb page

In celebration of Women’s Month, Dakila and Rappler will be celebrating women heroes through ‪#‎SHEro‬! We want to get to know every woman who has inspired you. Submit the stories of your sheroes to move.ph+shero@rappler.com or post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag Dakila and Rappler. We will feature your stories! After sharing your shero, tag 2 other friends and challenge them to share theirs. The women in our lives deserve to be celebrated. Mabuhay ang kababaihan!

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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).

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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.

Statement of FDC Women Committee on International Women’s Day
March 8, 2014

[Blog] And on the 101st… We Cheered louder! -koihernandez.wordpress.com

And on the 101st… We Cheered louder!
by koihernandez


On the 101st Celebration of the International Women’s day.

I am seriously… seriously… very busy lately. I almost got hit by a cab while crossing the road cos I was in a thinking very deeply. Things like, why am I working, what am I doing with my life, why did I leave our house (I’ll explain this later) , am I going to graduate… stuff people a LOT older than me would have be more suitable to think.

But today, is no ordinary day. I have to make time for this. No matter how busy I am … I will never forget… that today… is the celebration of Women’s day.

Exactly a year ago, I am sure that I was in the middle of my pre-employment check-up (for a different job) when someone called me and asked me to join their march for the celebration of this day. Unfortunately, it was the only day that was given to me by my then employer to finish the check up. I didn’t go. But, I was wearing a violet shirt. I still have the shirt from last year. You see, I asked the organizers to give me a copy of the shirt. I’ll wear it and take a picture of me in it sometime when I get the time.

According to the Wikipedia…

International Women’s Day (IWD) is originally called the International Working Women’s Day and is marked on March 8 every year.

In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.

It started as a Socialist political event. The holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc. In many regions, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and St Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the original political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

A brief history:

The first national Women’s Day was observed on 28 February 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. In August 1910, an International Women’s Conference was organized to precede the general meeting of the Socialist Second Internationalin Copenhagen. Inspired in part by the American socialists, German Socialist Luise Zietz proposed the establishment of an annual ‘International Woman’s Day’ (singular) and was seconded by Clara Zetkin, although no date was specified at that conference. Delegates (100 women from 17 countries) agreed with the idea as a strategy to promote equal rights, including suffrage, for women. The following year, on 18 March, 1911, IWD was marked for the first time, by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In the Austro-Hungarian Empire alone, there were 300 demonstrations.[3] In Vienna, women paraded on the Ringstrasseand carried banners honouring the martyrs of the Paris Commune. Women demanded that women be given the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination. Americans continued to celebrate National Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February.

In 1913 Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February (by Julian calendar then used in Russia). In 1917 demonstrations marking International Women’s Day in St.Petersburg on the last Sunday in February (which fell on 8 March on theGregorian calendar) initiated the February Revolution.

Following the October Revolution, the Bolshevik Alexandra Kollontai persuaded Lenin to make it an official holiday in the Soviet Union, and it was established, but was a working day until 1965. On May 8, 1965 by the decree of the USSR Presidium of the Supreme SovietInternational Women’s Day was declared a non working day in the USSR “in commemoration of the outstanding merits of Soviet women in communistic construction, in the defense of their Fatherland during the Great Patriotic War, in their heroism and selflessness at the front and in the rear, and also marking the great contribution of women to strengthening friendship between peoples, and the struggle for peace. But still, women’s day must be celebrated as are other holidays.”

From its official adoption in Russia following the Soviet Revolution in 1917 the holiday was predominantly celebrated in communist and socialist countries. It was celebrated by the communists in China from 1922, and by Spanish communists from 1936. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949 the state council proclaimed on December 23 that March 8 would be made an official holiday with women in China given a half-day off.

In the West, International Women’s Day was first observed as a popular event after 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

(All of these and more can be read on this article in the Wikipedia)

On my personal notes:

Some might consider MALE as the first sex and Female as second sex (this is the ideology which was followed to create the idea of third sex) but I sooo hope it is not so. Because, as a female myself, I can see how very important we are to the society so why should we be second? That’s my reason why I am one of the advocates for equality. We are competitive and trained for multi-tasking since the day we were born. We can take care of a baby while watching t.v and cooking all at the same time and still manage to make everything excellent for crying out loud! We can work in construction sites like men, we are even bosses of some men in the sites… so why… are we second?

It is a definite maybe that it is because of the story of creation. It is said that God created men first, so why did he create women? it is said that God saw that man was lonely (are we their entertainers then? Yes we are, but… that’s definitely all we are.) I believe that even though the first one is the best one… the second will DEFINITELY be… a better one. Because God knows we are capable of doing more… God made us more.

Women’s Day 2012:

The UN (United Nations) theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty. In many countries, International Women’s Day is an occasion to honor and praise women for their accomplishments.

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