CONGRESSWOMAN EMMI A. DE JESUS
GABRIELA WOMEN'S PARTY
Rm. 309 South Wing Building, House of Representatives
Congresswoman EMMI DE JESUS is a second-termer representative of the Gabriela Women's Party. She was elected PRESIDENT of the GABRIELA WOMEN’S PARTY, and from 2012 until October 2015, she was the past CHAIRPERSON of GABRIELA, a nationwide alliance of women’s organizations, with over 200 chapters nationwide as well as overseas.
Rep. Emmi has been an advocate for women's rights and the genuine emancipation of the Filipino people from exploitation and oppression for over three decades now. In 1983 she helped found the Samahan ng Malayang Kababaihang Nagkakaisa or SAMAKANA. The next year she was one of the pillars who established the GABRIELA National Alliance of Women. They mobilized hundreds of thousands of women nationwide to advance the voices of women in society and oppose tyranny and oppression.
As member of the GABRIELA National Council, she coordinated various departments while also working as grassroots organizer of women from various walks of life – students, young professionals, workers and mothers from urban poor communities. Even before she was asked to run as partylist representative in 2010, Cong Emmi was already active in the halls of both houses of Congress pushing for laws that now protect women and children.
"Ang laban para sa babae, bata, at bayan ay dapat ipagpatuloy, sa lahat ng larangan, sa loob at labas man sa kongreso," is Emmi's sincerest belief. She was convenor of many campaigns for women’s rights, including the Purple Rose Campaign against sex-trafficking in 1999, Women say No to US Troops in 2002, and the BABALA or Babae Laban sa Katiwalian, an anti-corruption alliance of women in 2008. She was frequently invited to represent grassroots Filipino women in international conferences on peace, disarmament, human rights, migrant workers and immigration issues, food security, and children’s welfare.
Together with Congresswoman Luz Ilagan also of Gabriela, Cong. Emmi helped pass the Republic Act 10398 or the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children during her first term. Now in her second term in Congress, Cong. Emmi is pushing for several bills to address the unequal status of women in law and in society, notably the bill on Pinoy-style divorce, and bills to abolish antiquated laws barring property ownership and marital infidelity.
But to Cong. Emmi, bills protecting the rights of workers and informal settlers are very close to her heart, because of her long experiences in labor organizing. She is author of bills that would ban labor-only contracting, and tighter regulations for the assurance of occupational safety and health, to prevent the exploitation of workers. Cong. Emmi diligently attends investigative hearings here and abroad on the pork barrel and corruption issues, the plight of overseas Filipino workers, and human rights abuses. In a few times, she is personally involved in taking up the cudgels of workers who have been summarily dismissed and women and girls who seek help for sexual violence cases.
As a member of the minority bloc of Congress, she is very active in fiscalizing the administration, and this included the filing of an impeachment complaint against the office of the President for his approval of the Enhanced Visiting Forces Agreement.
Despite her busy schedule Cong. Emmi is a full time housemaker, mother to three successful professionals and doting lola to a growing brood.
Cong. Emmi De Jesus graduated from the Manila Science High School and studied Bachelor of Science Major in Physics at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.