In a forum leading up to the commemoration of International Women’s Day tomorrow, March 8, Gabriela Women’s Party highlighted the plight of women workers and peasants and called on Congress to pass laws that will uplift their lives and took a swipe at moves to pass the bill to re-impose of the death penalty.
“Nakalulungkot at nakagagalit na sa bisperas ng paggunita ng araw ng kababaihan, sa halip na ipinapakita ng mga mambabatas ang pagpapahalaga sa buhay ng kababaihan at kanilang mga pamilya, nakahanda itong ipasa ang isang batas na tuluyang kikitil sa buhay, lalo na ng mahihirap nating kababaihan,” said Gabriela Rep. Emmi De Jesus.
Gabriela solons stressed that addressing the roots of poverty, ensuring social justice is key to eliminating crime and the illegal drug trade and not death penalty.
Women at the forum identified and pushed for the approval of key measures that will significantly improve women’s conditions in the workplace and in rural communities. Among these proposed legislation are:
- HB 1045: Regular Employment Bill
- HB 1044: Occupational Safety and Health Standards Bill
- HB 4113: 100-Days Maternity Leave Bill
- HB 555: Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill
- HB 558: Free Irrigation Services Bill
- HB 2715: People’s Mining Bill
According to De Jesus, “Hindi solusyon ang pagpataw ng parusang kamatayan. Kahirapan, gutom at desperasyon ang dahilan kung bakit naitutulak ang marami sa ating mga kababayan na kumapit sa patalim at makagawa ng krimen kabilang na ang paggamit at pagtutulak ng iligal na droga. Ang kahirapang ito, sanhi na rin ng patuloy na atake ng neo-liberalismo sa ating mamamyan at kababaihan ang dapat na tinutugunan ng lehislatura at ng pamahalaan.”
Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas rallied fellow legislators to support priority relief and social-reform measures. An artwork portraying women’s aspirations for social justice and peace was unveiled as members of Congress each removed pieces of boards signifying their support for the key legislative measures.
“Our role as members of Congress is important and the worsening poverty of our people must compel us to act with urgency in passing pro-people legislation and reversing neoliberal policies,” said Brosas.
Gabriela Women’s Party and the GABRIELA alliance is set to lead women’s marches nationwide, tomorrow to commemorate international women’s day and echo the women’s call for land, jobs, justice and peace. #