Gabriela Women's Party today joins women from different parts of the country and the world marching to end the abuse women and the motherland in commemorating the United Nations-declared International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and the National Consciousness Day to End Violence Against Women and Children.
“Today, we remember the heroism of the Mirabal Sisters who fought against and helped put an end to the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic and inspired women from all over to struggle against their own oppression and exploitation. This year women find ourselves amid a struggle to defy the glorification of a dictator and authoritarian governance with the recent burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” said Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Emmi De Jesus
De Jesus underscored in importance of remembering history and taking inspiration from the lives of women victims and survivors of Marcos’ Martial Law. “During his 20 years in Malacanang, hundreds of women resisting his rule were brutalized by his and his family’s greed and hunger for power and wealth. They had been illegally arrested, arbitrarily detained, tortured, raped. Many were killed, some went missing, with their families still searching for them until present. Like the Mirabal sisters, they valiantly stood against political persecution and state violence.”
Fellow Gabriela lawmaker Arlene Brosas meanwhile opined how women continue to face old and new forms of violence, oppression, and exploitation with the continued implementation of neo-liberal policies from Marcos to Aquino. “The challenge now lies with the present administration to reverse the neo-liberal policies that deprive people of access to proper education, healthcare, housing, and decent jobs and other basic needs. We also call on the Duterte administration to rid his governance of vestiges of Marcosian rule and scrap the counter insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan and the release of all political prisoners to boost and uphold the ongoing peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front.” ”
“Women face landlessness, dispossession of their agricultural and ancestral lands due to local and foreign interest, eviction from their homes, lack of decent job and wages, and lack of appropriate and quality social services and public infrastructure. Women also remain the target of different forms of violence and abuse inside the home, in the workplace, and in the streets.”
This International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Gabriela Women’s Party is one with the Filipino people in rage against the continuing and intensifying forms of violence against women. GWP and women from different parts of the country marks this day with the “Women’s Unity to End Abuse of Women and Motherland” at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, and the “National Day of Unity and Rage” spearheaded by the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses in Malacanang in Rizal Park. #