Women whacked by double whammy of pro-biz policies, militarism under Duterte - Gabriela

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 23:16 -- gwp_prop

Party-list Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) described the state of women under Duterte as being whacked by the double whammy of the continuation of neoliberal or pro-business policies and the rising tide of fascism especially with the looming extension of martial law in Mindanao. “One year has lapsed under President Duterte and yet neoliberal policies, such as contractualization, remain in full swing and women remain victims of rights violations by the AFP and the PNP,” said GWP Rep. Emmi De Jesus at the State of Women Address (SOWA) in the Mendiola this morning. “We prod President Duterte to immediately act on women’s pending demands particularly the end of ‘Endo’ or the contractualization scheme,” she added, noting that GWP filed HB 1045 or the Regular Employment Bill. The lawmaker said contractualization remains rampant in the wholesale and retail, electronics manufacturing, and food service activities sectors where concentration of women workers is high. GWP also noted that 16.22 million women or half of the 32.5 million total population of working women in the country are shut out of the labor force, highlighting a backward economy that cannot absorb women in productive sectors. “The lack of sufficient productive employment for women is made worse by surging prices of basic commodities, lack of decent housing, and the privatization of social services,” De Jesus said. For her part, GWP Rep. Arlene Brosas said Duterte’s first year is marred by rape jokes, heightened militarism, and violence against women and children (VAWC). “It is appalling that women have become the face of Duterte’s sick jokes in military camps and of the victims of massive displacement due to increased militarization of communities. Certainly this does compute with Duterte’s supposed pro-women record, a claim he made during the election season,” Rep. Brosas said. Brosas reiterated GWP’s demand to end the US-instigated war on terror in Mindanao under the banner of martial law, which has only made women and children more vulnerable to abuse “We continue to oppose the martial law and the move to extend it, as it has resulted to more rights violations against women and children. We will definitely push for a debate when Congress holds a special joint session on Saturday,” she said. “We will amplify the women’s agenda for regular jobs, social services and national sovereignty in the run-up to the State of the Nation Address (SONA). We wil join the mobilization next week in the thousands,” Brosas ended. #