ONE BILLION RISING FOR REVOLUTION
On February 14, 2015, one billion women from various countries are expected not only to rise to demand justice, but to also stand up to combat corruption and push for system change. More than 200 countries participate in One Billion Rising, and in the Philippines, GABRIELA has been the anchoring organization for the past 3 years mobilizing thousands of Filipino women and children to participate. This year’s theme is “One Billion Rising for Revolution!”
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“It is about time for a radical shift not only in consciousness, but also in the people and the system. We need to step up to a level where we do not only demand justice, but address the very causes of injustice,” Wilson underscored that even with the rising consciousness and active participation of women in combating violence, the number of incidents have not changed but worsened.
“The government’s corruption of public money, misappropriation of military budget, defunding of social services, and extremely corrupted sense of political governance have contributed to the rise of social justice and rampant incidents of violence against women and children.”
Gabriela Deputy Secretary General Obeth Montes said their most recent research revealed that one girl or woman is raped every one hour and 21 minutes, and a woman is beaten by her partner every 31 minutes. She said these figures are worse than the previous years. She noted that the increase in the reported cases may reflect that more women are bravely breaking their silence and consciously fighting for their rights. However, it also suggests that the Philippine government has failed to put an end to violence against women and girls.
“The continuous rise of VAW cases is alarming. But what’s even more alarming is that the government appears to be not doing anything about it. The money that is apportioned for programs that will address issues like VAW is being pocketed by the very few who are in power,” Montes lamented. Gabriela Secretary General Joms Salvador added that the government, including the authorities, should be held accountable for the rise in violence cases. She explained, “Acts of violence against women and children are becoming more brazen because we have a government that condones impunity and promotes violence and injustice.”
She said, “When we talk about VAW, we talk about the government and its efforts to eradicate it. Our government instead promotes policies and programs that are detrimental to women and the people. It breeds corruption of public funds, promotes a brutally corrupt and decadent police institution, defunds social services to allot public monies on anti-people programs, militarizes communities and allows a foreign government to occupy our land.”
IVOW: END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
For women around the world, the struggle against violence is a stark reality. More so with Filipino women who grapple with poverty in a feudal patriarchal context. Indeed, the intensifying economic and political crisis in the country is increasing vulnerability of women to gender-based violence. Gruesome stores of violence committed against women and children have become more common fare in TV, radio, and print media. Most are committed on individual women, but an increasing number involve groups of women in the case of sex trafficking, cybersex, pornography, and prostitution. It is this reason that GABRIELA considers the issue of VAW as its core gender-based campaign.
Violence Against Women is defined as:
- The use of intimidation, threat, forced or coerced physical, sexual, psychological or emotional abuse against women.
- This may happen or occur inside the home, in the community, or at the hands of the
state or government.
- This is a violation of basic human rights.
1. Invite GABRIELA to your organization to educate your members about violence against women (VAW).
2. Organize! Join the GABRIELA campaign by attending activities, volunteering, or donating resources.
3. Spread the word! Take every opportunity to share knowledge and information on the issue.
TEACH THEM A LESSON CAMPAIGN:
Over 4,800 Filipinos leave their homeland everyday in order to work abroad and roughly 70% of them are women. For a decade, batches of Filipino teachers have been trafficked by Isidro Rodriguez and promised jobs, salaries, housing, and bonuses. Over 300 teachers have been survivors of his trafficking scheme. We organize to win justice for these teachers and other victims of labor trafficking.
Through “Teach Them A Lesson”, we hope to push for the speedy resolution of specific cases of trafficking and highlight the gravity of the trafficking problem itself. We hope to make perpetrators accountable. More importantly, we aim to expose the government’s ineptitude and hypocrisy in the anti-trafficking campaign in the light of its continuing program for labor export.
“Teach Them A Lesson” aims to raise awareness and broaden support for victims of human trafficking. It shall stress the need for unity and solidarity between victims and survivors, on one hand, and their allies and supporters, on the other hand, by highlighting the importance of our teachers in our personal lives and in society.
“Teach Them A Lesson” means forging the broadest global unity possible against human trafficking through various activities and actions that would link global participation from victims, advocates and supporters.
For more information: www.facebook.com/TeachThemALesson
JUSTICE FOR JENNIFER LAUDE
On October 11th, 2014, a 26 year old transgender woman named Jennifer Laude was brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine in Olongapo City, Philippines. We view LGBTQ rights as human rights and we seek justice for Jennifer Laude and an end to unequal foreign policies such as the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) that only exacerbate the problem of U.S. militarization and violence against women and children.
Trans Lives Matter!
End Violence Against Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People!
Healthcare, Housing and Human Rights for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People Now!
Justice for Jennifer Laude and for All Victims of Transphobia, Militarization, and State Violence!
Junk the VFA and EDCA! US Troops Out!
We request your support in the campaign for Justice for Jennifer Laude, and for an end to the VFA and EDCA.
Please help us reach 1,000 signatures, by signing and forwarding our petition: bit.ly/justice4jennifer