Women’s group and other people’s group danced simultaneously at the Rizal Park yesterday to drumbeat the end of violence against women (VAW).
Gabriela Women’s Party and Gabriela Alliance, along with Migrante Partylist, Salugpungan, Karapatan and other people’s organization initiated a flash mob in their One Billion Rising: Revolution Campaign (OBR) this year.
OBR director Monique Wilson said this year’s celebration focused on the cases of human rights violation involving the indigenous people and migrant workers.
Wilson said the movement is a continuous call for the government to give ample attention on the cases of violence against women as well as apprehending those responsible for the abuse and the causes of its prevalence.
“Sa aming experience kasi, hindi na siya nagiging number 1 priority ng government. Part of this campaign is looking at the perpetrators and kung ano yung root ng violence,” said Wilson.
“Hindi naman sapat na magko-call lang tayo para itigil lang yung karahasan pero hindi natin nadi-discuss kung ano yung cause nito,” she added.
Gabriela bared that the men in uniform such as the militaries and policemen were involved in the increasing cases of VAW.
Wilson also blamed the government policies to have contributed to this kind of violence and the struggle to solve it.
“Dito sa Philippines, hindi natin madi-deny na ang government policies talaga ang siyang nagpapahirap sa ating mga kababaihan at kadalasan, sila pa yung perpetrators ng violence,” she said.
The One Billion Rising Movement was an opening salvo of the celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the National Consciousness Day to End Violence Against Women and Girls on Wednesday, November 25.
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