One Billion Rising 2019 launched

MANILA — Hundreds of women from different organizations gathered on Sunday morning, Nov. 25 to formally launch One Billion Rising (OBR) 2019 at Luneta Park in Manila.

The event’s theme: Babae ako, Lumalaban sa Abuso.

Present at the launch was former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares who expressed continuing solidarity in eliminating violence against women.

“Men, as part of the problem (of violence against women) should also be part of the solution in this issue. The Makabayan coalition is with you in this fight. Rise! Resist! Unite!” said Colmenares.

Joms Salvador, Gabriela secretary general said there are women and children who are beaten, raped, harassed every day but are ashamed to speak due to victim blaming. Poor women have also deprived of equal labor rights and women peasants are landless.

“And the fact that we have a president whose mouth spills of misogynistic remarks perpetuates impunity.”

Salvador said presence of women from different sectors – – human rights defenders, students, workers, urban poor, indigenous peoples is a political statement that Filipino women and people are rising to end VAW, resist misogyny and fascism.

Also on that day is the commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. They also remember the killing and political persecution of the Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic who bravely fought the Trujillo dictatorship.

OBR was first held in the Philippines in 2013. Since then, OBR was yearly held every Feb. 14th. The OBR is part of an annual global campaign to raise awareness and to demand a stop to violence against women and children. Hundreds of women from different organizations gathered on Sunday morning, Nov. 25 to formally launch One Billion Rising (OBR) 2019 at Luneta Park in Manila.

The event’s theme: Babae ako, Lumalaban sa Abuso.

Present at the launch was former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares who expressed continuing solidarity in eliminating violence against women.

“Men, as part of the problem (of violence against women) should also be part of the solution in this issue. The Makabayan coalition is with you in this fight. Rise! Resist! Unite!” said Colmenares.

Joms Salvador, Gabriela secretary general said there are women and children who are beaten, raped, harassed every day but are ashamed to speak due to victim blaming. Poor women have also deprived of equal labor rights and women peasants are landless.

“And the fact that we have a president whose mouth spills of misogynistic remarks perpetuates impunity.”

Salvador said presence of women from different sectors – – human rights defenders, students, workers, urban poor, indigenous peoples is a political statement that Filipino women and people are rising to end VAW, resist misogyny and fascism.

Also on that day is the commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. They also remember the killing and political persecution of the Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic who bravely fought the Trujillo dictatorship.

OBR was first held in the Philippines in 2013. Since then, OBR was yearly held every Feb. 14th. The OBR is part of an annual global campaign to raise awareness and to demand a stop to violence against women and children.Hundreds of women from different organizations gathered on Sunday morning, Nov. 25 to formally launch One Billion Rising (OBR) 2019 at Luneta Park in Manila.

The event’s theme: Babae ako, Lumalaban sa Abuso.

Present at the launch was former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares who expressed continuing solidarity in eliminating violence against women.

“Men, as part of the problem (of violence against women) should also be part of the solution in this issue. The Makabayan coalition is with you in this fight. Rise! Resist! Unite!” said Colmenares.

Joms Salvador, Gabriela secretary general said there are women and children who are beaten, raped, harassed every day but are ashamed to speak due to victim blaming. Poor women have also deprived of equal labor rights and women peasants are landless.

“And the fact that we have a president whose mouth spills of misogynistic remarks perpetuates impunity.”

Salvador said presence of women from different sectors – – human rights defenders, students, workers, urban poor, indigenous peoples is a political statement that Filipino women and people are rising to end VAW, resist misogyny and fascism.

Also on that day is the commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. They also remember the killing and political persecution of the Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic who bravely fought the Trujillo dictatorship.

OBR was first held in the Philippines in 2013. Since then, OBR was yearly held every Feb. 14th. The OBR is part of an annual global campaign to raise awareness and to demand a stop to violence against women and children. ()

Photos from Gabriela and Gabriela Women’s Party

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