Dance-protest against abuse and violence on women, launched

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Groups and organizations nationwide launched on February 14 the annual dance-protest One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign against abuse and violence on women. The OBR is a global campaign that aims to combat and end all forms of exploitation, abuse, and harassment of children, women, and LGBTQIA+.

Gabriela, a national women’s alliance, led the main OBR activity in the Philippines held at the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman. Their activity revolved around the theme “Rise for Freedom–Be The New World.”

Issues faced by women were discussed in the gathering. The program also paid tribute to outstanding women who have dedicated their strength and talent to promoting the liberation and well-being of women and the people.

According to the groups, it is clear that the fight of women is not separate from the fight of the most exploited in society because what they are experiencing is rooted in the same problems facing the people. Among these issues, they said, are the right of farmers to genuine land reform, and the right of workers for regular work, safe workplaces, and living wages.

They also highlighted in the activity the opposition of Filipino women against the Marcos regime’s charter change. They also called for an end to Zionist Israel’s genocide of Palestinians which murdered thousands of women, children and pregnant women.

Members of Tambisan sa Sining and other individuals and groups who are in solidarity with the OBR campaign also did a mural painting inside the UP-Diliman campus. OBR activities were also carried out in various government agencies, universities and other institutions in the country.

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