Ina Dolores, at age 76, has proven that age need not be a limit to becoming a woman human rights defender. She has proven that an Igorot woman of Hungduan Ifugao, a mother, a grandmother can have the courage to fight against state oppression not just for the benefit of her own children but for others as well.
BAGUIO CITY — Innabuyog, an alliance of indigenous women’s organizations in the Cordillera, conducted a “Violence Against Women” (VAW) forum, as part of the week-long celebration of Political Science Academic Society’s annual Political Science Week bearing the theme “Social and Political Injustices: We Raise Awareness and We Partake,” held at Saint Louis University (SLU), Baguio City last November 17.
As we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW), Innabuyog rages against the intensifying attacks on women human rights defenders in the Cordillera region.
The United Nations (U.N.) estimated that in 2012 over half of the murdered women were killed by their partners or family members, and that 120 million girls worldwide have been forced to have sex at some point in their lives.
“If we stop defending our rights because of fear from the harassments and intimidation being perpetrated by state security forces upon us then we might as well be dead.” This was a statement by one of the women leaders who attended the Women Human Rights Defenders training workshop for Cordillera women held on September 9 to 10 in Diliman, Quezon City.
When President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, women’s hopes for change was high. However, he immediately showed his misogynist face when he cat called a media professional. We criticized him but our hope remains when he bravely challenged the imperialist United States (US), which was never done by any president before. But as he unfolded, his assiduous tongue against the US seemed forgotten while more and more atrocities are now faced by Cordillera women.
Baguio City has become a favorite destination not only for local and international tourists but also for those in search of better jobs and better quality of life in general. They flock into the city not only from the rural indigenous communities of the region but also from other parts of the country. However, for a majority of them, the city is unyielding and as cruel as the reality which they tried to escape from. They continue to confront poverty and joblessness on a daily basis. Jobs are scarce, not to mention that these are often seasonal, if not contractual, and are insufficient sources of income especially if you don’t have the necessary requirements – diploma, experience and of course, pleasing personality.
BAGUIO CITY – A protest action was held in the University of the Philippines – Baguio (UPB) last March 7 to express the students’ dismay over the ongoing cases of state-perpetrated violence, in light with the decision of the House of Representatives to reinstate the death penalty.
By GABRIELA-CAGAYAN VALLEY (PR) www.nordis.net TUGUEGARAO CITY — In celebration of the International Women’s Day (IWD), the Gabriela Women’s Alliance and its …
Tatak ng kasaysayan ng Marso 8 ang militanteng pagtindig ng kababaihan laban sa pagsasamantala. Iniluwal ito ng paglaban ng manggagawang kababaihan para sa karapatan sa walong (8) oras na trabaho, maayos na kalagayan sa paggawa, sapat na sahod at laban sa child labor.
a pandaigdigang araw ng mga kababaihan, pinapangunahan ng BAI Indigenous Women’s Network ang panawagan ng mga katutubong kababaihan para itigil ang all out war at ituloy ang usapang pangkapayapaan. Walang humpay na karahasan, panunupil at sobrang kahirapan ang nanatiling sitwasyon ng mga kababaihang katutubo.
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