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Weekly Reflections: A woman named Maria

March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is time for us to remember the more than a hundred women who were burned to death in New York City many years ago and to promise that never again women would be treated this way. Women were hired to work in a garment factory in that American city and the owner had to padlock them inside the factory for fear that they might steal. Unfortunately, there was a fire and the women workers inside were mercilessly turned into ashes.

Economic condition breeds VAWC — NDFP

BAGUIO CITY — In response to a comment that some women are willing prostitutes, Connie Ledesma said that no woman will enter into prostitution just because she loves to be prostituted.

UP Baguio starts campaign vs VAW

BAGUIO CITY — University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) – University Student Council (USC) Gender Desk, and UPB Kasarian formally started the 18-day campaign to end violence against women last November 25, 2016 at the University of the Philippines Baguio.

Women’s Front: Break the culture of silence towards social justice & peace

As the world observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW), we call on President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his administration to take and implement all necessary measures for the protection of women and children from any form of abuse, to end human rights violations, and pursue peace based on justice.

Women’s Front: Change, still illusive for indigenous women

In the past months, we have seen President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration take unprecedented actions that will help realize what he has outlined in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), in terms of policies and programs beneficial to the people. We have also seen him declare pronouncements that, when translated into action, will positively affect the masa.

Women’s Front: Justice for victims 0f child abuse in Sagada

There are not enough words to really express our outrage over a series of acts of lasciviousness and sexual abuse committed against our children here in Sagada. As mothers, it is agonizing to learn that our children fell victim to such an atrocious crime.

Bontoc women still man the night watch

BONTOC, Mountain Province — On June 27, some six elderly women gathered at a waiting shed in Samoki village of Bontoc with their flashlights in tow. As soon as their police escorts arrived, the night’s round started.

Women’s Front: A priority agenda for women farmers

Farming communities in the plains of Kalinga are harvesting and dryin their harvests of commercial rice and Bt corn (genetically modified organism). Harvest season is a time of joy and thanksgiving for farmers. It is a time to account their hard labor. The accounting however is usually painful when farmers are confronted with the reality that their harvest is not good enought to pay what they have already spent during the time that they are waiting for harvest season. An increasing number end up with a negative balance especially if they incurred debt, a chronic cycle in the life of farmers where production costs are high and the price of farmer’s produce is low.

Women’s Front: Seize the power to make change

We have observed, nay, expect the women to be at home, mother, sisters, or lola, to do the household chores every day. This has been so, for ages, considered the typical and normal perception of how a family should be: the man of the house brings in the money while the woman takes care of the menial domestic tasks.