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Women all over the world are rising and Filipino women in the Philippines and abroad are taking part in making this historical statement against violence on women,” thus said Gabriela Women’s Party Secretary General Lana Linaban as women’s groups kick off the ten-day countdown to One Billion Rising on February 14.
“In the next ten days and on February 14, women all over the Philippines including those in Hong Kong and Japan will be making a statement to end violence against women in its many forms. Valentines Day will never be the same,“ Monique Wilson, One Billion Rising Philippines coordinator and New Voice Company artistic director said.
On the lead-up to February 14, women will strike dance and rise in at least 21 ‘risings’, with six ‘risings’ in provinces like Iloilo, General Santos, Quezon and Rizal and risings in Hong Kong and Japan, slated for February 4 to 13.
To kick-off the countdown, a flash dance mob near the US Embassy along Roxas Boulevard was performed by close to 50 women to show they are rising against what One Billion Rising Philippines co-organizer GABRIELA Alliance of Filipino Women calls the “Rape of Tubbataha” by US minesweeper USS Guardian that has destroyed already at least 10 sq. kms. of Philippine national treasure and UNESCO protected Tubbataha Marine Park.
“Today February 4, as we commemorate the Filipino-American War, we are raising concern and condemnation over the continuing rape of our country’s patrimony and sovereignty by the US. Our united call to uphold the interest of our women, our Motherland and Mother Earth against imperialist plunder of our resources and dignity as women and people reverberates as well in One Billion Rising Philippines,” said GABRIELA Secretary General Joms Salvador.
Gabriela Women’s Party along with New Voice Company and the GABRIELA Alliance leads the One Billion Rising campaign in the Philippines in cooperation with the Ecumenical Women’s Forum, National Union of Students in the Philippines (NUSP), Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), Association for the Rights of Children in South East Asia (ARCSEA), Gabriela-Youth, Migrante International, Kilusang Mayo Uno and the Center for Women Resources (CWR) and with support from Quezon City Local Government and Tomas Morato Business Club.