Women demand truth, end to violence in V-day protest
MANILA, Philippines—Violence Against Women or VAW was described by the United Nations as a “manifestation of historically unequal power between men and women.”
At the dawn of Valentine’s Day, February 14, scores of women dressed in red, purple, and pink gathered in the open area of the Bonifacio Shrine to dance their hearts out for a passionate protest to end violence against women as part of One Billion Rising (OBR) – a global movement against VAW.
The women, together with some men, are fighting for freedom from violence, from poverty, and all factors that cause oppression of women like patriarchy and inequality of the sexes.
“Filipinas all over the Philippines and abroad are rising by the numbers, and this is testament to the depths of injustice they suffer as woman,” said OBR director and former actress Monique Wilson.
OBR also seeks justice and protection of little girls in online spaces like the Internet.
“Adding to violence against women are electronic forms of violence, affecting most especially young girls and women,” added Wilson.
The movement hopes to spur governments and the world into action to resolve the issues of violence.
The event also demanded justice and for the truth on the Mamasapano Clash to come out.
May Paner, also known as “Juana Change”, dressed as General Santisima – a parody of resigned Philippine National Police chief general Alan Purisima.
General Santisima asked former PNP general Allan Purisima to tell the truth that is needed by the people and not the truth convenient only for him.
One Billion Rising is an international campaign initiated by Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler and usually held every February 14 to end violence against women by raising awareness through creative action and dance. OBR happens in different cities around the country and the world. – Rappler.com