One Billion Rising is a global campaign to raise awareness and to demand a stop to violence against women, LGBT, and children.
Gabriela commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with the Philippine launching of the One Billion Rising 2019 with the theme, Rise, Resist, Unite.
One Billion Rising is a global campaign to raise awareness and to demand a stop to violence against women, LGBT, and children. A mass dancing culminates OBR every February 14. It is considered to be the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history.
“Every day, every hour, women and girls get raped, beaten, harassed but are afraid and ashamed to speak about what happened to them because of victim-blaming. Women workers are deprived of equal labor rights in favor of additional profits for the capitalists. Peasant women get killed defending the land that they till but don’t own. And the fact that we have a president whose mouth spills of misogynistic remarks perpetuates impunity,” said Gabriela in a statement.
The launching was participated by human rights defenders, workers, students, urban poor, indigenous peoples, and individuals from different organizations and institutions.
According to Gabriela, their presence in the One Billion Rising 2019 launch is a political statement that Filipino women and people are rising to end violence against women, resisting misogyny and fascism, and uniting with peoples of the world in demanding an end to the oppression and exploitation that women experience,”
“Abuse and violence on women do not stop inside their homes; more intense forms of violence are sponsored and perpetrated by the state. We have witnessed in the last two years of the Duterte regime accelerating increase in poverty and state instigated violence. Each day we hear and see women and children being victims of extrajudicial killings since the start of Oplan Tokhang. Mainstream media rarely reports of communities on exodus because of intensive military operations in the countryside with the mask of suppressing communist insurgents but, data show that these communities are targets for plantations, mining operations and energy projects which are fatal for the people and their livelihood,”