Protest rallies in Bacolod City and Davao City

to fight violence against women


Posted: February 10, 2020





Bacolod City, Negros

Photos courtesy of GABREILA



“GMA behind attacks on rights of progressives” - GWP
News Release
09 February 2010

Reference: Shiela Ferrer, GABRIELA NCR Chair and Gabriela Women's Party Nominee

“GMA behind attacks on rights of progressives” - GWP

Gabriela Women's Party is enraged at the heightening political repression and harassment in the country at the eve of the start of official campaign period for the May elections. The group said that the current administration under President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in undoubtedly behind the recent arrests and harassment of leaders and members of legitimate organizations.

Last Saturday, 43 health workers, 26 of whom are women, were illegally arrested in Morong, Rizal and continues to be detained and denied their civil rights for visitation and legal counsel.

Earlier, Ira Pamat, executive director of Women's Development Center (WDC) based in Tagbilaran, Bohol was threatened and harassed when the 2nd SF Battalion maliciously reported in a local newspaper that Pamar is a part of a certain District White Area Committee (DWAC), supposedly a structure of the underground CPP-NPA.

The military cited intelligence report that it has “monitored the meeting of the Women’s Development Center in the afternoon of Jan. 9, at Sitio Taytay, in Brgy. Montesuerte, Carmen”. The meeting they referred to was actually a voters education on the automated election system being conducted by WDC.

“Pamat and WDC, like the health workers arrested in Tanay, render direct services to the people which the Arroyo government completely fail to deliver. It is simply enraging that they should be subjected to such violations,” said Shiela Ferrer, GABRIELA NCR chairperson and Gabriela Women's Party nominee.

GWP noted that prior to the 2007 elections, Liezl Cunado, a staff of WDC and member of GABRIELA, was brutally killed at the height of extra-judicial killings linked to the current administration's Oplan Bantay Laya counter-insurgency campaign.

“We see here a grand design by the state with the help of the AFP to harass into silence the progressive organizations, especially members of party lists critical to the Arroyo administration,” said Ferrer.

Ferrer added that leaders and members of local chapters of GABRIELA and Gabriela Women's Party in NCR are also being harassed by soldiers deployed in communities under the Civil Military Operations of the AFP.

“Our leaders and members suffer, like Ira, are being harassed in their
own commuties as well,” said Ferrer.

“This renewed and intensified political repression and harassments is nothing new but we believe this time, the attacks against the people's rights will be more severe Arroyo grows more desperate to cling to power. These moves are the government's rapacious way of sending thinly veiled threat to the people not to support progressive groups
which the administration considers a major threat to Arroyo's clear plan to remain in power beyond June 30.”

On the first day of the campaign period today, Gabriela Women's Party launched Purple Change, a women's campaign for livelihood, social justice and change. ““We will not be daunted. We will advance our legitimate and valid cause to address the interests and welfare of women and the people whether in the streets or in the parliament,”
concluded Ferrer.

GABRIELA and GWP is set to hold a protest action against political harassment at the Department of National Defense tomorrow. #

Protest action of Gabriela Negros at NBI Bacolod City, on the issue of the Violence Against Women where NBI manhandled the victim and deprived her of her human rights. .. We are condemning such inhumane act. Today we will launch this picket rally to show the NBI that they should first and foremost Respsect Women's Rights aa Human Rights and supposedly the institution that will protect human beings..


November 24, 2009

In time of ‘International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women’ on November 25
Gabriela Women’s Party slams election-related killings,
rape of women in Maguindanao massacre

Reference: Ms. Sheila Azucena Ferrer
Gabriela Women’s Party Third Nominee | Gabriela Women’s Party-NCR Secretary-General

Gabriela Women’s Party – National Capital Region (GWP-NCR) today slams the election-related massacre in Buluan, Maguindanao province on Monday resulting 44 deaths. The group further sends its strongest condemnation over rape cases and killings of almost 21 women including Atty. Connie Brizuela of Gabriela-Davao in time of the upcoming commemoration of the ‘International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women (VAW)’ tomorrow, November 25.

In a ‘Women’s Caravan against Violence on Women’ today, members of GWP-NCR urges government to immediately conduct determined investigation that must resolve and prosecute culprits and masterminds of this most dreadful act of violence, especially to women, lawyers and media men. They said that such probe must be fair and impartial considering that the primary suspect, Mayor Datu Unsay Ampatuan is a known staunch ally and supporter of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

‘Gangsterism and warlordism all over the country, that have caused such gruesome and barbaric acts executed towards our brothers and sisters in Maguindanao, must end in the soonest possible time if we do not want to witness more violence as the election fever further heats-up in the days to come,’ says Sheila Azucena Ferrer, third nominee and NCR secretary-general of GWP.

Ferrer added, ‘Aside from the killers, even local police and military officials must also be held liable due to their neglect in safeguarding its people considering that National Defense continues to receive major portion of the national budget.’

The GWP-NCR made such statements as they tour around key cities and municipalities of Metro Manila today. After their programs at Monumento, Quezon City Hall and Liwasang Bonifacio in the City of Manila, groups culminated their activities today in a program at the Department of National Defense today to further register their indignation.

Moreover, GWP-NCR also stresses that for the longest time, women were the most to suffer violence, abuse and exploitation. Far worse than the state-initiated brutality against women, the group said that the rising number of gender-based violence has become alarming due to the sharp rise of cases of sexual and domestic abuses. The past five years of passage of the Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence against Women and Children Law is also said failed in addressing and resolving abuses over women and children victims.

Based on the records of the group, one battered woman is being reported every one hour and fifty minutes while one battered child in every one hour and twenty-six minutes. Meanwhile, one woman is being raped every seven hours and thirty minutes and one girl child is being raped every two hours. One woman is also said to be sexually harassed every eighteen hours and fifty minutes while one sexually harassed child is being reported every nine hours.

‘These data must serve as an eye-opener to the Arroyo administration and to her successors as well to strictly implement all existing laws for our women,’ says Ferrer.

Aside from discouraging them to use violence in the coming elections, we also urge all 2010 hopefuls to bare their platforms on how can they safeguard and protect the basic human rights of our women so that they will no longer face violence against their ranks,’ Ferrer ended. ###

GABRIELA National Alliance of Women in the Philipppines
Address: 35 Scout Delgado Street Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City 1103 Philippines
Telefax: (632) 3744423, (632) 3712302



Press Release
November 26, 2009

Gabriela’s Silver year marks “i VOW to fight against VAW”;calls for justice to victims of Maguindanao massacre

Davao City--- Gabriela expressed rage against the ruthless killings of 47 individuals, most of whom are women in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, last Monday.

Gabriela is commemorating the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women this day (November 25) and paid tribute to all victims of violence against women.

"We are outraged of the brutal killings and we vow to seek justice to all the victims of the Maguindanao massacre".

Among those who were killed in Maguindanao massacre was Atty. Concepcion Brizuela, a member of Union of People's Lawyers in Mindanao and active member of Gabriela in North Cotabato. Atty. Brizuela was also active in the campaign against Violence Against Women and Children, Anti- Visiting Forces Agreement and an advocate for Good Governance.

According to Nisa Opalla regional spokesperson of Gabriela Women's Partylist in Southern Mindanao, " we are encouraging everybody to light a candle for all the victims of the Maguindanao massacre to show our commiseration and condemnation of this barbaric crime".

Meanwhile, after 25 years of empowering women, Gabriela marked the launching of its campaign dubbed as : i VOW to fight against VAW to carry on with the fight on violence against women and children, in the home and in the society at large.

Opalla said " amidst political repression and killings, poverty and hunger, we are commemorating the 25 years of Gabriela to further strengthen our rank to continue the fight for justice to all women victims of violence".

Gabriela Women's Partylist, the lone sectoral representative of women in Philippine Congress, will also bring this Anti-Violence Against Women campaign as part of its flagship legislative advocacy during the 2010 campaign trail.

After two terms in Congress, Gabriela Women’s Partylist has successfully worked for the ratification of RA 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Law and RA 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

“The objective of the campaign is to continuously raise the public’s awareness on violence against women (VAW), instill vigilance among women, children and advocates and draw support for the victims of violence," said Opalla.

She added, "The campaign works as an information and education drive that includes the popularization of the issue, lectures and fund raising activities.”

In Davao City, Gabriela along with its affiliate organizations will conduct a cultural presentation depicting the “seven deadly sins against women” at the People’s Park on November 25, at 5:00-7:00 pm. This is in time of the commemoration of the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.

A video advertisement of the I VOW to fight against VAW campaign made by the prestigious advertising group DM9JaymeSyfu, a long-time supporter of Gabriela, will also be shown to the public.

Opalla said, “We are encouraging the public to join and support the campaign against Violence Against Women and Children. Let us express our sympathy to all the victims”.

“For as long as there are women who can find it in their hearts to fight violence, GABRIELA will live and continue fighting for the next 25 years and beyond” Opalla concluded.

For reference:

Nisa Opalla

Gabriela Womens Party Spokesperson




Davao City

Photos courtesy of GABREILA

Signing of Vow to fight against Violence Against Women

Mutya ng Davao represents Vice Mayor Sara Duterte also expressed their support to Gabriela's I Vow to fight against VAW (Violence Against Women)campaign held in People's Park yesterday in commemoration of the International Protest Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.

Ariel Casilao expressed his support to Rep. Liza Maza for Senator. Maza is one of the initiator of Gabriela's I vow to fight violence against women.


Mags Maglana a development workr in Mindanao expressed support to Liza Maza's senatorial bid

Signing of Vow to fight against Violence Against Women, a campaign launched by Gabriela in the commemoration of
the International Protest Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.


 Joel Virador expressed hisr support to Rep. Liza Maza for Senator. Maza is one of the initiator of Gabriela's I vow to fight violence against women.