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News Release
1 March 2010
Referenec: Emmi de Jesus, GABRIELA Vice Chairperson & Gabriela Women's Party Nominee

On the first day of Women's Month

On March 8, 2010, thousands of women all over the country will take the day off from work, including household chores, to take to the streets and protest the continuing crisis that burdens women and their families.

“The worsening economic and political crisis under the Macapagal-Arroyo government is burdening women and families more than ever and spurring more women to join militant actions to demand for their rights and welfare,” said Emmi de Jesus, GABRIELA vice chairperson and Gabriela Women's Party nominee.

The women's group cited a survey done by Center for Women's Resources (CWR) where almost 47% of respondents said mostly affected by cost-cutting measures of families is their meals – either eating one or twice a day or buying cheaper less nutritious food. On the same survey, 77.61% of women respondents said that they take on additional jobs such as vending food and other merchandise (28.36%) or doing odd jobs such as laundry service or sub-contracting work (18.9%) to augment the family's inadequate income.

“Yet Macapagal-Arroyo knows no shame. Despite the clear distrust in her of the Filipino people, she's adamant in staying in power. Such desperation and avarice for power compels her to commit every and any devious deed. Macapagal-Arroyo's impunity and tyranny rivals the Marcos dictatorship. ,” said De Jesus.

The women's group said that aside from women's economic woes caused by the Arroyo government's pro-globalization policies, their week-long protest actions will also include demands for justice for women and children victims of the government's repressive measures including the Ampatuan Massacre, where 15 of the victims were women and the case of 43 healthworkers illegally arrested and detained, 26 of whom are women.

The group said more so this March, being the month of women, they will highlight their political power to demand genuine change. Various militant groups, in solidarity with GABRIELA and the Filipino women, will hold women's actions from March 1 to March 7. The week-long protest will culminate on March 8 with a nationwide women's action calling for an end to the Macapagal-Arroyo government and any machinations to remain in power.

“Change starts with putting an end to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's reign of evil. She and her cohorts must be punished and jailed for the crimes they committed against the women and the people.”#

GABRIELA Philippines
35 Sct. Delgado St, Brgy. Laging Handa
Quezon City, 1103 Philippines
TeleFax: (632) 374 44 23
E-mail: gabwomen@yahoo.com

GABRIELA is a grassroots-based alliance of more than 200 women's organizations, institutions, desks and programs in the Philippines. We seek to wage a struggle for the liberation of women and the rest of our people.



"GMA behind attacks on rights of progressives" - GWP

Press Release Posted on February 8th, 2010.
For Reference:
Shiela Ferrer, GABRIELA NCR Chair and Gabriela Women's Party Nominee

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.”

In 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. #

Gabriela's WRIT

Gabriela Women's Party Women lawyers, academicians, religious, and other professionals formed WRIT as an alliance to resist the culture of impunity and tyranny, and to frustrate Arroyo's desperate attempts to cling to power.

Gabriela Women's Party's Photos - Women Resist Against Impunity and Tyranny



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