Participants in "Wise Women Speak" Forum in Aotearoa New Zealand

call for the release of the illegally-detained, illegally arrested  Morong 43  community health workers

 

 

Auckland University

 

November 10, 2010

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“WISE WOMEN SPEAK,” an intergenerational - inter movement korero (forum) on the liberation of women and self determination featured Coni Ledesma, International Spokesperson of Makibaka: Patriotic Movement of New Women together with Ngapuhi leader Titewhai Harawira and activist lawyer Annette Sykes and of Aotearoa New Zealand at the Auckland University, 10th November.

 

   
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Photos courtesy of  Phhilippine  Solidarity of Aotearoa
           
     

 

10 November 2010

Dear Friends

Please find attached photos of women of Aotearoa New Zealand in solidarity with the call: Free Our Sisters, Free Morong 43 Now!

“WISE WOMEN SPEAK,” an intergenerational - inter movement korero (forum) on the liberation of women and self determination featured Coni Ledesma, International Spokesperson of Makibaka: Patriotic Movement of New Women together with Ngapuhi leader Titewhai Harawira and activist lawyer Annette Sykes and of Aotearoa New Zealand at the Auckland University, 10th November.

Ledesma, a senior member of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Peace Negotiating Panel was invited to Aotearoa along with Luis Jalandoni, NDFP Peace Panel Chairperson, for a peace speaking tour from 26th October to 12th November hosted by Auckland
Philippines Solidarity (APS), Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa and Wellington Kiwi Pinoy.

Ledesma appealed for solidarity for women activists in the Philippines currently detained on trumped-up charges including Angie Ipong, a 65-year-old church worker and veteran social justice activist who has been jailed since 2005. Ms Ipong was arrested by the military while she was giving a seminar to peasants and women leaders on the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), one of the landmark bilateral agreements reached in the government-NDFP peace talks. She was missing for 13 days during which time she underwent torture while undergoing interrogation. She began a hunger strike from day one of her illegal arrest to force her
captors to surface her and allow her to have access to her lawyer.


Looking at the photographs of Filipino women detainees Angie Ipong and the two nursing mothers among the Morong 43 health workers, Harariwa notes, “I’m sad to see you’re still carrying placards for these women to be free. I believe that no one is free until everyone is free.”

Participants endorsed the international petition calling on Philippine Pres. Benigno Aquino III to effect the immediate release of Morong 43 community health workers who have been illegally arrested, tortured and detained since 6th February, including 26 women, two of whom gave birth recently. Signatories from New Zealand include Titewhai Harawira – Ngapuhi, Maori Council NZ Annette Sykes – Lawyer and Activist, Catherine Delahunty - Member of Parliament, Green Party of Aotearoa,
Lena Henry - IHI Action Group, Helen Te Hira - Auckland Philippines Solidarity, Ann Pala - Ethnix Links, students of Auckland University and members of various groups. #
 

“WISE WOMEN SPEAK,” an intergenerational - inter movement korero (forum) on the liberation of women and self determination featured Coni Ledesma, International Spokesperson of Makibaka: Patriotic Movement of New Women together with Ngapuhi leader Titewhai Harawira and activist lawyer Annette Sykes and of Aotearoa New Zealand at the Auckland University, 10th November.

           
 

 

Para kay Judielyn*

Pia Montalban September 15 at 11:42pm


Nakalunok ng pakwan
ang babaeng palaban.
Pumulas
ang binhing sa Pulang katas
ay sumirit kahit marahas ang batas,

trapiko. Lalo't sa takdang pagpula
na hudyat ng pagtawid ay may babala:
"May Namatay na Dito"

Ngunit walang pangamba!
Bitbit ang bunga
ng 'sang novena.

Walang sawa sa paulit-ulit na dalangin
sa mga tantos ng rosaryo'y usal ay Ama Namin:

"Free, free, free the 43!"
"Free, free, free the 43!"
"Manggagawang Pangkalusugan"
"Palayain!"
"Palayain!"
"Manggagawang Pangkalusugan


Patlang.
Sinagot ang panalangin
sa pamamagitan ng patlang.
Nakatulog ang babaeng nakapiring
sa pagtimbang ng kulang

Nakakabingi ang kawalan
ng hustisya't katahimikan.
Nakakabingi ang kapayapaan,

 

 

tinubog. Mapupunit ang karimlan.
Puputok ang panubigan.
Luluha ng dugo ang pinto ng langit.
Kuryente, gutom, bugbog, at anumang langitngit
ng tortyur mula sa Heneral na nagngingitngit,
ay hindi sapat, para pigilan ang pagugit,
sa pagire ng mga dalit at pasakit.

Guguhit.
"Uhaa... Uhaa.."

Malusog na batang Paslit,
taas kamao't Agit.

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* Si Judielyn Carina Oliveros ay isa sa Apat napu't Tatlong illegal na napiit na mga manggagawang pangkalusugan. Nakatakda siyang manganak ngayon Hulyo sa loob ng kulungan.
 

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12 November 2010

Women of Aotearoa, Philippines Share Wisdom, Affirm Solidarity for
Women’s Rights and Self-Determination:

 

NO TO FURTHER SELL-OUT OF LAND,
SOVEREIGNTY IN THE NAME OF ‘FREE TRADE’

While foreign and trade ministers attending the Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Japan discuss further opening of
economies for ‘free trade,’ women activists say no to further sell-out
of land, culture and sovereignty. They denounced APEC, Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) and other trade deals that ensure huge profits for
big business at the expense of women, workers, indigenous peoples and
other disadvantaged sectors.

“WISE WOMEN SPEAK,” an intergenerational - inter movement korero
(forum) on the liberation of women and self determination featured
Coni Ledesma, International Spokesperson of Makibaka: Patriotic
Movement of New Women together with Ngapuhi leader Titewhai Harawira
and activist lawyer Annette Sykes at the Auckland University, New
Zealand, 10th November.

“In 1975 we marched to demand not one more acre of Maori land to be
sold. Now more trade agreements are being negotiated above our heads
without our participation,” activist lawyer Annette Sykes says as she
points out that the capitalist neo-liberal agenda is the new form of
colonization. Sykes challenged the participants, mostly students and
young women to speak out and revive a strong women’s movement in
defense of land, rights and self-determination. “With the Terrorism
Suppression Act and Search and Surveillance Bill that allows
installation of listening devices into our homes, the state’s actions
are meant to silence us and tell us that it’s not right to demand
land, rights and liberation.”

Ledesma, senior member of the National Democratic Front of the
Philippines (NDFP) Peace Negotiating Panel was invited to NZ along
with Luis Jalandoni, Chair of NDFP Peace Panel for a peace speaking
tour from 26th October to 12th November hosted by Auckland Philippines
Solidarity (APS), Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa and
Wellington Kiwi Pinoy.

Welcoming Ledesma, distinguished Maori woman leader Titewhai Harawira
says, “I remember coming to the Philippines in the ‘80s where I was
shocked at how women were treated. At the same time, sharing the pain
of struggling indigenous women in the Philippines gave me a lot of
strength.” Denouncing the latest news on mining exploration projects
in NZ, Harariwa says, “Enough is enough. Neo-liberalism means theft of
land, theft of identity, theft of culture. Corporate giants spend
billions to save the whales. They save the whales while they shoot
natives and grab their land.”

According to Ledesma, “It is important for women to find the correct
analysis and understanding of the cause of oppression of women.
Women's oppression is not a problem between men and women, but a
matter of class oppression that began when classes in society emerged.
The oppression of women will be fully eliminated, and the real
liberation of women achieved when the system of exploitation and
oppression of one human being by another will be abolished. Today,
global monopoly capitalism operates on insatiable greed for profits at
the expense of women, indigenous peoples and other marginalised
sectors. Socialism will remove the conditions that have made women
unequal to men.”



 

 

At the forum, Ledesma also appealed for solidarity for women activists
in the Philippines currently detained on trumped-up charges including
Angie Ipong, a 65-year-old church worker and veteran social justice
activist who has been jailed since 2005. Ms Ipong was arrested by the
military while she was giving a seminar to peasants and women leaders
on the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and International
Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), one of the landmark bilateral agreements
reached in the government-NDFP peace talks. She was missing for 13
days during which time she underwent torture while undergoing
interrogation.  She began a hunger strike from day one of her illegal
arrest to force her captors to surface her and allow her to have
access to her lawyer.
 

Looking at the photographs of Filipino women detainees Angie Ipong and
the two nursing mothers among the Morong 43 health workers, Harariwa
notes, “I’m sad to see you’re still carrying placards for these women
to be free. I believe that no one is free until everyone is free.”

The forum organiser says Maori have learned a lot from cross cultural
korero. Helen Te Hira from Auckland Philippines Solidarity says,
“Maori have been to the Philippines over the years, learnt and
discussed about colonisation, militarism, deforestation, so this is
women from different communities talking and exchanging their
experiences and hopefully from that we will get sense of where we have
come from and where we're going.”


“With the governments of New Zealand and Philippines both selling off
the people’s ancestral domain and sovereignty to foreign powers and
local business elite, Maori and Filipinos share a common struggle to
defend the rights of women, indigenous people and all disadvantaged
sectors in the face of large-scale mining and other destructive
projects against the people and environment,” Te Hira noted. The forum
participants affirmed solidarity on common struggles of Maori and
Filipinos especially against mining corporations and big business
causing massive community displacement and loss of ancestral domain in
Aotearoa and Philippines. “In building women’s networks, we need to
find linkages to strategies with those who have common desire to
eliminate poverty and violence against women” Sykes adds.

“One hundred years after the declaration of the first International
Women’s Day, the International Women’s Alliance (IWA) was founded on
16th August 2010 in Montréal, Canada immediately after the successful
Montreal International Women’s Conference attended by more than 350
participants from 32 countries. Faced with global concerns including
indigenous struggles, developmental aggression, violence against
women, racism, discrimination and genocide, resistance to wars and
imperialist aggression, IWA aims to foster the creation and
coordination of local, regional and international campaigns, to
promote mutual support and the sharing of resistance strategies, and
to mobilize women around the world in the struggle against
imperialism, violence and capitalist globalization,” Ledesma shared
with the forum participants.

Ledesma enjoined the women of Aotearoa to join the first assembly of
the International Women’s Assembly in July 2011 in the Philippines.
The forum closed with the signing of the international petition
calling on Philippine Pres. Benigno Aquino III to effect the immediate
release of Morong 43 community health workers who have been illegally
arrested, tortured and detained since 6th February, including 26
women, two of whom gave birth recently. Around 30 signatories include
Titewhai Harawira – Ngapuhi, Maori Council NZ Annette Sykes – Lawyer
and Activist, Catherine Delahunty - Member of Parliament, Green Party
of Aotearoa, Lena Henry – Iwi Have Influence, Helen Te Hira - Auckland
Philippines Solidarity, Ann Pala - Ethnix Links, students of Auckland
University and members of various groups. #

Reference: Helen Te Hira  aotearoasolidarity@gmail.com   09 280 3372
or 0272888894

 

 

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