Women dance to end violence-A A +A
Friday, February 15, 2013
BAGUIO City and Benguet celebrated at Upper Session Road on Valentine’s Day, dancing with the One Billion Rising, a global campaign to end poverty and violence against women and children.
Innabuyog-Gabriela chairperson Mila Singson said they held the campaign on Valentine’s Day to show love especially for women and to kick-off the One Billion Rising campaign.
“We should continually fight against violence after this event,” she said.
The campaign encourages one billion people to participate in the event to break the chain of the one billion people who are abused every year.
She said that in Baguio City, the most rampant cases of violence against women are domestic violence and rape.
Different groups participated in the event to express their support on the said campaign.
Katribu party-list national president Beverly Longid said no one shall suffer on the basis of sex, age, gender, and ethnicity.
Rob Ocampo, spokesperson of V-Men, a group of men advocating for women’s rights, said: “If indeed there will be one billion of us all over the world to stand against violence on women and children, each of us will be a voice of advocate, and together all of our voice will make a roar that cannot be ignored.”
Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, who was also present in the event, said that through the event, they manifest their commitment to continue their support to see to it that there should be no victim of violence in the city of Baguio.
Councilors Elmer Datuin and Tabanda also made a resolution that this event is declared as one of the special events in the city.
Congressman Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna party-list said violence also includes poverty that makes poor women and children suffer.
Women, children, men, indigenous people, students, and many other people joined in dancing the One Billion Rising to end the poverty and the violence against women and children.
The campaign was held internationally in 176 countries, including the Philippines and all its major cities. (Christer Familara, UPB Intern)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 16, 2013.