Editorial: The irony of two celebrations and our commitment for action-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
TODAY is the World Teachers’ Day and celebrations have been going on since Friday to recognize these modern-day heroes.
Celebrating on their own with their people who have been trying to ease up their sufferings are prostituted women and children because October 5 is not just the World Teachers’ Day, it is also the International Day of No Prostitution.
The irony is not lost on us.
Especially with regards the situation of women in the country.
Gone are the days when teachers have to dance under the scorching heat of the sun during special programs to greet important visitors. That’s the role of students now. But still they are regarded as the workhorse. Dangle a few thousands and they’d willingly risk life and limbs to man polling stations; appreciative of the additional amount but more than that, finding great pride in what they are doing as their contribution to nationhood. But are they even given their due respect? Not really. Many a time, they are made to wait and wait for that promised additional pay while officials hee and haw as to where the budget has gone.
Nearly forgotten, are the prostituted who are getting younger and younger, gone to the trade before they could even discern what’s right and wrong, and barely educated to firm up whatever resolve they have. Most of the time, they are blamed. Or, when too young to be blamed like the nine-year-old whom the non-government organization working with the prostituted since the 1987, the parents are.
It’s easy to blame, just as easy as it is to look with scorn at teachers who sells tuff on the side just to get by.
But in blaming, we see no reforms.
To solve problems, we need to act and under the circumstances we live in, it is best to act as one.
Let us make both celebrations meaningful by initiating changes on both sectors’ state, first, by coming together to amplify their voices and show government that these marginalized sectors – whether gainfully employed like teachers or the most exploited among the exploited like the prostituted women and children – have allies among the general public.
First, we start by making their voices be heard, then we join them to make their voices resound louder, and then we move for decisive actions that are the real foundations of reforms.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 05, 2013.