De Lima urges Filipino women to carry on fight for democracy

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senator Leila de Lima has urged Filipino women to continue to take the lead in standing up and speaking out for freedom, democracy and human rights amidst sinister attempts by some quarters to silence and undermine their power.

This was gleaned in a press statement sent to SunStar Pampanga on Thursday.

De Lima delivered this message on her behalf during a forum entitled “Women Defend Democracy” held in Golden Valley Hotel, Cebu City a few days ago.

The senator noted how women are being targeted to misogynistic and sexist attacks.

“Not just Filipino women, but women all over the world are always among the first to speak out against oppression and they are the loudest and bravest in their opposition whenever human rights and democracy are under siege,” she said.

“(But) what is really disturbing is that there are people in power who are brazenly unapologetic in their mistreatment and insensitivity towards women,” she added.

The former Justice secretary called on Filipino women to resist attacks against women’s dignity and rights and continue to fight off lies and misinformation.

“The true test of our nationhood comes not during times of peace and prosperity, but during times of conflict. The time to test and prove who we are as a people is, therefore, now,” she said.
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