Hundreds of women gathered in Rizal Park last November 27, 2018 to participate in the launching of ‘One Billion Rising Revolution 2018’, a movement that aims to end violence and discrimination of women nationwide. Some of the women’s husbands and children were present during the event to show their support for the said movement.
The program started with an opening dance and invocation of the Barangay Panacan women followed by the welcome remarks from City Councilor Avegayle Ortiz-Omalza, Head of the Committee on Women, Children and Family Affairs.
In an interview, Ortiz-Omalza shared that the program aims to help victims, especially women, who suffer from physical and mental abuse.
“We are here for them, the government and other NGO’s. We are here to help them stand against their perpetrators. We have services like the Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD) along with 911 and the Gabriela hotlinewhich they can call whenever they are abused or witnessing abuse,” she added.
Ms. Lorna Mandin, Head of IGDD, shared that the even aimed to spread awareness of the abuses.
“This is in line with the International Day to End Violence Against Women campaign. We aim to eliminate the abuses suffered by women. It is both a public crime and issue. Both men and women, young and old, we all have a responsibility to do something to eliminate all forms of abuse,” she added.
The event concluded with a community dance which was participated both organizers and members.