#BabaeAko movement gains momentum as Philippine human rights allegations continue
LOS ANGELES — The #BabaeAko movement has picked up steam stateside, just as the International Criminal Courts are about to look into the charges filed against President Rodrigo Duterte.
It’s a hashtag that’s considered one of the most influential people in the world, according to TIME Magazine.
#BabaeAko has brought together artists and activists as part of the Malaya Movement.
The event touches on many of the issues in the Philippines, from President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, to labor issues and reproductive and women’s rights — calling for community members to support petitions, spread messages, and raise funds.
Money from the event will help fund actions surrounding the international people’s tribunal that will look into President Duterte’s alleged human rights violations.
The tribunal will take place in Belgium this week, as the anniversary of martial law also approaches.
Despite intervention from international human rights agencies, and other treaties, the president has defied them.
Earlier this year, President Duterte said that he is planning to withdraw from the international criminal courts, as more cases are filed against him.
“I feel its my responsibility to let the Filipino community know about the gravity of what’s going on in the motherland. Lives are being spent, it could’ve been any one of us, if we had stayed in the Philippines, we are very privileged to be artists, and express who we are so we definitely need to spread the love,” said Minerva Vier.
One of those using her talents to raise awareness, Ruby Ibarra, teamed up with the youth to talk about issues Filipinos are facing throughout the globe.
“I wasn’t one of those people that wasn’t too informed about what’s going on in the Philippines, so it’s important that we hold spaces like this, and we have dialogue and open conversations.”
Ibarra also led the mostly female crowd in a tribute to the late historian and activist Dawn Mabalon, who passed away last month.