Filipino caregivers highlight struggles at 2018 Women’s March

LOS ANGELES — With some witty signage and a few effigies and some Hollywood starpower, hundreds of thousands hit the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the second annual Women’s March.

“I am speaking my mind supporting every other woman and everybody here that’s speaking for women’s rights,” said Sunny DeJesus.

“Meron parin mga discrimination Hindi mawawala at sa Pera no?” said Tita Pambid.

From social issues to the economy and sexual assault, Filipinos stood up for women’s rights — a year after President Donald Trump took office.

One specific issues Filipinos brought up — workers rights, especially for domestic workers.

The Pilipino Workers Center were among the groups to kick off the day-long city-wide rally.

“We have strong Filipina caregivers who are reaching out that are joining and standing with all of you here,” said Aqui Versoza Soriano, Pilipino Workers Center.

Terry Villasenor knows the issue well — as a caregiver, she has experienced low wages and workers abuse in the past.

“We’re still not seeing better better better futures, so we’re still fighting for it.”

For these Filipinos representing an industry populated with women of color — the fight will continue after this march.

Fighting for legislation while calling on fellow Pinoys and workers to make their voices heard at the ballot box.

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