SF Filipinas join global rally to end violence against women

SAN FRANCISCO – It is a global day of action to end violence against women. This is the One Billion Rising event held at the San Francisco City Hall attended by activists and women’s groups.

Through dance performances and testimonies, these women expressed how they will no longer stand by quietly when women all over the world are assaulted every day.

“Violence against women knows no boundaries,” said Susan Celia Swan, the Executive Director of V-Day.“ It knows no ethnicity. It affects everyone. Different ethnicity and cultures have very specific forms of violence but we really all rise today together.”

Coming off of President Barack Obama’s message during the Grammy’s last Sunday, these activists continue to cite the statistical importance of their event.

“Right now, one in five have been a victim of rape or attempted rape,” said President Obama. “And more than one in four women have experienced some form of domestic violence. It’s not OK and it has to stop.”

Filipino organizations in the Bay Area including The Filipino Channel stand in solidarity with women around the world.

“Filipino women have been very much a part of the community in San Francisco since it’s very diverse,” said Olivia De Jesus, Vice-President and Managing Director of ABS-CBN North America. “So we are one with them in joining this cause in rising against violence against women in general.”

Women from all over the world, including the Philippines, posted pictures on social media using #onebillionrising which shows the global scale of the campaign.

“Our work isn’t done yet,” said Marily Mondejar, who is the CEO and founder of the Filipina Women’s Network. “There’s still more we have to do but every year we gather so that we can think about what have we done what we still need to do and what are the issues that we still need to solve.”

One Billion Rising events will be occurring throughout the Valentine’s Day weekend in various parts of the world spreading the message that violence against all women must end.

You can contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @rommelconclara for more information.


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  • Mario
    13 February 2015 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    In my opinion this rally to end against voilence on women is the agenda of the Democrat Party, in preparation for the candidacy for President on Hillary Clinton.SF womens advocates should also fight for the return of female kids altar servers which were banned by the church.