One Billion Rising Revolution 2015 calls justice for victims of rape, physical injuries and or any form of abuse against women’s rights. This advocacy campaign activity which is in its third year in a row was initiated by Gabriela Women Partylist in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) held last January 30 at People’s Amphitheatre and has been simultaneously done in more than 200 countries across the globe.
The campaign was expressed in different form of arts like dancing to touch the mind and heart of the viewers.
According to Monique Wilson, former cast of Miss Saigon and Global Director of One Billion Rising Movement, the response of people to the campaign is overwhelming.
“I think, the response to our call from different agencies are all positive. I believe, they are supporting our cause to give justice to women…victims of any kind of abuse. We want to give strength to women who have been discriminated and feared to fight for their rights,” Wilson said.
In Puerto Princesa City alone, there were 104 cases of violation against women filed at City PNP-Women’s and Children’s Desk; while in the province of Palawan, there were 144 cases of the same nature were recorded at Provincial PNP.
Meanwhile, according to the data of DSWD, the barangays in Puerto Princesa which recorded higher number of complaints are Sicsican, San Miguel, Bagong Silang, Bagong Sikat and Sta. Lourdes. In the provincial level, records showed that Brookes Point, El Nido, Taytay, Roxas, Coron and San Vicente have higher number of complaints of violation against women.
”We want to strengthen our connection to local authorities, to the Police and the local government unit. We need more trainings to understand deeper different laws, ordinances already existing but lacks proper implementation” said Madeline Cayanan, DSWD Manpower Development Officer.
Gabriela Women’s Partylist expressed its intention to strengthen this cause. Its representative clarified that for more than 30 years of existence, they don’t get financial support from the government in this particular cause that’s why they need to tie up with agencies just as like DSWD.