“Any woman or child who is battered, raped, tortured or incarcerated anywhere in the world, no matter what her skin color, belief or race, should be decried by the whole of humanity. As Filipino women stand up to fight violence against fellow Filipino women and children, including human rights violations and state repression, we should also stand up in solidarity with women across all continents who are victims of VAW,” said GWP Rep. Emmi De Jesus on the occasion of the commemoration of November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW).
The UN declaration for the elimination of violence against women calls for the elimination of all forms of violence, including those perpetuated by the state. The UN General Assembly designated November 25 as the international day for the elimination of violence against women, in memory also of the brutal assassination of the three Mirabal sisters on orders of the dictator Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic.
“We stand in solidarity with all the women of the world who face violence. We will continue fighting for the day when violence against women anywhere in this planet will no longer be tolerated. As our collective voices gather volume and the women's movement increases in momentum, we seek justice for all victims of state violence under the Oplan Bantay Laya of the Arroyo Regime, as well as the Aquino government's Oplan Bayanihan, and will work harder to end impunity in the Philippines and elsewhere,” ended De Jesus. Rowena Festin, Media Relations Staff, Office of Representative Emmi De Jesus, Gabriela Women’s Party