Dalawampu’t limang taon mula nang ipagtibay ng buong mundo sa pamamagitan ng Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, ang kahalagahan ng pagkakapantay-pantay ng mga kasarian (gender equality) sa pangkalahatang kaunlarang panlipunan, pagkakapantay-pantay pa rin ang ating panawagan.
Tumataas ang bilang ng mga kababaihang nagpapalakad ng kabuhayan ng kanilang pamilya, o “women-headed households” (Philippine Commission on Women). Dalawang milyon sa tatlong milyong solo parents ay kababaihan (Philippine Statistics Authority). Ngunit mas malaking porsiyento ng kababaihan ang walang trabaho, mas mababa ang sahod kaysa kalalakihan at higit na nanganganib o bulnerable sa delikado at di-regular na trabaho, at abusong sekswal (Philippine Institute for Development Studies).
President Duterte steadily marches towards authoritarian rule, with the Courts, the Executive branch and the Philippine Congress delivering one after the other, legislative, judicial and executive measures versus popular dissent and criticism. On February 10th Solicitor General Jose Calida filed a Quo Warranto petition before the Supreme Court seeking to forfeit the franchise of media corporation ABS CBN, and subsequently sought a gag order against any public discussion on the issue. On February 14th the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court issued a warrant of arrest against former Senator and opposition figure Antonio Trillanes and 10 others on charges of conspiracy to commit sedition.
Statement on International Human Rights Day 2019
December 10, 2019
December 10th is the 71st commemoration of International Human Rights Day. This year focuses on young human rights defenders all over the world, and the challenge of shrinking civic spaces in the Philippines.
The past couple of years marked an extraordinary rise of young people’s movements which call out injustice, corporate greed, violence and inequality. From climate and land issues to discrimination and disinformation, labor contractualization and extra-judicial killings, the youth’s boundless energy gave us inspiration to fight for a better world. The next generation of human rights defenders are front and center in the defense of our environment, sovereignty, economic sustainability, food security, gender equality, climate justice, speaking truth to power.