(SPOT.ph) Every girl knows how it’s like to grow up in a world where men feel entitled to everything. When the country’s top leaders get away with sexual slurs on national TV, it’s not exactly surprising to see gender discrimination growing rampant. Even Philippine National Police spokesperson Bong Durana was quoted saying women should “face the reality” that we live in a patriarchal society. It’s almost like it’s 1918, not 2018.
Now, more than ever, women need to get together to show that there is no place for gender-based discrimination and violence in the Philippines (or anywhere, really). At least, that’s what One Billion Rising, a global movement started by Eve Ensler in 2012, is all about. To launch its campaign for 2019, everyone's invited to come together on November 25 at Rizal Park in Manila to rise against all sorts of misogyny. The theme for next year is "Rising: From a Campaign, to a Way of Life."
November 25 also marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, thus the date of the kickoff event. The One Billion Rising movement has been consistently calling to rise and free women from sexual and physical violence. In a statement posted on their website, they say, “It is not one day that we rise, but every day that this consciousness must rise in all we do.”
The country will be gearing up for a major One Billion Rising event in February 2019.
The launch of One Billion Rising Revolution 2019 is on November 25, 8 a.m. at Lapu-Lapu Shrine, Rizal Park, Manila. For more information, follow Gabriela on Facebook.