"With little external pressure coming anytime soon, President Duterte only faces internal opposition from two political figures – both are women, and both are well placed and well equipped to combat the macho autocrat." News story from The Guardian.
"To be a woman and occupy public office is to have one’s body parts ogled at by the other men in the room, or be dismissed as a joke. To be a woman in public service is to risk having one’s private life being trotted out and discussed salaciously if you say something out of line. The message is: put up or shut up." News story from Esquire Magazine Philippines.
GABRIELA USA released a statement highlighting the key concerns of the women’s sector upon conclusion of its National Women’s Summit in Davao City, Mindanao. Attendees of the summit drew up a Women’s Agenda to reflect the calls that the women’s sector urges President Duterte to take up in his first 100 days of administration and beyond. The Women’s Agenda for CHANGE outlines six key points: C in CHANGE stands for [C] Comprehensive social services, [H] Human Rights and social justice, [A] Anti-discrimination and anti-violence on women and children, [N] National Sovereignty, [G] Genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization and [E] Environmental protection.