On 2020 Int’l Women’s Day: In Ph, Duterte is the main enemy of the Filipino toiling women – Anakpawis

On 2020 Int’l Women’s Day
In Ph, Duterte is the main enemy of the Filipino toiling women – Anakpawis

Manila, Philippines – In marking of the 2020 International Women’s Day, the Anakpawis Party-list branded the Duterte regime as the main enemy of the Filipino toiling women as it promotes discrimination of women, oppression and exploitation of the marginalized classes, particularly the workers and peasants. The group also expressed solidarity to the 2020 Women’s Global Strike being launched by women’s movements across the world, which is being led by Gabriela and Amihan or National Federation of Peasant Women in the country.

“We should never forget that the International Women’s Day was initiated by the working class movements in the world from 1908 to 1914. It demanded women workers’ rights and the right to suffrage. It was only adopted by the United Nations in 1975, and the country via the Republic Act 6949 or National Women’s Day as working special holiday in 1990. Thus, this day is for the toiling women of the world and the theme of the 2020 Women’s Global Strike ‘if the women stop, the world stops,’” Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao, Anakpawis Party-list former representative said in a press statement.

He added that the regime’s policies are all against the interests of the Filipino toiling women, particularly its opposition of the wage hike and genuine agrarian reform, promotion of contractualization of labor and continued contempt of people’s basic rights.

“Duterte continues to marginalized women workers by his continued promotion of ‘endo,’ which is an instrument to depress wages and for employers to maximize profits. Women workers are usual victims of discrimination such as lower wages, and lay-offs,” the former lawmaker said.

He added that the regime has also promoted the continuing demolition of workers’ or urban poor communities straight out victimizes women and children, to facilitate the profit-oriented interests of rich oligarchs in the country.

Moreover, Amihan reported that there are already 34 peasant women who fell victims to extra-judicial killings under Duterte’s watch. The group blamed the trend to the regime’s intensifying attacks on legal and democratic activists demanding fundamental reforms via the counter-insurgency program Oplans Kapayapaan and Kapanatagan, Executive Order 70 or the “whole-of-nation” approach to counter-insurgency, the Memorandum Order 32 or the order to attack activists in Negros, Samar and Bicol, as well as, the martial law declaration in Mindanao.

“Peasant women are being attacked as they are calling for genuine agrarian reform and free distribution of land. State terrorism is insusceptible of any recognition of women and considers them as fair game,” he elaborated.

As intensification, the Duterte regime enacted its anti-peasant and anti-Filipino policy of rice liberalization via the Republic Act 11203, that throws the toiling women at the forefront of dealing the household’s worsened state of hunger and misery.

“The peasant women movement has been opposing the neoliberal policy, but the Duterte regime has unleashed the scourge against the country’s rice farming sector, who are now faced with bankruptcy, indebtedness and eventual landlessness,” he said.

Finally, he claimed that the interests of the Filipino toiling women are incorporated to the Anakpawis’ banner call “Lupa, Sahod, Trabaho, Paninirahan at Karapatan” (Land, Wages, Jobs, Shelter and Democratic Rights), which are the very concerns that the Duterte regime is opposing in its programs and policies.

“As Duterte promotes his imperialist, neoliberal and anti-people programs and policies in the country, he is undiputed to be the number one enemy or antagonist of the Filipino toiling women, especially on this year’s International Women’s Day,” he ended. ###

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