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On 100th International Women’s Day, Groups Press Aquino to Act on Women’s Demands

Saturday, March 5, 2011

On 100th International Women’s Day, Groups Press Aquino to Act on Women’s Demands


“Aquino’s ninth month in office coincides with the militant action of Filipino women on March 8. Just like giving birth to a child, the protest of women all over the country and overseas would be born after nine months of discontent over an administration found inadequate in action.” — Lana Linaban, Gabriela secretary-general
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
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MANILA — On the 100th year of International Women’s Day, Gabriela, together other women’s groups from various sectors, vowed to “intensify their mass actions against President Benigno S. Aquino III’s failure to address the core issues confronting women.”

“Aquino’s ninth month in office coincides with the militant action of Filipino women on March 8. Just like giving birth to a child, the protest of women all over the country and overseas would be born after nine months of discontent over an administration found inadequate in action,” Lana Linaban, Gabriela secretary-general said.

She added that while Aquino claims economic achievements, the truth is that more Filipino women and their families are impoverished. “Prices of goods and utilities have been soaring and the government has not done any meaningful and decisive intervention.”



Women’s groups, led by Gabriela, vowed to “intensify their mass actions against Aquino’s failure to address the core issues confronting women.” (Photo by Anne Marxze D. Umil / bulatlat.com)





















Mylene Obias of Gabriela-Tatalon chapter said the typical budget of $8.06 a day to feed a family of six living in an urban poor community could only buy 2 kilograms of NFA rice, half a kilogram of fish and cooking oil, which would serve as lunch and dinner. “Plus there is transportation fare and snacks for the children going to school. Prices of other basic commodities such as sugar, coffee, milk and utilities like water and electricity increased and these increases have not yet been factored in in the family’s budget.”.... MORE

SourceBulatlat.com

URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2011/03/02/on-100th-international-womens-day-groups-press-aquino-to-act-on-womens-demands/

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