freedom

Women's Day-Women let us all roar

Today is International Women’s Day. It’s our day to celebrate. The freedom that we are experiencing is the fruit of labor done by our women ancestors from the likes of Gabriela Silang, Melchora Aquino, Gregoria de Jesus to the first women voters in the country. We also give credit to women all over the world, those who fought for liberty, worked the jobs of men during the war and those who continue to fight for women’s causes that have yet to be taste by others.

The first International Women’s Day was commemorated on March 19, 1911 in Germany. The celebration was an idea following the expanding industrialization and economic expansion that led to the protest of many workers at the turn of the 20th Century. The celebration expanded too many European countries and soon was celebrated in the United States in 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed March 8 as International Women’s Day.

On its 100 year of celebration this year’s theme revolves around Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women. It is a good theme considering many women still lack education in many countries and given the chance to explore the wonders of Science and technology, ignorance can be fought back which can lead to more jobs for women.

While women are now empowered, discrimination, rape, poverty and injustice are still rampant; women are taking their stand by saying NO. The word NO is powerful because by doing so it shows your stand. Examples would be no to women trafficking, no to sexual abuse and no to ignorance of your health which is one of the rights women are fighting for in relation to the pending RH Bill at the House of Representatives. Why are they saying no to it when women have rights to their health, their body and most of all to themselves? By pending it, they are discriminating women whose goal is to have a right for her health.

I remembered back in college when one of my friends came up tome in tears. It turned out that her ex-boyfriend wanted to have sex with her. She said no. I was proud of her because she made a stand even if it caused her relationship with him. While they are still friends today, I was never more proud of her for standing up to what she believed. When I went through a traumatic emotional experience, I realized enough was enough. I fought back and went on with life with realization that I made a stand for myself.

I am a woman, I’m proud to be one. I’m a multi-tasker, a daughter, a media practioner and most of all a fighter of many causes. Let us all unite, let us all make a stand. Fight injustice, fight poverty and discrimination. Let our voices continue to be heard .Let Women’s Day be everyday.

Are we really free?

I’ve encountered some people who claim that with EDSA 1, we recovered democracy but not freedom. I don’t know what their definition of freedom is but here’s what good ol’ Webster says:

Well, what we are currently enjoying in our land sounds like freedom to me.

Let’s look at the internet, the virtual land where freedom may truly exist. Yuxiyou.net published an interesting infographics on censorship on the internet and see how our country is faring.

Yep that is indeed blue which stands for “no censorship.” Do they think that if we didn’t gain freedom 25 years ago we will be enjoying this status? More like we’ll be emo black like China where there is pervasive censorship. Not only do we have freedom online but we are truly free.

We have freedom of speech.

We have freedom of expression.

We have freedom of the press.

And we have freedom to peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.

All of these we didn’t have before EDSA People Power.

Common credo of candidates with the Aquino-Roxas ticket

Common Credo or Statement and Pledge of Unifying Principles adopted by all candidates affiliated with the Noynoy Aquino-Mar Roxas ticket on November 28, 2009

A government, based on core values of transparency, personal and institutional integrity, honesty, and good governance, is a goal we must all share. To achieve this goal, we must unite based on shared principles.

We therefore present this Credo to the Filipino People so that our basis for unity is clear and unequivocal. These are our guiding principles in approaching the perils and problems of our society as elected officials, and we hold ourselves accountable to each other and the public to uphold these principles in the campaign and in office.

We believe that our democracy is best maintained, as it was restored, by the ways of democracy.

We believe that true change can be achieved only through peaceful means.

We believe that the first step towards prosperity and progress for all is for all sectors and classes to discuss our differences reasonably and with goodwill.

We believe that grievances that cause rebellion will not be solved by purely military solutions; and furthermore only a more equitable distribution of power and opportunity will enable peace to reign in our hearts and homes.

We therefore believe we must strive for a genuine national reconciliation founded on justice, even at the cost of our individual political self-interest.

We strongly believe that Social Justice is our common birthright: the working person must be given his just and rightful share of the fruits of his labor, and that to the owners and managers must be restored a regime of laws that are fair and not discriminatory.

We believe true national unity is possible if we commit ourselves to the rights and freedoms enshrined in our Bill of Rights.

We believe that if we Filipinos are secure in our rights and freedoms, we will all be motivated to live up to our duties and obligations as citizens.

We believe that a President, in order to be able to inspire and to lead, must possess the fundamental requirement of a genuine mandate from the people.

We believe that the presidency is an institution that only works, if both the president and those affiliated with the administration recognize they only hold that office temporarily.

This means, too, that we must lead by example; insisting on integrity not only for ourselves but all our appointees; upholding meritocracy in the bureaucracy; and believing in, and insisting on, the supremacy of the civilian over the military always.

We shall not hide from debate, suppress the mechanisms for the redress of grievances, or thwart the participation of the public in the formulation of policy.

We believe cynicism corrupts and corrodes our ability to dream and work for a better nation for ourselves and for our children.

We believe we must maintain at all times an unshakeable faith in the Filipino.

For these reasons, we commit to this Credo. We have each taken different roads to reach this point; but henceforth, we will be together because we are confident that we will be in lock step with the Filipino People.

Signatories:

Benigno Aquino III

Manuel Roxas II

Franklin Drilon
Nereus Acosta
Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel
Sonia Roco
Ruffy Biazon
Danilo Lim
Ralph Recto
Alex Lacson
Teofisto Guingona III
Sergio Osmena III

[Archived from the official campaign blog of President Benigno S. “Noynoy” Aquino III]