Manila, PH, December 10, 2012 - Grassroots women from World March of Women - Pilipinas held a flashmob dance in front of the Quiapo Church to show what Women need - Reproductive Health Now • Freedom of Information • Climate Justice! • Secure Jobs for All! • Equal Pay for Equal Work • Peace (Scrap Visiting Forces Agreement).
Foundation for Media Alternatives joined the dance and produced a video out of this creative action to show to the world how powerful women dance can become. An offline action that can be translated to online awareness. This is a story of empowerment. A story that hopes to inspire others - especially women and girls.
Watch out for the full video that will be uploaded soon on our youtube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/PHTakeBacktheTech?feature=watch
Take Back the Tech! song for 2010 from Pakistan. The lyricist is Bina Shah, sung by TBTT Pakistan campaigners Nighat Dad and our brand new TBTT activist Maleeha Azeem.
Hi comrade. Hope this letter will find you a good health.
What and who determines how women and girls should be treated? Who makes it feel like it's a crime to be born a woman? It's the society! It's the partriarchy in our system.
But is this what we must consent to all our lives? NO!
So wake up women, wake up girls, take charge of your destiny. Stop accepting it's your fault for being violated. Stop taking responsbility for someone else's failure. You will but live once, make the best of your existence
As we have come to the end of the 16 Days SMS campaign against violence against women, I'd like to thank all that participated. We had over 170 participants drawn from 13 countries on 5 continents (Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, Uganda, UK, USA, Zimbabwe).
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence was international campaign. For 2007, the global theme for the 16 Days of Activism is "Demanding Implementation, Challenging Obstacles: End Violence Against Women".
SMS 53: Labour pains are enough to make a woman claim her happiness. Stop violating her rights. Etheldreda, St. Bruno doll making group
SMS 54: Women also have a right to life. Battering them is an offence. Please rescue where needed. Immelda, IWOGU, Uganda
SMS 55: We are also able to do what men do. Stop harassing. Let’s join hands for a better world. Joan Baropok, Apac, Uganda
SMS 56: We must continue fighting for women's equality on all fronts most importantly liberating women from violence. Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe, AMwA, Uganda
SMS 46: Many women toil much for their families but they don’t enjoy what they are toiling for. After gathering, men sell everything. Beeda, Kabale, Uganda
SMS 47: Liberate women total: Focus debate on personal level to issues such as sexuality, women's bodily integrity and sexual orientation that are the core of violence against women and discrimination. Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe, AMwA, Uganda
SMS 48: Fellow Women, do you own and control your body? If not, join the campaign to end violence against women and reclaim back your body! Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe, AMwA, Uganda
SMS 41: Ladies, walk out the 1st time you get hit please don't wait for a 2nd time because you may never live to see the 3rd. A man who respects himself respects a woman too, ladies open your eyes; don't get blinded by petty love. Men, try mental power not physical, it’s more challenging and safer too. Natalie Kimbugwe, Uganda
SMS 35: Fellow women, let’s speak out until violation of our rights is stopped. Please men, stop bribing us with flowers and sweets after violating our rights, that’s why we have to speak out now. Men and women, join hands together and fight against violence in homes. Etheldreda, St. Bruno doll making group, Uganda
SMS 36: She never came down from the head to be above you. Not from the feet to be stepped on. But from the rib to be equal. Near the heart … to be loved. Under your arm to be protected. Nasser Isiiko, Uganda
Staff at Women'sNet are buzzing around, for the last bit of organising before our workshop. 23 girls and 7 mentors from around the country will be joining us for a "Girls against Violence" learning event and tonight we will welcome them with a braai (or barbecue!).