Theater actress Monique Wilson led the Negros Occidental launching of the One Billion Rising, a global campaign demanding to end violence against women and girls worldwide at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon yesterday.
Wilson, spokesperson of the campaign, said they will call one billion people around the world to rise, strike, and dance as a form of protest. “Our body is a vessel and through dancing we want to reclaim it,” Wilson said.
Eve Enser, the author of “The Vagina Monologues” launched the campaign in September after a comment was made by Todd Akin, a US republican representative in Missouri on the “legitimate rape” and pregnancy controversy.
In Negros Occidental, the Gabriela group is receiving about 6 to 15 victims who ask for assistance, because they are discontented with the services rendered by the government, Ma. Rina Amacio, Gabriela Women’s Party, vice president for Visayas, said.
The launching was participated in by Gabriela-Negros and Anti-Trafficking Legal Advocates Society in Bacolod City.
The Philippines is one of the 155 countries around the world who will dance for the campaign on February 14, 2013.
GWP secretary general LinaLinabansaid that if their amendments on the Reproductive Health Bill will not be approved, they will change their vote.
Linaban said they are pro-RH bill because they want a full access and comprehensive health care for women but one of the amendments of the bill provides the intention to population control. If this section of the law will be approved, they will change their position, she added.*LTG