MPT for Media and Information Literacy & Creative Non Fiction
B4 12 HUMSS AQUILA
Margareth Encinares – Director and Actor
Kryzha Seasol – Director and Actor
Elaiza Doromal – Editor and Actor
Rowena Noble – Actor
Leonel Morales – Actor
The Filipino women’s movement has come a long way, but still has miles to go. Problems had been solved in the past, and battles had been won, but each generation is confronted with new challenges that are distinct from the previous. Nonetheless, each generation is given new resources and strengths, each challenge and resistance breeds new types of tenacity and each battle fought, whether won or lost, is a victory nonetheless. Every day is a step closer to the envisioned equality, empowerment, and social justice for the Filipino women’s movement.
The gender situation in the Philippines is characterized by sharp contradictions. We can say that women are empowered and belittled at the same time. There are lots of job opportunities given to every women living in the Philippines and there were no limitations for them when it comes to politics but this is contrasted by images of prostituted women, battered wives, economically disadvantaged women and exploited migrant workers. Most of us Filipinos were used to socio cultural traditions which contradicts to the new cyberspace generation. The conception of women as full-time homemakers, as subordinated to men, violence against them is private, as reserve labor force, and as sexual objects is now being eroded by modern women asserting themselves in many aspects of life. But on the other hand, some are either marginalized, discriminated, or even exploited by the harsh realities of global economy and consumerism.
Gender equality won’t stop if we will just consider people manipulating our capabilities. We should not set limitations on what people can and can’t do, we should change our mindset that women are not weak. Each one of us has voice and has something to do with this issue. If we won’t take action, many women will continually be degraded and experience violence. We should give each other equal chances, resources and rights. Let’s make a better society by respecting each others capabilities. Societies that value men and women as equal, safer and a healthier place.
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