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Groups march for women’s rights on International Women’s Day

Several women leaders, youth groups, and other organizations on Wednesday marched in protest calling for women’s rights in commemoration of  International Women’s Day.

Women’s group Gabriela and worker’s group Partido Manggagawa, Kilusang Mayo Uno, and Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino held a protest march and program at the Liwasang Bonifacio.

The groups have shared their continuing fight of women workers’ wage increase, dignified work, and freedom of association.

Several jeepney drivers and operators also joined and expressed their support amid the different transport strikes in Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, members of the Gabriela Youth, other youth groups, and the Diliman Gender Office held a protest action at Quezon Hall going to Palma Hall at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

The events featured speeches from young women leaders and professors calling for wage increases, the right to unionize, and the elimination of violence against women.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) called for stronger laws and measures to protect women from online exploitation.

“On this special day, CHR calls for the involvement of the whole-of-society—especially empowered Filipina women with presence and influence in social media, online platforms, and technological development—in helping turn online spheres into better safe spaces for women's participation, freedom of expression, and the human rights of all,” the commission said.

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) earlier bared a list of activities for this month's celebration of National Women’s Month.

With this year’s theme, “We for gender equality and inclusive society,” the PCW emphasized the need for “compassionate and harmonized networks towards gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE).”

Several women’s groups also held a “Purple Action Day” to appeal for social justice at the start of Women’s Month on Wednesday, March 1. — BM, GMA Integrated News