24.2 C
Manila
Monday, November 30, 2020

Terror bill seen to worsen gender-based violence

“It is very alarming that the (Philippine police) continues to fail as a good example of a gender-sensitive institution.”

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
Bulatlat.com

MANILA – The looming passage of the anti-terror bill may worsen the already dire conditions of Filipino women. This after the Philippine police posted what critics described as a gender-insensitive remark telling women to dress up modestly to avoid encountering sexual violence.

“It is very alarming that the (Philippine police) continues to fail as a good example of a gender-sensitive institution,” said Amihan chairperson Zen Soriano.

Soriano stressed that with the intensified targeting of critics when the bill is finally signed into law may embolden the ranks of the Philippine police to commit more gender-based violence.

Read: 4 reasons why anti-terror bill should be junked

The now deleted post of the Philippine police has stirred online conversations on the victim-blaming narrative. Filipino celebrities and social media influencers such as artists Frankie Pangilinan and Lauren Young through hashtag #HijaAko voiced out their disgust.

Filipino netizens, too, shared their thoughts and experiences on victim-blaming.

This, Soriano said, betrays the Philippine police’s supposed sincerity in upholding women’s welfare, adding that the “victim-blaming blunder” post goes to show how “fake” their training is on violence against women and children.

The Philippine government’s own data, through the Philippine Commission on Women, revealed that a daily average of 51 cases of violence against women (VAW) were reported in 2018 alone. Though there is a decline from the number of VAW cases in the previous two years, Amihan believes there is poor reporting of such cases.

Read: Assistance to rape victims still sorely lacking

Gabriela secretary general Joms Salvador has earlier called out the Philippine police for the post, reiterating that women and their clothes are not at fault but rather patriarchy, capitalism, and those in the corridors of powers that have low regard for women are the “reasons that women experience violence.”

Read: The ceaseless agony of a Filipino comfort woman

Soriano said the Philippine police “promotes gender insensitivity and Duterte’s instrument of violence, thus, the Filipino people especially the women should unite and fight against rights abuses and condemn Duterte’s misogyny and tyrannical rule through pushing for the “Terror Bill.” (https://www.bulatlat.com)

The post Terror bill seen to worsen gender-based violence appeared first on Bulatlat.

Latest news

Maya Daniel Poetry Recital Nov 30 –

please wait for final announcement of link
- Advertisement -

‘Exodus’ of foreign nationals: Immigration says 2M foreigners left Philippines in 2020

(Philstar.com) - November 28, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Millions of foreign nationals left the Philippines this year, the immigration...

Filipina among Hong Kong’s new ‘unsung heroes’

By: Cristina Eloisa Baclig - Content Researcher/Writer/INQUIRER.net /November 27, 2020 MANILA, Philippines —  A Filipina domestic helper was awarded...

1 in 3 households globally report violence at home during pandemic – study

Nov 28, 2020, Michelle Abad Manila, Philippines A Save the Children study found domestic violence to...

Related news

Maya Daniel Poetry Recital Nov 30 –

please wait for final announcement of link

‘Exodus’ of foreign nationals: Immigration says 2M foreigners left Philippines in 2020

(Philstar.com) - November 28, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Millions of foreign nationals left the Philippines this year, the immigration...

Filipina among Hong Kong’s new ‘unsung heroes’

By: Cristina Eloisa Baclig - Content Researcher/Writer/INQUIRER.net /November 27, 2020 MANILA, Philippines —  A Filipina domestic helper was awarded...

1 in 3 households globally report violence at home during pandemic – study

Nov 28, 2020, Michelle Abad Manila, Philippines A Save the Children study found domestic violence to...