What about it?

Empowerment is used pervasively throughout the sphere of gender issues, economic empowerment, political participation, and the right to education.

 

The Philippines today, thought ranked at number 1 for gender equality in Asia and 10th on a global scale, current uproar of the Filipina population has stirred most of the media’s attention.

 

According to a survey conducted in 2016 by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) three in five women or 88% of women who are 18 to 24 years old would have experienced sexual harassment of some sort at least once in their lifetime with the classifications of these abusive actions being: wolf whistling, lascivious language, stalking, voyeurism, groping, rubbing or touching, catcalling, indecent gestures, exhibitionism and public masturbation, sending of pornographic pictures or videos, and cyberviolence.

 

58% of these harassments are experienced in the most public of spaces such as on the roads, major highways, small alleyways and with a majority of physical harassment happening in public transport vehicles. (https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/135240-sexual-harassment-philippines)

 

It’s so easy to get away with these acts because they’re done in the blink of an eye, but Filipinas nowadays have been stronger and more adamant about their rights and the way they should be treated; though some still struggle with informing authorities and so they turn to social media which, more often than not, turns it to victim-blaming which is also current issue the country has now.

 

The Philippines today is far from being a perfect and gender equal country, but with the efforts made by women and the support groups, change has slowly come to surface.

Why Is It an Issue?

Ranked #1 for gender equality in the whole of Asia and 10th in the whole world would make you think that the Philippines is a step ahead of the game towards how, as a country, it is handling issues like harassment and gender inequality; but to the surprise of many, the Philippines’ number of harassment towards women have been steadily increasing each year, with it’s the latest result being 21,468 reports of physical abuse and violence in 2016.

 

With the current rise of “victim blaming”, women are left to protect themselves and be blamed for the same things men are seemingly given permission and entitlement to such as drinking with friends—regardless of gender or being able to wear what they wish without the scare of catcalling.

 

“Women must always carry two weights: On one shoulder is the burden of taking responsibility for the faults of others, brought upon by a culture that sets two distinct standards for men and women. “Boys will be boys,” one saying goes. “Kababaeng tao,” says another. It’s a culture that rewards men and punishes women for exploring the same thing — sexuality — and simultaneously encourages male entitlement while discouraging female autonomy.” (http://cnnphilippines.com/life/culture/2018/02/23/rape-culture-and-victim-blaming.html)

Our Goal

As artists, our goal is to bring forward awareness of the horrors that women face everyday of their lives, even in the most public of places. Through our art, we want to encourage women to tell their story and bring about an avenue for them wherein they are able to express their sentiments when other efforts to make their stories heard in other avenues are proving to be futile.

We want to share real stories of real Filipina women who have experienced these unfortunate events so that more and more people will be made aware of this scene, even those who are not aware that they, themselves commit this kind of act and inform them of the repercussions it causes to women everywhere.

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