The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) faculty, staff, students, and residents of Barangay UP Campus gathered at Quezon Hall on March 8 for a festive and militant multisectoral program in celebration of International Women’s Day 2019. The event featured the public launching of “Sayaw ng Paghihimagsik”, one of the UPD community’s contributions to the annual “One Billion Rising” (OBR) global campaign and the local series of activities in March, Women’s Month.
With the theme “Laban U.P.! Laban sa Misogyny! Nagkakaisang UP laban sa lahat ng anyo ng karahasan at pang-aapi sa kababaihan. Pagyurak ay wakasan, irespeto ang kababaihan! Kababaihan, ipaglaban ang bayan! Bayan, ipaglaban ang kababaihan!” formulated by the UPD Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System, members of organizations spearheaded by the UPD Gender Office (UPDGO) participated in the “Sayaw ng Paghihimagsik” and OBR dance as their expression of protest against all forms of violence against women. Among them were: the University Student Council, Gabriela Youth, Lumad and Bakwit Schools, All UP Workers Alliance, Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND), the University Library, and the UPD Human Resources Development Office (HRDO). Staff from the University Health Service, Barangay UP Campus Golden Lolas, TUBAW Music Collective, The General Strike, and Pasada also rendered their respective cultural performances during the event.
Solidarity messages were delivered by UP Executive Vice President Teodoro J. Herbosa, representing UP President Danilo L. Concepcion, UPDGO coordinator, Dr. Nancy Kimuell-Gabriel, and representatives of participating organizations. They said that campuses and communities should be safe and enabling environments for all. They also called for unity in the fight to end all forms of violence against women and children, oppression, and misogyny (hatred of or contempt for women), and reiterated that these have no place in the University and in society.
After the program in Diliman, Quezon City, a contingent then proceeded to the City of Manila to join the bigger protest programs held on Mendiola Bridge and at Liwasang Bonifacio.
The Women’s Month series of activities in UPD included gender sensitivity seminars, exhibits, livelihood trainings, services for health and wellness, and forums.
The lyrics and music of “Sayaw ng Paghihimagsik” may be downloaded from the Facebook page of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines.