MANILA – As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution this year, the Philippine chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-Phils) celebrates the 2017 International Women’s Day with great enthusiasm in the fields, factories and streets.
Local affiliates of the ILPS-Phils expressed solidarity with the One Billion Rising (#1BillionRising), Rise for Revolution against the exploitation of women and calling for a just and lasting peace in the Philippines.
“The Russian Revolution of 1917 marked Women’s Day with street demonstrations and marches amid an inter-imperialist war, feudal serfdom and tyranny under an autocrat. They demanded peace, bread and freedom. Today, we march amid US-led wars, peasant landlessness, and continuing impunity and injustice,” ILPS-Phils Chairperson Elmer Labog said.
Labog cited that the working women in the Philippines remain exploited and oppressed despite the modern opportunities afforded them for economic, social, political and cultural progress. The labor sector has shrunk in manufacturing and agriculture. Moreover, the peasant women, including indigenous peoples and other rural poor, are still victimized by widespread militarization of their communities in a declared “all-out war” of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“The AFP’s Oplan Kapayapaan, a refurbished copy of the counter-insurgency plan of the United States, is killing, displacing, and threatening people including women and children,” he said.
He added that “US Pres. Donald Trump’s known misogyny aggravates the condition of women and further discriminates with rabid xenophobia and fascist militarism.”
“Just as in the 1917 Revolution, we shall fight against the war and struggle for the emancipation of the working people and women. We demand peace based on social reforms and justice,” the ILPS-Phils declared. ###