GABRIELA is a grassroots-based alliance of more than 200 organizations, institutions, desks and programs based in communities, workplaces and schools throughout all regions and major provinces and cities in the Philippines. It also has chapters in eight countries outside of the Philippines.
Founded in 1984, GABRIELA organizes Filipino women, primarily from marginalized sectors of society, and helps educate and empower them to fight for their rights and interests through collective action.
GABRIELA provides direct services to marginalized women including counseling services to women survivors of VAW, medical missions, free clinics, relief and rehabilitation in times of disaster and capability building trainings on women’s health and women’s rights.
GABRIELA builds networks and links with other local and international women’s organizations and institutions for cooperation and mutual support as well as with other people’s organizations in the Philippines and in other countries.
GABRIELA aspire for a sovereign society free from foreign domination and intervention with a self-reliant economy geared towards the people’s needs and gives equal value to the role of women in production; where land belongs to the tillers and recognizes women’s equal right to own land; a democratic government where the people’s rights – including women’s rights – are upheld, respected and guaranteed and women’s political participation is ensured and; a socio-cultural system that is devoid of patriarchal values, gender oppression, discrimination, and violence.
GABRIELA have led the Risings in the Philippines and abroad (where Gabriela chapters are situated) since 2013. They are now regionally coordinating OBR across Southeast Asia. They are part of a huge and broad coalition of other member groups who make up the OBR Philippines Task Force.
OBR Task Force Philippines Members include:
Gabriela Women’s Party
Kilusang Mayo Uno (workers)
Alliance of Concerned Teachers
Ecumenical Women’s Forum
Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns
Association for the Rights of Children in Southeast Asia
Amihan Federation of Peasant Women
Kadamay (Urban Poor women)
Innabuyog Gabriela (Indigenous women)
Southeast Asia – Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos