Shared by Joan Salvador (Gabriela – OBR Southeast Asia coordinators/ OBR Philippines coordinators)
OBR Philippines 2021 will be organized amid the worsening health, economic, and political crisis. The risings in communities, offices, at home, workplaces will highlight the issues that women and their communities have faced and continue to face during the pandemic AND how they as individuals, community and/or collective rose from these crises by finding ways to creatively survive, assert for their rights, take care of themselves, their families, their communities, and build social solidarity.
With COVID-19 still raging, and with no clear plan from the national government on how to protect and ensure the people’s health, whether through mass testing or vaccination, large gatherings will be limited. This situation though motivates us to think of how we can participate through creative means and utilize all platforms for OBR.
It is also important to note that the OBR 2021 is an important platform to launch the International Women’s Day campaign to reach out, educate, organize, and mobilize the vast majority of women who have been severely affected by the pandemic—workers, peasants, youth, indigenous, migrants due to government’s neglect and incompetence.
Building and strengthening international solidarity will is also an important objective for OBR 2021 as the crises of neo-liberalism and capitalism exposed and worsened by the pandemic should be fought and brought down with a strong women’s movement fighting exploitation and oppression in all its forms.
Cavite: Bulihan, Silang | Southville 2, General Trias
Laguna: Southville 1, Cabuyao City | SM Calamba
Rizal: Brgy. Dolores, Taytay
Quezon: Online Program
Batangas: Lipa City (TBA)
St. Scholastica’s College are creating a video of their OBR initiatives of Youth planting, OBR dancing and OBR messages connecting women and the environment – and their call is “LET’S GREEN OUR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES”.