BEYOND boundaries of color, race or creed, the month of March is a celebration of life for all women who are strong pillars of our society and the life-giver of all. But sadly, throughout history and until now, women have always been prime victims in all forms of violence and discrimination, politically, physically, sexually and psychologically.
But with their strength, character and resilience, women have always been able to rise above the challenges of everyday life, whether be it in the domestic, social or political front. This March, in celebration of Women’s month, the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Friends of the Earth/Kasama sa Kalikasan (LRC-KsK/FoE) had a photo exhibit and a video launching of women’s struggle on yesterday at STC Lobby, Xavier University, 1:00 p.m. Themed as ‘Women at the Forefront’, the event highlights photos of various women, young and old, at the forefront of the anti-mining struggle against Philex Mining Corporation in barangay Anislagan, Placer, Surigao del Sur and the anti-dam campaign and ancestral domain struggle against FIBECO (First Bukidnon Electric Company) which will put construct Pulangi V, a mega-dam structure which will inundate at least 22 barangays and thousands of families in the Bukidnon and Cotabato area.
The exhibit also featured videos of the Anislagan women who have been vigilant warriors against the entry of the large-scale mining corporation who have blatantly violated their human rights by entering the area without their consent, disobeying the law and subjecting the entire community especially the women and children, with harassment suits and grave threats against their families, lives and livelihood.
In Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya, the entry of Oceanagold Mining Corporation have mobilized the women into defending their lands and homes. With Oceanagold’s claim of 25 hectares of land which included barangay Didipio for 25 years, women, young and old, have stood up for their rights, for their families and for their future.
The plight of women through the years has taken on a more brutal stage, with their dignity, their lives, their families, their land and livelihood at stake. But with each trial and adversary they face, they rise above the challenge and become protectors and defenders of life. ‘Women at the Forefront’ is not only an exhibit which showcases the strength and resilience of women, it also celebrates their passion, their nobility, their beauty and their lives.