/ 9 March 2021

THE SAMAHAN ng Progresibong Kabataan on Monday called for an end to all forms of abuse against women as the country marked International Women’s Day.

“In celebration of International Women’s day, let us join in the streets to struggle, protest, and work to forge a better and more inclusive world,” the group said in a statement.

It said that about 12,000 cases of domestic abuse are reported every month.

The group added that around 144,000 women aged 15 and above have experienced sexual or physical violence. Aside from that, data showed that about seven girls, from ages 10 to 14, give birth every day.

“Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan demands all schools and the current administration to be proactive in holding perpetrators accountable, and to take long term steps in implementing better, more caring, and transparent systems to address and eliminate sexual and gender-based violence in our communities,” it said.

“Women, we have so much reason to feel hopeless because of the resolute marginalization of women across history. But time is also a testament to the steel-boned resilience, perseverance, and the defiant strength of women at the forefront of our revolutionary horizon,” the group added.