As the people of Egypt take to the streets demanding the ouster of President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak’s regime, the world also bear witness to the courage of Egyptian women, showing that the woman’s place is in the struggle. GABRIELA National Alliance of Women in the Philippines expresses our solidarity with the women and the people of Egypt, recognizing the justness of their struggle. On the same note, we commend the people of Egypt in standing up to the fascist regime of President Hosni, in demanding for their basic rights and democratic reforms.
As in Egypt, women in other parts of the world are reeling from the protracted global economic crisis as US-backed governments, like the Mubarak regime, continue to oppress and repress the people in dissent. The burgeoning poverty is further marginalizing women, displacing them from their jobs and dislocating them from their sources of livelihood. As governments adopt austerity measures that spell less social services, women and their children are being denied their basic right to health and education.
The commodification of women intensifies, further making women prey to sexual exploitation and abuse. In situations of wars of aggression and national political turmoil, rape of women is considered collateral damage. These are the very reasons why women are taking active part in the people’s fight to topple US-backed oppressive regimes and why women are globally linking struggles to oppose US imperialism’s onslaught on women’s lives. Their active participation and even leadership in the on-going struggle in Egypt serve as inspiration to other women all over the world fighting for national liberation and women’s emancipation.
The Filipino women are one with the rest of the world in calling on the Mubarak regime to cease attacking the legitimate people’s protest and immediately step down. We are one with the people of the world in calling for US imperialist to stop sending aid to the Mubarak regime and stop attacking the people’s rights to struggle by supporting fascist regimes.
The Filipino women call on the rest of the exploited women of the world to link arms and strengthen our solidarity against the intensifying onslaught of the US imperialism through local puppet governments against our lives and livelihood. We call on the women of the world to support the struggling women of Egypt and other countries.
Long live the women of Egypt!
Long live international solidarity!
Down with the Mubarak regime!
Down with U.S. Imperialism!
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GABRIELA is a grassroots-based alliance of more than 200 women’s organizations, institutions, desks and programs in the Philippines. We seek to wage a struggle for the liberation of women and the rest of our people.