On International Working Women's Day, 8 March 2023, thousands of women across different cities in the Philippines marched the streets to call for wage increase, decent jobs, and lower prices of goods among other issues affecting women, including land reform.
GABRIELA, the biggest women's alliance in the Philippines, led the protest march and program in Metro Manila, joined by several trade unions including Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU). The organizations demanded wage increase for women workers, dignified work, and freedom of association. The said groups also condemned the continuing attacks against women rights activists.
“We are here to call out the Philippine government, to uphold the rights of women workers, to form organizations, to form unions, so they can collectively bargain their rights inside their workplaces and inside the country,” said Clarice Palce, GABRIELA Secretary-General.
In Davao City, GABRIELA – Southern Mindanao Region, together with the youth and trade unionists marched for decent jobs, living wages and for democratic rights.
In Bacolod City, Women Workers United Negros marched calling for wage increase, equal opportunities for work and respect for the right to unionize.
In Calumpit, Bulacan, women danced to protest the abuses on women and children.
In Baguio City, progressive youth and women marched to honor the victories that women have won and vowed to continue the struggle of women.
Makibaka, the revolutionary women's organization and allied organization of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), issued statements calling on women to fight the US-Marcos regime.
Makibaka saluted women red fighters of the New People's Army and called on women to advance the revolutionary struggle by joining the armed revolution in the countryside.
“We challenge women to lead the struggle for national democracy. Go to the countryside, immerse with the toiling masses, and advance the people’s war until victory,” Makibaka said.