It seems like everyone is disappointed with the outcome of this week’s elections. Instead of an opinion, I will share a hope – I will try to stay positive and truly hope that those that came out victorious understand that their positions are not for themselves but for the betterment of the country. That being said, I wrote a piece for another online publication for international women’s day 2018, and I would like to share an excerpt here:

“Yesterday we celebrated International Women’s Day, and there is no greater time to truly understand and be involved in the liberation of women. We have come so far to not go all the way now – If we were once not allowed to vote, work, drive, or basically have an opinion – what is stopping us from pushing it until every man sees every woman as his equal?

I feel like 2017 was the year that broke so many barriers for women. From the fall of Hollywood’s bigwigs (or better yet ‘bigpigs’), to the hidden truths behind huge associations such as U.S.A. Gymnastics, to misogynistic statements from world leaders simply not being tolerated – women are finally finding their voices in movements such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #SpeakUp, and the like.

The time has come to band together ladies. Now is the time to push harder, and empower one another, supporting all women, and seeing their achievements as a step in the direction to a better tomorrow for our daughters and sons alike. As happy as I have been to hear these voices that will no longer be silenced, and have cherished their stories of survival, I can’t help but also feel sad to see that these baby steps forward also come with judgment and resistance, not just from men but from other women as well. Why can’t we just appreciate these movements for what they are – sympathy for those who have been treated unjustly, care for those who have suffered, and the beginning of our brighter future?

I’ll share an example – The other day I read an article about the film ‘Black Panther,’ comparing it to the film ‘Wonder Woman,’ talking about how one movie was more about female empowerment than the other, basically finding flaws in the way women were portrayed in the shunned film. I thought both films were wonderful. I thought both showed women empowerment. I guess it just bothers me that as a human culture, we feel as though in order for something to be on top, something else has to be below it. And this to me is the fundamental problem that led to the belief that women are in some way beneath men. And this is seen in every country, and in every decade – whether in the lower expected wages, to the fact that there are still men who think they can so blatantly abuse women.”

I felt like this passage was necessary to re publish today to remind everyone that we women should continue the fight for equality, regardless of the stance of those in power. We too have our own power and we are stronger as a unit. I’ll end with the quotes in the images you see – – Now, more than ever, it is time to stand together my fellow Filipinas.