Stressing the need to bring a change in men's mentality towards the rights of women, speakers at a seminar yesterday said women's rights would be ensured if awareness can be created among the two sexes.
They opined that awareness would also solve problems women face regarding inheritance of land.
The seminar marking International Rural Women's Day was organised by National Committee on International Rural Women's Day Celebration in the city's Cirdap auditorium.
On the 6th Day of the Global Week of Action (GWA) vs Debt and International Financial Institutions (IFIs), the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) and Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) jointly conducted an 'Embassy Caravan" earlier this morning. This forms part of the Philippine contributions to the GWA vs Debt and IFIs being observed by people's movements and NGO networks in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe and North America.
The Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) joined the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) in a caravan in Makati City to strongly oppose any role of the World Bank in the disbursement and management of climate finance.
The protestors held demonstrations at the Embassies of Mexico, Norway and South Africa as the three countries are the co-chairs of the Transitional Committee tasked by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to design the Green Climate Fund (GCF)– a global fund that will be responsible for managing and disbursing climate finance for developing countries.
We are movements and organizations engaged in many struggles for a new world - a world in which the needs, interests, rights and aspirations of peoples everywhere have priority over the profit of corporations and the excess of elites. In the year ahead, our solidarity and collective action is extremely crucial. Climate change is already having devastating impacts globally and is accelerating. The window for preventing the breach of tipping points and stopping climate catastrophe is rapidly closing.
The system of debt continues to devastate the lives of people around the world. People in the South face the daily impacts and consequences of the financial indebtedness of their countries, which far from having been "relieved" is growing in step with the crisis and the pursuit of extraordinary profits by the most concentrated forms of capital. They continue also to bear the burden of the unpaid historical, social, ecological, and climate debts which are increasing as well to the rhythm of false solutions to the global crisis.