Members of Women Workers in Struggle for Employment Empowerment and Emancipation joined the International Women’s Day activities and protest on March 8, 2013 with women from other sectors and communities.
Calling for “Jobs, Rights, Justice” (Trabaho, Karapatan, Katarungan), Women Wise3 joined the gathering and program of women from various sectors in Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila. Late in the afternoon, the group together with thousands other women groups and people’s organizations marched to Mendiola, calling President Aquino to abandon his administration’s pro-US and neoliberal policies that result to privatization of social services such as health and education.
“Privatization of health services would lead to higher and new fees in hospitals which will ultimately affect women workers and their families. This is a concrete expression of President Aquino’s neoliberal policies like the PPP (public-private partnership),” Dylin Lauron, Women WISE3 Coordinator said.
The group also emphasized that aside from the privatizing of services, neoliberal policies also result to more vulnerable jobs for women workers as more companies prefer flexible employment to increase their profit. ###