MARIKINA BUCKS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, GENDER INEQUALITY
MARIKINA CITY – The city government of Marikina has joined a nationwide call to end violence against women and reiterated its support for gender equality.
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro made this pronouncement during the annual “Tour de Takong” or Stiletto Race held in the city recently.
“Ngayong taon minarapat nating ihayag sa Tour de Takong ang isang mahalaga at kinakailangang pagsuporta sa ating mga kababaihan at iyan ay ang makibahagi sa kampanya laban sa pang-aabuso at karahasan sa kababaihan,” Teodoro said.
(This year, we find it apt to express our utmost support to women by taking part in the campaign against violence and violence on women during Tour de Takong.)
For this year, Marcelino said he wants everyone to celebrate the uniqueness and individuality of women present in the event as well as give tribute to their decision to stand up for what is right and free themselves from the shackles of violence.
The Philippine Commission on Women has launched an 18-day campaign to end violence against women from November 15 to December 12, a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer said.
One out of four women – aged 15 to 49 – “has experienced physical, sexual or emotional violence committed by their husband or partner,” the news report said, citing data from the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey.
“Bilang pagsulong sa 18-day campaign to end violence against women, ang Stiletto Race ay naglalayon na ipakita, iparanas at ipadama sa ating mga kalalakihan at iba pang gender ang pakiramdam ng isang babae bilang bahagi ng tinatawag na dress code,” he added.
(As part of the 18-day campaign to end violence against women, the Stiletto Race aims to show and let everyone experience what it feels to be a woman.)
Banners with words VAW (violence against women) Free were prominently displayed at the said race.
The Stiletto Race required over a hundred participants, both women and men, to wear shoes with heels of at least three inches in height.
These runners joined the race held at a 600-meter stretch of the Shoe Avenue. Some of the runners are members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and dressed and made up like women.
The event was also a way of showcasing the strength, durability and beautiful designs of shoes made in Marikina, known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines.