On International Women's Day, March 8th, thousands of women in Manila, Philippines marched to Mendiola Bridge to protest and call attention to an array of issues affecting women, such as poverty, sex trafficking, reproductive rights and censorship.
Carrying baskets with inflated condoms and flowers, in an action timed to coincide with the Women’s Day march, members of Partido ng Manggagawa/Party of Workers (PM) brought the condom debate to the gates of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in Intramuros, Manila, to convince the prelates that prophylactics protect the health of women.
In its position paper, PM said women, especially the poor, have an unmet need for effective contraception, which remains unfulfilled because of Church opposition. “Reproductive health is a woman’s right yet her choice has always been challenged by institutions based on moral standards.”
“To gain the vote and cooperation of the organized women and their allies, political aspirants must guarantee that they will promote and implement women-specific concerns, along with particular demands of other basic sectors of society, such as the workers and peasants,” Marlene Sindayen, Alliance of Progressive Labor, APL-Women spokesperson.