She for She : A Forum to Celebrate Women’s Solidarity [fr]
2017 is a special year for franco-philippine friendship as it marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and the Philippines. To mark this milestone, the Embassy of France has launched the year-long festival “PhilFrance: Feel French!” to celebrate our shared values, among which is the defense of the rights of women.
She for She symbolizes women’s solidarity. This forum, which takes place on May 16, 2017, 8:30am to 5:30pm at the Events Center, 5th floor of the Century City Mall and from 6:30pm to 10:30pm at the Pineapple Lab, 6071 Palma Street, Poblacion, Makati City, aims to highlight different initiatives of women supporting other women in various fields.
The forum opens with an overview of the current situation of women in the Philippines to provide the context for the three sequences that follow.
POLITICAL BATTLES. The first sequence presents political commitment through three profiles of women: the woman politician, who is involved in supporting and advocating women’s rights (she can a lawmaker or a government official); the woman activist, who fights on the ground for women’s political rights and builds networks of community-based women; and the feminist thinker and theorist, whose works contribute to the advancement of the cause of women, through her art or her academic research.
INDEPENDENCE. Independence requires having a free spirit, having your own sources of income, and being in control of one’s image in society. This is why we will focus on women’s empowerment through the media, economic activity and education.
BODY. The female body is linked to problematics of image and identity. It can be subjected to violence and needs to be protected. NGO representatives will share their experiences and insights in helping abused and assaulted women. Women also need to have control over their body, which is why the question of reproductive health rights is so important. Womanhood has many facets, especially in the Philippine society where a diversity of gender identities and expressions is very visible. Thus, we have sought to broaden the scope of our reflections in addressing the gender issue.
The whole-day forum is a by-invitation only event while the evening event is open to the public.
Please find the program below:
- She for She Forum, May 16, 2017
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