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19/02/2014: SF PCG RISES WITH ONE BILLION OTHERS TO CALL FOR THE END OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Left photo: Ms. Marily Mondejar, CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network speaks during the rally; Middle photo: SF Mayor Edwin Lee speaks before the crowd to demand the end against violence; Right photo: Apl de Ap of the Black Eyed Peas during the One Billion Rising rally.

The men and women of San Francisco PCG joined the rest of San Francisco in the One Billion Rising Rally, an annual rally that demands for the end of violence against women and girls.  Held on 14 February 2014 at the steps of City Hall, city officials led by Mayor Edwin Lee came out to promote the rights of women and encourage people to stop violence against women and children.

Various women advocacy groups were also present at the rally.  Marily Mondejar, CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network, stated that there is now an amplification and escalation in the demand for justice.  On the other hand, American writer Michelle Tea called for the decriminalization of prostitution, pointing out that prostitutes are easy targets for violence.

Filipino American singer and member of the Black Eyed Peas, Apl de Ap also joined the festivities.  He shared his family’s experience with violence and called everyone to join the global movement to stop violence against women and girls.

Representatives from SF PCG led by Consul Reichel Quiñones attended the One Billion Rising rally.

“Violence against women is not just a women’s issue,” Acting Head of Post Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon declared.  “It is an issue that affects men and women alike, and has palpable effects on the security and well-being of our community.  The Consulate takes a serious view against any form of violence against women and girls, and is working closely with local organizations to ensure that all sectors of our community can live free of fear of violence or coercion”.

The highlight of the rally was the dancing of the theme song for One Billion Rising, which was preceded by street dancing with Apl de Ap performing as a DJ.