By Mhark G. Gaufo
Emilians from various school departments gathered at the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Sports & Cultural Center on February 14 to participate in One Billion Rising (OBR) dance, a creative dance protest, to show their support against female oppression.
EAC collaborated with other South Manila Educational Consortium schools for the event as part of efforts to raise awareness on this important and urgent matter. In a statement, National Service Training Program-Community Extension Outreach Program Coordinator and The Magdalo adviser, Mr. Francis James R. Esmeralda said the campaign pushed for the rights of women and the violence committed against them. “It’s a protest to end violence against women, to end abuse against women, and at the same time it’s a cause, it’s an advocacy to empower women,” said Esmeralda.
However, Mr. Esmeralda emphasized that all types of empowerment require a comparatively long period of time before we can see the results. “So basically, it’s a step towards one big goal,” Esmeralda added.
According to the official website of OBR, one in every three women will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world’s seven billion population, approximately one billion adult and young women are suffering from violence.
The OBR dance featured the song, Isang Bilyong Babaeng Babangon. Its lyrics were written by Merlee Jayme of the award-winning advertising agency, DM9JaymeSyfu. The steps to the dance featured the choreography of Nancy Crewe. The same OBR dance steps were followed by all participants across the globe.