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- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Yesterday, March 8, 2013, was International Women's Day. Feminists and sympathizers from Cebu City, Philippines held a rally yesterday in order to call for further laws that will effectively curtail domestic violence against women as well as the illegal trafficking of women. Men and women who believe that there should be gender equality all over the world marched together to celebrate International Women's Day. They also called the government's attention about the increasing domestic violence against women and the seemingly unabated trafficking of impoverished women to modern-day slavery. The said rallyists noted that women from rural areas in the Philippines are prone to domestic violence. Also, the rallyists noted that many poor women from both rural and urban areas are prone to becoming modern-day slaves. Hence, the rallyists appealed for more effective laws that will curtail domestic violence against women and save the impoverished women from being smuggled to become modern-day slaves. It's interesting to note that many male activists joined the said women's rally. Though the rally was basically about celebrating several victories of the feminist movement in the Philippines, it was also a march that called for effective laws that will curtail domestic violence against women and the trafficking or smuggling of women.
Picture # 1- The first picture shows women carrying the letters 'B-A-B-A-E'. If you put the letters together it would spell BABAE. BABAE is the Filipino word for WOMAN.
Picture # 2- The 2nd picture shows some men joining the march for International Women's Day. Such men are activists who support women's aspirations like women empowerment, effective laws against domestic violence, women's access to reproductive health-care, etc.
Picture # 3- The 3rd photo shows feminists carrying banners that expressed support to gender equality and the curtailment of violence against women.
Picture # 4- The photo shows women from the 'urban poor sector' joining the rally for women's rights.
Picture # 5- The picture shows men and women who joined the rally celebrating International Women's Day as sincerely praying for further laws that will protect women from domestic violence, sexual abuse and trafficking.
Picture # 6- It shows a woman speaking to the crowd about the importance of commemorating International Women's Day and how women and children should be protected from domestic violence and human trafficking.
Picture # 7- The picture shows women from Cebu City, Philippines marching in celebration of International Women's Day.
Picture # 8- The photo shows women from Cebu City marching for International Women's Day and calling for more effective laws that will stop domestic violence against women and the smuggling of women to become modern-day slaves.
Picture # 9- The picture shows women and men marching together for gender equality.
Picture # 10- The photo shows men and women participating in a feminist rally calling for effective laws that will curtail violence against women.