2,000 women join local 'One Billion Rising' parade

By Niña Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 14 2013 11:14 PM | Updated as of Feb 15 2013 07:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Over 2,000 women and activists danced and paraded on the streets of Manila as part of One Billion Rising, a worldwide movement calling for an end to violence against women.

It was started by Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues,” a play that highlights current issues facing women around the world.

The Philippines is among the many countries calling for an end to the abuse of women.

Gabriela said one Filipina is raped every hour, and another is abused by her partner every 43 minutes.

Ten years since the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act was signed, no one has yet been convicted under the law.

“Sa araw na ito gusto naming sabihin na tama na at seryosong i-address ng gobyerno ang violence against women,” Gabriela secretary-general Joms Salvador said.

Some 5,000 students, nuns, and staff of the all-girls school St. Scholastica also held their own dance event inside campus.

Flash mobs and concerts were also held throughout the day in the Philippines.

Philippine event coordinator Monique Wilson said about a billion people from more than 200 nations are participating in the campaign.