Women behind #BabaeAko movement among TIME's 'most influential online'

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 29 2018 07:47 PM

Female protesters march from Rizal Park to Liwasang Bonifacio on Independence Day to express dismay regarding President Duterte’s mysoginistic statements, June 12, 2018. Noel Celis, AFP

MANILA- Filipino women behind the #BabaeAko campaign are some of the world's most influential online, according to TIME magazine.

The women were part of the magazine's 25 most influential people on the Internet, alongside Korean pop idols BTS, social media star Kylie Jenner, among others-- chosen for their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news.

Joining the likes of United States President Donald Trump, Rihanna, and Kanye West, the #BabaeAko movement was recognized for speaking out against President Rodrigo Duterte's rape jokes and remarks perceived to be misogynistic.

TIME took notice of how the movement began with online videos "calling out sexism in the Duterte administration."

The #BabaeAko campaign was launched as an online protest to what they deem as misogynist comments from Duterte.

The President recently said he preferred men to hold Cabinet posts, except for some positions suited for women. 

Last month, he was criticized for saying that he preferred a “non-woman” as his next pick for a crucial government post.

He also courted controversy when he kissed a Filipino woman onstage during his meeting with the Filipino community in South Korea.

“With every misogynistic statement, he is saying ‘you can do the same because I get away with it,’” journalist Inday Espina-Varona was quoted by the magazine as saying.