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International Women’s Day Celebration

The international Women’s day celebration was successfully celebrated in Rosario, Cavite (Philippines) on March 9, 2013 with the theme KABABAIHAN GABAY SA PAGTAHAK SA TUWID NA DAAN (Women: Guide in Walking the Straight Path). The event was attended by 700 women coming from different women organizations in Rosario.

The international Women’s day celebration was successfully celebrated in Rosario, Cavite (Philippines) on March 9, 2013 with the theme KABABAIHAN GABAY SA PAGTAHAK SA TUWID NA DAAN (Women: Guide in Walking the Straight Path). The event was attended by 700 women coming from different women organizations in Rosario.

 

The celebration by the Women Ministry of Rosario Parish was headed by ICM Sisters Clarita Dolencio and Shirley Agoo and with the full support of other women organizations, namely the LGU Local Council for Women; the Auxiliary to the Philippine Medical Association, Inc. (wives of doctors); the Rosario Green Ladies; and the Rosario Barangay Health Workers.

 

The women of Rosario ask: “Babae ano ang karapatan mo sa mundo na iyong ginagalawan?” (Woman, what are your rights in the world that you live in?)

 

The answer of the National Council for Women: “Kababaihan, gabay sa pagtahak sa tuwid na landas…pagsulong sa karapatan.” (Women, guide in walking the straight path…advocating rights.”  

Former Bishop of Cavite, Bp. Luis Antonio Tagle, now Cardinal of Archdiocese of Manila admonished:

“Sana kayong kababaihan, sa inspirasyon ni Maria ang manguna sa wastong pagtataguyod ng katotohanan.” (I hope that you as women, with the inspiration of Mary, may lead in upholding the truth.)

 

The 105th International Women’s Day Celebration coincided with the 10th anniversary of the ICM Women Ministry in Rosario, Cavite that was started in 2003. The Women Ministry was started as a response to the Diocesan Pastoral Priorities-Evangelization (DPP-E) in the Diocese of Imus, Cavite.

 

The International Women’s Day was declared on March 8, 1908 to commemorate the death of 100 poor women workers trapped inside a poorly ventilated factory in New York, USA when it caught fire. The death of these women ignited the birth of the women’s movement led by Clara Zetkin, whose objective was to uphold the dignity and rights of women. 

 

The organization is well supported by the United Nations. The UN declared its theme for the 2013 as “A PROMISE: TIME FOR ACTION TO END VIOLENCE AGAISNT WOMEN”

 

- Sr. Clarita Dolencio, ICM

 
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