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Burma women join Manila march

Manila (5 March) -- An 80-women delegation of Free Burma Coalition - Philippines (FBC-Phils) will join the 5,000-strong march of women traversing the major road leading to the historic Mendiola bridge in Manila, Philippines on Monday, March 8, 2010.

They will be clad in white bandanas (head scarves) bearing the calls of the World March of Women and slogans of support to the women of Burma. World March of Women (WMW 2010) will be celebrated with simultaneous marches and rallies around the globe on that day.

Among the calls of the women are: End militarism in Asia-Pacific! End all forms of violence against the women of Burma Stop militarism in Asia-Pacific! Stop violence against women in Burma !Stop SPDC crimes against humanity! Stop the rape of women in Burma !Free our sisters! Free all women political prisoners in Burma.

The delegation will also carry photographs of know women political prisoners of Burma like Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Aye Thida, Nilar Thein, Thin Thin Aye, Noble Aye, Hanni Oo, Daw Khaing Mar Soe, among others. FBC-Phils calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all women political prisoners in Burma ; especially ethnic women.

The Bandana solidarity aims to link the issues of women of the world with that of the women of Burma - stressing the common struggles and the need for solidarity among women and men to realise the global covenants protecting the rights of women against discrimination and violence; and, promoting human rights, justice and peace for all women and men.

The FBC-Phils Women's Committee dedicates this action to the women of Burma, particularly the Women's League of Burma, in their (WLB) campaign to bring the SPDC to the International Criminal Court for its crimes committed against the women of Burma. The delegation to WMW 2010 is organized in line with the FBC-Phils' Burma Women's Solidarity Campaign.

Last February, Philippines women's organizations from the WMW 2010 network joined the FBC-Phils Women's Committee and other southeast Asian groups in signing a petition letter to ASEAN in support of the women workers in Burma who are on strike for higher wages and better working conditions.

Confirmed participants on March 8 are coming from Alliance of Progressive Labor ? Women (APL), Bagong Kamalayan Collective Inc. (BKCI), Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino ? Women (BMP- Solidarity of Philippine Workers), Pagkakaisa ng mga Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (KAISAKA ? Unity of Women for Freedom), Partido ng Manggagawa ? Women (PM- Workers' Party), Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan ? Women (SDK-Union of Democratic Youth), and other individuals. Men members of the FBC-Phils will also be present at the tail-end of the march in solidarity with all the women marchers and in support of all the calls of WMW. (PIA) [top]

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