Kabacan, Cotabato — Some 2,000 risers comprising of students, faculty, staff, administration officials of the University of Southern Mindanao and the local government officials of Kabacan, Cotabato joined the One Billion Rising held at the University Grounds at 5:30 in the morning on June 18, 2014, marking a more united, gender-responsive, and violent-free University. Ms. Leah Emily Minoza of the Women Studies Resource Center based in Davao City was the guest speaker
Ms. Minoza stressed that violence against women and gender cuts across race, age, and social status and that it has to stop. Women must be vigilant and have to fight for their right to be free from violence.
The OBR – USM is a response to a global campaign to end violence against women and children, chaired by Ms. Monique Wilson, the global OBR coordinator. It is a call for victims and their loved ones to break their silence and share their stories either politically, spiritually, outrageously, or creatively through art, dance, songs, marches, rituals, testimonies or in any ways they can imagine.
The activity was spearheaded by the USM GAD Focal Point System Chair, Dr. Francisco Gil Garcia, University President, started with a Fun Run in the streets of Kabacan, followed by a program and the OBR Dance. The University Dramatic Guild had a short depiction on forms of violence against women. Leading the OBR were the GAD College Focal Point Persons and the ISPEAR BPE students. (email@example.com)