09 September 2009
“The view that marital abuse is a domestic problem is as primitive as prehistoric men abducting potential wives. That National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales still holds this view shows how ignorant he is in the advancement of protecting women’s rights. He should just shut up,” said GABRIELA secretary general Emmi de Jesus.
The statement was issued by the women’s group in reaction to the Security Adviser’s hesitance to act on clamors to fire his deputy, Luis “Chavit” Singson, who recently admitted to beating up his former live-in partner, Raquel “Che” Tiongson.
“Domestic abuse is a form of violence against women. It is a public crime and is punishable by law. Thus, whether or not marital abuse involves known personalities and is a celebrated case, it is never merely a domestic problem. It is precisely this archaic view that makes it difficult to address and stop such abuses within a family,” said de Jesus.
De Jesus added that is appalling that Gonzales seems to be ignorant of laws and legislation on the protection of women’s right. “In 1981, Philippines ratified the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which recognizes women’s rights as human rights. Moreover, last August 14, the Magna Carta of Women had been passed.”