::Saturday, March 8, 2014 in New York City::
International Women's Day Mixer &
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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By Joan Ariete
The New York chapter of the transnational feminist group AF3IRM celebrates International Working Women’s Day with a talk-back featuring member and award-winning author, Ninotchka Rosca on Saturday, March 8, at 3:30-5:30 PM in Manhattan.
In honor of the working women and also to learn more about how women and children are disparately impacted by sexual violence in the aftermath of military conflicts and natural calamities like Typhoon Haiyan, AF3IRM has created this public forum.
Rosca shares her findings and experiences during her three-week trip to the Philippines, with national chair, Jollene Levid. Levid had conducted a similar talk-back in San Francisco last week.
Both Rosca and Levid visited Tacloban and surrounding villages, which were ravaged by the super typhoon last year, and further south to Zamboanga City, where thousands of people were displaced due to the ongoing conflict between the military and the Moro National Liberation Front.
The research is part of PHASE 1 of AF3IRM’s joint sexual violence relief centers project with the National Association of Asian and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV). This relief project aims to provide emergency shelters, counseling, medical services, and recovery programs to victims of sexual violence and trafficking in disaster-prone areas in the Philippines.
Among the stories Rosca had gathered is that of the “50 Badjao families who made their way inland, after the burning of their sea-floating village.”
“The good-hearted people of the town offered them space and work and said they could stay. The Badjao refused because they couldn't sleep without the murmur of waves and the rhythmic cradle-rocking by the ocean. Night after night, they lay awake. Babies/children had to be placed atop their fathers' chests so they could be deceived into mistaking human heartbeat for the ocean's heartbeat. In due time, the families disappeared, hopefully making their way back to the sea.”
AF3IRM will continue to share these stories and seek justice for the affected, not charity.
The talk-back will be followed by a mixer, at 5:30-7:30 PM, where the attendees can unwind and continue informal discussions with the speaker.