Gender spills into crucial issues next leaders must address – experts

24/06/2022 3:29:00 PM

Women and the LGBTQ+ community are uniquely affected in national issues such as poverty, militarization, and economic rights, experts say in a Rappler Talk episode

Women and the LGBTQ+ community are uniquely affected in national issues such as poverty, militarization, and economic rights, experts say in a Rappler Talk episode. PrideMonth Pride2022

Women and the LGBTQ+ community are uniquely affected in national issues such as poverty, militarization, and economic rights, experts say in a Rappler Talk episode

MANILA, Philippines – Academic gender experts and an LGBTQ+ rights organization leader say that gender rights are not only limited to what usually comes to mind, like anti-violence against women, divorce, abortion, and LGBTQ+ rights – rather, gender spills into crucial issues that the next set of elected leaders must address.Openly LGBTQ+ are everywhere in the Philippines..Openly LGBTQ+ are everywhere in the Philippines.

“Intersectionality is very important in policy.And in using the gender lens, [we see that] women as a group are not monolithic.(READ: ‘Rise Up Together:’ Metro Manila Pride March set for June 30 ) Inspite of this environment, there are two sides of defining the extent of tolerance in the country.The needs and concerns of women, for instance, in Forbes Park will be very different from those of women in Payatas or Baseco,” said University of the Philippines political science professor Jean Franco.This “intersectionality” of gender was discussed in a Rappler Talk episode on Tuesday, March 29, with Franco, London School of Economics and Political Science gender and human rights fellow Sharmila Parmanand, and Bahaghari chairperson Rey Valmores-Salinas.It also varies per area.Play Video ‘LGBT issues are people’s issues’ According to Salinas, the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+) community should not be seen as “one-dimensional” when considering their struggles.The LGBTQ+ in Mindanao have more hurdles to face compared to those in the country’s two other main island groups.

She said that the plight of the LGBTQ+ community cannot be divorced from the issues that the rest of marginalized Filipinos also experience.Being an LGBTQ+ is already a daily struggle.“We are also the workers who experience contractualization, and a lack of dignified work here in the country.We are also the LGBT peasants and farm workers in the countryside who do not have our own land and who experience abuses as a result of the land monopoly by certain families and landlords in the countryside,” she said.Diverse ethnic backgrounds, cultural differences, and religious beliefs also contribute to the perpetuation of problems and violence.“We are the LGBT national minorities and indigenous peoples whose communities are being bombed, being militarized, and whose ancestral lands are being destroyed,” she added.Salinas recalled President Rodrigo Duterte’s grant of absolute pardon to American soldier Joseph Scott Pemberton, who killed transgender woman Jennifer Laude in October 2014.Rigid gender stereotypes and gender norms are more apparent in the communities as Mindanao is predominantly rural.Rigid gender stereotypes and gender norms are more apparent in the communities as Mindanao is predominantly rural.

She said that it was a concrete reflection of how women and members of the LGBTQ+ community are affected by national issues like the “semi-colonial” relationship between the United States and the Philippines, which are treaty allies and hold annual joint military exercises.“We have seen how it’s always been Filipino women and children who have experienced the breadth of the violence that this form of militarization has caused… We believe that LGBT issues are people’s issues, and people’s issues are LGBT issues,” said Salinas.The absence of discussion about the rights of LGBTQ+s and their welfare not only promotes gender inequality but also reinforces an oppressive status quo.Women bear brunt of economic issues Gender scholar Parmanand said that poverty has “massively” gendered effects.When the government incurs debt and has to pay it off with government funds already depleted by corruption, Parmanand said it would likely have to roll back on social spending.The invitation must also be extended to the LGBTQ+ community to make the policies genuinely inclusive, sensitive, and responsive.“And when you start adopting things like austerity, that means that the individual in the family who stereotypically is responsible for nutrition and making sure that kids get to school is likely to take on additional work responsibilities is likely to be more stressed, and is likely to give up their own food or their own access to healthcare,” Parmanand said.There is a need to recognize that issues in Mindanao affect everyone including the LGBTQ+s.

Women may also be particularly affected when it comes to informal and precarious types of work.Thus, their participation in public consultations and focus-group initiatives is essential.An example of this is when Duterte’s.

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