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GABRIELA Internship Program

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Alba Reyes

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GABRIELA Internship Program Established in 1984, GABRIELA is at the forefront of the Filipino Women’s Struggle for freedom and Democracy GABRIELA: The General Assembly Binding Women for Reforms, Integrity, Equality, Leadership and Action.
A nationwide alliance of more than 200 women’s organizations that cut across sectors and regions, plus chapters and support groups of Pinays and non-Pinays in various continents of the world What is GABRIELA?
Primed by the anti-dictatorship struggles and the drive for significant economic and political change in the Marcos years, women from all walks of life banded together and established a national women's coalition in 1984.

We called ourselves GABRIELA in honor of Gabriela Silang, the courageous Filipina who lead a regional revolt against the Spanish colonizers in 1763. GABRIELA HERstory GABRIELA HERstory Address women specific gender issues
Grassroots Militant Organizing
Empowerment Practice GABRIELA: Organizing Principles GABRIELA: Campaigns Situation of the Philippines:
Social Demographics The population of the Philippines is 94.85 million

The majority of the population, 70% lives in extreme poverty and is of the peasant-tiling class:

Peasants Poor
Urban Poor
Migrant Workers It is estimated that 993 pesos/day is the minimum needed to provide the basic goods for a family of 6 (this estimate does not include the cost of education and healthcare)
The typical family in the Philippines earns only 426 pesos/day.
This leaves an earning gap of 567 pesos or 43%
The minimum wage in Manila is 265 pesos/day and in Mindanao it is 200 pesos/day; wages vary from province to province
*Roughly 42 pesos = $1 American Dollar* Situation of the Philippines:
Daily Cost of Living 993 pesos/day is considered the minimum needed to provide the basic goods for a family of 6 (this estimate does not include the cost of education and healthcare).
However families earn only 426 pesos/day.
This leaves an earning gap of 567 pesos or 43%
The minimum wage in Manila is 265 pesos/day but wages vary from province to province.
*Roughly 42 pesos = $1 American Dollar* Situation of the Philippines:
Daily Cost of Living Peasant Poor: More than 64 million of the Filipino people can be found in the countryside and represent the peasant-tiling class. These persons cultivate the land of which they do not own under the semi-feudal hacienda system. Peasant Poor
Often referred to as 'informal settlers' is comprised of roughly 18 million persons in the Philippines society. Much of the urban poor have in-migrated from the countryside in search of opportunity. These persons often face unemployment or underemployment and experience demolitions of their communities and additional displacement. Urban Poor
It is estimated that 1.4 million Filipino workers leave the country each year in search of employment abroad. In 2008 IBON reported that 8.2 million OFWs had been recorded. The economy's unprecedented dependence on overseas work and remittances is a sign of the domestic economy's lack of self-sufficiency and underdevelopment. Migrant Workers
aka Overseas Foreing Workers (OFWs): Situation in the Philippines: Healthcare The National budget for health in the Philippines is only 1.33 pesos/person/day but a regular check-up it's on average costs 500 pesos.

Hospitals are increasingly engaging in Public-Private Partnerships (3Ps) and thus even public health services must charge service users.

Public Hospitals are closing as there is no money to pay salaries to doctors, nurses, and support staff, nor for technology and maintenance

The maternal mortality rates is one of the highest in the world. In 2011 there was an estimated 221 maternal deaths in every 100,000 live births.

GABRIELA is currently campaigning for a comprehensive RH bill. Situation of the Philippines:
Women Despite UN reported findings suggesting that the Philippines scored relatively high on global gender equality indices indicating an overall improvement in recent decades in the situation of women, we at GABRIELA assert that such findings are inaccurate based on our experiences, casework, field observations.

Semi-feudalism, semi-colonialism and a political & economical imperialist system oppresses women excluding them of being part of the political and economical decisions. GABRIELA National Office Campaigns Department coordinates campaigns and all-women actions launched by GABRIELA members nationwide on various issues affecting women and ensures support from other people's organizations. GABRIELA National Office Public Information Department develops and executes media strategies to raise public awareness and support for women's issues. These issues are mostly focused on Violence Against Women. The activities include: education, street campaigns, counseling survivors, organizing prostituted women and organizing a network of lawyers and medical practitioners to provide services to women victims. GABRIELA National Office Women's Rights and Services Department aims to promote and protect women's political rights and advocate against state violence committed on women, responds to and carries out sustained actions on women's complaints regarding human rights violations.

Its direct beneficiaries are women political prisoners, internal refugees and other women in highly militarized areas who are victims and survivors of civil and political rights violation. GABRIELA National Office Women's Health and Welfare Department seeks to promote and protect women's health and reproductive rights by raising public consciousness regarding women's health issues and organizing small scale alternative health care systems responsive to women's needs. GABRIELA National Office Administration and Finance Department ensures the smooth flow of the National Office's day-to-day operation GABRIELA National Office International Relations Department develops links and solidarity relations with women's organizations worldwide and facilitates the biannual Women's Solidarity Affair in the Philippines (WISAP).

Activities Include:

Development education through hosting of study/exposure visits, international exchanges, and sponsoring lectures, forums, and film showings on urgent issues affecting women on an international level.

Organizing and sponsoring special projects and solidarity conferences.

Forming alliances and networks with GABRIELA solidarity organizations, support groups, migrant Filipinas, and other women's groups and international networks abroad. Internships & Volunteering:
Purpose & Objectives exposure to conditions in low-income communities.
learn about grassroots women movement building
solidarity work
network building  
mutually beneficial experiences
Campaigns Participating in activities with children & volunteering in Gabriela's early learning centers.

Helping with communiques: press releases, grant proposal writing, letters of appeal, editing, social media updates, press conferences Internships & Volunteering:

Projects & Activities Coordination GABRIELA works collaboratively with interns and volunteers to tailor exposure and integration experiences to meet the individual interests and skill sets of the participants, as well as the specific needs of the host communities and organizations

We coordinate with the various GABRIELA chapters across the country and with the people's organizations within the multi-sector, so that interns and volunteers can experience a wide range of organizing in a variety of settings.

The International Affairs Officer Joan Salvador is the GABRIELA representative in charge of making arrangements in relation to exposures and integrations.

For more information type http://www.gabrielaph.com/ or contact Joan at gabwomen@yahoo.com Exposure in farming communities Different volunteering activities:
Exposure to urban poor organizing .(ex. Helping clean up in flood affected area) Documentation of women’s issues (ex. women, militarization and mining activities) Document the lives of Filipino women. Ex. Lila- Filipina comfort women Working on psychosocial assessments and aid for children Be a part of the Sining Lila. Gabriela’s own cultural art as resistance group Helping on medical/ dental missions Helping with the campaign department When volunteering for Gabriela you will have the option to stay in their dormitory for 250₱ a day, plus a small contribution for gas/water/electricity/ rice collective.

You may also choose to find alternative accommodations

Staying outside of the Gabriela office has the benefit of more privacy and may be preferable to those who like to ‘do your own thing’, but commuting around Manila can be difficult and tiresome. Also, when living outside of the GAB environment you miss out on much of the spontaneous direct organizing action. Logistics & Living •You are responsible for your own food & traveling expenses (+ that of your host/translator when you travel) but living expenses in the provinces are lower than in the city. Most interns spend between 15.000 ₱and 20.000 ₱a month depending on where you are. (rent included).
•When you enter with tourist visa you need to extend every 2 months. First time will cost you around 8.000₱. Second time around 2.000 if you are on time. Logistics & Living II Where are they coming from:
International & local support groups
Individual donations
Income generating projects

Where are they going to:
- community health programs
- VAW victims support
- support for local organizing work
-campaigns and public information Donations & Support Gabriela Campaigns Gabriela Women's Partylist Formulates and proposes bills/laws/policies for advancing human rights & promoting the well-being of women.
Organizes and trains women to be political leaders.
Builds relations and solidarity with progressive legislators.
The partylist's website is: http://gabrielawomensparty.net/ Labour for Export: Majority of the OFWs are Filipina Domestic Workers (the Maid Trade). The only women's political party elected in the House Representatives and it currently holds two seats.
Ensures that women have a representational voice in governance that is pro-women, pro-poor and pro-people.
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