Celebrating Women in the Time of the New Corona Virus

Paulina Nayra
Posted March 8, 2020 from Philippines
With the members of NAPC Women Sector Council
Members of the Women Sectoral Council of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) met on International Women's Day to prepare for the National Sectoral Assembly.

 Just as world celebrated International Women’s Day, the news of the spread of corona virus in many parts of the world  hog the headlines.  This is not an ordinary women’s day. We celebrate in a time when we think we have mustered enough gains in promoting the rights of women, in claiming our space in this prevalently patriarchal world while hundreds of women and girls are suffering from partner abuse, sexual exploitation, poverty, discrimination and burdened with unpaid care work, illness in the family, among others. The things we took for granted, like potable water, sanitary napkins, clean air, fresh fish and food have become precious commodities inaccessible to many.  

Still, we persist.

We celebrate in a time when we have more access to information and better education yet many unknowingly believe in false information and indiscriminately share them without verifying the accuracy of the contents acting as if they have not attended school at all. The digital world has made it easy for the purveyors of fake news to reach their audience and those addicted to social media to consume, defend and promote them.

Still, we educate.

We celebrate in a time when we can be proud that we can exercise our rights of suffrage, when we can choose the leaders we want, when many qualified talented and dedicated women can eligibly vie for elective positions yet, we wonder why people vote for misogynistic and populist men.

Still, we participate.

We celebrate in a time when criticizing some government actions and inactions result to bullying by trolls, when political dissent is almost equated to subversion, when street protests are interpreted as sedition resulting to shrinking civic spaces.

Still, we resist.

We celebrate in a time when the spread of the new corona virus (Covid 19) is expanding, when precautionary measures prevent us from going out and gathering with hundreds to conduct our activities for Women’s Month in the Philippines. In fact, several conferences and large meetings both local and international were cancelled because of this current menace.

Still, we celebrate.

In the Philippines, we celebrate by using technology. In small groups of World Pulse sisters for Kapehan (coffee talks) in Manila, Cebu, Tacloban and General Santos City and using Facebook Live.  We celebrate online with Zoom meetings and webinars. We celebrate women leaders with video messages on feminist leadership. We celebrate the role and contribution of women at the Leyte Sab-a peatland, the second largest confirmed peat swamp forest in the country. We celebrate with women with disabilities on Women with Disabilities Day on the last Monday of March.

We celebrate with the following precautionary measures:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Use facemasks when you show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  7. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  8. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Happy Women’s Month everyone.

#SheTransformsTech

#IWD2020

 

This story was submitted in response to #SheTransformsTech.

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Anita Shrestha
Mar 08
Mar 08

Thank you very much for sharing experiences. How are you ? now a days

Paulina Nayra
Mar 08
Mar 08

I am well but a bit scared. Take care, too Anita.

maeann
Mar 09
Mar 09

Congratulations for the success event of NAPC. You are all amazing, representing empowered women :) hooray!!!

Timely you are done with your activity while this covid-19 has confirmed cases in Metro Manila and other places.

Have a safe travel back to your home :)

Paulina Nayra
Mar 09
Mar 09

please take care sis . better work from home if you can. am home now.

Jill Langhus
Mar 09
Mar 09

Hi Paulina,

How are you? Thanks for sharing your event, update, lovely photo and COVID-19 suggestions/tips. I hope you have a great week!

XX

Paulina Nayra
Mar 09
Mar 09

Hi Jill... it's a lovely week because I'm home now surrounded by my loved ones. My dilemma is how to practice social distancing" when we are meeting many sisters this month of Women.
Take care Jill.

Jill Langhus
Mar 11
Mar 11

Hello there:-)

Yay! Sounds lovely:-) Hmm. Yes. Hopefully the panic, and the virus, will calm down. The media has really done a number this time.

You, too, dear.

Salvic Saavedra
Mar 09
Mar 09

Hi Madz Pau,
How are you, keep calm don't panic, I know you won't, but vigilant. Keep safe!

Paulina Nayra
Mar 09
Mar 09

Hi Madz,
Huggggssss. Welcome to World Pulse! I'm excited that you are here. I'm sure you have so many stories to write about. I look forward to reading your posts.
Yes, will keep calm. The threat is not felt in Leyte. Still have to be careful.
See you around and keep safe, too.

Hello, our dearest Ate Pauline,

It is such a great honor to call you Ate! Congratulations on your IWD celebration! Women are stronger than any virus combine!

Yes, we are resilient! What a powerful post:

Still, we persist.
Still, we educate.
Still, we participate.
Still, we resist.
Still, we celebrate.

What a great writer you are! Thank you for writing this post and for giving us tips for prevention. Mabuhay ka, Ate Pauline!

Paulina Nayra
Mar 09
Mar 09

Hi Karen,
Whether you like it or not, Ate, talaga ako sa iyo. ( I am your older sister). At kung tawagin mo akong Tita, (and if you call me Auntie) that will be a sign to assess myself honesty in front of the mirror:-).
I just lifted the text from the website of a US city health department.
It's an honor to be appreciated by you.
Congrats to you and your Ausome Moms group.
Huggs.

Hahaha. Ate po, Ate! Yey! I am so happy that this post is a Featured Story! Well-deserved po! Congratulations again, Ate Pauline.

Awww. Thank you, Ate. Hugsss! Online hugs lang kasi bawal.;)

Metiege Noel Eve
Mar 11
Mar 11

Thank you very much for sharing
Hope you had a great celebration sis.

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