His Excellency BARACK OBAMA President, United States of America

Dear Mr. President:

Warm greetings of joy and peace!

I am a Filipino. My citizenship is sealed with the birthright of a third-world economy, the Philippines, and my survival is marred with humanity’s double standards of marginalization and hostilities that cut across race and gender. Sexual discrimination is as vicious as racial discrimination.

Filipino women are scattered all over the world. Although we are proud of our achievers in the international arena with the likes of Glee’s Charice Penpengco and Broadway’s Lea Salonga, the majority of Filipino women working and living abroad fall victims and are under constant threats of domestic violence, white slavery, rape, torture and even murder. It is real unfortunate that wives, mothers, sisters and daughters have to leave their loved ones to seek employment in foreign lands and struggle to adopt into a strange culture. Most of them are professionals, who, because of poverty and the limited and limiting access to employment in our own homeland, have to stake their careers to work as care-givers, baby-sitters and domestic helpers in the United States of America, the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere! And to add salt to their wounds they are shoved into so much suffering as victims and vulnerable subjects of violence.

It is with great honor and anguish that I implore the unstinted consideration and political will under your leadership to pass the International Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 4594, S. 2982) into a permanent and irrevocable law.

The world has been through so much pain, disillusionment and irreclaimable loss because women are dejected, neglected, rejected, repressed and suppressed. We know that the world will be better if women are allowed to take their rightful places under the sun. We simply cannot lay victims - groping in the shadows of voicelessness and helplessness, while humanity cries out for our fair share. The International Violence Against Women Act will ensure preservation and protection of our rights, allow us to enjoy equal privileges and opportunities with men as our partners, and draw out the best of our capabilities, talents and potentials. Given the chance, we will move the earth to the fullness of beauty, harmony and joyful peace.

Mr. President, it is imperative that the primacy of the well-being of women be sealed, for whatever it takes, for all it is worth. We are fully aware that it takes a powerful political will to bring the women agenda into the male-dominated and highly chauvinistic leadership like your own. But in passing the International Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 4594, S. 2982), your leadership will leave an everlasting and powerful legacy to the other half of the world’s powerhouse of human resources – the mothers, sisters and daughters of this generation and onwards.

Please allow us to count on you. We know you will find a way.

Respectfully yours, Emilia O. Zozobrado

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Dear Emie

This letter out cries your pain.The anguish is unbearable among women and children.Those who have never seen such incidents they will keep quite but as for us we shall remain unstoppable.With all aggresion we shall size our moments as women,its only that here we ask,and its only the cry within our voices that will add prompt response to persuade the president endorse Act H R 4594, S 2982.You know i feel so sorry for most of the women who become victims of this violecnce.But the day shall one when women get liberated.

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I was thinking exactly the same thing that Warona expressed..... the cry of your heart was clear in the words of your letter. It was clear and heart breaking and I hope will help move this incredible and capable man to do the right thing for the women of the world, of which he counts so many in his immediate family. He has to think about the unimaginable difference his wife and daughters would experience if they had been born in the land of their grandfather.

Thank you for your passion.



Dear Big Sister! I do believe Pres. Barack understands what women are crying out to the heavens for .... his own mother was a victim! He certainly would not want his life history to repeat itself in his own bloodline .... not if he has the chance and the incentive to change women's plight for good... not in his ancestry in Kenya, Africa, or in Hawaii where his mother suffered in silence, or in any place in this world where women and girls shed the same tears his own mother shed! I have faith in President Obama - or how did he ever deserve to reign supreme in a highly racist and chauvinistic world super-power! All the best to all of us...

Always, Emie Zozobrado

Dear Emie,

Thank you for participating in the IVAWA letter writing campaign and for sharing your voice and your personal testimony with President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and members of the US Senate on the urgency of ending violence against women.

We sent copies of your letter in packages, along with your fellow PulseWire members', to these key decision makers, and I am excited to announce that on December 15, the International Violence Against Women Act was approved by the Foreign Relations Committee! Our voices were effective in supporting this bill!

Next step for the bill: Get passed by the Senate and House by the end of the year. I will keep you updated!

In friendship and solidarity, Jade Frank

Online Community Manager World Pulse

Jade!!!!! I'm so happy! Thanks so much for the great initiative! So thankful I made it to the deadline ... I was one of those who posted the appeal on the last call! All the best....

Always, Emie Zozobrado