29 Jan

International Women's Alliance

Keynote address of Coni Ledesma

Solidarity and Fight Back Conference

Toronto, Canada

5-7 August 2017

Good morning dear kasama, comrades and friends,

After that rousing welcome with the singing of the IWA Hymn, let me share with you  stories of women who have resisted imperialism.

Let me start by telling you the story of a Makibaka activist.

She was an activist in the 1970’s.  In the early 1980’s, she was arrested by the military.  There  was still  Martial Law in the Philippines at this time. She was  gang raped by the military.  When she told me her story, she said that some of the military were even watching the rape from the upper floor,  laughing and jeering at her. When they had finished raping her, she crouched in a corner and cried.

“What”, jeered the military men.  “A Makibaka crying?”

After some days, the Comander of the military brought her…

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