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"My piece is about the cause I strongly support and advocate for: The Fight for Women’s Rights. As a non-binary cis-woman, it is in my belief that women are capable of everything and more. Their passion, their willingness, their nurturing nature, their strength and bravery, and their resilience are only a few of the values and characters they embody that the world has always needed. I believe that women have the right to be respected, accepted and given the same privileges, opportunities and roles as conveniently and as easily as the majority of men since the dawn of age. Given the equal opportunities, seats and voice, women are able to address and deliver proper solutions to the major issues such as poverty, economic crisis, environmental crisis and more, like countless women have already showed. With this piece, I want to show the oppression, inequality, abuse, etc., as well as the leadership, the inspiring and awe-spiring women, etc. that women in my country, the Philippines, has seen, stepped and struggled with from then til now. The women, as seen in the lower left side of the illustration, are those who have led, excelled and stood their ground for fighting people’s (not just women’s) rights. These women (from right to left) are Maria Ressa, Leni Robredo, Amina Rasul-Bernardo, Atty. Jazz Tamayo, Risa Hontiveros, Sister Mary John Mananzan, Bernadette Madrid, Josefa Llanes Escoda, Gina Lopez, and Pura Villanueva. The political party named Gabriela advocates for the issues that women are dealing in the country and gives voice for Filipino Women in the House of Representatives. Babae ako simply wants to show that women are human beings that deserve to be treated, seen and respected as human beings."
— Lance Silarde, Philippines