Gabriela Women's Party
Gabriela Women’s Party is a sectoral party-list that represents women. It aims to promote and protect marginalized Filipino women from abuse, discrimination and economic and political oppression. It has now also included OFWs, since a large portion of overseas workers are women.
It is the direct political arm of the largest Filipino women’s group in the country, GABRIELA. The GABRIELA group was founded in 1984. Its name stands for General Assembly Binding Women for Reforms, Integrity, Equality, Leadership and Action. Its name also pays tribute to Filipino historical figure Gabriela Silang, a female revolutionary during Spanish colonial times.
Their national headquarters is located in Quezon City.
Gabriela is considered a left-leaning organization. Apart from its feminist focus, it also seeks to address human rights issues, poverty, violence, sex trafficking and censorship.
Gabriela Women’s Party is an offshoot of GABRIELA, which was started in April 1984 during the Marcos Regime.
In the 2004 elections, Maza ran under the Gabriela Women’s Party. The party-list ranked 7th out of 66, earning one seat in the 13th Congress.
Gabriela Women’s Party has been very vocal against the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It opposed the “no permit, no rally” policy, and the imposition of EO 464 which prohibited heads of government to attend congressional hearings without permission from the president. In February of 2006, Presidential Proclamation 1017 placed the country under state of emergency. This led to arrests many party members, forcing its representatives to seek protective congressional custody.
The group currently has over 100,000 members nationwide. It is also comprised of over 200 women’s groups in the Philippines. It also has a US affiliation in Gabriela network USA or GabNET, which was established in 1989.
It is running for reelection in May 2010.
Based on Pulse Asia pre election survey results released in early February 2010, Gabriela is assured of three congressional seats for the 15th Congress. The party-list ranked 4th, garnering 5.55% of the total votes.
Having been a part of the 12th, 13th and 14th Congress, Gabriela Women’s Party has been actively involved in supporting and authoring several bills including VAT exemption for medicines of senior citizens, creating unemployment benefits for retrenched OFWs, increasing wages for teachers, a divorce bill, the Reproductive Health Bill, increasing maternity leave to 4 months and making amendments to the Anti Sexual Harassment Law.
Gabriela Women’s Party, through Rep. Liza Maza, is also the author/co author or sponsor of laws passed directly affecting women and children such as the Anti Trafficking in Persons and Children Act (RA 9208) and the Anti Violence Against Women and children Act (RA 9262).
They have also been able to pass the Magna Carta of Women, which protects the rights of women in all areas of society.
Their house resolutions include investigations into the commodification of women during the Balikatan exercises, several abuses incurred by OFWs and children and the impeachment of Pres. Arroyo.
- Gabriela Network (Accessed 22 February 2010)
- Gabriela Womens Party (Accessed 22 February 2010)
- Gabriela (Accessed 22 February 2010)
- Gabriela News (Accessed 22 February 2010)
- Party List for May 2010 Elections (Accessed 22 February 2010)
- Yahoo News (Accessed 24 February 2010)
- House of Representatives (Accessed 24 February 2010)
- Defending Women (Accessed 24 February 2010)
- Gabnet (Accessed 24 February 2010)