Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi De Jesus with GABRIELA Secretary General Joms Salvador and women from urban poor communities, who themselves were victims of past typhoons and flashfloods in Mtero Manila, joined the BALSA multi-sectoral disaster aid caravan that left Manila yesterday on a rough road trip to deliver relief packs, hope and solidarity to communities in the Eastern Visayas.
The Lingap Gabriela team, composed of 30 urban poor leaders and women health care workers who toiled the past few nights in bundling up 1,500 “Mother and Child Relief Packs” containing underwears, sanitary napkins and VAW educational fliers, aside from over 2,000 packs with standard relief items. Fliers written in Tagalog and Waray languages, will also be distributed to provided instructions for women to defend themselves from gender violence in situations where they are vulnerable. The women’s team will also conduct initial Stress Tension Reduction Theraphy for the communities.
GABRIELA wants to zero in on the reported incidences of violence against women and children and the rising risks to human trafficking especially in the totally devastated areas of Samar and Leyte. Earlier an advance team was sent to assess the needs of the communities and reported that the Gabriela center for women’s services was damaged alongside hospitals, clinics, and schools, which makes women so vulnerable and all the more without access to health services.
The BALSA caravan hopes to bring a total of 60 trucks of goods into the disaster-ravaged areas. To help the public follow their progress, the organizers put up the Twitter hashtag #TabangEV where they post pictures and stories of updates, as well as action bulletins for donors and volunteers.
You can also follow the team through twitter @gabrielaphils and https://www.facebook.com/gabriela.alliance.