ABOUT US

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GABRIELA is a grassroots-based alliance of more than 200 women’s organizations, institutions, desks, and programs of women all over the Philippines and abroad seeking to wage a struggle for the liberation of all oppressed Filipino women and the rest of our people.

 

It was founded in the Philippines in 1984 and named after Gabriela Silang, the first Filipino woman to lead a revolt against the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. GABRIELA USA is the first overseas chapter of GABRIELA (in the Philippines) including members in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

 

While we take collective action and vigorously campaign on women-specific issues such as women’s rights, gender discrimination, violence against women and women’s health and reproductive rights, GABRIELA is also at the forefront of national and international economic and political issues that affect women.

general assembly binding women for reform, integrity, equality, leadership, and action

GABRIELA is a grassroots-based alliance of more than 200 women’s organizations, institutions, desks, and programs of women all over the Philippines and abroad seeking to wage a struggle for the liberation of all oppressed Filipino women and the rest of our people. We seek to connect our current conditions as Filipina students, mothers, professionals, and wage-workers in the United States to that of our motherland through cultural expression, education, and political action. We are committed to working for genuine liberation and democracy through advancing the National Democratic movement of the Philippines. 

 

It was founded in the Philippines in 1984 and named after Gabriela Silang, the first Filipino woman to lead a revolt against the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. GABRIELA USA is the first overseas chapter of GABRIELA (in the Philippines) including members in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

 

While we take collective action and vigorously campaign on women-specific issues such as women’s rights, gender discrimination, violence against women and women’s health and reproductive rights, GABRIELA is also at the forefront of national and international economic and political issues that affect women.

our history

 

Filipino women have a long history of struggle against foreign domination and women’s oppression. We fought for better jobs, and the right to vote and go to school. One of us led a regional revolt against the Spanish colonizers. She was Gabriela Silang.

Primed by the anti-dictatorship struggles and the drive for significant economic and political change in the Marcos years, women from all walks of life banded together and established a national women’s coalition. We called ourselves GABRIELA in honor of Gabriela Silang. It was the call of the time and Filipino women, like our predecessors in history, valiantly responded to the challenge of struggling for liberation.

From being a coalition of only 42 organizations in 1984, we are, today, a grassroots-based national and international alliance of 250 organizations, institutions, desks, and programs.

We believe that the freedom women seek will be brought about by the resolution of the problems of foreign domination, landlessness and political repression, and in the changing of patriarchal value systems and structures in Philippine society.

 

We work against issues that adversely affect women: landlessness, militarization, the foreign debt crisis and the IMF-WB impositions, GATT-WTO, anti-people development projects, the denial of women’s health rights, violence against women and children, prostitution, trafficking in women and migration, and many more.

Likewise, we work to promote a positive social attitude toward women through cultural means and consciousness-raising.

gabriela philippines

 

Founded in 1984, GABRIELA Philippines has grown into a nationwide and international alliance of more than 200 women’s organizations that cut across sectors and regions, plus chapters and support groups of Pinays and non-Pinays in various continents of the world.

Office:

35 Scout Delgado St.

Barangay Laging Handa

Quezon City, Philippines

Contact GABRIELA Philippines by email at: gabriela.phils@gmail.com

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gabriela usa

 

GABRIELA-USA is the first overseas chapter of the Philippine-based organization, extending the Filipino women’s mass movement to the United States. Currently, we have 7 chapters as well as 2 women's desks across the country.

alliances

 
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THE MALAYA MOVEMENT
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international WOMEN'S ALLIANCE

BAYAN-USA is a national alliance of 18 progressive Filipino organizations in the U.S. representing youth, students, women, workers, immigrants, scholars, and artists. Founded in 2005, it’s the oldest and largest overseas chapter of BAYAN-Philippines. For the past 10 years, BAYAN-USA has continued to educate and organize Filipinos around social and economic justice issues affecting our kababayan (fellow Filipinos) here in the U.S. and bridging them to the larger problems Filipinos still face in the Philippines.

 

Our goal is to continue building and strengthening the national democratic movement to win genuine democracy, independence, and lasting change in the Philippines.  For more info: BAYAN-USA Southern California

We are building MALAYA: US Movement Against Killings and Dictatorship and for Democracy in the Philippines. As our name indicates, MALAYA (Filipino for “free”) seeks not only to broaden our opposition from the U.S. to fascism, but also to broaden U.S.-based support for the cause of freedom and democracy in the Philippines. This movement is taking action now to:

STOP the KILLINGS: End Duterte’s war on drugs and on those struggling for change

LIFT MARTIAL LAW in Mindanao immediately

SAY NO to ANOTHER FASCIST DICTATORSHIP in the Philippines: stop the abuse of executive power and curtailment of democratic rights and civil liberties

END the SYSTEM OF POLITICAL DYNASTIES and CORRUPTION in the Philippines

STAND for DEMOCRACY: pursue political, economic, and social reforms that benefit the majority of ordinary Filipinos and promote genuine sustainable development in the Philippines.

For more info: MALAYA Movement

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) is an anti-imperialist and democratic formation (see ILPS Charter). It promotes, supports and develops the anti-imperialist and democratic struggles of the peoples of the world against imperialism and all reaction.

It has a broad mass character and not subordinate to any political party, government or religion and affords equality to all participating organizations. It strives to realize the unity, cooperation and coordination of anti-imperialist and democratic struggles throughout the world.

For more info on ILPS: Read More

The International Women’s Alliance (IWA) is a global alliance of militant grassroots-based women’s organizations, institutions, alliances, networks and individuals committed to advancing national and social liberation, and gender equality. It is an anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, anti-patriarchy, anti-racist and anti-sexist alliance that aims to build international solidarity of women in the 21st century.

We, the women workers, peasants, indigenous, urban poor, professionals and academicians from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America, are united in the goal of liberating women from historical oppression and exploitation and in establishing an alternative system founded on genuine democracy, freedom, justice, equality and peace.

We aspire for a society that recognizes, promotes and protects the rights and interests of women and is void of all forms of discrimination and violnce against women.  We strive to intensify local struggles and campaigns against imperialism and capitalism, strengthen international solidarity, and contribute to the people’s struggle for national liberation, sovereignty and self-determination.  For more info: International Women's Alliance