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Women amid pandemic is theme of Gabriela-HK’s poster making contest

07 December 2020

By The SUN 

The contestants display their works while Bonifacio (right most) thanks them

Women are loving, but also resourceful, unflappable and brave. This was the message of the entries to the on-the-spot poster making contest held on Chater Road last Nov 29 by Gabriela Hong Kong.

Taking the top prize was Global Alliance, represented by Marilou Gavina and Mylene Ambatan, who garnered a total score of 94.3%. A female octopus dominates their work, an apparent nod to how women are able to do multi-tasking even amid a disaster – or a pandemic.

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A close second is the art work from Margie Belardo of Social Justice for Migrant Workers, who got a score of 94% from the judges. Her work shows a woman wielding a shield to ward off viruses while surrounded with hearts to signify love.

In third place was another entry from Social Justice, a collaborative work between Divina Molina and Marites Palma, who got a score of 89.3% for their effort. Their poster shows a woman in all her glory, with her body shaped like a globe. Palma said it meant to show how women are able to go through any crises with beauty and grace.

The octopus entry on foreground was 1st; top right, 2nd; and second from left, 3rd.

The winners each received a certificate and a cash prize. The first prize winner received  $500; the second prize, $400; and third place, $300.

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The other participants were from United Philippine Taekwondo Organization represented by Jocelyn Austria, and Horizon, with Maureen Villanueva and Charry Rose Poseo.

Gabriela chair Shiela Tebia-Bonifacio said the contest was part of her group’s anniversary celebration. In the Philippines, the even is being marked with 10 days of action and card-writing for women political prisoners in the country.

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Bonifacio says the anniversary theme is "Labanan ang Abuso! Kababaihan, Ipagtanggol ang Karapatang Pantao!” (Fight Abuse! Women, Protect Human Rights!)

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