This in no small part is due to the development since the early 1980s of a vibrant, vocal and distinctly Filipino feminist movement; a movement that for twenty years has been drawing together the strands of womens concerns from across the diversity of Filipino cultural communities.The second, is that the violence suffered by the majority of women throughout the world, while having their own specific forms, is painfully similar and oftentimes exactly the same.However, this often-repeated incantation and the commonly held idea that todays Filipino family displays "matriarchal tendencies" attributed to the power held by women before the Spanish conquest, as well as the assertion that the position of Filipino women improved as a result of American influence during its occupation of the country, are now challenged by the empirical studies of social scientists as some of the "myths" surrounding the belief that Filipino women do not need "liberation".
They also demonstrate adaptability because as well as being womens garments they are also used for carrying babies and goods, wall decorations, coverlets and sleeping bag, etc.
You may be surprised to learn that Filipinos speak many languages and dialects; 186 according to one ethnolinguistic research.
This forum is being held in the area which is known today as Musgrave Park; a domain which has been a traditional gathering place of Aboriginal people for thousands of centuries.
We are mindful of the significance of this place and we acknowledge and pay respect to the indigenous people who care for and love this land so dearly.
Gender and female sexuality are defined by the dominant social group (men) through a socialisation process mediated by family and community, school, church and the media.
In practice, this has come to mean male dominance/female subordination.
 In Changing Lenses, their recent publication on women and media in ten countries across the Asia-Pacific region, Isis confirms that in the Philippines violence against women remains a deeply-rooted problem in society.
The 1995 fourth periodic report for the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) showed that from December 1992 to November 1995, "cases of rape and other incidences of violence against women have been increasing but only a small number of offenders are apprehended and convicted."  In this paper we quote at length from the book Womens Health and the Law, an excellent resource on legislation, policy and programs related to womens health in the Philippines which is written in accessible language despite the necessity of legal references.
Ang pagiging babae ay pamumuhay sa panahon ng digma, To be a woman is to live at a time of war by Joi Barrios.
 We have also brought along two pieces representative of the art of Filipino womens weaving.
Traditionally, the husband is expected to be the main breadwinner, chiefly responsible for the financial sustenance of the family, and the wife is "queen of the home".