The Negros Youth for Leni (NY4L) welcomed Senator Imee Marcos’s description of presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo as “extraordinary housewife” and to “never underestimate” the latter’s capability and competence.
Robredo is running against the senator’s younger brother, former Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
In a press release sent Thursday, October 28, the youth group said the senator “just affirmed the struggles and sacrifices of Negrosanon women who organized against the Marcos dictatorship and rallied against the construction of coal power plants – both leading successful movements in the province.”
“But while the Negros Youth welcomes the senator’s statement as recognition of the power of women, we also express with deepest concern that the same words are potentially loaded with sexism and misogyny. There are no extraordinary housewives, all housewives are extraordinary. No woman should be underestimated for the path she chooses for herself.”
The statement also said that women all over the world have shown resilience and outstanding performance in male-dominated fields, “hence, being a woman or a housewife should never be equated to weakness or frailness because being a woman, in its every essence, is a symbol of resiliency.”
This, the youth group added, was why they are for the vice-president because “like many housewives, VP Leni has a long list of achievements and successes.”
The group said that apart from being elected as the 14th Vice President of the Philippines, Robredo was also credited for filing 110 bills while in Congress and was a human rights lawyer was well. “And all that she achieved while raising three daughters,” the statement said.
“We must not leave room in our society for uncalled for comments against women. We deplore such comments and we stand for VP Leni and for all housewives. This is also our manifestation to stand alongside millions of courageous women who are capable, can be relied upon and can be trusted,” they added. (PR)