Mas vocal na ngayon actress-turned-activist na si Monique Wilson sa kanyang pakikipaglaban para sa kababaihan, sa pamamagitan ng global movement na One Billion Rising.
On February 14, na kung tawagin ng kanilang grupo ay V-Day, magkakaroon ng event ang One Billion Rising, kasama ang women’s group na Gabriela, sa Bonifacio Shrine, sa Manila, upang magsilbing kickoff para sa annual International Women’s Day on March 8.
Sa panayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) kay Monique sa media launch ng One Billion Rising Revolution noong February 11, sa Romulo Café, sa may Quezon City, sinabi niyang ang kickoff event nila ay isang malaking pagtitipon ng maraming cause-oriented groups at hindi lang ang Gabriela.
“We will have a march to the Bonifacio Shrine.
“More than 20 schools will participate in our dance-athon. That is our dance for freedom and rising for the truth.
“Our dance is called ‘Bangon sa Rebolusyon.’
“We will also have different speakers.
"These are the brave women who are standing up for truth and accountability that we all seek from the government.”
GLOBAL DIRECTOR. Si Monique ang tumatayo ngayong global director ng One Billion Rising (OBR).
Masyado raw kasing na-impress at na-inspire ang mga tao sa likod nito, including Eve Ensler of the Vagina Monologues, sa pag-organize ni Monique ng movement na ito sa Pilipinas.
Pahayag ng former Miss Saigon star, “It’s a big honor for me to be global director.
“Nagagamit ko ang nalalaman ko sa arts with this movement.
“Because of this, I took a sabbatical from teaching in London para nandito ako to organize things here.
“It’s such a big responsibility kaya I have no other time to do anything else.
“But it’s okay because this is a really big cause at kailangan tutukan nang husto.”
As global director, nakakatanggap daw si Monique ng higit 11,000 e-mails a day. Galing ang mga ito sa iba’t ibang OBR communities sa buong mundo.
“They send me their photos, videos, and what they have been doing sa kanilang mga risings. They make shirts and posters as well.
“Others naman e-mail me asking for guidance on how to start their rising.
“It really has become a global community.”
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. Masigasig ngayon si Monique na pag-aralan ang epekto ng violence sa mga kababaihan.
Sa sariling pamilya kasi ng aktres ay nasaksihan daw niya ang pagiging abusive ng yumaong ama niya na si Johnny Wilson sa kanyang ina.
Saad ng 44-year-old theater actress-singer, “We have different forms of experiences with violence.
“In my family, I saw how my dad was abusive to my mom, not just verbally, but physically and emotionally as well.
“Yung mom ko, parang nawalan na siya ng boses and she would just keep quiet and always say yes.
“Masyadong malakas ang sexism sa culture natin. Yung machismo na kung tawagin is so deep. Double standard parati.
“Kaya bata pa lang ako, at nakikita ko yung nangyayari sa mom ko, I knew na hindi tama iyon. Kasi she just took it like that.
“Even sa aming mga magkakapatid, mas napapaboran ang lalaki.
“Like, my brother would be allowed to do many things, pero kaming mga babae, hindi puwede.
“I always felt that kind of inequality and that woke me up somehow.
“I was always rebellious against my dad.
“He wouldn’t allow us to speak up or to talk about problems in our family.
“He never wanted me to study in UP because sasali lang daw ako sa Gabriela and I would be a radical activist.
“Well, nangyari na nga, ‘di ba?” natawang pagbabalik-tanaw ng actress-singer.
Ikinakatuwa naman ni Monique na marami sa mga kababaihan ang lumalaban na ngayon.
“Women are taking their cases to court.
“Kung noon takot silang harapin ito, now they are fighting, which is good.
“Ang nagiging problema lang is that our legal system is corrupt.
“Kung wala kang pera, kahit na empowered ka na, hindi mo maa-achieve ang justice na para sa ‘yo.
“What’s shocking is that rape or abuse is not just being done by ordinary men.
“Most of them are men in uniform, men of certain position in government. Men with power.
“And they are getting away with it.”
FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY. Isa pang ipinaglalaban ni Monique ay ang lumalalang poverty rate sa ating bansa.
Kapag malala raw ang poverty, mas nagiging malala ang violence sa kababaihan.
Saad niya, “When I went to Roxas City for one of our risings, may mga nanay na nagkukuwento sa akin na girls in their community, as young as nine years old, has to sell their bodies for fifteen pesos para lang meron silang pamasahe to go to school.
“It came na to that point na nakakalungkot tanggapin.
“Kaya we all have to do something to combat this.
“Kahit na hindi tayo kasama sa sinasabi nilang 70 percent of people in poverty, still, that is not a reason not to do anything.”
Dahil sa pinasok na ito ni Monique, marami ang nagtanong sa kanya kung may balak ba siya pasukin ang pulitika para mas may magawa siya para sa kanyang mga ipinaglalaban.
Ang yumaong ama ni Monique na si Johnny Wilson—na dati ring artista—ay nagsilbing vice mayor, councilor, at deputy mayor sa Makati City.
Ayon kay Monique, “Always na lang may offer sa akin to run for a certain position. But for me, that is a different world.
“I don’t know enough about politics, but I can always learn more about it.
“Though I haven’t spent a lot of time on it, I don’t ever want to say no.
“My feeling is that my biggest strength is my being an artist and I am autonomous.
“If you’re autonomous, mas marami kang magagawa, e.
“I know what my place is in the scheme of things.”
LEFTIST. Dahil sa pagsama ni Monique sa Gabriela, nabansagan tuloy siyang isang “leftist.”
Reaksiyon niya tungkol dito, “Being a leftist means being against the government.
“And actually, the best activist should hold their government accountable.
“If they call Gabriela leftist, then I am proud to be leftist.
“Because, I think, it is more of showing your love of country and love of your people kasi you are brave enough to hold your government accountable.
“We call ourselves not leftist but progressives kasi, like Gabriela, KMU [Kilusang Mayo Uno], Migrante, Anak Pawis, and other groups.
“They don’t tow the line. They go all to expose whatever the problem is.
“We just want to communicate at pakinggan lang kami.
“Now, if you are this person who doesn’t want to listen, then you’ve lost all political will to lead people.
“Hindi ka pro-people.”
ANTI-AQUINO. Aminado rin si Monique na isa siyang anti-Aquino government.
Nakita na raw niya first-hand ang mga taong hindi nabibigyan ng pansin ng gobyerno ni PNoy.
“I am definitely anti-Aquino.
“I am awake to the political situation and I feel that PNoy is not serving the country—not serving the people.
“If you are given the mandate by the people to lead, then you must bring yourself to the reality of these people who needs help.
“Why couldn’t he just listen? What he really lacks is compassion.
“No president is perfect, pero kung kawalan ng compassion, yun ang hanap ng maraming tao sa kanya.
“Like what happened to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, all he has to do is say sorry to the people of Tacloban and admit that he messed up and try to find a way to solve the problem out there.
“But he still justified and defended his actions and even said, ‘O, nabuhay naman kayo, ‘di ba?’
“I mean, what is that all about? That is lacking in compassion, ‘di ba? That was really not acceptable.
“There’s also lack of urgency on his part. What is he waiting for?”
Sumang-ayon din si Monique sa sinabi ng aktor na si Jomari Yllana na “tanga” ang ating presidente.
“I totally agree!” bulalas niya.
“I think you don’t need a lot of intelligence to understand the plight of your people.
“You just have to roll down the window of your tinted SUV and look at the poverty that is staring you right in the face.
“What is so hard to understand?
“Subukan niyang pumunta sa Tondo or sa Payatas where Gabriela has taken me.
“You would be shocked at what’s happening there. Ang daming nangangailangan ng tulong doon na hindi niya alam.”
Diin pa ni Monique, “If he doesn’t want to get his hands dirty, then step down.
“We don’t need to call you to resign.
“It looks like naman you don’t like doing your job, so step down na lang and it’s the most dignified thing to do.
“Kasi you are not doing it to the best of your ability and you don’t even have the humility to say ‘help me.’
“Kung hindi mo alam ang gagawin mo, just ask these groups kung ano ba ang dapat gawin.
“These groups know what’s need to be done. They are the people who lived daily with oppression and poverty.
“All he has to do is listen to these people and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ang dali lang naman sabihin ang ‘help me help you,’ ‘di ba?”
Kung may mensahe si Monique para kay PNoy, ito raw iyon:
“Listen to the people. Hear their cries.
“Serve them with everything in you with your heart and soul.
“If you cannot, then resign. It’s the best option for you to do.
“You are keeping our country and its people chained and shackled in so much oppression and suffering.
“And just because you are not experiencing these sufferings, that does not make you not accountable to the sufferings they are going through with your lack of compassion.
“If you don’t know how to lead, be humble enough to step down.”