Malayapinas: A Woman with a Brave Heart
Malayapinas is a social worker and a women rights activist in the Phillipines. She has been working in the non governmental sector for over two decades and has been instrumental in fighting for the rights of women and children. Her work in advocacy entails lobbying for amendments in government policies to ensure that such policies provide women and children with the resources and opportunities for wellbeing.
Malayapinas believes that women are active partners in nation building and that their contribution have an impact in the overall well being of society whether it be in bringing forth strong family units or in the political leadership arena, in business or other social platforms.
The 47 year old mother of two, holds dear loyalty for one's country and service for the poor in the community as key moral values to stand by. She gladly embraces these values which she emulated from her father as he served as a former trade unionist in the philippines. She says "I uphold the value of service to the nation, to the poor and to the women and children of the Philippines with love and aim to seek social justice."
After a busy day at work, indeed these values are evident in Malayapinas life as she patiently and with so much love attends to her family. "It is challenging to be both a career woman and mother but with love it is fulfilling”, She says. As she multi tasks to make ends meet, her character can be described as that of a worrior with a brave heart.
Malayapinas reveals that because of her love for children, her goal is to start a pre-school where she can offer baby sitting services to career women like herself who have no home assistants. Over the years, she has learnt from experience how to influence positive child development. In her free time, she likes to watch children films and read books on child development, and hopes that with the lessons learnt, her service will strengthen women to pursue their dreams without worrying about who will care for their children.