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So long Dina

Today, I mourn the loss of Dina, a friend and a sister in the many triumphs and struggles of the women's movement in the Philippines. Dina died in a vehicular accident while on the way to a health governance activity in southern part of the country. The personal life and the professional work of Dina is an assemblage of the different experiences of individual women and the efforts of different groups engaged in development work. She is a winner in many aspects having undergone medication and surgeries and luckily survived cancer after several years. She single handedly supported and educated her children as a solo parent. Her passion and skills in organizing, project management and advocacy had helped several communities implement a wide range of development concerns from violence against women and other gender issues, rural development and natural resource management to good governance and change politics. She successfully managed projects, groups, organizations and family. This is how talented, flexible and skillful Dina is. She approached life and its challenges with dedication and humility. She worked and smiled as if everything was alright. She was expert at hiding the physical pain. She epitomizes the enduring mother; the supportive parent; the relentless organizer and trainer; the ever conscientious development worker and optimistic citizen of the world. Dear sisters in Abanse!Pinay and Women Action Network for Development (WAND), we will miss one firm believer in women empowerment and gender equality. So long Dina.

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everlyrose's picture

I mourn with you

I will say a prayer tonight for her. She was and will always be a remarkable woman. One of the speeches today at the Clinton Global meet in the UN conference will be given by Mayor Bloomberg, and he will speak about traffic safety in all aspects. We really need to mobilize all our efforts to keep our roads safe and every vehicle that traverses it,
Dina could have done so much more, but then we also go back to an old adage....if one's time is up there is nothing we can do about it. Fate really directs us all.

take care

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

Paulina Lawsin's picture

road safety

Thank you Everly for your comment. A lot of people perish in the Philippines everyday due to road accidents that could have been prevented. Buses falling into ravines. Trucks smashing into cars. Hit and run. It has made lives cheap here. Just the other day, a promising young man was hit by a vehicle early morning in Manila. He died just that. Last week, a passenger bus, plying from the southern Philippines to the capital found itself in the rice paddy in Sorsogon. Everyday occurences that seemed ordinary accidents but have taken extraordinary lives. It's about time that women should take this up as an issue. We cannot leave the matter in the hands of the authorities anymore because the police just want to solve the crime but have nothing to do with disciplining and retraining of drivers. The transport operators and drivers associations should ensure the road worthiness of the vehicles. And many others.This problem needs a woman';s touch so that it will be studied comprehensively. I am calling on my sisters to include this in their agenda. And am calling the others who have successfully reduced the incidence to share with us their best practice. Let's do this for Dina and our loved ones.

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