While feminism seems to be en vogue (based on the proliferation of statement slogan shirts and branded empowerment campaigns targeted towards women), many are still intimidated by the term or are afraid to be associated as one. For some Filipinos, the word feminist is synonymous to being a man-hater, angry activist, or closeted lesbian.
APEC enabled me to pilot and test innovative education approaches in a creative environment that encouraged its employees to debunk our pre-conceived notions about the school system, so we could develop a revolutionary learning environment that would produce globally competitive students who can thrive in a constantly evolving world.
The big question this left me with is why the #MeToo movement failed to take off in the Philippine context? Yes, there were a few young women who piggybacked on the hashtag and tried to rally others into joining, but most of the country chose to stay eerily silent. What stopped us from achieving our own reckoning?