- Liza Soberano spoke up about women’s rights
- She said she wants to use her voice to help those who couldn’t speak up for themselves
- The actress said she wants to show “encouragement and confidence” to our fellow women and children and not to be scared
Liza Soberano couldn’t help but be emotional as she spoke about women’s rights at a virtual event organized by the Gabriela Youth.
Liza wanted to help raise awareness on issues faced by women and children during the COVID-19 pandemic. She shared how important it is for women to speak up regarding their opinions and to help create a safe place for everyone.
“The norm of society has conditioned women and children to stay quiet when dealing with hardships and struggles because nobody is going to do anything anyway. Yet why do they also expect us women, women alike and children, to remain resilient through these struggles?” she said.
Liza went on to share how she once was scared to speak up about her opinions and advocacies because she didn’t want to cause conflict among her supporters. She said as a celebrity, they were only expected to talk about their craft and showbiz.
“Ang paniniwala ko po dati na ‘pag artista ka, dapat umiiwas ka sa lahat ng issues. Dapat we just keep talking about our craft and the next movie we’re making and everything. Kasi, I was afraid that people would judge me. They would say na, ‘What do I know, I’m just a girl, I’m just an actress’,” she said.
Liza said when she stood up against a netizen who gave her a m
alicious comment, she realized she was also standing up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
“As a woman, as a Filipino artist, I think that women and influencers alike should start speaking up. They can contribute not only awareness about these issues, but also encouragement and confidence to our fellow women and children — that they need to learn to stand up for themselves,” Liza said.