Magazine article The Christian Century

Darlene Marquez-Caramanzana

Magazine article The Christian Century

Darlene Marquez-Caramanzana

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Darlene Marquez-Caramanzana, a United Methodist deaconess and National Council of Churches executive in the Philippines, received an award for her work documenting the stories of women survivors of human rights violations, including how those women fought for justice.

The University of the Philippines Center for Women's Studies and the UPCWS Foundation Inc. gave Marquez-Caramanzana a Lourdes Lontok-Cruz Award for her thesis, "Women Confronting State-Instigated Violence: Experiences of Female Relatives of Victims of Human Rights Violations in the Philippines." She presented her thesis in a recent lecture series, Women in the Revolutionary Struggle, at the University of the Philippines.

For her research, she had interviewed women who are mothers, daughters, and wives of victims of extrajudicial killings and disappearances.

"All the women were deeply pained and suffered from anguish upon the victimization of their loved ones," Marquez-Caramanzana said. Yet she also "documented the empowerment and transformation process undergone by the female relatives and their subsequent actions to engage in seeking justice for victims."

In addition to the women survivors of violence, Marquez-Caramanzana interviewed human rights activists and workers who knew the women and reviewed cases of human rights violations. She stressed the need for opportunities for all of the women who gave firsthand accounts--whom she called her research partners--to confirm the accuracy of the details.

"This is because, in truth, women's stories have been maligned and rendered as untruths," she said. …

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