"I'm inspired by the idea of billions of women coming together to end violence," she said in an e-mail. "I chose to be happy today and to be a part of something amazing. I wanted to be surrounded by women coming together to stand for strength and courage and love."
On a day focused on ending violence toward women, Ivan Enrile joined a sea of activists dressed in pink, red and black in Quezon City, Philippines, to protest what he sees as a problem affecting men, too.
Violence toward women also debases men by reinforcing hyper-masculine gender norms that "prevent men from realizing their true potentials as human beings," he said.
"Women's issues to me are important since I believe that no society can ever free itself from problems of inequality, poverty, and violence without the full freedom of women," the 28-year-old Filipino said.