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Oct. 11 - 17, 2014

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PDI/October 17, 2014/Nation/Tarra Quismundo

SC clear on gender bender: Read court decisions


MANILA, Philippines–For the Supreme Court, the rule is clear: Surgical sex change may not be recognized as legal.

PDI/October 16, 2014/Regions/Nestor Corrales

UPLB exec assures campus safe, says rape incidents happened outside school


MANILA, Philippines – Three years to the month after a student of the University of the Philippines in Los Banos was raped and killed, a similar crime was committed Wednesday in the area where the first one happened.

MT/October 16, 2014/World

Web page on ‘comfort women’ donations taken down

TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration has again deepened international suspicion that it aims to revise history despite repeated denials.

MST/October 16, 2014/Metro

Seniors honored in week of elders

Thousands of senior citizens walked the talk to celebrate Elderly Filipino Week recently in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development along with local government units.

BW/October 16, 2014/Labor/Bloomberg

Women rise through the ranks while gender gap persists

AT FIDELITY Investments, like Banco Santander SA, decades of preparation and an heiress effect helped propel a woman to the top job for the first time.

MST/October 15, 2014/World news/AFP

Kerry slams IS for selling women captives as slaves

WASHINGTON—US Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the Islamic State group for “abhorrent” abuses on Tuesday after the jihadists boasted of selling captured women and girls as slaves. Islamic State militants said abducted Yazidi women and children had been divided among its fighters according to sharia law.

MB/October 15, 2014/Business/Reuters

Apple, Facebook will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs

San Francisco– Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. will help pay for female employees to freeze their eggs, signaling a willingness to spend on perks and benefits in a race to acquire top-flight talent. From January, Apple will pay both full- and part-time employees up to $20,000 for procedure and storage costs for female employees to freeze their eggs. “We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended maternity leave policy, along with cryopreservation and egg storage as part of our extensive support for infertility treatments,” Apple said in a statement.

PS/October 14, 2014/Headlines/Helen Flores

5,000 women entrepreneurs undergo STAR training

MANILA, Philippines - Close to 5,000 women owners of sari-sari stores nationwide can now have access to various microfinancing institutions through the STAR project of Coca-Cola Company and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

MT/October 14, 2014/News

UNICEF donates P18M to Iloilo

ILOILO: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has donated Php18.69 million here as part of their strategic response plan to build better communities for children and their families in areas ravaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda. The donation was made following the recent signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and the UNICEF Representative to the Philippines Lotta Sylwander. Under the agreement, both parties declared to fully implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in the local governments.

MB/October 14, 2014/Opinions and Editorials

Information: Creating opportunities for rural women

The International Day of Rural Women, held worldwide on October 15 every year, honors and celebrates the significant role of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security, and eradicating rural poverty. It is held the day before World Food Day on October 16. Comprising more than a quarter of world’s population, rural women are mostly farmers and small entrepreneurs; they are the backbone of agricultural systems, as they are involved in crop production and livestock raising, help provide food, water, and fuel in homes, supplement their families’ income, and manage the health and nutrition of their children.

MB/October 14, 2014/Provincial/Danny J. Estacio

GAD Convention

Lucena City, Quezon — The three-day Regional Gender and Development Convention of the Regional Development Council – Subcommittee on Gender and Development, starts today at Queen Margarette Hotel, this city.

PDI/October 13, 2014/Business/Doris C. Dumlao

2 Filipinos among most influential women in Asian asset management


Apart from managing funds that are too large for most individuals to earn in a lifetime, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Assistant Governor Ramona “Winnie” Santiago and Bank of the Philippine Island senior vice president Maria Theresa Marcial-Javier have many things in common. Both are extremely hardworking women who adhere to a set of core values that make them much-lauded guardians of assets entrusted to their respective institutions. They play by the rules, work well with a team and constantly sharpen the saw to excel in their profession.

MB/October 13, 2014/Opinions and Editorials

Information: Toward a solid, responsive, Philippine Statistical System

The 25th National Statistics Month (NSM) is being observed this October to instill nationwide awareness and appreciation of statistics. The NSM adopts a theme every year to focus on the role of statistics in a particular sector or socio-economic issue such as local government, health, labor, trade and tourism, investment, education, gender, and social protection.

PDI/October 12, 2014/Opinion/Rina Jimenez-David

Lending an ear, granting a voice

Excerpts from comments delivered during the launch yesterday of the book “Towards Adult Faith: Essays on Believing” by Asuncion David Maramba. This book launch, and indeed this book, couldn’t have been better timed. It coincides with an extraordinary gathering taking place at the Vatican, with the world’s bishops meeting to talk about marriage, divorce, contraception, abortion, sexual minorities and other social issues on which it was commonly believed that the Church had taken a fixed, unchanging, unyielding stance.

PDI/October 12, 2014/Business/Chris V. Panganiban

Agusan women owe their livelihood to coco coir


SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur—The women of Barangay Ladgadan here now lead better lives.

Some 50 women from this remote village are twiners of coco coir, a rope fiber fashioned from coconut husks and woven into geonets or rolls of fiber mesh nets used in preventing soil erosion and landslides.

MST/October 12, 2014/World news/AFP

Nobel gives Pakistani women hope for change

MINGORA—Saima Bibi was just 13 when she was married off to settle a debt of honour, a common custom in Pakistan’s northwest Swat Valley where Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai grew up. A top student who got the highest marks in class, Bibi was forced to drop out of school and give up her dreams of an education.

MB/October 12, 2014/National/Hannah Torregoza

Solons not too keen on making same-sex marriage legal

Some senators are not too keen on passing a law that will allow same-sex marriages although they risk outrage from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. For Sen. Vicente Sotto III, the LGBTs would have to make do with commitment ceremonies to mark their union or a live-in arrangement for now.

MT/October 11, 2014/News/PNA

Nearly 1 in 4 adolescent girls experiences physical violence – UNICEF

GENEVA: On International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF released Friday new data revealing the magnitude of violence against adolescent girls and the alarming attitudes that perpetuate such abuse.

MB/October 11, 2014/World/Reuters

Malala, Indian activist win Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo– Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating girls’ right to education, and Indian children’s right activist Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.


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FAO/October 17, 2014

E-learning course puts gender equality at the centre of agricultural planning


Rome - To strengthen the capacities of member countries in reducing gender inequalities in agriculture and increasing productivity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, with support from the European Union, has produced a new e-learning course to help policy-makers and agricultural planners develop gender-responsive policies and programmes for food and nutrition security.

UN Women/October 16, 2014

Synergies between sustainable development and gender equality undeniable, policy change needed: UN report

(New York) — Ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, UN Women today released its new report, the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development. Charting the rationale and the actions necessary to ensure ground-breaking change, the flagship UN study asserts that any comprehensive sustainable development pathway cannot be achieved without an explicit commitment to gender equality, women’s rights and their empowerment.

UN Women/October 15, 2014

UN Women launches gender equality course for UN staff

(New York) — In the lead up to the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a landmark for women’s rights and gender equality, UN Women is launching an online course to help inform and educate UN staff on gender issues.

UN Women/October 14, 2014/Oisika Chakrabarti

Press release: Inspirational US policy wins prestigious international prize on ending violence against women

Future Policy Award 2014: Duluth Model is world’s best policy / Exemplary laws from Burkina Faso and Austria win silver / Vision Award goes to Istanbul Convention

IPS News/October 14, 2014/Gloria Schiavi

Family Farming – A Way of Life

ROME - It does not make the headlines, but 2014 is the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and family farming will be centre-stage at this year’s World Food Day on Oct. 16 at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

The Guardian/October 14, 2014/H&M

H&M and CARE International launch fund to empower women

H&M Conscious Foundation has partnered with humanitarian organisation CARE to focus on empowering women. Their joint program is investing in actions that strengthen women in poor communities and transform their futures. It aims to inspire and empower women economically. The program will offer advice on policy changes needed to allow women’s full participation in all walks of life, with a focus on enterprise development.

First Post/October 14, 2014

Girls at risk as Bangladesh mulls lowering age of marriage, says HRW

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of girls are at risk if the Bangladeshi government goes ahead with a proposal to lower the age of marriage to 16, Human Rights Watch warned on Monday. The impoverished South Asian nation has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, despite a three-decade-old law which bans marriage for girls under the age of 18.

All Africa/October 14, 2014

Nigeria: Jonathan Plans More Seats for Women, Says Collective Efforts Will End Insurgency

President Goodluck Jonathan has on Monday October 13, 2014 said that Government will persist in recognizing the valuable contributions of Nigerian women and girls in the development of the nation's economy. He made this known in Abuja while speaking at the 2014 Women and Girls Summit with the theme: 'Re-enforcing the Agenda for Girl-Child Education.'

UN Women/October 13, 2014

Women mobilize to halt the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Door-to-door volunteers and traditional chiefs are educating and gathering information in their communities on prevention and the impact of the Ebola virus on women.

UN Women/October 13, 2014

Teamwork fosters business growth and women’s economic empowerment in Albania

With the support of UN Women, an economic empowerment project in Albania is helping rural women cultivate their business skills and increase their income by forming cooperatives.

OP Talk/October 13, 2014/Jake Flanagin

Women Fight ISIS and Sexism in Kurdish Regions

As soon as 2016, American women in the United States military will begin serving in combat roles for the first time. Across the world, in what some might think of as an unlikely place, it’s an age-old practice.  Women have been fighting in Kurdish paramilitary outfits, known as the pesh merga, for years, according to Ahmad Khalil and Karen Leigh of Syria Deeply. “Kurdish women, regarded as some of the most liberal in the region, have a decades-long history of fighting,” they write. “Many have fought with the P.K.K., an internationally recognized terror organization that works with the Y.P.G., in southern Turkey.”

LA Times/October 12, 2014/Ali M. Latifi

First Lady Rula Ghani aims to elevate Afghanistan's women

As the wife of the newly elected president, Rula Ghani stands to be the first publicly visible wife of an Afghan leader in nearly a century. But unlike her most direct antecedent — Queen Soraya, who along with her husband, King Amanullah, ruled Afghanistan from 1919 to 1929 — she has no intention of drastically upending Afghan social norms.




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UN Women/October  17, 2014

World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

The World Survey 2014, issued every five years, focuses this year on the theme of gender equality and sustainable development by examining a select range of issues that are fundamental to women’s lives and are strategic for achieving gender equality and sustainability. These include: patterns of growth, employment generation and the role of public goods; food production, distribution and consumption; population dynamics and women’s bodily integrity; and water, sanitation and energy.