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Oct. 25 - 31, 2014

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PDI/October 31, 2014/Global Nation/Jon Meligrito

Fil-Am women leaders recall climb to success

WASHINGTON, DC — Gloria T. Caoile was 17 years old when she arrived in the US, literally fresh off the boat. “Naïve and inexperienced,” she took low-paying clerical jobs without health benefits and endured harassment and discrimination from “predators of all kinds” because she was a Filipina and a woman.

BM/October 31, 2014/Nation/Cai Ordinario

Majority of workers in electronics are women–PSA

THE majority of the workers in the electronics industry are women, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), citing 2012 data. The PSA data showed around 70.2 percent or 113,163 of the 161,284 work force in the electronics industry are women as of June 30, 2012.

MST/October 30, 2014/Top stories/Rey E. Requejo

Domestic violence gets top cop in trouble

Davao City police chief Senior Supt. Vicente Danao Jr. is facing criminal investigation before the Department of Justice for alleged physical and verbal abuses against his wife and their children.

MB/October 30, 2014/National/Samuel P. Medenila

Enterpreneurship training

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) aims to make entrepreneurs out of some 200,000 women in the next five years through its its Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) program in partnership with Cocoa Cola Philippines Inc.

BW/October 30, 2014/Opinion/Amina Rasul

Mapping out the role of civil society under the Bangsamoro Basic Law

THE CONGRESSIONAL Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law conducted a hearing with civil society organizations last Wednesday … Several organizations spoke out about women’s issues, that the gains of women’s struggles for equality not be lost with the passage of the Basic Law. This is a major concern for women and human rights organizations, since Sharia (Islamic law) will be the principal justice system for the new political entity, going beyond personal and family laws and into criminal and commercial law. The concerns of women were presented in a position paper by the Women’s Peace Table, an initiative organized by the Mindanao Commission for Women (MCW), Women and Gender Institute (WAGI), and the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) to reach out to the women.

PDI/October 29, 2014/News/Nancy C. Carvajal

Ranking cop sued for raping bar woman in his SPD office


Agree to have sex or go to jail. These were the tough choices that a ranking official of the Southern Police District allegedly gave a nightclub model, one of the bar workers he ordered arrested in a recent SPD raid in Pasay City.

MT/October 29, 2014/News/PNA

UN Security Council urges protection for women in conflicts

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) spotlighted the heightened risk that women in armed conflicts face, and urged measures to prevent refugee and internally displaced women and girls from being subject to violence.

MST/October 29, 2014/Main stories/AFP

PH in world’s top 10 most gender-equal

GENEVA-The Philippines is among the top 10 countries considered  as most gender-equal when it comes to the workplace,acording to the World Economic Forum. The five Nordic countries, led by Iceland, clearly remained the most gender-equal, WEF said in a report published Tuesday.

MB/October 29, 2014/Latest news/AFP

PH ranks 9th in WEF gender-equality ranking

The Philippines has remained as one of the most gender-equal nations, ranking ninth out of the 142 countries assessed, according to the 2014 Global Gender Gap Report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF).  The other countries that joined the Philippines in the top 10 are Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Ireland, and Belgium.

MB/October 29, 2014/Provincial/Tara Yap

Panay gears for stronger RH Law implementation

Iloilo – The Department of Health (DOH) is strengthening the implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law at the grassroots level in Panay Island.

MB/October 29, 2014/National/Francis T. Wakefield

Ferrer wins global peace award for Bangsamoro agreement

Chief peace negotiator Professor Miriam Coronel Ferrer received acclaim from N-Peace Awards, an Asian-based international awarding body, for spearheading the completion and signing of the historic Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).‎

BW/October 29, 2014/Nation

Manila women love single-sex transport

LONDON -- More than nine out of ten women in Manila favor single-sex transport, an international survey that covers 15 cities around the world said.

Ninety-four percent of females surveyed in the Philippine capital said that they feel safer on buses and trains that exclusively serve women, a poll conducted by Thomson Reuters Foundation said on Wednesday. Jakarta in Indonesia, Mexico City and Delhi in India, came in second and third places, said the poll, which covered nearly 6,300 women in 15 of the world’s largest capitals.

PDI/October 28, 2014/Global Nation/Amy R. Remo

PH tops in gender equality among Asia-Pacific nations


MANILA, Philippines–The Philippines remained the top performer in the Asia-Pacific in terms of gender equality, even as the country fell four notches to rank ninth out of the 142 economies assessed in the Global Gender Gap 2014 report.

PDI/October 28, 2014/Global Nation

Fil-Am woman is commander of US Navy in the Marianas


DALY CITY, California – A Filipina American is one of the high-ranking women in the US Navy, becoming commander of the Joint Region Marianas during a change of command ceremony at the Guam High School gymnasium aboard US Naval Hospital Guam last August 15.

MT/October 28, 2014/News/AFP

Gender equality at work more than 80 years off – report

GENEVA: If you’re waiting for gender equality in the workplace, be prepared to wait a long time.

While women are rapidly closing the gender gap with men in areas like health and education, inequality at work is not expected to be erased until 2095, according to a report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) Tuesday.

MB/October 28, 2014/Opinions and Editorials/Florangel Rosario Braid

Women’s participation in political life

Perhaps this is the time for women’s and human rights groups in the country to come together and lobby for a bill that would give women a stronger voice in governance. House Bill 3877 – Women Participation and Representation in Political Parties Act of 2013 – introduced by Akbayan party-list Representatives Barry Gutierrez and Walden Bello seeks to promote women’s participation and equitable representation by providing incentives to political parties which promote these objectives.

MB/October 28, 2014/Provincial/Malou M. Mozo

Empowering 200,000 Filipina retailers by 2020

Cebu City, Cebu – Global beverage brand Coca-Cola is aiming to partner with 200,000 women sari-sari store owners and operators in the Philippines by 2020 by including them in the company’s value chain development programs

BW/October 28, 2014/Top story/I.C.C. Delavin

PHL slips in gender index rank

THE PHILIPPINES slipped in an annual index designed to measure the magnitude of gender-based disparities and track countries’ progress in narrowing them, but still figured among the first 10 globally, topped Asia and the Pacific and was the second highest-performing country in the study’s lower-middle income group.

BW/October 28, 2014/World

Global workplace gender gap won’t close until 2095, WEF finds

ECONOMIC EQUALITY between men and women globally won’t be achieved for another eight decades, the World Economic Forum concluded in a report. The study of 142 countries, published annually by the Geneva-based organization, found that women’s attainments and opportunities in the workplace are 60 percent those of men, up from 56 percent in the first such report in 2006. On this basis, parity will be achieved only in 81 years.

MT/October 27, 2014/World/AFP

Eight women in Widodo Cabinet

JAKARTA: New Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday unveiled a Cabinet including the country’s first female foreign minister, as well as political allies and technocrats in key economic posts.

MST/October 27, 2014/Opinion/Rita Linda V. Jimeno

Protecting LGBT rights

There is a glaring disconnect between a global survey by US-based Pew Research Center saying that the Philippines is one of the most gay-friendly nations in the world and the reactions of many to the killing of transgender Jeffrey “Jenny” Laude, allegedly by a US marine.

MST/October 26, 2014/World/AFP

Boko Haram uses kidnapped women, girls on front lines — rights group

LAGOS—Boko Haram has used kidnapped young women and girls on the front lines of its insurgency, according to a new report published on Monday, after a fresh abduction in Nigeria’s far northeast. Human Rights Watch made the claim as it outlined testimony from dozens of former hostages who documented physical and psychological abuse at the hands of the militants.

MB/October 26, 2014/Metro/Roy Mabasa

Treated inhumanely like slaves

Asian and African women employed as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are being sexually violated, isolated, forcefully confined, regularly beaten by their employers and exploited like slaves by being forced to work for long hours without pay and with limited food, according to a report by an international human rights watchdog.

PDI/October 25, 2014/Opinion/Mahar Mangahas

Lagging behind in Southeast Asia

Let us open our eyes to the fact that Human Development in our country has been very weak, for several decades. I capitalize Human Development here because I use the Human Development Index (HDI), a branded annual statistic of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The new Human Development Report, released on July 24, 2014, has figures up to 2013.

PDI/October 25, 2014/News/AP

Women on front lines in Syria, Iraq against IS


SURUC, Turkey—Just over a year ago, Afshin Kobani was a teacher. Now, the Kurdish Syrian woman has traded the classroom for the front lines in the battle for Kobani, a town besieged by fighters from the Islamic State extremist group.

MST/October 25, 2014/Provinces/PIA

Women in ARMM are more empowered – PSA

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - Women in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are more empowered compared to those in other regions in Mindanao, an official from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Wednesday.

MB/October 25, 2014/Metro/Charissa Luci

Support for anti-hate crime bill gathers steam

Even before it could be filed, the proposed Anti-Hate Crime bill has already gotten solid support from women lawmakers. NARS party-list Rep. Leah Paquiz and Gabriela party-list Rep. Luz Ilagan rallied behind the measure proposed by Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon to address the proliferation of hate-motivated crimes against vulnerable sectors, especially members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.


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UN Women/October 31, 2014

Youth leaders join UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group

UN Women has appointed three youth representatives from around the world to support its Global Civil Society Advisory Group (GCSAG) in engaging youth on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

IPS/October 31, 2014/Thalif Deen

Another Women’s Treaty? Implement Existing One, Say NGOs

UNITED NATIONS - Can violence against women be prevented or eliminated with a new international treaty signed and ratified by the 193 member states of the United Nations?

UN Women/October 30, 2014

First Global Forum on Youth Policies connects the dots between gender equality and youth

“Nothing for youth, without youth” was the clarion call emerging from the First Global Forum on Youth Policies that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 28 to 30 October. The Forum gathered more than 700 participants, including youth leaders, policy experts, UN officials and the largest gathering of ministers and government representatives working on youth issues since the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in 1998, in Lisbon.

UN Women/October 30, 2014

New law spurs action, bringing protection to many

A new law against domestic violence adopted in August in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, coupled with efforts to promote the Istanbul Convention are giving new hope to survivors.

UN Women/October 30, 2014

UN launches Ebola Gender Mainstreaming Strategy in Sierra Leone

To ensure that the needs of women and girls are addressed within the UN’s overall response to the devastating Ebola Virus Disease, the United Nations Country Team in Sierra Leone launched an Ebola Gender Mainstreaming Strategy in early October.

World Economic Forum/October 29, 2014/Helena Trachsel

Six ways to fix gender inequality at work

Switzerland is one of the world’s most successful economies, scoring highly in areas from innovation to institutional excellence. So why is our record less stellar when it comes to gender equality? Switzerland’s performance in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap 2014 Report is a case in point. We came first in the Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, but only 11th in terms of closing the gender gap.

UN Women/October 29, 2014

ITU, UN Women celebrate power of technology to transform women’s lives

Busan — Seven outstanding individuals and organizations that are harnessing the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to boost gender empowerment were honoured on 28 October as recipients of the first-ever Gender Equality Mainstreaming–Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards.

UN Women/October 28, 2014

Press release: As nature of conflicts change, UN Women urges swifter action to protect targets of violence

(New York) — With the worst levels of displacement since the Second World War, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka today at the UN Security Council called upon UN Member States to address the violent extremism that is on the rise and threatens the lives and futures of women and girls worldwide.

The Times/October 28, 2014/Rosemary Benett

Female workers get fairer deal in Rwanda than UK

Britain’s poor performance on women’s pay and promotion has pushed it out of the gender equality global top 20 for the first time, with the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranking it below the Philippines and Rwanda as a good place to be female.

The Telegraph/October 28, 2014/Lauren Davidson

Gender equality will happen - but not until 2095

Good news for the women out there: the World Economic Forum believes that gender equality is achievable -- just not for another 81 years.

BBC/October 28, 2014

'Sweeping change' narrows gender gap

Increased access for women to politics and the workforce has narrowed the global gender gap in the past 10 years, the World Economic Forum (WEF) said. The WEF's annual gender survey confirmed "sweeping changes" in many countries, with 105 becoming more equal since 2005, said its author. Iceland tops the list for the sixth year running, with Yemen placed last. The WEF looked at economic factors, health, education and political participation in 142 countries. Just six nations - Sri Lanka, Mali, Croatia, Macedonia, Jordan and Tunisia - have seen their gender gap grow overall since 2005, the WEF said.

APC/October 28, 2014

Take Back the Tech! campaign wins ITU award for gender equality in tech

APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign was globally acclaimed for its “efforts to reduce threats online and building women’s confidence and security in the use of ICTs,” winning first place in this first edition of the prize from over 360 nominations and 37 finalists from more than 70 countries under category 6. The Gender Equality Mainstreaming – Technology (GEM-Tech) Award is an annual special ITU-UN Women joint achievement award for outstanding performers and role models in gender equality and mainstreaming in the area of ICTs.

BBC/October 26, 2014

Who are the 100 Women 2014?

100 Women is back. Last year the BBC kick-started its pledge to represent women better in its international news output with the 100 Women season.

Aljazeera/October 26, 2014

Saudi women's driving campaign gathers pace

Activists pushing for women's right-to-drive in Saudi Arabia have declared their online campaign a success, in the world's only country where women are not allowed to operate cars.

Aljazeera/October 25, 2014/ Ahmed El Amraoui

The gender fault line in Tunisia: Women's rights fail reality check despite advanced laws that promote equality and freedom.  

Tunis, Tunisia--The extensive rights in gender equality in Tunisia are failing to achieve their full potential as many women remain unaware of their existence, especially in rural areas. This is at least what Myriam Ben Ghazi, a Tunisian journalist, believes.




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WEF/October  24, 2014

The Global Gender Gap Report 2014

The Global Gender Gap Report, introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, provides a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities around the world. The index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparison across regions and income groups and over time.