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Nov. 8 - 14, 2014

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MB/November 14, 2014/Provincial/Nonoy Lacson

Livelihood program for women

General Santos City – The women’s cooperative in the city recently received livelihood assistance from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with the Social Security System and the local government unit of General Santos City (LGU-GSC).

PDI/November 12, 2014/News/Danny Petilla

Tacloban women take charge

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines—On a recent November morning, six women were huddled together inside a newly constructed, rustic little hut in Barangay (village) Bagacay, 10 kilometers north of this city. Shelving their talk about politics, the women—all survivors of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan)—were suddenly confronted with a problem: How to provide themselves and their families with permanent roofs over their heads.

MT/November 11, 2014/News/Llanesca T. Panti

Ex-NEDA official found guilty of sexual harassment anew

The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court on Monday found former National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 7 director Jose Romeo Escandor guilty of sexual harassment of a female subordinate for the second time.

MB/November 11, 2014/Opinions and Editorials

Information: Philippines, Asia’s leader in gender equality

The Philippines is Asia’s best performing country in closing the gender gap. It is the only country in Asia-Pacific that has fully closed gender disparity in education and health, garnering 0.781 points, according to the Global Gender Gap 2014 report of World Economy Forum (WEF), released on October 29, 2014. At 9th place out of 142 surveyed countries, the Philippines was best placed in Southeast Asia, followed by Singapore (59), Thailand (61), Vietnam (76), Indonesia (97), and Brunei (98). In the top 10 of most gender-equal countries, along with the Philippines, are: Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Ireland, and Belgium. Since WEF began the report in 2006, the Philippines has been in top 10 list … The Philippine Commission on Women, the lead agency for promoting women’s empowerment, human rights, and gender equality, welcomed the report, saying that the coalesced efforts of government, nongovernment organizations, civil society groups, and academe have been putting the Philippines in the top 10 list. There must be no room for complacency; there’s a lot of work to be done particularly in fulfillment of women’s participation and of representation in all spheres of society, it said.

BW/November 11, 2014/Corporate Bulletins

Cisco launches worldwide IoT challenge for young women

MANILA -- Cisco recently announced that in concert with a global network of companies in the IoT space, local organisations and non-profits dedicated to women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), it is launching a worldwide Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge.

PDI/November 10, 2014/News

Count on women entrepreneurs to brighten Christmas

TO BRIGHTEN Christmas all over the country, an international beverage company on Nov. 8 launched a holiday campaign in Manila, Bacolod, Tacloban, Pampanga, Batangas and Davao with Share  Sari-Saring Happiness Day participated in by more than 400,000 women small store owners.

MT/November 10, 2014/News/PNA

NBI files rape raps vs. ex-SPD official

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday filed before the Taguig City Prosecutor’s Office a case of rape against Supt. Erwin Emelo, a former official of the Southern Police District (SPD).

MT/November 10, 2014/News/PNA

MMDA Chief offers Php200,000 for arrest of Magallanes Interchange rapists

Chairman Francis Tolentino of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday offered a P200,000 reward money to anyone who could provide information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects in the recent spate of rape cases at the Magallanes Interchange in Makati City.

BW/November 10, 2014/Opinion/Rossana L. Llenado

Encouraging the enterprising

I WAS PRIVILEGED to be invited to speak on SME Development and Women Entrepreneurship at the 28th Conference of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Malaysia last September. On the second day of the conference, there was a talk on “Services in the Asia Pacific Region: Supporting the Growth of SMEs and Entrepreneurship” … Wanting to start a business becomes even more tricky when one considers that a significant number of the country’s entrepreneurs are women, with their own special challenges to face. Much like their counterparts the world over, Filipina entrepreneurs carry the double burden of caring for their families and managing their households alongside their businesses. They are expected to earn less than male business owners, and as such usually lack the confidence men have to explore available business options.

MST/November 8, 2014/Opinion/Elizabeth Angsioco

Implement RH now!

“So, when will we feel the reproductive health law’s implementation?” is a question that is often asked of me by community women who worked for this law’s passage.

MB/November 8, 2014/Metro/Ben Rosario

Lady solons seek repeal of law discriminatory to widows

Women’s rights group Gabriela has called for the repeal of a law that penalizes widows and legally separated women for marrying within one year from the death of the husband or the annulment of their marriage.

MB/November 8, 2014/National/Reuters

Basey’s mat weavers knit their lives back

Basey/Manila – A year after one of the world’s most powerful storms smashed central Visayas, a group of women are stitching their lives back together by weaving colorful reeds into handicrafts sold by the world’s top retailers.

BM/November 8, 2014/World/AP

Easing of Saudi driving ban on women possible

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—It’s only for women over 30, who must be off the road by 8 p.m. and cannot wear makeup behind the wheel. But it’s still a startling shift.


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UN/November 14, 2014

In Liberia, mobile banking to help Ebola-affected women traders


Hard-hit by closed markets and travel restrictions, some 2,500 women cross-border traders will receive cash transfers via mobile technology from the Central Bank of Liberia with a grant from UN Women to help them save and expand their businesses.

UN/November 14, 2014

UN welcomes Malaysia's court ruling to decriminalizes transgender women


The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today welcomed the recent judgment by the Court of Appeal of Malaysia that declared unconstitutional the criminalization of Muslim transgender women for cross-dressing.

UN/November 14, 2014

UN mission continues investigation into alleged mass rape in North Darfur town


Allegations of the mass rape of 200 women and girls in a town in North Darfur continue raise concerns in the war-torn Sudanese region as the African Union-United Nations hybrid mission there presses ahead with its efforts "to shed further light" on the reports.

IPS/November 14, 2014/Susan Bissell

25 Years After Rights Convention, Children Still Need More Protection

UNITED NATIONS - Next week marks 25 years since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a historic commitment to children and the most widely accepted human rights treaty in history.

IPS/November 14, 2014/Sujoy Dhar

Women’s Safety Schemes Go Mobile in India

NEW DELHI - It was 9:45 pm when 23-year-old Manira Chaudhury, a final-year Master’s student in New Delhi, who was traveling home in a rickshaw, pressed a button on her smart phone that sent out emergency alerts to two of her closest friends.

UN/November 13, 2014

Bollywood icon appointed as first-ever male UN Women Goodwill Ambassador


The United Nations body focused on gender equality and women's empowerment today announced that it has appointed its first male Goodwill Ambassador ever – Bollywood superstar, Farhan Akhtar – who will focus his efforts on South Asia.

UN/November 13, 2014

Afghanistan: UN expert calls for sustainable measures to address violence against women


The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, has called on the Government of Afghanistan and the international community to adopt sustainable measures to address the causes and consequences of gender-based violence in the country.

CEPAL/November 13, 2014

Nearly 30% of Young Latin American Women Have Been Teenage Mothers

Nearly 30 % of young women in Latin America become mothers before 20 years of age and the majority of them are socioeconomically underprivileged, which fosters the intergenerational reproduction of poverty, hinders women's autonomy and their life projects, and underscores the need for sex education and reproductive health services to be made a public policy priority, according to a new report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

IPS News/November 12, 2014/UN Women

Braving Dust storms, Women Plant Seeds of Hope

In the world’s largest refugee complex – the sprawling Dadaab settlement in Kenya’s North Eastern Province – women listen attentively during a business management workshop held at a hospital in one of its newest camps, Ifo 2.

APC/November 12, 2014/Take Back the Tech

Violence silences: Document. Challenge. Reclaim our right to expression

How do you challenge existing inequalities by speaking up? When you voice your thoughts, do you face threats and abuse? How is violence used to disrupt solidarity and collective action where you are? How do you fight back?

ILO/November 10, 2014

Cambodia takes first crucial step towards protecting entertainment workers

New ground-breaking regulation for entertainment workers in Cambodia marks the first attempt in the region to reduce widespread stigma and discrimination in the sector.




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APWLD/November 12, 2014

Beijing+20 Review Process


Briefer on the BPfA+20 Review Process



Submission: Beijing +20 Review: Progress in the Asia Pacific Region

This publication by Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) on the submission demonstrates that the binding international commitments governments have made to uphold women’s rights ((all but two countries in the region have ratified the

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination

Against Women) have been significantly undermined by a shift

away from government regulation of markets and provision of

essential services … focuses on those issues that are most relevant to APWLD’s members-poverty; decent work; violence; decision-making and the environment.