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Nov. 15 - 21, 2014

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MB/November 21, 2014/Opinion and Editorials/AFP

Feature: Army of housewives saving Nepal’s newborns

Badalamji, Nepal— On a wet and windy morning, Nepalese housewife Bhumisara Upadhyay is out visiting pregnant women, on a mission to slash newborn deaths in the Himalayan nation with a simple tube of gel.

MT/November 20, 2014/News/AFP

Job authority spells depression for women – study

WASHINGTON: Women in authority appear to be more vulnerable to depression than their male counterparts, a study by sociologists in the United States said.

MB/November 21, 2014/Provincial/Zaldy Comanda

Benguet authorities worried over proliferation of girlie bars

Buguias, Benguet — Three minors were rescued while 14 business establishments were ordered closed in Abatan after the surprised joint operation of the municipal officials, Department of Social Welfare and Development and the police on the city’s red light district.

PS/November 20, 2014/Headlines/Dennis Carcamo

Gabriela: Cops top perpetrators of violence vs women, kids

MANILA, Philippines — A women's rights group accused members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are the top perpetrators of violence against women and children, or VAWC, in the country.

MT/November 20, 2014/News/AFP

Job authority spells depression for women – study

WASHINGTON: Women in authority appear to be more vulnerable to depression than their male counterparts, a study by sociologists in the United States said.

PDI/November 19, 2014/News

CHR urges firms to be sensitive to women in promos


MANILA, Philippines–The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has urged companies exercising their corporate responsibility to be more circumspect, especially when it came to the rights of women in promoting their products and services.

MB/November 19, 2014/Opinions and Editorials

Awareness: Improving welfare of world’s children

Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote global togetherness among children. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which works to improve children’s well-being and welfare in 190 countries, including in the Philippines, coordinates activities for this special day.

MB/November 19, 2014/Provincial/Mike U. Crismundo

Men’s Day in CARAGA

Butuan City – The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Northeastern Mindanao on Tuesday approved the call of Commission on Population (POPCOM-13) for the declaration of November 19 as Men’s Day Celebration in Caraga region. Under RDC Executive Resolution No. 6, series of 2014,  the council recognized the concern of POPCOM- 13 in highlighting the contribution of men in development and progress, especially on healthy lifestyle, involvement in reproductive health, reproductive parenthood and especially in responsible parenting, which in the end helps in realization of gender equity and quality in all phases of life.

PS/November 18, 2014/Lifestyle/Jason Straziuso

Kenya women march for right to wear mini-skirts

NAIROBI, Kenya - The grainy mobile phone video shows a mob of Kenyan men surround a woman and grab, grasp and yank her clothes until she is naked. Several such videos have emerged recently of attacks by males who deem a woman to be provocatively dressed. The attacks have created a grounds well of anger that saw mostly women protesters flood downtown Nairobi Monday.

PDI/November 18, 2014/Opinion/Rina Jimenez-David

Malala and her Pinay sisters

WASHINGTON, DC—Of the eight themes suggested as guides for students reading through the memoir of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the one that caught my attention was “Malala and the Media.”

PDI/November 17, 2014/News/Asia News Network

S. Korean ministry under fire for sexist job interview guidelines


South Korea’s Labor Ministry has come under fire for posting sexist job interview guidelines for women job seekers, including a suggestion that they tell potential employers they “do not mind casual jokes about sex,” on a recruitment information website run by the government.

PS/November 16, 2014/Business/Rita T. Dela Cruz

DA-LGU program provides livelihood for Benguet women

MANILA, Philippines - They are mostly soft-spoken and low key. They would sheepishly smile and warmly greet visitors in their distinct Ibaloi accent. It may be modern times, but the women of Bokod, Benguet have not lost a trace of their rich tradition and cultural practices. It shows not only in how they relate to non-Igorot people, but mostly in how they carry themselves.

PDI/November 16, 2014/Cebu Daily News/

Madrileña de la Cerna

A Code to empower women

The campaign against violence against women and children  will kick off next week  on November 25 to December 12. The choice of  dates is significant:  Nov. 25 is the feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria who died a violent death at a very young age for her steadfast faith and defiance of a tyrant ruler. She is known as the patroness of young women, philosophers and preachers. She was also one of the voices heard by St. Joan of Arc, who led her people against the tyrants ruling her country.  Cebu Province came up with a Women Development Code in 2005 per Provincial Board Ordinance No. 2005-18 through the efforts of the Provincial Women’s Commission headed by Hon.  Agnes Magpale, with consultations among women’s groups in the province. The Code came out much earlier than the Magna Carta of Women in 2008.

BW/November 16, 2014/World/AFP

Main outcomes of the G20 summit

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA -- G20 leaders, which collectively comprise 85% of the world economy, wrapped up their annual summit on Sunday with agreement on a wealth of issues, primarily economic. Here are the main outcomes:

• GENDER EQUALITY -- The summit won a commitment by each country to close the gap between its male and female labor-force participation rates by 25% by 2025; this will bring an estimated 100 million additional women into the labor force by that year.


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UN Women/November 20, 2014

In Fiji first responders train to address sexual violence in disasters

Because the risk of violence against women and girls increases in the aftermath of a disaster, UN Women is supporting training for first responders and disaster-risk-reduction planners in Fiji to prevent, recognize and address violence in emergencies across the Pacific.

UN Women/November 20, 2014

In Palestine, specialized prosecutors ensure women survivors’ access to justice

UN Women is working with the Attorney General’s Office in Palestine on a human-rights-based approach to handling cases of domestic and gender-based violence, by training public prosecutors in line with international standards and supporting the development of special operating procedures.

IPS News/November 20, 2014/Analysis by Joseph Chamie

True Gender Equality for Both Women and Men

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Numerous international and national efforts have focused on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The United Nations, for example, has convened four world conferences on women – Beijing in 1995, Nairobi in 1985, Copenhagen in 1980 and Mexico City in 1975 – and Member States have adopted various international agreements, such as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

APC/November 20, 2014

APC's Women's Rights Programme statement: Forwarding violence is violence

The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) rejects and condemns systemic, technology-related violence against women in all its expressions.

UN Women/November 19, 2014

Media advisory: UN commemoration of the International Day to End Violence against Women, 25 November 2014: “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood”

What: This year’s theme to mark the International Day to End Violence against Women, 25 November, and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is “Orange Your Neighbourhood”.  The colour orange, bright and optimistic, has been designated by the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women to symbolize a better future without this pervasive human rights violation that affects as many as one in three women and girls worldwide. The iconic Empire State Building, the UN Secretariat building and large screens in Times Square in New York will be lit orange to mark the day, along with the official commemoration event at UN Headquarters.

UN Women/November 19, 2014

The Asia-Pacific Beijing+20 Ministerial review takes place in Bangkok

Bangkok, 19 November – The first day of the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review in Bangkok began with stocktaking  on achievements made towards gender equality thus far, as well as emphasizing challenges that the region still faces in light of the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, known as the blueprint for women’s rights and signed by 189 governmental representatives in 1995 as a commitment to the women’s agenda.

APWLD/November 19, 2014

Young women of Asia Pacific call on governments to strengthen policies on women’s rights and gender equality

Young women from civil society called on governments attending the United Nations High Level Ministerial Meeting to fulfill  their promises to advance women’s rights and gender equality. The governments were gathering from 17 to 21 November to report and  review the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA).

UN Women/November 18, 2014

New global initiative to close gender gap in science and technology

San Francisco, CA — To kick off its new Technology Initiative, Global Fund for Women today launched IGNITE: Women Fueling Science and Technology, an online campaign and multimedia project which explores the roles of science and technology in advancing women’s human rights. IGNITE features leading technologists, thought leaders, innovators, human rights activists and creators around the world, engaging partners in the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

UN Women/November 17, 2014

Cambodia takes multi-pronged approach to confronting gender-based violence

To strengthen its policies and evidence base, UN Women supported the participatory formulation of Cambodia’s 2nd National Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence against Women.

IPS News/November 15, 2014/Shelly Kittleson

Pushing the Voice of Syrian Women For a New Future

GAZIANTEP, Turkey, Nov 15 2014 (IPS) - For most Syrian women, the war has been a disaster. For some, it has also been liberating. For Yasmine Merei, managing editor of the Syrian women’s magazine Saiedet Souria, the upset of traditional family roles and the shaking off of a culture of fear have wrought positive effects.