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Nov. 22 - 28, 2014

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PDI/November 28, 2014/Opinion/Rina Jimenez-David

Coco farmers and women

Orange was the color of the day last Tuesday, as the world observes an ongoing international campaign to end all forms of violence against women.  Nobody told me about the “orange alert,” so Miyen Verzosa, executive director of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), fished out a scarf  in a shade of orange from her bag and urged me to wear it for our photo op.

MB/November 28, 2014/National/Krizette Laureta Chu

Pro-adultery site alarms CBCP

Think of it as Facebook for cheating husbands and wives. The mechanics and the registration process are just as simple and straightforward: You sign up anonymously, you create a profile, and then you can start the selection process. Men have to cough up P2,199 for the basic package, which allows them to contact other members; women can use the site for free.

MST/November 27, 2014/Editorial

An insidious enemy

The International Day to End Violence Against Women was commemorated last Tuesday, 25 November. The date was chosen to commemorate the assassination of three political activists—the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic —in 1960.

MB/November 27, 2014/Provincial/Mike Crismundo

Women IPs recognized for their efforts in nation-building

Butuan City – The women Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) were recognized for their efforts in nation-building through worthwhile community activities. The recognition was given during the 2014 First Caraga Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System Assembly held in one of the convention centers here the other day.

MB/November 27, 2014/National/Aaron B. Recuenco

Most powerful Arab woman defends Filipinos

Abu Dhabi – Filipino migrant workers, especially those working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have found a friend in a woman leader named the most powerful Arab women by Forbes Magazine. Emirati royalty Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qaisimi has cited the excellent skills and the positive work attitude of Filipino migrant workers during an interview with journalists at the sidelines of the UAE 43rd National Day celebration.

MB/November 27, 2014/Opinions and Editorials

Awareness: Observance of population and development week

Population and Development Week is observed annually on November 23-29, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 76 issued in 1992. Led by the Department of Health’s Commission on Population (Popcom), the observance stresses the importance of population management in improving the quality of life of every Filipino. Popcom plans and manages the country’s population program.

PDI/November 26, 2014/News/

Annelle Tayao-Juego

PSG man, village chair get life terms for rape


MANILA, Philippines–A member of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) and a barangay official have been sentenced to life imprisonment for the illegal trafficking and rape of a 15-year-old girl at the PSG barracks in San Miguel, Manila, three years ago.

PDI/November 26, 2014/News/AP

Hungary police warn women of dangers of flirting

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, police in Hungary have warned young women about the risks of flirting.

MT/November 26, 2014/News/AFP

Islamic State militants stone two ‘gay men’ to death in Syria

BEIRUT: The Islamic State group stoned two men to death in Syria Tuesday after claiming they were gay, a monitor said, in the jihadist organisation’s first executions for alleged homosexuality.

MT/November 26, 2014/News/AFP

Sex traffickers ‘using Facebook’ to lure victims

LONDON: Gangs are using social media sites such as Facebook to lure young women into crime and prostitution, the head of European policing agency Europol said Tuesday. Rob Wainwright said traffickers were drawing victims in by posting advertisements for childcare or cleaning vacancies and once ensnared, controlling their movements with webchats and webcams.

MST/November 26, 2014/World news/AFP

China drafts 1st law vs domestic violence

China has drafted its first national law against domestic violence, a move hailed by activists as a step forward in a country where abuse has long been sidelined as a private matter.

MT/November 25, 2014/News/AFP

Child trafficking on the rise: UN

VIENNA: One in three victims of human trafficking worldwide is a child, many of them subject to sexual exploitation or forced labour, a UN report said Monday.

MST/November 25, 2014/Metro/MST News

Munti boosts women’s rights

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi on Monday said Muntinlupa stands behind the movement to end violence against women. At the city hall’s flag raising rite, he called on advocates joined by executive dirtector Trina Biazon of the Gender and Development (GAD) to take part in activities lined up until December 12 by the Philippine Commission on Women and UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign.

BW/November 25, 2014/Top Story/ Bloomberg

Battle of the sexes rages at central banks

JANET Yellen’s appointment as Federal Reserve chair this year was hailed as another step toward gender equality. How about a central bank where women outnumber men? This is the Bank of Thailand (BoT), which runs monetary policy in Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy and has 31 women among its 60 executives.

MST/November 24, 2014/Opinion/Bloomberg

Economics is a dismal science for women

British physicist Matt Taylor, who was involved with the Rosetta comet landing, recently found himself in the middle of a controversy about sexism and bad taste, after he was interviewed wearing a tacky shirt featuring pin-up girls toting guns. In true Internet fashion, the incident was labeled ShirtStorm, and it sparked a debate about sexism in the sciences. Taylor has since apologized, issued a series of mea culpas, and showed as much contrition as one person could for a sartorial offense. Some of his female colleagues even came to his defense.

MST/November 24, 2014/Opinion/Bloomberg

1.8 billion reasons for RH

A few days back, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), launched the State of the World Population Report 2014 entitled, “The Power of 1.8 Billion: Adolescents, Youth, and the Transformation of the Future” with very interesting insights on harnessing young people’s potentials for socio-economic development.

PDI/November 23, 2014/Lifestyle/

Conchita C. Razon

There’s gender inequality in our laws against adultery


Reading old “did you know?” articles, I came across one about weird laws that existed probably hundreds of years ago, but which have not been taken off the books. In Minnesota, for example, it is against the law to hang male and female underwear together on the same clothesline … We ask. Why are the requirements to prove marital infidelity not the same for men as for women? Why is the damning evidence for adultery against a wife so much lighter than what you need to sue a husband for concubinage?

MT/November 23, 2014/World/AFP

Groups want migrant workers protection

KUWAIT CITY: International rights and labor groups called on Sunday for urgent action to protect migrant workers from abuse in Gulf countries. Ahead of a meeting this week of Gulf and Asian labor ministers, 90 groups issued a statement saying millions of Asian and African workers are facing abuses including unpaid wages, confiscation of passports, physical violence and forced labor.


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Wall Street Journal/November 27, 2014

Chinese Women’s Chances of Busting the Glass Ceiling? 1 in 15, Report Finds

Promote more women. That’s one way to solve a gender parity gap and corporate talent woes in China, research and experts say.

The Guardian/November 27, 2014/Liz Ford

Early marriage figures underline global bias against women, claims study

Study highlights enduring discrimination in areas ranging from land and inheritance rights to politics and social justice

IPS News/November 26, 2014/ Manipadma Jena

Women on the Edge of Land and Life

SUNDARBANS, India, Nov 26 2014 (IPS) - November is the cruelest month for landless families in the Indian Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal mangrove forest in the world lying primarily in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

UN Women/November 25, 2014

UN Women and New York City sign agreement to enhance safety and empowerment of women

City joins global Safe Cities Initiative; promises to scale up advocacy and action. UN Women and the City of New York today signed an agreement to work together in order to enhance the safety and empowerment of women and girls. It is the first such agreement signed between the City and a United Nations entity.

IPS News/November 25, 2014/ Lyndal Rowlands

Survivors of Sexual Violence Face Increased Risks

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 2014 (IPS) - “A recurring nightmare for me is I’m trying to tell someone something and they are not listening. I’m yelling at the top of my lungs and it feels like there is a glass wall between us.”

IOGT International/November 25, 2014/Kristina Sperkova

Violence Against Women – A Global Epidemic Fuelled By Alcohol

Today is November 25th. And I’ve just come home from a morning seminar about alcohol and violence. I was deeply touched by the stories from a Women’s House, located here in Stockholm, that offers protected living for women and girls that are victims of domestic and intimate partner violence.

UN Women/November 24, 2014

Press release: A global call to “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood” galvanizes communities to stop violence against women

A United Nations call to “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood” kicks off tomorrow with people around the world displaying the colour to symbolize hope for a future free from violence against women and girls. Iconic New York buildings are lit in orange as beacons of a bright future.

UN Women/November 24, 2014

Soko and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women join hands to support economic empowerment and safety of women and girls

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women has teamed up with Soko, an ethical fashion-based social enterprise based in Kenya that is using online technology to bring beautiful and creatively designed jewelry made by artisans in Kenya to the global market.

UN Women/November 24, 2014

UN Women to co-host Mobile Learning Week 2015

With the theme “Leveraging technology to empower women and girls”, UN Women and UNESCO will co-host Mobile Learning Week 2015 from 23-27 February 2015 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

UNIC Manila/November 24, 2014

2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

The 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons released in Vienna on 24 November 2014 shows that one in three known victims of human trafficking is a child - a 5 per cent increase compared to the 2007-2010 period. Girls make up 2 out of every 3 child victims, and together with women, account for 70 per cent of overall trafficking victims worldwide.

UN Women/November 22, 2014

Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirm commitment to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Santiago - After two days of rigorous and productive discussions during the Latin America and Caribbean Special Session on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, delegations from 21 countries unanimously reaffirmed the region’s commitment to the Platform for Action, and the goal to remove barriers that prevent women's active participation in all spheres of public and private life.