GAD News Feeds - Dec. 6 - 12, 2014


Dec. 6 – 12, 2014

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MB/December 12, 2014/Business

US Embassy sends Pinay ‘Agri-preneur’ to Obama’s Entrepreneurship Summit

To mark Global Entrepreneurship Week, the US Embassy in Manila sent a young “Agri-preneur,” Junaflor Ceriles as a youth delegate to the Fifth Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Marrakech, Morocco from November 19-21, 2014. Ceriles, a member of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, runs a farm and a water business in Zamboanga Del Sur.

MB/December 12, 2014/Entertainment news/Crispina Martinez - Belen

Empowered Women Awards set Dec. 15

Woman power comes to the fore on Dec. 15, 7 p.m., at the Ballroom B of Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City, where awarding ceremonies for the Outstanding Empowered Women 2014 organized by popular fashion designer-couturier Goullee Gorospe will be held. The event is directed by Gerry Katigbak, another popular designer, fashion consultant and choreographer.

MB/December 12, 2014/Opinions and Editorials

Feature: Pakistan’s women cotton pickers find power in uniting over wages

Meeran Pur, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Azeema Khatoon, a mother of five, has spent most of her life laboring in Pakistan’s sunbaked cotton fields for less than $2 a day. Last year, she and a group of around 40 women struggling to feed and clothe their families on their meager wages did something almost unheard for poor women working in rural Pakistan –they went on strike. The gamble paid off.

BM/December 12, 2014/Regions/Manuel Cayon

DILG hit for inaction vs child, women abuse

DAVAO CITY—Child Alert here on Friday assailed the Department of the Interior and Local Government for its inaction against abuses against women and children as it reiterated its appeal to local governments, especially those located outside cities and provincial capitals, to activate their child and women protection centers to prevent further increase in abuses and stop trafficking of persons. Bernie Mondragon, representative of Child Alert Mindanao, said that in many instances, “these local governments put up child and women protection desks for compliance and reporting purposes only.”

PDI/December 11, 2014/Global Nation/

Jocelyn R. Uy

UNFPA calls for RH services for pregnant women in typhoon-hit areas


MANILA, Philippines–The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Wednesday said relief efforts in areas hit by Typhoon “Ruby” (Hagupit) must focus on ensuring that reproductive health services would be easily accessible to pregnant women expected to deliver their babies soon to avert maternal and newborn deaths.

PDI/December 11, 2014/News/Frances Mangosing

Soldier accused of rape in Bukidnon goes AWOL


MANILA, Philippines–An Army soldier accused of raping a 16-year-old in Bukidnon has gone absent without official leave (AWOL). Private First Class Benjie Blancada of the Army’s 84th Infantry Battalion has gone AWOL after being “confined and restricted” to the barracks following the allegations against him, First Lieutenant Vergel Lacambra, public affairs officer of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, confirmed to on Thursday.

MT/December 11, 2014/News/AFP

Chinese police seek 100 Vietnamese runaway brides: report

BEIJING: Chinese police are seeking more than 100 Vietnamese brides who vanished after marrying bachelors from a poor rural area, with reports saying Thursday an “organised ring” could be behind the disappearance.

MT/December 11, 2014/Opinions/Kathleen Parker

Feminism sees the right

WASHINGTON, DC: — It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope.

MB/December 11, 2014/Opinions and Editorials/Elinando B. Cinco

‘Women Power’ forestalled wrath of ‘Ruby’

At the height of the onslaught of Typhoon Ruby in Eastern Samar, a radio-TV broadcaster ruefully noted on air that the husbands were the ones who left their residence ahead to seek shelter elsewhere, leaving behind their spouses.

MB/December 11, 2014/Opinions and Editorials/AFP

Feature: Women struggle to be heard in ‘macho’ Hungary

Budapest, Hungary— They were few in number, given the cold and too chilly to wear the skimpy outfits and fishnet tights typical of “SlutWalk” demonstrations. But there was no doubt the marchers in “macho” Hungary were boiling with rage.

BM/December 10, 2014/Regions/Cai Ordinario

Over 300,000 women need health facilities in Ruby-affected areas

MORE than 300,000 would-be mothers will need the urgent restoration of health facilities in Typhoon Ruby-hit areas, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). With this, UNFPA Country Representative Klaus Beck urged the national government to improve access to maternal-care services, including safe and clean delivery facilities, to prevent maternal and newborn deaths.

MST/December 9, 2014/Provinces/Dexter A. See

Barrio girls end up as prostitutes

BAGUIO CITY, Benguet—A  growing number of teenage girls recruited from rural areas end up in bars and massage parlors, which serve as fronts for prostitution, in the towns and cities in northern Luzon, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said on Monday.

BW/December 9, 2014/Online exclusive

The Philippine Game of Life: The Millennium Development Goals Edition

In a little over a year, the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals will lapse. Conceptualized in the 1990s, and published in 2001, the eight goals were a consensus among 189 United Nations member-states and served as a commitment for inclusive economic development … In the Philippines, only 13 out of the 51 indicators from the Philippine Statistics Authority have a high (pace of progress greater than 0.9) chance of being achieved while 14 indicators have a low (pace of progress less than 0.5) chance of being met. (pls. see infographic below)

MB/December 8, 2014/National/Leslie Ann Aquino

‘No Filipino should fall prey to human trafficking’

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) yesterday called for zero tolerance when it comes to human trafficking, which it described as a form of modern-day slavery. CBCP president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said the people should have zero tolerance for such evil saying “one Filipino victim of human trafficking alone is one victim too many for us as a Christian nation.”

BW/December 8, 2014/Opinion/Ma. Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza

Is the Philippines leading the way in advancing women’s empowerment?

IN 2015, the global community will mark the milestone year of several consensus and international standards agreements: the 20th year of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the 15th year of the United Nations Security Council 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, and the target year for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, among others. In so far as institutional discourse go, the primordial objective is to advance women’s human rights in various fronts and multiple contexts through women’s empowerment. Where is the Philippines in all this?

PS/December 7, 2014/Business

Phl, Canada forge new partnership for women economic empowerment

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines and Canada have strengthened their ties yet again, aiming to create  more enabling environments for women economic empowerment (WEE).

PDI/December 7, 2014/Cebu Daily News

Women’s rights

As we approach Human Rights Day on Dec. 10 and wind up  the 18-day campaign against violence against women and children, I will highlight here key points in the Magna Carta of Women. The  Magna Carta is very much opposed to violence against women. At the same time, it support victims.

MST/December 7, 2014/World news/AFP

Uber driver rapes woman executive in India

New Delhi, India—An Uber taxi driver allegedly raped a 25-year-old woman in the Indian capital before threatening to kill her if she alerted police, the company and local reports said Sunday.

MST/December 6, 2014/Business/Othel V. Campos

Women in construction

With application papers in hand, two young women walked in to the camp site of the Qingjian-Mac Builder Joint Venture in Borongan, Eastern Samar to look for jobs at the San Julian-Balangkayan stretch of the Secondary National Roads Development Project.  They were hired as carpenter and welder.


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IPS News/December 12, 2014/Susan McDade

OPINION: Climate Change and Inequalities: How Will They Impact Women?

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 12 2014 (IPS) - Among all the impacts of climate change, from rising sea levels to landslides and flooding, there is one that does not get the attention it deserves: an exacerbation of inequalities, particularly for women.

ILO/December 12, 2014

Global health protection crisis leaves almost 40% of the world’s population without any coverage

GENEVA (ILO News) – An ILO study shows that 80 per cent of the population across 44 countries are without any health protection and are therefore deprived of the right to health. These countries include Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Globally, some 40 per cent of the population is excluded from social protection in health.

UN Women/December 11, 2014

Around the world, women and men of all ages “orange their hoods” to end violence

From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.”

IPS News/December 11, 2014/Giorgi Lomsadze

Georgia Confronts Domestic Violence

TBILISI, Dec 11 2014 (EurasiaNet) - The issue of domestic violence is moving to the forefront of public attention in Georgia after a series of killings of women at the hands of their respective spouses or ex-spouses made headlines in local mass media.

The Guardian/December 11, 2014/Amanda Sperber

Somalia sexual offences bill hailed as vital step towards lasting change

The first bill to define and address sexual offences in Somalia is expected to be presented to the cabinet before the end of this year, updating legislation that has been in place since 1930.

APWLD/December 11, 2014

Grassroots women of Asia Pacific are demanding climate justice at COP20

Inundated coastal communities, rising salinity of drinking water, crop failure, loss of livelihoods, and erased communities: these situations are forcing rural indigenous poor women of Asia Pacific to take a stand on climate change. They are demanding system change and development justice.

Reuters/December 10, 2014/Megan Rowling

Gender equality must guide 2015 climate deal, U.N. envoy says: TRFN

LIMA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gender equality must be a key part of a new global climate change deal due to be reached in Paris next year even though achieving it will be a struggle, U.N. climate envoy Mary Robinson said on Tuesday.

IPS News/December 10, 2014/Diego Arguedas Ortiz

Pushing for Gender Equity at COP20

LIMA, Dec 10 2014 (IPS) - Despite international acknowledgement that women are disproportionately affected by climate change, the Lima climate negotiations have been slow to deliver progress on recognising their importance, while threats of pushback loom on the horizon.

IPS News/December 10, 2014/Carey L. Biron

Groups Push Obama to Clarify U.S. Abortion Funding for Wartime Rape

WASHINGTON, Dec 10 2014 (IPS) - Nearly two dozen health, advocacy and faith groups are calling on President Barack Obama to take executive action clarifying that U.S. assistance can be used to fund abortion services for women and girls raped in the context of war and conflict.

Slate/December 9, 2014/Amanda Marcotte

Best Way for Professors to Get Good Student Evaluations? Be Male.

Many in academia have long known about how the practice of student evaluations of professors is inherently biased against female professors. Students, after all, are just as likely as the public in general to have the same ugly, if unconscious, biases about women in authority. Just as polling data continues to show that a majority of Americans think being a man automatically makes you better in the boss department, many professors worry that students just automatically rate male professors as smarter, more authoritative, and more awesome overall just because they are men. Now, a new study out North Carolina State University shows that there is good reason for that concern.

Huffington Post/December 9, 2014/Lorena Aguilar

On Gender Day, Peru Steps Forward as the First South American Country to Develop a Climate Change Gender Action Plan

On Gender Day at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP), the Government of Peru, announced that it is ready to take a stand for gender, requesting support from IUCN's Global Gender Office (GGO). Today, Peru pledged its commitment to a Climate Change Gender Action Plan (ccGAP) making it the first country in South America to integrate gender into their national climate policy.

NYT/December 7, 2014/Carrie Lukas

Boardroom Quotas Won't Help Women

BERLIN — Germany’s coalition government adopted a draft law two weeks ago requiring corporations to allocate at least 30 percent of supervisory board positions to women, starting in 2016. The bill will go to Parliament on Thursday and is widely expected to pass. Yet those cheering this decision as a major coup should hold the schnapps. Although the quota may somewhat improve corporate diversity in Europe’s leading economy, there is little reason to think it will make any real difference for German women … One might assume that Chancellor Angela Merkel, the first female head of state of a country where women hold 37 percent of the seats in Parliament, would be a natural champion of boardroom quota laws. But Ms. Merkel has long opposed them; in 2011 she rejected a quota proposal, saying she wanted a more “pragmatic solution.”





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ILO/December 5, 2014

ILO’s Global Wage Report 2014/15


The Global Wage Report 2014/15 reviews the main trends in wages in developed, emerging and developing countries. It also analyses inequality in the labour market and in household income.


ILO/December 5, 2014

Wages in Asia and the Pacific: Dynamic but uneven progress

This supplement to the ILO’s Global Wage Report 2014/15 summarizes the main wage developments in Asia and the Pacific. It discusses how the region compares to the global picture and goes into the role that wage employment plays for women and men across Asia and the Pacific. Trends are presented in greater detail for each of the three subregions, East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific, and South Asia and some policy conclusions are drawn.