GAD News Feed for Dec. 13 - 19, 2014


Dec. 13 – 19, 2014

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MST/December 18, 2014/Metro/Joel E. Zurbano

Policewoman tops exam

A policewoman has topped the executive service eligibility test, the National Police Commission said on Wednesday.

MB/December 18, 2014/Business/Reuters

Women’s safety in focus as Uber competitors race across Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE/HANOI – A co-founder of GrabTaxi, Uber’s biggest competitor in Southeast Asia, remarked earlier this year that safety is so central to the online taxi booking business that some of his drivers feel like they are tracked at every moment – even when they go to the bathroom.

BW/December 18, 2014/Top story

Philippines cleared to apply for development funds

THE PHILIPPINES has secured approval to develop a proposal for a new compact with the Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC), the independent United States foreign aid agency announced on its Web site yesterday … “The Board selected the following countries as eligible for such assistance for FY (fiscal year) 2015: Mongolia, Nepal, and the Philippines,” MCC said in its “Report on the Selection of Eligible Countries for Fiscal Year 2015.” MCC said the Philippines met its criteria for next year despite graduating to low middle-income country (LMIC) status in 2012. Such status, MCC explained, has higher standards that are more difficult to meet … In its scorecard, the Philippines had mixed results across indicators under the three policy categories. For economic freedom, the country passed in fiscal policy (78%), inflation (59%), regulatory quality (86%) and land rights and access (58%). But it failed in trade policy (38%), gender in the economy (37%), access to credit (25%) and business start-up (29%).

BM/December 18, 2014/Regions

115 women in Compostela Valley get livelihood training

The Compostela Valley provincial government graduated 115 women who received livelihood training to support their families.

MB/December 17, 2014/Opinions and Editorials

Awareness: Protecting migrants’ fundamental rights, freedoms

December 18 is International Migrants Day (IMD) to recognize the efforts, contributions, and rights of migrants worldwide. The United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted in 1990 the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their families amid the growing number of migrants worldwide.

MB/December 17, 2014/Business/Reuters

India to boost women taxi drivers, spurred by Uber rape claim

New Delhi – The alleged rape of a woman passenger by an Uber taxi driver once again spotlights the risks of India’s transport system, which fails to keep women safe. One solution: Taxis driven by women for women.

MB/December 17, 2014/National/ Charissa Luci

‘Sales persons must be allowed to sit and rest’

A bill has been filed requiring employees, owners or operators of shopping malls, department stores, retail stores, stalls and similar establishments to allow their sales employees to sit down at times when they are not attending to customers during store hours … “This is not only deleterious to the health of workers especially women, it is also inhuman as only animals like carabaos, cows, horses can endure being on their feet even for days,” he pointed out.

MB/December 17, 2014/News/AFP

Church of England names first woman bishop

The Church of England on December 17, 2014 named vicar Libby Lane as its first woman bishop, following a historic change in its rules.

MB/December 17, 2014/Breaking news/Reuters

Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years … The Taliban, waging war against Pakistan in order to topple the government and set up an Islamic state, immediately claimed responsibility. “We selected the army’s school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females,” said Taliban spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani. “We want them to feel the pain.”

MST/December 16, 2014/Metro/MST News

Caloocan hosts mother and child facility in Tala

The Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital (DJRMH) in Barangay Tala recently opened the Felicidad T. Sy Wellness Center for Mother and Child Care with an attached breastfeeding facility.

MB/December 16, 2014/National/Hannah L. Torregoza

Nancy alarmed over rape cases

Senator Nancy Binay is urging the Senate to investigate the reported increasing number of minors falling victims to rape and other forms of sexual abuse. In filing Senate Resolution No. 1051, Binay stressed the need for the government to defend the right of children to special protection from all forms of neglect, cruelty, exploitation and other conditions prejudicial to their development.

PDI/December 14, 2014/Cebu Daily News/

Madrileña de la Cerna

Violence-free workplaces

To culminate the 18-day campaign to end violence against women this year, a forum on Making Workplaces VAW-FREE was held on Dec. 10 which is also International Human Rights Day at the UP Cebu Union Building Conference Hall. Organized by the UP Cebu Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment (OASH), GAD Office and Sidlak GRC 7, the forum had for its resource person lawyer Virginia Palanca-Santiago, former assistant Ombudsman for the Visayas and  president of the board of directors of the Legal Alternatives for Women, Inc. Dr. Weena Gera, UP Cebu GAD coordinator, brought out an interesting point in her welcome remarks – how to convince men that women are co-contributors to development.

MT/December 14, 2014/News/PNA

Fighting a culture of slavery

Human trafficking spares no one regardless of their age, sex or nationality.

MB/December 14, 2014/Opinions and Editorials

Pope Francis’ appeal vs human trafficking

Pope Francis called for a global mobilization against human trafficking and slavery last Wednesday. It was a message for the Church’s observance of World Day of Peace on Jan. 1, but it is also a message for the Advent Season whose Third Sunday we are celebrating today.

MB/December 13, 2014/Opinions and Editorials/Fr. Rolando V. De La Rosa, OP

Infidelity, anyone?

Mushrooming adultery websites have made infidelity a trending topic in the Internet. To lure married men and women to have an affair, one of these websites uses this slogan: “Ang buhay ay maikli. Mangaliwa.” It boldly predicts that the Philippines will be among its top 5 markets due to the large number of OFWs and the increasing mechanization and regimentation of employment in our country.


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UN Women/December 19, 2014

UN Women signs agreement to foster economic and social empowerment in Turkey

In order to improve women’s economic and social empowerment in Turkey, UN Women’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia has signed a partnership agreement with one of the country’s largest industrial conglomorates, Koç Holding, which manages companies involved  finance, energy, tourism, food, and information technology.

UN Women/December 18, 2014

Innovative "Voices against Violence" curriculum mobilizes efforts to address the pandemic

In Pune, western India, at the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ (WAGGGS) World Centre, more than 50 national trainers and youth leaders from the girl guiding movement across the Asia-Pacific region gathered for the first regional “Training of Trainers Workshop” on delivering “Voices against Violence,” a unique non-formal education curriculum that will teach young people how to stop violence against girls and women. At the end of the week-long training session from 12 to 18 December, where seven facilitators provided support in running the workshop, participants will return to their countries to conduct national trainings among Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

UN Women/December 15, 2014

Beijing+20: Review of progress underway

In the lead-up to the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, representatives from Member States and civil society are gathering to assess the progress and challenges in implementing this landmark blueprint for women’s rights since its adoption in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

IPS News/December 15, 2014/Diana Mendoza

CORRECTION/Filipino Children Make Gains on Paper, But Reality Lags Behind

MANILA, Dec 15 2014 (IPS) - Mae Baez sees some of the darkest sides of communications technology.

A child rights advocate with the secretariat of the Philippine NGO Coalition on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Baez says, “Teenage pregnancies continue to rise, street children are treated like criminals who are punished, children in conflict with the law and those affected by disasters are not taken care of, and now, with the prevalence of child porn, children know how to video call.”

ILO/December 15, 2014

Lack of higher education leaves millions of young people out of decent work in developing countries

ILO study shows that the lack of post-secondary education in lower and middle-income economies leaves the majority of young men and women stuck in vulnerable and informal employment.

APWLD/December 15, 2014

Women’s Tribunal in Nepal hears from survivors of sexual violence in armed conflict

Women’s Tribunal in Nepal hears from survivors of sexual violence during Nepal’s armed conflict, makes broad recommendations for policy and legal reform

APWLD/December 14, 2014

Nothing but more hot air: Governments come up with a weak, meaningless climate document

In the US last week hundreds of thousands of citizens took to the streets and insisted that ‘black lives matter’. Meanwhile their government negotiated a deal in Lima that means the exact opposite – the lives of marginalised people don’t matter.