GAD News Feed for Jan. 3 - 9, 2015


Jan. 3 – 9, 2015

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PDI/January 9, 2015/ News/Julliane Love De Jesus

CIDG rescues 40 women; illegal recruiters arrested

MANILA, Philippines–Forty women, including a minor, who were kept in custody by illegal recruiters for almost a year, have been rescued in separate areas in Metro Manila and Cavite, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said Friday.

PDI/January 7, 2015/ News/Rima Granali

‘V Monologues’ author pins women’s hopes on ‘most open-minded Pope’


“I will kiss the Pope’s hand the day he stands for the liberation of women,” a Tony award-winning playwright said. In a press conference on the “One Billion Rising Revolution,” Eve Ensler, the author of “The Vagina Monologues,” urged Pope Francis to fight for women’s rights.

MST/January 7, 2015/ Lifestyle/Ma. Glaiza Lee

Have a break, have an affair?

Some people cringed when Star Cinema produced and bombarded the cinema with affair-themed movies such as “No Other Woman” and “The Mistress,” among others. But these movies are not a far cry from reality.

MST/January 7, 2015/World news/AFP

India solon wants 4 kids each for Hindu women

A lawmaker from India’s ruling party has called for Hindu women to have at least four children to “protect” their religion, sparking calls for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rein in his hardline supporters.

MB/January 7, 2015/Metro/Ben Rosario

RH solons ready to face the Pope

Known for being compassionate and understanding, Pope Francis will respect the decision of majority of the political leaders of the only Catholic country in Asia to enact the reproductive health (RH) law, two congressmen who advocated the measure stated yesterday.

MST/January 5, 2015/World news/AFP

Nepal introduces women-only buses

Nepal’s capital has introduced women-only minibuses in a bid to protect female passengers from sexual assault, the transport operator organising the service said on Monday.

MT/January 5, 2015/World

Taiwan sees increase labor participation from women, youth

TAIPEI: Labor participation rates for women and young and middle-aged groups in Taiwan continued to rise in 2014, according to the latest human resources survey released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

MB/January 5, 2015/Opinions and Editorials

Landscape: ‘Tandang Sora’ Grand Lady of the Katipunan

The nation observes the 203rd birth anniversary of filipino heroine Melchora Aquino on January 6. She was the “Grand Lady of the Katipunan” for her role during the Philippine Revolution against Spain in 1896. According to historical accounts, she provided food, medical and motherly care, opening her home and sari-sari store as refuge for wounded and sick Katipuneros, including the hero Gat Andres Bonifacio, during the Cry of Balintawak.

MB/January 5, 2015/Breaking news

BuCor files case vs inmate on 8-year-old girl rape attempt

The Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) has filed serious physical injury and rape against a New Bilibid Prison (NBP) inmate who allegedly attempted to sexually abuse an 8-year-old girl inside the comfort room of a Catholic Church in the state prison.

PS/January 4, 2015/World/Matthew Daly

New US Congress includes more women, minorities

WASHINGTON - The 114th Congress that convenes Tuesday will count more minorities and women than ever, although lawmakers remain overwhelmingly white and male in the Republican-controlled House and Senate.

PDI/January 4, 2015/News/Julie Alipala

In misery of Zamboanga City shelters, women forced into flesh trade


ZAMBOANGA CITY—Four months into her pregnancy, Karina has one fervent wish on New Year’s Day: “Allow us to return to our original place. I want to raise my children with dignity.” Karina (not her real name), a laundry woman, wants a way out of her miseries at Don Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Zamboanga City, including being prostituted to feed her seven children and an ailing husband.

PDI/January 4, 2015/News/Jovic Yee

Haven’s 40-year ‘work of God’ lauded in Marikina


Over the last four decades, Cribs Foundation Inc. has sheltered more than 700 women and over 2,000 babies, quite literally through hell and high water.

PDI/January 4, 2015/Global nation/ Roger Pe

Filipina is first Asian president of Chicago Bar Association


On June 21, 2012, Pinay morena beauty Austriaco was installed as the 136th president of a prestigious American organization—the Chicago Bar Association and served until 2013. She was also named among “100 Influential Women in Chicago” by Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine.

BW/January 4, 2015/World/AFP

Five suspects arrested in India over Japanese tourist gang rape

KOLKATA -- Five men have been arrested over the alleged gang rape and extortion of a Japanese tourist held as a sex slave for nearly a month in a basement near a famous Buddhist shrine in India, officials said on Sunday.

MB/January 3, 2015/National/Charissa Luci

Give divorce bill a chance – solon

One of the principal authors of the Filipino-style divorce bill appealed yesterday to the House leadership to give the measure a chance to be discussed when Congress returns to work on January 20 from a month-long Christmas break.

BM/January 2, 2015/Features

Limjoco: Entrepreneurship is women’s best way to economic empowerment

BUSINESS executive and renowned authority in the franchising industry Ma. Alegria “Bing” Sibal-Limjoco is aiming to open more doors to woman-entrepreneurs through franchising.

BM/January 2, 2015/Business

DA plants cacao, coffee in IP Women’s Organic Village

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) Gender and Development (GAD) Program in the Davao Region spearheaded the soft launching and ceremonial cacao and coffee planting of more than 1,000 seedlings to the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Women’s Organic Village in Malamboon Elementary School at Sitio Malamboon, Barangay Malabog, Davao City.

PDI/January 1, 2015/News/Kristine Angeli Sabillo

PWD centers in state universities proposed in Congress


MANILA, Philippines–To assist the large number of persons with disabilities (PWDs) finish their university studies amid their condition, a lawmaker has proposed the establishment of “accessible education centers” in state universities and colleges (SUCs).

PDI/January 1, 2015/Global nation

Justice ‘one step closer’ for abused Filipina

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Embassy in Malaysia on Wednesday said a Filipino domestic helper was “one step closer” to attaining justice after her employer admitted in court that she had hit her.


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IPS News/January 8, 2015/Edgardo Ayala

Illiteracy Wears a Woman’s Face in El Salvador

TAPALHUACA, El Salvador, Jan 8 2015 (IPS) - At the age of 74, Carmen López has proven that it’s never too late to learn. She is one of the 412 people in this small town in central El Salvador who recently learned to read and write.

Time/January 7, 2015/David Stout

Nepalese Passports Are Going to Feature a Third Gender Option

Nepal announced plans this week to issue passports that will allow citizens of the Himalayan nation to identify as a member of a third gender on their travel documents if they wish.

The Huffington Post/January 5, 2015/Deb Owen

Why 2015 Will be the Breakout Year for Women in Business

Women's empowerment will be front and center in 2015 as more companies and communities invest in women's entrepreneurship -- and as women continue to invest in themselves.

openDemocracy/January 5, 2015/Anna Marie Goetz

Women's rights have no country

There is no blueprint for holding fast against the arguments used to dismiss women's humanity, or defending our hard won human rights. It's time to meet, to brainstorm and try new formats.'s-rights-have-no-country

Gulfnews/January 4, 2015

Kerala to build largest social entrepreneur network of women

Programme will be a network of 1000-plus women to generate mass employment by promoting various micro-enterprises

The Guardian/January 2, 2015/Bonnie Chiu

Altered images: photography as a tool for gender equality

From domestic workers in Hong Kong to the children of sex workers in Lahore, 22-year-old Bonnie Chiu believes that cameras can empower girls and women

NYT/January 1, 2015/Jonathan Soble

To Rescue Economy, Japan Turns to Supermom

TOKYO — When she was pregnant with the first of her three sons, Chiaki Kitajima, an advertising executive here, said her bosses were shocked that rather than accept reduced hours and a demotion after maternity leave, she made a presentation on why the company should subsidize child care.