GAD News Feed for Jan. 10 - 16, 2015


Jan. 10 – 16, 2015

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BM/January 16, 2015/Regions/Cha Monforte

Violence vs women in Panabo rising

MORE than 500 cases of violence against women (VAW) in Panabo City last year were recorded by the city’s Social Welfare and Development Office (SWDO) in 2014.

PDI/January 15, 2015/News Asia News Network

‘Third gender’ will be acknowledged in Thailand’s new constitution


THAILAND — The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) agreed yesterday to note the “third gender” or people of different sexuality in the new Constitution, a move likely to empower transgender people so they have rights equal to others in society under the law.

MB/January 15, 2015/ National/Charissa Luci

Bill seeks bigger private sector role in PH development goals

A bill has been filed at the House of Representatives seeking the active participation of the private sector in programs that would help the government improve its chances of achieving the post 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Development Agenda. House Bill 5134, filed by Aklan Rep. Teodorico T. Haresco Jr. enjoins the private sector to join the “Walang Iwanan” or “Leave No One Behind” program of the government through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. Citing the 5th Philippine Progress Report on the MDGs launched in August last year, he said the country has a good chance of meeting only half of the eight MDGs. “The government particularly failed to substantially reduce poverty incidence (Goal 1), recording 25.2 percent as of 2012 versus the target of 17.2 percent by 2015. It is also not expected to achieve the targets set for universal education for all (Goal 2), improvement of maternal health care (Goal 4) and the gender equality and empowerment of women (Goal 5),” he said.

BW/January 15, 2015/ Labor

Philippines highest in study of women in management roles

THE PHILIPPINES has the highest number of women in senior and middle management roles compared to other countries in Asia. This is according to a study undertaken by specialized United Nations labor body that examined the number of females occupying senior and middle management positions in corporations.

MT/January 14, 2015/The Latest news/AFP

UN conference asks men to speak out for women’s rights

UNITED NATIONS: A controversial conference on gender equality opens at the United Nations on Wednesday with its focus squarely on getting men and boys engaged in promoting women’s rights.

MST/January 14, 2015/Provinces/Ferdie G. Domingo

Woman escapes white slavery gang in Surigao

GABALDON, Nueva Ecija – A 23-year-old woman resident of this town, escaped from a brothel in Surigao City allegedly controlled by a white slavery syndicate, and has been reunited with her family, the woman’s mother said on Tuesday.

BM/January 14, 2015/Economy/Cai Ordinario

Girl power: 47.6% of Filipino business execs are women–ILO

ALMOST half of business executives in the Philippines are women, according to the latest report released by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

MT/January 13, 2015/World

UN: More action needed for gender parity

UNITED NATIONS, United States: The last 20 years has seen a surge in the number of women employed in senior and middle management positions, according to a new UN report, which notes that although all-male company boards are decreasing in number, more must be done to achieve gender parity.

MST/January 10, 2015/Metro/Rey E. Requejo

Chief Justice Sereno receives ‘Tandang Sora Award’

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno received the “Tandang Sora Award” during the 2013rd birth anniversary of Melchora Aquino, edifying a new generation on women’s role in changing society.

MB/January 10, 2015/Metro/Charissa Luci

Lady solons move to curb harassment of female suspects

Women lawmakers yesterday rallied behind a proposal requiring all Philippine National Police (PNP) units to immediately place all female suspects under the custody of the women’s desks in every police station to address the incidence of sexual abuse in detention cells.

MB/January 10, 2015/World/AP

Russia lists transgender people among those unfit to drive

MOSCOW — New Russian road safety regulations bar transsexuals, transvestites and others with sexual “disorders” from driving, ostensibly for medical reasons.


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IPS News/January 16, 2015/Neeta Lal

Battle Heats Up Over Legalisation of Sex Work in India

NEW DELHI, Jan 16 2015 (IPS) - Thirty-six-year-old Chameli Devi, a sex worker operating out of New Delhi’s G.B. Road – Asia’s largest red-light district, housing an estimated 12,000 of India’s three million sex workers – is an unhappy woman these days.

IPS News/January 15, 2015/Joseph Chamie

Humanity’s Future: Below Replacement Fertility?

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 2015 (IPS) - Is below replacement level fertility the future for humanity? The answer to this seemingly simple question regarding human reproduction is not only of considerable demographic concern, but also has enormous social, economic and environmental consequences for the planet.

Washington Post/January 15, 2015/Rachel Feltman

Gender gap: Women welcome in ‘hard working’ fields, but ‘genius’ fields are male-dominated, study finds

The difference between Sherlock Holmes and Hermione Granger may help explain why women don't thrive as much as men in some fields of academia. One is brilliant by nature and the other has to work her butt off, and they represent the pervasive gender stereotypes of our age.

UN Women/January 14, 2015

Seven days to coin a video ad for UN Women: YouTube opens contest ahead of Dubai Lynx Festival

Dubai–Ahead of the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity 2015, YouTube has posted a “7-Day Brief” which this year calls on creative professionals from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to produce a campaign on behalf of UN Women. With the brief now live, contestants have until midday (Gulf Standard Time) on 21 January to create a video ad for YouTube which encourages viewers to donate and help UN Women establish hotlines across the MENA region for survivors of domestic violence.

UN Women/January 14, 2015

UN Women to reinforce gender equality in post-2015 agenda

On Monday, 19 January, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will open a UN Women-organized panel entitled “The Centrality of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.”

The Guardian/January 14, 2015/Carla Kweifio-Okai

What will shape women's rights over the next 15 years?

Decisions made in 2015 will help shape the women’s rights agenda for the next 15 years. In September, world leaders will endorse a new set of development goals at the UN. The proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs), which will replace the millennium development goals (MDGs), feature a standalone goal on gender, which encourages the world to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

The Guardian/January 14, 2015/Liz Ford

UN Barbershop conference aims to get men talking about women's rights

The governments of Iceland and Suriname are hosting a high-level conference designed to change the way men and boys think and engage in discussions about gender equality.

UN Women/January 13, 2015

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women issues annual Call for Proposals

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is pleased to announce its 2015 Call for Proposals in support of promising approaches to prevent and end violence against women and girls.

UN Women/January 13, 2015

At Carnegie Hall, classical musicians crescendo to end violence

New York - On 26 January at 8 p.m., principal musicians from the world’s great orchestras, ensembles and academies, will perform at Carnegie Hall, donating their artistry to end violence against women.

The Guardian/January 13, 2015/Shalailah Medhora

Julia Gillard backlash puts women with traditional gender beliefs off politics – study

Research finds some fear going into politics because of how former PM was treated, but women with flexible view about gender roles are more motivated

Forbes/January 13, 2015/Dina Medland

Europe Leads With Intent On Gender Diversity

Eight countries in Europe have better representation than the United States when it comes to women on corporate boards.

IPS News/January 12, 2015/Ashfaq Yusufzai

Women ‘Sewing’ a Bright Future in Northern Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan 12 2015 (IPS) - At 46, Naseema Nashad is starting her life over, not out of choice but out of necessity. The Afghan woman was just 25 years old when Taliban militants stormed Kabul and her family was forced to flee to neighbouring Pakistan to escape what they knew would be a brutal regime.

ILO/January 12, 2015

Global momentum means more women move into management

New study shows positive link between female leadership and business performance and urges boost from current 5 per cent of women in top positions.

Telegraph/January 11, 2015/ Sophie Curtis

Intel president calls on Silicon Valley to improve gender diversity

The gender imbalance within the technology industry is an issue that Silicon Valley companies need to tackle together, in a way that takes into account the retention problem as well as the pipeline problem, according to Intel president Renée James.

Telegraph/January 10, 2015/Lauren Davidson

Why Iceland is hosting a debate on gender equality... for men

This week, Iceland will host a gender equality conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York in the spirit of Emma Watson's HeForShe campaign. Foreign minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson tells Lauren Davidson why part of the event will be just for men.