GAD News Feed for Jan. 17 - 23, 2015


Jan. 17 – 23, 2015

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PDI/January 23, 2015/Opinion/Rina Jimenez-David


Remarkable during the Pope’s few days in our midst is how he went out of his way to focus attention on and pay tribute to women, who, he observed at the UST rites, were rather unequally represented among the speakers and officiants at the altar area.

MT/January 23, 2015/Business/Moje Ramos-Aquino

It is more fun to be a woman, working or not, in PH

I just came home from Myanmar for an Asean Conference on Decent Work for Women. It was held at Nay Pyi Taw, the seat of most government offices of Myanmar … it was a very productive tripartite conference among Asean representatives from government, labor and employers. Our Asean neighbors always look up to the Philippines for the many big strides we have undertaken to protect the rights and safety of our women workers. Presentors and reactors often mentioned some of pro-women laws we have which many of them do not have yet and are even having a hard time getting their government officials to legislate them.

MB/January 23, 2015/Provincial/Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.

Human trafficking victims get HIV orientation

Cebu City – At least 40 victims of human trafficking from Metro Cebu were given an orientation on sexually transmitted infections (STI) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7.

BW/January 23, 2015/Nation/Maya M. Padillo

Young woman is new IP rep, but no support from Duterte

DAVAO CITY -- A 22-year-old woman from the Kagan tribe has been elected by a council of elders called Baragwa as the next Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representative (IPMR) in the city council here.

BW/January 23, 2015/Beyond/Bloomberg

India’s message to women: come visit, we will become safer

India plans to distribute the advice to visitors in a list of “do’s and don’ts,” according to Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma. The move, along with plans to clean India’s streets, follows a scourge of high-profile gang rapes in recent years.

PS/January 22, 2015/Opinion/Domini M. Torrevillas

Pope not for rabbit-breeding

I was not surprised that Sen. Vicente Sotto raised hell when he read the headlined story on Pope Francis’ pronouncement  reported by the media team from aboard the papal plane headed for Rome. The Philippine STAR yesterday bannered the story with, “Don’t breed like rabbits – Pope.”

PDI/January 21, 2015/Opinion/Ambeth R. Ocampo

A woman as pope and Jesuit

When, during his encounter with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas, Pope Francis advised the organizers to include more women next time, to offset the program dominated by men, I remembered John Paul II at Mass in Luneta who brought cheer to women when he changed the standard invitation to prayer or exhortation, “Brothers and sisters in Christ,” to “Sisters and brothers…” While we know that the ordination of women in the Catholic Church are light years away, comment on this issue during the papal coverage should have been made over the cold malunggay soup served the Pope in Tacloban.

PDI/January 21, 2015/News/AFP

ISIS executing ‘educated women’ in new wave of horror says UN


GENEVA, Switzerland – The UN on Tuesday decried numerous executions of civilians in Iraq by the Islamic State group, warning that educated women appeared to be especially at risk.

PS/January 20, 2015/Headlines/Patricia Lourdes Viray

Hillary Clinton uses Philippines as example in gender-inclusive peace process

MANILA, Philippines - During a speech at Georgetown University, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commended the Philippines for its gender-inclusive peace process. According to a report, Clinton mentioned the participation of women in the peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which resulted to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

PS/January 19, 2015/Opinion/Lila Ramos Shahani

The Papal Visit: a Protestant Perspective

Protestant Reformation was thus a key moment not only in the deconstruction of absolutist authority — embodied in the Papacy as monarchial power — but also in the spread of vernacular literacy, capitalism, individualism and many other features associated with what today can be summed up in one word: modernity. Indeed, it would be difficult to conceive of today’s modern world without the Protestant Reformation.

MB/January 21, 2015/National/Madel Sabater - Namit

Palace backs Pope’s call for responsible parenthood

Malacanang  yesterday said the Philippine government is one with Pope Francis in his call for responsible parenthood.

MST/January 21, 2015/Entertainment

One Billion Rising 2015’s call to arms

IT’S never too early to rise, demand justice and do a revolution. With just a couple of weeks before the global stage for the final year of the One Billion Rising global campaign against violence and injustice on women rises on Feb. 15, the Philippine organizers of One Billion Rising announced that they are gearing to rise for a “revolution.”

PS/January 18, 2015/Headlines/AP

Listen to women, Pope Francis says

MANILA, Philippines - Pope Francis drew applause with these comments to a student audience at the University of Santo Tomas in the morning: "Women have much to tell us in today's society (applause). Sometimes we're too macho, and we don't leave enough room for women. Women are able to see things with different eyes than us (applause). Women are able to ask questions that men can't understand. ... When the next pope comes, please have more women and girls among your numbers."

PDI/January 18, 2015/News/Aries Joseph Hegina

Pope asked: Stand for women, child rape victims



“Pope Francis, hear the cries of women! Stand with us for justice. Stand against impunity!” they pleaded. They also wore shirts bearing the Pope’s message blasting rape as a grave assault to the dignity of women. “Rape is a most grave offense against the dignity of women, a violation of body and spirit, a trauma hard to erase,” the supreme pontiff said in his message.

MST/January 18, 2015/Opinion/Bloomberg

It’s still lonely for women at the top

What’s keeping women from the top ranks of U.S. business and politics? This week, the Pew Research Center released a report on women and leadership, which included some intriguing bits.

MB/January 17, 2015/Entertainment News/Rowena Tan

Oryang’s turn

After the success of award-winning film “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo,” directors Jeffrey Jeturian and Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil will team up with award-winning screenwriter Rody Vera to create a film about the Filipino revolutionary leader’s wife, Gregoria de Jesus. The film “Lakambini (Woman Leader)” will be produced by Ongkeko-Marfil’s Erasto Films. It is now on its pre-production stage. Shooting is planned to start first quarter of the year … With the help of Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), “Lakambini” will delve into various aspects of De Jesus’ life, including her role in the Katipunan, her adventures with Bonifacio, up until her marriage to Julio Nakpil.


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UN Women/January 23, 2015

Press release: UN Women launches HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Initiative

Davos — At the World Economic Forum in Davos today, UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment unveiled the HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 pilot initiative to galvanize momentum in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

UN/January 23, 2015

El Salvador: UN rights office welcomes 'ground-breaking' pardon of woman in abortion case

The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the 'ground-breaking decision' of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women's 30-year sentence in an abortion case. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, who suffered a miscarriage at the age of 18 after reportedly being raped, was convicted of aggravated homicide after her crime was reclassified from 'abortion' to 'aggravated homicide' during her trial. She had already served seven years of her 30-year sentence.

UN/January 23, 2015

In Davos, Ban urges global action in 2015 on development, gender equality, climate change

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged world leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to maintain their focus on a broad range of climate, development and gender equality issues, warning that as the global community continues to face multiple crises, the new year must be a time for 'strong commitment' from international stakeholders.

The New York Times/January 22, 2015/Opinion/Elizabeth Stuart

In Egypt, Sowing Seeds of Gender Equality

CAIRO — Sara was supposed to marry young. She was supposed to get a job teaching at the school a few minutes’ walk from her family’s apartment in Cairo so she’d always be close to home, safe from sexual harassment, keeping her reputation as a virtuous, Muslim woman intact.

ILO/January 22, 2015

Private sector services and the care economy, key engines of job creation

ILO report points to accelerating job growth in private sector services over the next 5 years and an increasing demand for higher-skilled workers.

The Guardian/January 21, 2015/Richard Adams

Gender gap in university admissions rises to record level

Women accepted to study at university outnumbered men by record levels last year, with female applicants dominating entrance to medicine, law and biology undergraduate degrees.

UN Women/January 20, 2015

Ending gender inequality through the post-2015 agenda  

New York – At a panel discussion organized by UN Women on “The Centrality of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls for the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” panelists took at a deeper look at the latest post-2015 discussions, stressing that only a transformative approach can steer the world onto a more just, equitable and sustainable path.

UN/January 20, 2015

UN lauds Somalia as country ratifies landmark children’s rights treaty

The United Nations today applauded Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – a move which was praised as being an “important step” towards protecting and promoting the rights of all children in the war-torn nation and an explicit commitment towards improving the lives of its youngest citizens.

UN Woman/January 19, 2015

Georgia declares 2015 as Year of the Woman

The President of Georgia, George Margvelashvili declared 2015 the Year of Women at a press conference held in the presidential palace on 15 January.

HRW/January 19, 2015

Lebanon: Laws Discriminate Against Women

(Beirut) – Lebanon’s religion-based personal status laws discriminate against women across the religious spectrum and don’t guarantee their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Lebanon has 15 separate personal status laws for its recognized religions but no civil code covering issues such as divorce, property rights, or care of children. These laws are administered by autonomous religious courts with little or no government oversight, and often issue rulings that violate women’s human rights.