GAD News Feed for Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 2015


Jan. 31 – Feb. 6, 2015

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PDI/February 6, 2015/News/Tetch Torres-Tupas

DFA gets nod to hear sexual harassment case vs ex-ambassador


The Court of Appeals has given the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Committee on Decorum and Investigation (DFA-CODI) the green light to proceed in hearing the administrative complaint for sexual harassment filed against  former Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Shulan Primavera.

MB/February 6, 2015/Provincial/ Anthony Giron

Cavite deploys gay traffic enforcers

Rosario, Cavite — The local government will utilize 20 trained gays or male homosexuals as traffic enforcers starting today in the municipality.

PS/February 5, 2015/The Freeman/ Michael Vencynth H. Braga

Women and children crisis center, Prov’l gov’t pushes for opening this year

CEBU - After at least three groundbreaking ceremonies held in the past years, the proposed first Cebu Provincial Women and Children Crisis Center at Sudlon, Lahug in Cebu City will finally be realized this year.

PS/February 5, 2015/Business

Franchise seminar for women entrepreneurs set

The Philippine Franchise Association will hold a seminar on ‘How to Franchise your Business’ at the Seda Centrio Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City on Feb. 10. The seminar is a key component of the Franchising Regional Enterprises by Women (FREE Women) project, an advocacy project of PFA aimed at helping women entrepreneurs grow their business via franchising.

PDI/February 5, 2015/News/ Victor Anthony V. Silva

Groundbreaking for women’s center in Lahug

After several failed attempts at starting the province’s own crisis center for women and children, the Cebu provincial government is on the right track to build one at sitio Sudlon, barangay Lahug in Cebu City.

PDI/February 5, 2015/Technology/AP

Lung cancer now top cancer killer for women in rich nations


For the first time, lung cancer has passed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in rich countries.

MB/February 5, 2015/National/Charissa Luci

‘P1.7 B not enough to effectively implement RH Law’

One of the principal authors of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) law is asking the Aquino government to increase its P1.7-billion funding for the full implementation of the proposed Act this year, saying that it is “not enough” to cover the health needs of the Filipinos.

MB/February 5, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/Reuters

Muslim women find empowerment in female-only Friday prayers

Los Angeles, California, United States — After the traditional call to prayer, Edina Lekovic stood in front of some 150 women seated on the floor at an interfaith center in Los Angeles, and delivered a sermon, a role traditionally reserved for Muslim men.

PDI/February 4, 2015/Opinion/Rina Jimenez-David

Loren on loving the native

Taking a break from sad, disheartening, infuriating and dismaying news, Sen. Loren Legarda, clad in a Mandaya blouse and ethnic jewelry, guested at yesterday’s “Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel” and spoke about much more pleasant matters: the need to protect the environment (she chairs the climate change oversight committee in the Senate) and to promote and preserve indigenous culture. True, these are not trivial concerns. The preservation of traditional crafts and arts, the senator stressed, is key not just to the development of local cultures but also to their economic uplift. “Culture can bring jobs and empowerment for rural women,” she declared …

MST/February 4, 2015/Entertainment/ Isah V. Red

Men rising

Men Rising is an initiative that grew out of men around the world responding to the call to end violence against women and girls. It recognizes that by engaging men can address the problem of violence against women.

MB/February 4, 2015/Metro/Rachel Joyce E. Burce

Lady cop among Manila’s ‘best of best’

Police Chief Inspector Olivia Ancheta-Sagaysay, head of Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit (MDTEU) will be recognized once more as one of Manila’s “Best of Best” during the 114th Manila Police District (MPD) Anniversary this month.

PS/February 3, 2015/Nation/Roel Pareño

Army: Abu Sayyaf using women fighters as front liners in firefights

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - The Abu Sayyaf militants deployed women fighters as their front liners against the Army rangers during the Sunday encounter in the mountains of Sulu, an official said on Tuesday.

MST/February 3, 2015/Main stories/ Joyce Pangco Panares

12.4-M Pinoys jobless — SWS

Joblessness in the fourth quarter of last year worsened at 27 percent, the highest posted for 2014 and equivalent to an estimated 12.4 million Filipinos, a survey by pollster Social Weather Stations showed … Joblessness rose across most age segments except among the youth (aged 18-24 years old). By gender, the SWS said joblessness among women “rose sharply” to 41.7 percent from 33.2 in the third quarter. The pollster said this was the highest joblessness rate for women since August 2012 when the rate was at 42.5 percent.

MST/February 3, 2015/World news/AFP

Women drugged, raped in fake clinical study

Japanese police have arrested a man for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting more than 100 women who believed they were taking part in a medical study, detectives and local media said Tuesday.

PDI/February 2, 2015/News/Nikko Dizon

Miriam Coronel-Ferrer: Gender was no problem in peace talks


University of the Philippines professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said she never felt discriminated against as a young girl, having been born to parents who liberally brought up their children. But her appointment by President Benigno Aquino III as chief government negotiator in peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2012 had Ferrer confronting the challenges of being a woman. “I think this was the only time in my life that I felt gender was such a disadvantage—when my gender was, at the beginning, an obstacle to assuming the [role as] chair [of the government peace panel],” Ferrer told the Inquirer in a recent interview.

MB/February 2, 2015/Provincial/Ali G. Macabalang

ARMM sets world record in hijab-wearing

Marawi City – Moro women across Lanao del Sur and this city celebrated the World Hijab Day here on Sunday with a parade and convergence that displayed mostly yellow-colored veils and inaul (hand-woven) malongs to promote awareness on the essence of head-covering among female Muslims and foster cordiality with people of other faiths.

BW/February 2, 2015/World/AFP

High-end prostitutes used to close business deals

PARIS -- The trial of former French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn and several businessmen on pimping charges has shone a light on the world of high-end prostitution in which sex is often used to sweeten business deals.

PS/February 1, 2015/World/AP

Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come

VATICAN CITY — A new Vatican outreach initiative to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down.

MB/February 1, 2015/World/AP

Father of birth control pill dies

San Francisco — Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died.

MB/February 1, 2015/Provincial/ Freddie C. Velez

Central Luzon officials agree to relocate NBP, CIW in Nueva Ecija

Malolos City, Bulacan–The Regional Development Council (RDC) III, headed by Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, has agreed to the request of the Department of Justice (DOJ), through the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), to relocate the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) to Laur, Nueva Ecija.

PDI/January 31, 2015/News/AP

UN urged to protect girls and women from rape in conflict


UNITED NATIONS — A Somali woman who runs an organization helping victims of sexual violence urged the Security Council on Friday to step up action to prevent U.N. peacekeepers and staff deployed to conflict zones from becoming “violent perpetrators” themselves.


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IPS News/February 6, 2015/Jasmin Ramsey

Debating U.S. Foreign Policy: Where are the Women?

WASHINGTON - Women are running some of the United States’ most prominent foreign policy focused think tanks, leading U.S. diplomatic initiatives, and reporting from the front lines of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones.

UN Women/February 5, 2015

“We count on your leadership to tackle the barriers that remain for Arab women” says Executive Director at Beijing+20 regional review

Cairo – At the Arab States high-level regional review meeting for Beijing+20, held in Cairo, Egypt from 2–3 February 2015, Member States assessed progress and challenges in implementing the 20-year-old Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and agreed to actively ensure justice and equality for women in the Middle East.

UN Women/February 4, 2015

Photo essay: They were not at the Beijing Conference, but...

Some were not even born in 1995. That was the year when the 20-year-old Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action took shape. But their voices are no less relevant. Four passionate youth activists shared what gender equality means to them. We weave together some of their ideas for action and thoughts on what the Beijing Platform for Action means to them –a generation later– and how youth are a part of that change.

UN Women/February 4, 2015

African Union Summit ends with strong call for women’s empowerment

Gender was in the spotlight at the 24th Session of the African Union Heads of States’ Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 30-31 January, which focused on the “Year of Women's Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.

UN Women/February 4, 2015

As Ebola outbreak stabilizes, Gender Alert focuses on women's role in recovery

As of 21 January, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the cumulative number of Ebola cases in the countries with widespread and intense transmission (i.e. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) stands at 21,689, with 8,626 recorded deaths.

UN Women/February 3, 2015

Timely and gender-responsive evaluations in 2015

What works and what doesn't? As the international community marks the International Year of Evaluation, UN Women will be working with UN system and partners to focus attention on ensuring that evaluations of our work include and reflect gender concerns.

The Refugees International/February 3, 2015

Congolese Women: What Happened to the Promise to Protect?

It is impossible to talk about the Democratic Republic of the Congo without talking about sexual violence. The widespread acknowledgement of gross levels of conflict-related sexual violence in the DRC spurred the international community to act in an unprecedented manner to protect women from these atrocities. In particular, there were two major investments by the United States and the United Nations, one with an unprecedented level of programmatic funding, the other with a novel coordination strategy.

The New York Times/February 3, 2015/Pamela Shifman

To Stop Violence, Start at Home

THE pattern is striking. Men who are eventually arrested for violent acts often began with attacks against their girlfriends and wives. In many cases, the charges of domestic violence were not taken seriously or were dismissed.

IPS News/February 3, 2015/ Priyanka Borpujari

Conflict-Related Displacement: A Huge Development Challenge for India

KOKRAJHAR, India - The tarpaulin sheet, when stretched and tied to bamboo poles, is about the length and breadth of a large SUV. Yet, about 25 women and children have been sleeping beneath these makeshift shelters at several relief camps across Kokrajhar, a district in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam.

American Society of International Law/February 3, 2015/Uzma S. Burney

European Court of Human Rights Upholds France’s Ban on the Full-Face Veil

On July 13, 2010 and September 14, 2010, respectively, the French National Assembly and Senate passed a law banning the wearing of “clothing designed to conceal the face” in public areas.  The law provided for criminal penalties including a fine of up to 150 euros and a citizenship course in the case of violations.

IPS News/February 2, 2015/Julitta Onabanjo

OPINION: The Plight of Women and Girls in Zambezi’s Floods

UNITED NATIONS - The flooding of the Zambezi River has had devastating consequences for three countries in Southern Africa. The three worst affected countries are Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.  Livestock has drowned, crops have been submerged or washed away and infrastructure has been badly damaged. Worse still, hundreds of lives have been lost – and the dignity of women and girls is on the line.