GAD News Feed for Feb. 7 - 13, 2015


Feb. 7 – 13, 2015

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PDI/February 13, 2015/News/AP

Violence against women decried by students in Manila


MANILA, Philippines— Around 4,000 mostly female students from a Roman Catholic school in Manila stomped their feet and raised their hands Friday as they danced to call for an end to violence against women and girls.

PDI/February 13, 2015/Lifestyle

Edsa billboard promotes gender equality, ‘all kinds of love’


A billboard promoting gender equality and celebrating “all kinds of love” has risen along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) in Guadalupe, Makati City.

MST/February 13, 2015/Main stories/Vito Barcelo

Binay cites 3 factors that cause trafficking to worsen

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday said that poverty, ignorance and unemployment  were responsible for the rising incidence of human trafficking in the country. Binay  made the assertion  at the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking’s Thanksgiving and Recognition Night,  saying  that to combat human trafficking, government must implement a multi-level approach to poverty.

BM/February 13, 2015/Nation/PNA

PUJ operators, drivers launch ‘pink jeepneys’ for women, kids, PWDs


THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has lauded the socio-civic initiative of the operators of several public utility jeepneys (PUJs) plying the Pateros-Guadalupe route in providing a convenient commute to several sectors in their route.

PS/February 12, 2015/World/Associated Press

Report: Sudanese forces rape 221 women, girls in mass attack

UNITED NATIONS — Sudanese army troops raped at least 221 women and girls in a Darfur village in a series of organized, house-to-house attacks last year, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday.

MT/February 12, 2015/News

Women also victims of Mamasapano massacre

COTABATO CITY: The cornfield in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano that became a battlefield during the armed clashes between the Philippine National Police-Special Action Forces and Moro fighters continues to host suffering.

MST/February 12, 2015/Provinces/Jessica M. Bacud

Host community gets birthing hub

SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela—SN Aboitiz has donated a birthing facility and free medicines in Barangay Dulao in Lagawe town, said Rhoda Santos, SN Aboitiz Corporate Communications head. “Mothers and infants in Barangay Dulao could now expect for a better natal care service from its local government unit with the birthing medical equipment and medicines provided by the power firm,” she said.

MB/February 12, 2015/Entertainment/Rowena Tan

Dancing against violence

Today, billions will rise and be one in rhythm. They will lend their bodies to motion and join a common cause: a movement of protest, if you will.

BW/February 12, 2015/Nation

Proposed law vs gender discrimination gets nod

A PROPOSED LAW seeking to criminalize gender discrimination has gained the nod of the House committee on women and gender equality. The panel this week approved a bill imposing penalties for persons who discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in terms of employment, training, benefits and access to social services, among others.

MB/February 11, 2015/Entertainment/AP

Jolie opens UK academic center studying women in conflict

LONDON (AP) — Angelina Jolie has opened an academic center billed as Britain’s first to focus on women, peace and security.

MST/February 10, 2015/Provinces/A. Perez Rimando

Zambo sets study on transgenders

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga Sibugay—The government  will conduct a study on “transgenders” starting next month focusing on the trend where many of them taking self-prescribed hormone replacement therapy.

BW/February 10, 2015/ Arts & Leisure/Sam L. Marcelo

After The Vagina Monologues, an invitation to dance

EVE ENSLER, the playwright-activist who urged women to reclaim the word “cunt” in The Vagina Monologues, is now inviting them to dance. On its third year, One Billion Rising (OBR) is a global movement with a simple premise: to raise awareness about violence against women and girls by dancing in public spaces. A feminist flash mob, if you will, that has taken place in 207 countries.

BM/February 10, 2015/ Entrepreneur/Rizal Raoul Reyes

Woman-entrepreneurs share best practices on sourcing

A group of Filipino social-entrepreneurship advocates recently attended a workshop on “Development Models for Women Entrepreneurs in Rural Communities” in Tehran, Iran.

BW/February 10, 2015/ Beyond/AFP

Hong Kong woman guilty in Indonesian maid ‘torture’ case

HONG KONG -- A Hong Kong woman was convicted Tuesday of beating and starving her Indonesian maid, keeping her prisoner in a "torture" case that sparked international outrage and spotlighted the plight of migrant domestic workers.

MB/February 9, 2015/ Provincial/Alexander D. Lopez

DSWD-11 intensifies gender dialogues

Davao City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao region (DSWD-11) has recently intensified its Gender Dialogue program to the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

BM/February 9, 2015/ Regions

More Moro women wear hijab

WOMEN traveling to Saudi Arabia often raise eyebrows there, and Michelle Obama was no exception.

PDI/February 8, 2015/News/Associated Press

Pope Francis denounces disfiguring attacks on women

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has decried disfiguring attacks on women, sometimes by their own companions. Addressing a Vatican group which explored how women are viewed culturally, Francis on Saturday praised the “beauty and harmony of the body God gave women.” Then he lamented “the painful wounds inflicted on them, sometimes with savage violence, because they are women.”

MB/February 7, 2015/ World/Reuters

Pope creates sex abuse watchdog, rallies clergy

Vatican City — Pope Francis ordered on Thursday Roman Catholic bishops around the world to cooperate as a matter of priority with a commission he set up to protect children from sexual abuse by clerics, even if it unearths new scandals.


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UN Women/February 12, 2015

Adjusting the frequency: Women on the airwaves

As World Radio Day is observed globally, we highlight how UN Women and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters are raising awareness of critical issues through a series of co-productions for the Beijing+20 anniversary.

The Telegraph/February 12, 2015/ Radhika Sanghani

Nearly half of British women killed by men die at the hands of partners

New analysis shows 46 per cent of women killed by men died at the hands of someone they were romantically involved with

Reuters/February 12, 2015/ Nita Bhalla

Women firefighters extinguish stereotypes in Rajasthan

JAIPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Married before her 18th birthday, Nirma Chaudhary could have ended up like thousands of other child brides in Rajasthan - forced to quit school and consigned to a life as a wife and mother.

The Guardian/February 12, 2015/Alan Travis

1.4 million women suffered domestic abuse last year, ONS figures show

An estimated 1.4 million women and 700,000 men have suffered domestic abuse in the last year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

IPS News/February 12, 2015/ Denise M. Fontanilla

U.N. Climate Talks Advance Link Between Gender and Climate Change

GENEVA - A week of climate negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland Feb. 8-13 are setting the stage for what promises to be a busy year. In order to reach an agreement in Paris by December, negotiators will have to climb a mountain of contentious issues which continue to overshadow the talks.

The Telegraph/February 11, 2015

Saudi historian: Western women drive because rape is 'no big deal' to them

A traditionalist historian from Saudi Arabia has defended his country's ban on female drivers, saying that foreign governments which allow women to get behind the wheel don't care if they are raped.

UN Women/February 10, 2015

UN Women Executive Director to discuss the future of impact and how women will play a leading role

New York – On 10 February, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will join the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) Winter Meeting, a yearly gathering with global leaders to discuss, create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. She will speak at the plenary session on “The Future of Impact”, which will be moderated by former U. S. President Bill Clinton.

UN Women/February 10, 2015

Martial artists fight gender discrimination and violence in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan – “Strong men respect women.” These were the words of World Taekwondo Champion Daler Tyuryaev, who is helping to lead a movement of martial artists in the battle against gender-based violence and discrimination in Tajikistan.

Foreign Policy/February 10, 2015/Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Women Are the Best Weapon in the War Against Terrorism

Fifteen years ago, the U.N. enshrined the idea that equality between men and women is inextricably linked with peace. It's time to act on that.