GAD News Feed for Feb. 14 - 20, 2015


Feb. 14 – 20, 2015

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PDI/February 20, 2015/News/AP

Rabbi pleads guilty to taping nude women at ritual bath

WASHINGTON — A prominent Orthodox rabbi acknowledged Thursday that for years he videotaped women at a Jewish ritual bath, recording more than 150 women as they changed clothes and got in and out of a shower.

MB/February 20, 2015/Metro/Philippine News Agency

UV Express operators launch own ‘Pink project’

A group of UV Express operators has taken the challenge posed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board earlier this month to follow an initiative launched by a group of public utility jeepneys (PUJ) to provide a convenient commute to several sectors of the society.

MB/February 20, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/Florangel Rosario Braid

‘Importante ka Teh’ — Journey to safe motherhood

Yesterday, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. a much welcomed free medical assistance program was given to 100 pregnant and post-partum women from underprivileged communities at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center. Entitled “Importante ka Teh,” it is described by Dr. Marite Vergara of the Obgyn Department of the Medical Center as counseling patients on how they can have a “safe journey to safe motherhood” by taking advantage of the various services offered by the medical center.

BM/February 20, 2015/Economy/PNA

10,000 women retailers take entrepreneurship course


SARI-SARI store and karinderya (eatery) owners may have already grasped the practical day-to-day operation of their business, but a little more training will certainly help.

MB/February 19, 2015/Provincial/Ali G. Macabalang

Int’l peacemakers visit Mindanao for counter extremism forum

Amas, Kidapawan City – A multi-national group, composed  mostly of women peacemakers, visited here Wednesday for dialogues on religious extremism and visiting conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to gather empirical data for a relevant global conference it is currently undertaking in Manila. Led by Joan B. Kroc, founder of the US-based Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice of the University of San Diego (JBKIPJUSD), the group held a forum dubbed “Defying Extremism: Asian Dialogue”  at the North Cotabato provincial government capitol complex.

MB/February 17, 2015/Provincial/Ali G. Macabalang

Women’s Peace Center

Buluan, Maguindanao – Picking up pieces from the havocs of the Mamasapano clash, national and local officials inaugurated here Saturday the P15-million Women peace center in symbolic rites that wrapped up separate activities meant to press for “just and peaceful” solution to decades of unrest in Mindanao.

MB/February 17, 2015/National/Charissa M. Luci

Hijab Day proposed

In a move to put to a halt all sorts of discrimination against Muslim women, a partylist lawmaker wants the first day of February of every year be declared as “National Hijab Day.”

BM/February 17, 2015/Entrepreneur/Cai Ordinario

PIDS pushes tax breaks for SMEs owned by women

To increase woman-entrepreneurs in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) economies, a study released by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) urged Apec members to give tax breaks to women-run businesses.

MB/February 14, 2015/Provincial/Jun Aguirre

Cops save human trafficking victims

Kalibo, Aklan – At least 11 women were rescued from possibly becoming human trafficking victims here. The Philippine National Police (PNP) in this capital town of Aklan province was able to stop the 11 women from flying to Kuala Lumpur.


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IPS News/February 20, 2015/ Leila Lemghalef

Report Cries out on Behalf of Iraqi Women

UNITED NATIONS - Iraqi women continue to be subject to physical, emotional and sexual violence, according to a new report by Minority Rights Group International and Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights.

New York Times/February 20, 2015/ Didi Kirsten Tatlow

In China’s Modern Economy, a Retro Push Against Women

BEIJING — Fresh out of college, Angela Li was proud of her job as a teller at the state-owned China Everbright Bank — maybe it wasn’t exciting, but it had prospects. After a year and a half she applied for a promotion, along with a male colleague who had joined with her. He got it. She did not. “Our boss came to talk to me afterwards,” said Ms. Li, a 25-year-old with scraped-back hair and a quiet gaze. “He said, ‘It’s good that you girls take your work seriously. But you should be focusing on finding a boyfriend, getting married, having a kid.’ ”

APWLD/February 19, 2015

Migrant domestic worker speaks on sustainable development goals at the UN

A migrant domestic worker spoke today at the United Nations in New York, calling on world policymakers to include the planet’s most vulnerable people in their current redesign of global development plans.

IPS News/February 18, 2015/ Thalif Deen

Sexist Laws Still Thrive Worldwide

UNITED NATIONS - A rash of sex discriminatory laws – including the legalisation of polygamy, marital rape, abduction and the justification of violence against women – remains in statute books around the world.

IPS News/February 17, 2015/ Josh Butler

“HeForShe” Campaign Moves to the Next Stage

UNITED NATIONS - It launched in a blaze of social media glory with a viral speech that rocketed around the world, and five months on from the launch of U.N. Women’s groundbreaking HeForShe campaign, the real work is well underway.

NPR/February 17, 2015/Joanna Kakissis

Even As Progressives Take Lead In Greece, Women Remain Out Of Power

Anastasia Giamali is a young, well-educated and ambitious woman. She's a regional politician for Syriza, the leftist party now running Greece, and a high-profile journalist with the party-affiliated newspaper. But last month, when Amparo Rubiales, the Spanish feminist criticized Syriza for appointing only men to the new cabinet, Giamali said it reflected how Greece still clings to its traditional, patriarchal roots.

The Guardian/February 17, 2015/Mona Mahmood

Double-layered veils and despair … women describe life under Isis

Islamic State has imposed a strict dress code in areas it controls in Iraq and Syria, with punishments of fines or beatings for those who do not comply

The Guardian/February 17, 2015/Elif Shafak

After years of silence, Turkey’s women are going into battle against oppression

A brutal rape and murder has galvanised women to protest and draw attention to gender-related crime. But this is a country where patriarchy runs deep

Hurriyet Daily News/February 16, 2015

Turkish women relate sexual harassment stories via social media

Turkish women started a social media campaign on Feb. 15 to help end violence against women by sharing their own sexual harassment stories under the hashtag #sendeanlat (you tell your story too), after a 20-year-old woman was brutally killed in southern Turkey.

BBC News/February 16, 2015

Afghan officials' tributes to Afghan female politician

Angeza Shinwari, a provincial councillor in eastern Nangarhar province, was an outspoken campaigner for women's rights. President Ashraf Ghani called her death a "great loss".