GAD News Feed for Feb. 21 - 27, 2015


Feb. 21 – 27, 2015

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MST/February 27, 2015/News

Not alone: Empowering solo parents

Our personal stories are closely tied in with our personal advocacies. Zena Bernardo, social development work, has several, all tied in to her story. Depression, suicide prevention, OFW welfare, poverty, battered women- these are all parts of her story, and thus her all causes.

PS/February 26, 2015/Business/ Joey Concepcion

Women power

Women entrepreneurship continues to be a growing sector. In fact, they are a prime mover in the economy, especially if we talk of the micro and SME segment. They are the force behind the millions of sari-sari stores, bakeries, fashion and accessories, salons, processed food and beverage stores around us. Around 70 percent of new enterprises are started by women.

MB/February 26, 2015/Business/ Madelaine B. Miraflor

3 Filipinas make it to Forbes’ most powerful businesswomen in Asia

Three Filipinas made it to the fourth annual Asia’s Power Businesswomen list of Forbes Magazine, which recognized 50 powerful female corporate heads in the region who are driving change across diverse industries.

MB/February 26, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/Reuters

Hillary Clinton highlights gender pay gap

Santa Clara, California, United States — Hillary Clinton lamented the pay gap between men and women to a crowd of female technology executives on Tuesday, in a speech that showed she may make gender inequality a main theme in her likely 2016 presidential bid.

MB/February 26, 2015/Business/ Alexander D. Lopez

Peace advocates, groups back Deles, Ferrer

Davao City – Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and peace advocates from Mindanao have expressed their support for Secretary Teresita Deles and Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer who came under fire at the Senate investigation on the Mamasapano incident.

MB/February 26, 2015/Latest news/ AFP

Australia warns women IS no ‘romantic adventure’

A worrying number of Australian women are heading to Iraq and Syria to become so-called Islamic State group “jihadi brides”, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Thursday, warning against notions of a “romantic adventure”.

MT/February 25, 2015/News/Anthony Vargas

Frenchman arrested in Cebu for violence against women

MEMBERS of the Talisay City Police Office in Cebu arrested early Tuesday dawn a 31-year-old French after his partner complained of domestic violence on Wednesday.

MB/February 25, 2015/Opinions and Editorials

Information: Philippines among top 5 countries with more women managers

The Philippines is the top Asian country, and fourth among 80 surveyed countries worldwide with the highest proportion – 47.6 percent – of women holding senior and middle management positions over the last 20 years, according to the study, “Women in Business and Management: Gaining Momentum,” by the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Bureau for Employers’ Activities.

MB/February 25, 2015/Business/Flor G. Tarriela

APEC women and the economy

Based on a recent United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report, women produce half of the world’s food, are primary caregivers, yet earn only 10% of the world’s income, own less than 1% of world’s property, and comprise a staggering 70% of the 2.5 billion people living on less than $2 a day.

MB/February 25, 2015/World/AFP

Britain rejects stricter ban on gender-based abortion

London (AFP) — British lawmakers rejected a bid to explicitly outlaw abortion based on the gender of the fetus on Monday. Cultural preferences for boys is thought to lead to mothers aborting female fetuses in India and China, and the attempt to strengthen the law against the practice reflects concerns it could be taking place in some immigrant communities in Britain.

PDI/February 24, 2015/News/ Ramon Tulfo

Rape cases in Puerto Princesa

If Puerto Princesa City has many rape cases involving minors as victims, blame City Prosecutor Joy Olga Rabang and Assistant Prosecutor Marivic Adla Bungay. Rabang and Bungay practically encourage the crime by dismissing most rape cases in the City Prosecutor’s Office.

MB/February 24, 2015/Entertainment/ Jonathan M. Hicap

Student film fest champions gender equality, women’s rights

The 2nd Muntinlupa Student Film Festival gala night held on Feb 21, highlighted works of student filmmakers focusing on gender equality and women’s rights. The Gender and Development Office of Muntinlupa, together with the Office of Rep. Rodolfo Biazon and the Muntinlupa City government spearheaded the event.

BM/February 24, 2015/Economy/ Cai Ordinario

Meeting MDGs not only about money–DOH


Apart from insufficient funds, the lack of data and cooperation is among the reasons the Philippines will fall short in meeting all the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the end of this year … Despite this, MDG 5 on Maternal Health is one of the goals that the country will not meet this year. The latest data showed that maternal death rate in the country was at 221 per 100,000 live births, over four times the target of 52 per 100,000 live births.

BM/February 24, 2015/Opinion/IPS

Discrimination by law

CAIRO—In November 2013 a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey ranked Egypt as the worst of 22 Arab states with regards to women’s rights.

PS/February 22, 2015/The Freeman/ Archie Modequillo

On Sexual Harassment

It is the common notion that sexual harassment is purely a women’s issue. This is, perhaps, because most of the publicized cases of this offense involve a man as perpetrator and a woman as victim. But, in truth, sexual harassment can be a problem to both women and men.

PDI/February 22, 2015/News/ Jeannette I. Andrade

Tesda offers biz training to 10,000 women

Aiming to empower 200,000 women in the country by 2020, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is offering free business training to sari-sari (retail) stores and eatery owners in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

MB/February 22, 2015/Business/Mon Abrea

Empowering the women entrepreneurs

Organized by the Provincial Government of Albay in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and the  Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacionalpara el Desarollo (AECID), in collaboration with the Gender and Development Office, CSR Philippines was invited to facilitate a three-day Business Clinic Training for the women entrepreneurs of Albay.

MB/February 22, 2015/World/AFP

Baghdad’s first female mayor set to take the reins

Baghdad— A woman has been named as mayor of Baghdad for the first time, a government spokesman said Saturday, amid widespread corruption and rampant violence.

MB/February 21, 2015/Provincial/ Camcer Ordonez Imam

Australian wanted for rape, cybersex cases arrested

Cagayan De Oro City – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has urged victims of an Australian, who is wanted for numerous cases of rape and cybersex operation here and in Europe, to come out and lodge appropriate cases against the arrested suspect.


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IPS News/February 27, 2015/ Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Opinion: Goals for Gender Equality Are Not a ‘Wish List’ – They Are a ‘To Do List’

SANTIAGO, Feb 27 2015 (IPS) - This weekend, at the invitation of President Michelle Bachelet and myself, women leaders from across the world are meeting in Santiago de Chile. We will applaud their achievements. We will remind ourselves of their contributions. And we will chart a way forward to correct the historical record. History has not been fair to women – but then, women usually didn’t write it.

IPS News/February 27, 2015/ Shai Venkatraman

From the Police Station Back to the Hellhole: System Failing India’s Domestic Violence Survivors

MUMBAI, Feb 27 2015 (IPS) - “One time my husband started slapping me hard on the face because I had not cooked the rice to his satisfaction,” Suruchi* told IPS. “He hit me so hard that my infant daughter fell from my arms to the ground.”

ILO/February 26, 2015

Rising to the top of the footwear industry through Decent Work

As we approach International Women’s Day, ILO News talks to Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, a young Ethiopian entrepreneur who created one of the world’s fastest growing footwear brands by betting on Decent Work

ILO/February 26, 2015

ILO to issue an update on progress made on gender equality in the world of work and a working paper on the motherhood pay gap

GENEVA – On the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March), the International Labour Organization (ILO) will publish a briefing note providing an assessment of progress made on achieving gender equality in the world of work since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action in 1995.

APWLD/February 25, 2015

APF 2015 Statement officially submitted to ASEAN, women’s organisations heighten call for development justice

The ASEAN People’s Forum (APF 2015) Statement: Reclaiming the ASEAN Community for the People was officially handed by Civil Society Organisations to the ASEAN at a meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 17 February 2015. The APF 2015 statement encapsulates civil society inputs in ASEAN processes. It was presented by the APF delegation to Othman Hashim, the Secretary-General of the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), as the Malaysian government will be chairing the ASEAN this year.

Time/February 23, 2015/Laura Stampler

Turkish Men Are Wearing Miniskirts to Fight for Women’s Rights

Men throughout Turkey and neighboring Azerbaijan are donning miniskirts to honor Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old student who was allegedly murdered after fighting off a sexual assault by a minibus driver.

The Huffington Post/February 23, 2015/Alena Hall

IMF Chief: Closing The Gender Gap Makes Economic Sense

The International Monetary Fund on Monday released a new report on women in the workplace, which suggested that closing the gender equality gap and leveling the employment playing field would benefit not just women, but the global economy as a whole.

The Boston Globe/February 23, 2015/Katie Johnston

Bill aims to close the gender wage gap

To fight the male-female pay gap, bill would bar employers from asking job applicants what they make and require ads to show the minimum compensation for the position