GAD News Feed for Feb. 28 - March 6, 2015


Feb. 28 – March 6, 2015

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PDI/March 6, 2015/Opinion/Rina Jimenez-David

Women, food and violence

In my own home, food chores and responsibilities are shared by my husband and our family cook, something I put down in writing without any shame or embarrassment. It’s just the way things are!

MB/March 6, 2015/World/AP

Head of UN Women: No country has reached gender equality


UNITED NATIONS — The head of the U.N. agency promoting equality for women is lamenting that a girl born today will be an 81-year-old grandmother before she has the same chance as a man to be CEO of a company — and she will have to wait until she’s 50-years-old to have an equal chance to lead a country.

MB/March 6, 2015/Breaking news/ Tessa Distor

Free LRT, MRT rides for women on March 8


All women commuters of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 and 2 and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 can ride for free at certain hours on March 8, Sunday, the Department of Transportation and Communications said.

MB/March 6, 2015/Entertainment news/Rowena Tan

Dingdong wears heels to salute ‘women power’


Actor Dingdong Dantes has a photo that shows him wearing a pair of orange pumps in support of the National Youth Commission’s (NYC) “In Her Shoes” campaign this International Women’s month.

MB/March 6, 2015/Provincial/ Restituto A. Cayubit

Women’s Month

Tacloban City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 8 (DENR-8) joined the entire nation in the observance of Women’s Month this March.

MB/March 6, 2015/Breaking news/ AP

Suicides by US girls and young women continue to climb


NEW YORK — The suicide rate for girls and young women in the U.S. continues to rise, at a pace far faster than for young males, health officials said Thursday.

MB/March 6, 2015/World/AP

Military recognizes WikiLeaks defendant Manning as a woman


WASHINGTON — A military appeals court is recognizing the transgender defendant accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks as a woman.

BM/March 6, 2015/Nation/PNA

Sen. Pia wants more women candidates in 2016 elections

SEN. Pia Cayetano pushed on Friday for the fielding of more women candidates by political parties in the 2016 elections to help increase the voice of women in governance and policy-making in the country.

MT/March 6, 2015/ News

Men more narcissistic than women – study

WASHINGTON: Men tend to be more narcissistic than women and as a result are more likely to exploit others, a US study said Thursday after analyzing three decades of data from more than 475,000 people.

PS/March 5, 2015/ News/ Domini M. Torrevillas

Celebrating Women’s Month

The National Commission on Women has lined up activities to celebrate Women’s Month. Proclamations No. 224 and  227, and Republic Act 6949  declare the first week of March each year as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day, the observance of the Month of March as Women’s Role in History Month, and declaring March 8 of every year as National Women’s Day.

PS/March 5, 2015/ Headlines/Michael Punongbayan

Women’s role in governance, nation building cited

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) lauded yesterday the important role of women in governance and nation building as part of the observance of Women’s Month this March.

PS/March 5, 2015/ Other sections/ Joanne Rae M. Ramirez

François Hollande & the earth(y) women around him


During his historic state visit to the Philippines, the first by a French head of state, President François Hollande came armed with stellar attractions: at least three beautiful, photogenic women were with him, and each was a champion of Mother Earth.

PDI/March 5, 2015/ Opinion Editorial

Gains and setbacks

March as Women’s Month always comes wrapped in felicitations, a feel-good preen sheet that marks how far women have come from those days when their most exalted place was behind their men. And indeed, Filipino women have much to celebrate, starting with good marks in the Millennium Development Goals that show how they routinely perform well in education and literacy, with a higher survival rate in secondary and tertiary education.

PDI/March 5, 2015/ Opinion/ Ma. Ceres P. Doyo

Teen girls joining Isis jihadis

Psychologists, sociologists, political analysts and experts on religion and spirituality should be outdoing one another to find reasons why female teenagers barely out of their childhood years are leaving home and country to join Isis (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). This group is considered to be a terrorist threat with intent to rule the world by creating a global caliphate.

PDI/March 5, 2015/ News/AFP

Mexican mayor lifts woman’s dress, sparking anger

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – A Mexican mayor who once said he stole “a little bit” from public funds sparked outrage again after lifting a woman’s dress while dancing on stage during his lavish 44th birthday bash … In a video that has gone viral online, the mustachioed mayor is seen dancing closely with the woman and lifting her minidress, which she quickly brings back down, as a band plays on stage.

PDI/March 5, 2015/ Cebu Daily News/ Ador Vincent S. Mayol

Vice Mayor’s new thorn

Former law student claims Ungab is  father of her child;  sex harassment case pending. When it rains, it pours. Another angry woman is after Vice Mayor Jonah John Ungab of Ronda town after his wife attacked a lady lawyer with a baseball bat last week over allegations of infidelity.

MT/March 5, 2015/ News/ Kristyn Nika M. Lazo

PLDT, partners launch new app for women entrepreneurs

The small and medium enterprise (SME) unit of telecom firm Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has partnered with entrepreneurial groups in launching a “marketplace app” that will serve as a unified networking portal for businesswomen in the country. PLDT SME Nation — in partnership with PLDT Smart Foundation, Business and Professional Women (BPW) Makati and IBM Philippines — has launched the GREAT Women ICT platform this month in recognition of Women’s Month.

MST/March 5, 2015/ World news /AFP

Rape victim’s father urges docu viewing

NEW DELHI—The father of a woman who died after a savage gang-rape in Delhi said Thursday he thought everyone should watch a documentary about the attack broadcast by the BBC but banned in India.

MB/March 5, 2015/ Entertainment News /AP

Jane Fonda says male domination of world has been ‘wounded’


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jane Fonda said Wednesday the male power structure that has dominated the world for centuries has been wounded — “but there’s nothing more dangerous than a wounded beast.”

MB/March 5, 2015/ Latest news/AP

Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to ‘lean in’ for women


SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league’s other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women’s rights at home and at work.

BM/March 5, 2015/Nation/Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco

WHO starts campaign to end newborn deaths

WHAT does the newborn infant need shortly after birth? It’s the first embrace. To help save more than 50,000 newborn lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) Region for the Western Pacific on Thursday launched its First Embrace campaign. The campaign, according to documents provided by the WHO, also aims of preventing hundreds of thousands of complications each year from unsafe practices in newborn care in the region.

PDI/March 4, 2015/ News/Jovic Yee

Marikina kicks off program to make women happy


MANILA, Philippines—Mindful of the saying that a healthy wife means a happy life, the Marikina City government has launched with civic and medical organizations several health programs to benefit more than 150,000 female residents.

MB/March 4, 2015/ Opinions and Editorials / Jullie Yap Daza

Yes, Ma’am!

Who was it who said the best Filipino is a Filipina?

The Mastercard Worldwide Index of Women’s Advancement ranks the Philippines as one of four best countries for women, and now three of the best examples have made it to Forbes magazine’s list of the 50 most powerful businesswomen in Asia.

MB/March 4, 2015/ Opinions and Editorials /AFP

Algeria’s ‘mourshidates’: Women ‘imams’ battle Islamist radicalization


Algiers, Algeria — Hundreds of female religious guides have been at the forefront of Algeria’s battle against Islamic radicalization since the civil war that devastated the North African country in the 1990s.

MB/March 4, 2015/ News/Gemma Cruz Araneta

Courageous Maggie, we salute you

March being “Women’s Month” let us salute Maggie de la Riva who once took up the cudgels for  all Filipinas. In the “Manila Times” Thursday, 18 May 1972, the banner headline read: 3 die in chair at Muntinlupa.

MB/March 4, 2015/ World/AP

Agents target maternity tourism industry

Irvine, California — Federal agents searched three dozen homes Tuesday in California during a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the US, where their babies automatically become American citizens.

PS/March 3, 2015/Opinion/Domini M. Torrevillas

Muslim women leaders for peace

The spate of horrendous attacks waged by Islamic terrorists in many parts of the world, including in Mindanao, puts much of the Muslim community in a bad light. I remember my female Muslim friends in Manila telling me in the aftermath of the 9/11 blowing up of the World Trade Center in New York, that they hesitated to wear their traditional head wear because of the hatred they felt by Christians towards them.

PS/March 3, 2015/ The Freeman/Bryner L. Diaz/LPM

Magpale wants more women in police force

CEBU, Philippines- In line with the Women’s Month Celebration, Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale has requested Police Regional Office-7 director Prudencio Tom Bañas to recruit more women to join the police force.

PDI/March 3, 2015/ News/AP

Cops: US man taped women in fitting rooms, shared videos


WAYNE, Pennsylvania, United States — A man sneaking around on his hands and knees videotaped naked girls and women in dressing rooms at one of the largest U.S. malls and then posted the clips on pornography websites, police said Monday.

MST/March 3, 2015/ Entertainment

Spanish films on Women’s Day

While men continue to dominate filmmaking on the world stage, several critics have noted that this is slowly changing with many women emerging as promising female directors.

MB/March 3, 2015/ Provincial /Ben Rosario

Solon wants more awareness for wearing of Muslim veil


A Mindanao lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to declare February 1 as National Hijab Day even as she chided “some universities” in the country for barring female Muslim students from wearing the head veil.

PS/March 2, 2015/ Opinion/ Lila Ramos Shahani

Engendering Development: the Status of Women in the Philippines


Women make up over half of our population. Their contribution to society has been incalculable, but disparities clearly remain between the fulfillment of their needs, on the one hand, and the services and protections afforded them by the state, on the other.

PDI/March 2, 2015/ News

Mark Women’s Month, LGUs urged

MANILA, Philippines–March is Women’s Month and the Department of the Interior and Local Government has reminded local officials to conduct activities that stress the role of women leaders as part of the observation.

MT/March 2, 2015/ Opinion/Chit Juan

Celebrating women (First part)

CENTER stage this month are our women entrepreneurs, producers, artisans and even double-duty moms. We start with our women from remote areas but who made a difference in their communities.

MST/March 2, 2015/ Entertainment

Art 2 Art’ starts Women’s Month

Starting with the March 1 episode, Art To Art featured singer, composer and artist-advocate Bayang Barrios … Art 2 Art will also welcome the following guests for Women’s Month: Jeannie Javelosa and Chit Juan of the ECHOStore and ECHOSi (Sustainable Initiatives) Foundation; adult romance novelists Mina Esguerra and B. Wiser; and visual artists Menchu Arandilla, Marivel Mari-Galang, and Liz Tarnate of the United Women Artists Association of the Philippines.

MB/March 2, 2015/ Business/Wilma Miranda

‘Womenomics’ – how effective?

My own interpretation of  “womenomics” is maximizing the role of women in the economy – from the lowest worker to the top executive and giving equal rights to women whether in business or in employment.  Recently, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announcement of his goal to increase the number of women in the workplace and rectify the long-standing imbalance in the labor sector had stirred up discussions.

BW/March 2, 2015/Opinion/Chit U. Juan

Why Women’s Month?

... AND WHY do we not have a Ministry or Department for Women and Culture? Many countries have a specific ministry or department with proper budgets to address concerns of women and children: Women and Culture. Women Development.

BW/March 2, 2015/World/AFP

Japan shrugs off South Korean calls on ‘comfort women’

TOKYO -- The Japanese government on Monday shrugged off renewed calls from South Korean President Park Geun-Hye to apologize to former wartime sex slaves, saying Tokyo hoped Seoul would change its views.

BW/March 1, 2015/Top story/Reuters

PHL found among best for women

LONDON -- Women in Asia and the Pacific lag behind men in securing leadership roles in business and politics despite being better educated, an annual gender equality index revealed on Friday last week.

BM/February 28, 2015/Regions

Mindanao’s most influential women

THE late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir once said, “There is a type of woman who does not let her husband narrow her horizon.” Once homemakers turned Muslim Mindanao’s most powerful women, Mayor Eleanor Dimaporo Lantud of Pantao Ragat, Lanao del Norte, and Party-list Rep. Princess Sitti Hataman of Anak Mindanao are an  inspiration for their courage and commitment.


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UN Women/March 6, 2015

Urgent action required in five key areas, says Beijing summary report

UN Secretary-General’s report stresses that progress towards women’s rights and empowerment has been unacceptably slow, with stagnation and even regression in some cases.

UN Women/March 6, 2015

Press conference: "Collective failure of leadership on progress for women"

New York—Progress for women in the past 20 years has been unacceptably slow, with areas of stagnation and regression. This is the conclusion of an authoritative global review of progress on gender equality, to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will present to Members States on Monday.

UN/March 6, 2015

International Women's Day 2015 - UN System Messages, Events and News

The official United Nations theme for International Women's Day 2015 is "Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!" Celebrated globally on 8 March, International Women's Day will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women's rights. While there have been many achievements since then, many serious gaps remain.

The New York Times/ March 6, 2015/ Alison Smale

Germany Sets Gender Quota in Boardrooms

BERLIN — Germany on Friday became the latest and most significant country so far to commit to improving the representation of women on corporate boards, passing a law that requires some of Europe’s biggest companies to give 30 percent of supervisory seats to women beginning next year.

ILO/March 6, 2015

ILO: Progress on gender equality at work remains inadequate

GENEVA (ILO News) – Two decades after the world’s largest gathering of women adopted a far-reaching agenda for advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, women are only marginally better off with respect to equality at work.

IPS News/March 5, 2015/ Paloma Duran

Opinion: Bridging the Gap – How the SDG Fund is Paving the Way for a Post-2015 Agenda

UNITED NATIONS - The countdown has begun to September’s Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with world leaders discussing the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the United Nations Open Working Group.

IPS News/March 5, 2015/ Thalif Deen

World Misses Its Potential by Excluding 50 Percent of Its People

UNITED NATIONS - The meeting is billed as one of the biggest single gatherings of women activists under one roof. According to the United Nations, over 1,100 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and more than 8,600 representatives have registered to participate in this year’s session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

IPS News/March 4, 2015/ Monique Barbut

Opinion: Let’s Grant Women Land Rights and Power Our Future

BONN - Women are not only the world’s primary food producers. They are hardworking and innovative and, they invest far more of their earnings in their families than men. But most lack the single most important asset for accessing investment resources – land rights.

IPS News/March 4, 2015/ Naresh Newar

By Girls, For Girls – Nepal’s Teenagers Say No to Child Marriage

BAJURA, Nepal - If not for a group of her school friends coming to her rescue, Shradha Nepali would have become a bride at the tender age of 14.

IPS News/March 3, 2015/ Kanya D'Almeida

For Women in Asia, ‘Home’ Is a Battleground

UNITED NATIONS - Nearly half of the four billion people who reside in the Asia-Pacific region are women. They comprise two-thirds of the region’s poor, with millions either confined to their homes or pushed into the informal labour market where they work without any safeguards for paltry daily wages. Millions more become victims of trafficking and are forced into prostitution or sexual slavery.

IPS News/March 3, 2015/ Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Opinion: It’s Time to Step It Up for Gender Equality

UNITED NATIONS - If we look at the headlines or the latest horrifying YouTube clip, Mar. 8 – International Women’s Day – may seem a bad time to celebrate equality for women.

UN Women/March 2, 2015

European Union to discuss women's economic empowerment through the lenses of post-2015 and Beijing+20

Riga – In celebrating 2015 as the European Year of Development, the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is hosting a conference titled “Post-2015 and Beijing+20: Women’s Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Development –the Synthesis for Success” in Riga, Latvia from 2-4 March. This high-level event, to be attended by international panelists and European parliamentarians, commemorates of the first-ever year to deal with the European Union's external action and Europe’s role in the world. UN System Coordination Division Director, Moez Doraid, will be speaking on behalf of UN Women.

UN Women/February 28, 2015

Women leaders call to ‘step it up’ for gender equality

Santiago — “It’s time to step it up for gender equality. We have waited long enough!” With this call to action, global women leaders gathered at the high-level event on “Women in power and decision-making: Building a different world,” held in Santiago, Chile, on 27–28 February 2015.