GAD News Feed for March 7 - March 13, 2015


March 7 – 13, 2015

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PS/March 13, 2015/Entertainment/ Bibsy M. Carballo

Women celebrate superiority over men

It was one early morning in the ‘70s, when all women had won their right to be superior over their husbands and men in general. This was the three-day celebration of The Summer Solstice more popularly known as Tadtarin or Tatarin. The event had been written as a short story by Nick Joaquin at a period in our history when men and women were referred to as Dons and Donyas, and Senyoras and Senyoritas. Later on, Joaquin turned the story into a play titled Tatarin: A Witches Sabbath in Three Acts, which much later was adapted for the screen by Tikoy Aguiluz with Edu Manzano, Rica Peralejo and Dina Bonnevie in the cast and titled Tatarin.

PDI/March 13, 2015/Business/ Queena N. Lee-Chua

Help! Are women poor in Math and Finance?—Part 1


My main problem is this: My brothers feel that women are not as good as men in Math. My middle brother, an engineer, says that no woman has ever won a Nobel Prize in Math, unlike men such as Alan Turing. Do you think this is true?

MB/March 13, 2015/Provincial/ Freddie G. Lazaro

‘Kinni-kinni’ dance parade draws thousands

Laoag City, Ilocos Norte – Thousands of women from all local government units (LGUs) and various groups in the province joined the “kinni-kinni” dance parade here in a bid to stamp out domestic violence.

PS/March 12, 2015/Entertainment/ Boy Abunda

Women’s Tree of Justice launched

The 1976 Lino Brocka’s classic Insiang revolves around the story of Insiang (Hilda Koronel) whose mother Tonya (Mona Lisa) takes a young lover Dado (Ruel Vernal) under her wings despite their overwhelming poverty in the slums of Tondo. Insiang is raped by Dado but her cry for help to her mother fell on deaf ears. Insiang is forced to take revenge at those who have made her life miserable. Insiang’s poignant story continues to happen in real life. It can be the story of anyone and of countless women and children who suffer violence and exploitation.

MB/March 12, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/AP

As race for UN chief begins, new campaigns demand a woman


United Nations— At a private working lunch for the five most powerful members of the United Nations Security Council, the conversation turned to the question of the next UN secretary-general.

MB/March 12, 2015/World/AP

Prominent women plan to walk Korean DMZ


United Nations — Making a dramatic statement in Korean relations, Gloria Steinem and other prominent women on Wednesday announced their intention to walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to call for reunification.

MB/March 12, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/AP

UN chief urges equality for women

United Nations— UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon challenged all governments Monday to reach the goal of equality for women by the year 2030, saying the key is getting men to change their “mindsets.”

MB/March 12, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/Jose Abeto Zaide

Women power, tax-free, and freebie

The APEC Policy Partnership on Women and Economy (APEC PPWE) cited six Filipino companies out of 48 “exemplary” organizations increasing opportunities for women. One company listed was from Thailand; two each from South Korea, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Singapore; three each from Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Vietnam; four from Chinese Taipei; five each from Japan and Malaysia; seven from USA.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW? The Filipina who rocks the cradle rocks. DepEd records reveal women power in education: 423,549 teachers (86.3% of 491,338 total) in public elementary and high schools throughout the country are women. Male teachers make up 67,789 (13.7 %).

BW/March 12, 2015/Opinion/Amina Rasul

Radicalization of Muslim Mindanao: Hear us Muslim women

Happy Women’s Month! I have been receiving a lot of questions about the prospects of peace in Muslim Mindanao, the links between the Moro Islamic Liberation and ISIS, the radicalization of Muslim youths, whether the Bangsamoro Basic Law will result in Muslim Mindanao becoming an Islamic state, among others. I thought to share with you an updated version of a paper that I had read at a conference in Washington, DC, a decade ago.

PDI/March 11, 2015/News/ Anselmo Roque

Women’s unheralded role in rice farming

As a babysitter in Hong Kong, Margarita Allado was earning P9,000 monthly for two years. In 1992, she decided to come home in Ilocos Norte province to help her husband tend their 1.5-hectare rice farm in the village of Pias Norte in Currimao town.

MT/March 11, 2015/Opinion/ Katrina Stuart Santiago

The daughter, wife as politicos #WomensMonth2015

IT was off-putting seeing Congresswoman Leni Robredo speaking on Tina Monzon-Palma’s Talkback on the ABS-CBN News Channel, which is not a judgment on what she was saying, which all sounded good. Save for her belief in the conditional cash-transfer program and the Budget Department’s bottom-up budgeting, Robredo proved her mettle in handling women rights and protection issues, not just by knowing the law, but by actually speaking to women on the ground, and knowing the kinds of lives they live.

MB/March 11, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/AFP

More than men: Climate change a major woman’s problem


Geneva, Switzerland — Men and women may not always be on the same footing but you would think both sexes would be equal in the face of gigantic floods, typhoons or droughts. Think again.

MB/March 11, 2015/Provincial/Tara Yap

Maternal deaths in Western Visayas on the rise


Iloilo City – The Department of Health in Region VI (DOH-6) has noted an increase in the number of maternal deaths in recent years.

MB/March 11, 2015/Featured story/AP

Afghanistan’s only woman taxi driver steers change


MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — Sara Bahai’s decision to become Afghanistan’s only known female taxi driver was motivated less by ideals of equality than by the need to support an extended family — and a love of driving that has confined her conservative detractors to the rear-view mirror.

MB/March 11, 2015/Panorama

Chivalry is dead and women killed it


It’d take a miracle (or the body of Scarlett Johansson) for a woman to get a seat in a crowded MRT these days. Men won’t offer you the seats they fought elbows and fists for, for two hours, even if you stare at them with daggers in your eyes from Taft to North Avenue.

PS/March 10, 2015/Opinion/Domini M. Torrevillas

Women’s turn

The Philippine Commission on Women, under the leadership of Remy Rikken, issued a statement as the nation celebrates Women’s Day and Women’s International Month (the month of March).  “Women make up almost half of the entire Philippine population but disparities in women and men’s representation in leadership levels still persist,” says PCW.

PDI/March 10, 2015/News/DJ Yap

9 women shave heads to protest CARP delay


MANILA, Philippines–Nine women had their heads shaved bald at the gates of the House of Representatives in Quezon City to send a message about the sacrifices of farmers against landed interests, including lawmakers who are landowners themselves.

MT/March 10, 2015/News/AFP

Japan must settle sex slavery dispute

TOKYO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday urged Japan to resolve issues surrounding Tokyo’s system of wartime sex slavery, her second foray into the delicate issue of East Asia’s history.

MT/March 10, 2015/News/ Belly M. Otordoz

Women movement launched in Gumaca

GUMACA, Quezon: The women of the third district of Quezon made a show of force at the launching on Saturday night of 4K (Kababaihan, Kabalikatan para sa Kapakanan at Kaunlaran ng Bayan), a women’s group conceptualized by Rep. Angelina “Helen” Tan of the 4th District of the province, at the Batching Plant, Barangay Camohaguin of this town.

MT/March 10, 2015/News

Instituto Cervantes celebrates Women’s Month with ‘Female Filmmakers’

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 10, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/Florangel Rosario Braid

Celebrating International Women’s Day

March 8 – International Women’s Day IWD) – was celebrated worldwide with the usual marches, forums, and awards ceremonies, many of which were intended to remind everyone of the importance of recognizing the rights of womenfolk who make up half of the population of the world.

MB/March 10, 2015/Entertainment news/Rowena Tan

Richard Yap upholds women’s rights

‘Even if you are angry, you shouldn’t use abuse as your defense’


While women’s role in society has evolved, actor Richard Yap believes violence against women remains rampant even in the Philippines.This includes physical and emotional violence, sexual exploitation, trafficking, rape and discrimination in the workplace. “Women who are abused and victimized need help,” he said in explaining his acceptance of endorsing Avon’s Speak out against Domestic Violence (SOADV), which focuses on ending violence towards women.

MT/March 10, 2015/Opinion/ Chit Juan

Celebrating women

In celebration of International Women’s Month, we pay tribute to women great and small. Women who make a difference.

MST/March 10, 2015/Opinion/ Bong Austero

Beyond high heels

o express solidarity with women, a number of men walked in high heels last Friday, March 6, in various parades held in the cities of Quezon, Cebu, Davao and in La Trinidad, Benguet.  This was the second year that the activity called “In Her Shoes” was held in this country (similar campaigns have been held in other countries), but the presence of actor Dingdong Dantes this year provided publicity mileage;  most media networks picked the story and the picture of Dantes and his group of men walking precariously on high heels became viral over the weekend.

MB/March 10, 2015/Lifestyle

Empowering Women with a Healthy and Cancer-free Future


Avon chief executive officer Sheri McCoy is still over the moon long after the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York is over. Last year, she led thousands of people in the call to raise awareness to fight the disease. “When I participate in the walks and I am out on the streets of New York with thousands of walkers, I’m always so proud of the work our company does and how many lives are changed with the support and funding we provide,” McCoy declares.

PS/March 9, 2015/World/ Verena Dobnik

New York City marks International Women's Day with march



NEW YORK — Thousands of men and women from around the world gathered Sunday outside the United Nations to mark International Women's Day with a march to Times Square, joining voices globally demanding gender equity.

PS/March 9, 2015/Headlines/ Delon Porcalla

‘Women are pillars of Philippine economy’

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang yesterday joined the world in celebrating the annual International Women’s Day by recognizing the importance of women in nation-building. “The government recognizes the role of women and their contribution in our society. The women in our society contribute greatly to our economy,” Press Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

PDI/March 9, 2015/Cebu Daily News/ Michelle Joy L. Padayhag

Women told: Don’t compete with your husbands

BE your husband’s intercessor. This was the advice of Gina Go-Osmeña to women who attended the “Colour Me Ladies Conference 2015” last Saturday.

PDI/March 9, 2015/Lifestyle

PDI columnist named women’s champion

MANILA, Philippines–Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Rina Jimenez-David was among the 15 journalists honored by a global advocacy organization for championing the health and rights of girls and women through their reporting.

PDI/March 9, 2015/News/ Jasmin Nario-Galace

Women count for peace

The call to replace Teresita Quintos Deles and Miriam Coronel Ferrer as government peace negotiators because they are supposedly taking the side of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Mamasapano discourse is distressing.

PDI/March 9, 2015/News/The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

114 women murdered by husbands, boyfriends in 2014


A total of 114 women were murdered by their husbands or boyfriends last year, according to statistics by Korea Women’s Hot Line, a Seoul-based women’s rights advocacy group, released Saturday.

MT/March 9, 2015/News/ Mayvelin U. Caraballo

‘Invest to create jobs, control population’

Private analysts said the key to reducing poverty in the Philippines is in the hands of the government and must use it to unlock more inclusive growth: control the rise in population, reform government agencies and enhance the climate for investment that creates jobs.

MT/March 9, 2015/News/ AFP

Rape report banned in India

NEW DELHI: An Indian news network ran a blank screen for an hour in protest at a controversial government ban on airing a documentary about the savage gang-rape of a Delhi student.

MB/March 9, 2015/Provincial/

Ferdinand F. Castro

Women’s exhibit

Sta. Rosa City, Laguna — The City Social and Welfare Development Office (CSWDO) has opened a photo and livelihood products exhibit at the city hall lobby in celebration of the National Women’s Month with the theme “Desisyon mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na.”

MB/March 9, 2015/Metro/Czarina Nicole O. Ong

RRCG Bus joins PINK4 project for elderly, PWDs


The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) PINK4 Project (Para sa Interes ng Kababaihan, Kabataan at may Kapansanan), gained additional support from RRCG Bus, Inc., which vowed to back the initiative aimed at giving due priority and assistance to women, children, senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) during rush hours.

MB/March 9, 2015/Provincial/Sheen Crisologo

Army awards 2 lady cannoneers

Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija — Two distinguished lady cannoneers were honored during the Army’s 79th Founding Anniversary over the weekend in conjunction with the celebration of Women’s Month.

MB/March 9, 2015/World/Dow Jones

‘We hang our heads in shame’ – Modi


New Delhi— At a time when women’s rights and men’s attitudes toward rape have returned to the forefront of public debate in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that, “our heads hang in shame when we hear of instances of crime against women.”

MB/March 9, 2015/World/AP

In shakeup, women get top spots in Israeli political parties


JERUSALEM — A minor revolution is underway in Israel, with the female candidates catapulting to the top of party lists across the political spectrum ahead of the country’s March 17 election, setting them up to claim key positions of power in the next government like never before.

MB/March 9, 2015/Entertainment News/Reuters

Actress Emma Watson urges more men to fight for gender equality


LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – British actress Emma Watson urged more men and boys on Sunday to take a stand for women’s rights and be proud to be feminists in a bid to add momentum to a global campaign to unite men and women for gender equality.

MB/March 9, 2015/Provincial/Mike U. Crismundo

Women’s Month

Kidapawan City – Hundreds of women development activists belonging to the North Cotabato Provincial Gender Multi-Sector Council (PGSMC) launched yesterday commemorative activities with an early morning motorcade from the city downtown proper towards the provincial government capitol complex at barangay Amas here.

MB/March 9, 2015/National/ Charissa Luci

Gina de Venecia leads today’s House session on women’s welfare (Part two)


The 290-man Lower Chamber, led by woman legislators will commend 100-year-old former Senator Helena Zoila Benitez “for her dynamic role in uplifting the status of women in the Philippines” in a special session today, Monday, as part of the celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s Role in History Month.

BW/March 9, 2015/Opinion/Ma. Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza

Women’s rights: A narrative snapshot

“WOMEN’S RIGHTS are human rights” may not be as catchy and politically radical nowadays compared to over four decades ago when it had to be claimed, demanded and acknowledged. In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 1975 as International Women’s Year (IWY) within the ambit of the Second United Nations Development Decade to push for “the encouragement of the full integration of women in the development effort.” The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was tasked to develop the program for the IWY, which included convening the first World Conference on Women in 1975.

BW/March 9, 2015/World

Too few women at the top -- report

NEW YORK -- Three women with global clout -- Hillary Clinton, Melinda Gates and Chelsea Clinton -- released a sweeping report on Monday showing that women are still far from winning equality in leadership positions.

BW/March 9, 2015/World/AFP

Church of England’s first female bishop starts work

LONDON -- The Church of England’s first female bishop was to preach her maiden sermon in the role on Sunday as she is installed in her home diocese. Libby Lane was appointed in December as the new bishop of Stockport, a town outside Manchester in northwest England.

BM/March 9, 2015/Opinion/Edgardo Angara

Bridging the gender gap

IN 1937 the Philippines became among the first nations in the Asia-Pacific region to usher in universal suffrage, affirming via plebiscite a woman’s right to vote and run for public office.

BM/March 9, 2015/Features/LA Times

Why are women leaving the tech sector in droves?

According to the industry group, computing jobs will more than double by 2020, to 1.4 million. If women continue to leave the field, an already dire shortage of qualified tech workers will grow worse. Last summer Google, Facebook, Apple and other big tech companies released figures showing that men outnumbered women four to one or more in their technical sectors.

PS/March 8, 2015/Editorial

EDITORIAL - Best place for women

n recent years the Philippines has consistently ranked high in studies on gender equality. The latest MasterCard Worldwide Index of Women’s Advancement reported that despite being better educated, women in the Asia-Pacific region generally still lagged behind men in taking on leadership roles in politics and business. But the annual index ranked the Philippines among the four best countries for women along with New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.

PS/March 8, 2015/Headlines/Sheila Crisostomo

Women’s rights: Significant progress made, but still slow


MANILA, Philippines - While there have been “remarkable advances” in promoting the human rights of women and girls and their full participation in society in the past 20 years, the overall progress has been “unacceptably slow” and gender discrimination still persists across the globe, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

PS/March 8, 2015/Lifestyle/Mons Romulo

What is your advice to working women?

Women now play a  bigger role in every field, from politics to business, medicine, engineering and entertainment. Gone are the days when it would surprise people to see women working. As we celebrate Women’s Month this March I interviewed successful women from different fields to share with us how they conquered the world that used to be only for men.

MB/March 8, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/Reuters

Reuters-Ipsos poll: Hillary Clinton’s focus on women’s pay may resonate broadly


Washington,  DC, United States — A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that about two-thirds of Americans believe men are generally paid more than women, a finding that suggests that Democrat Hillary Clinton’s message on pay inequality could resonate broadly with Americans should she run for president in 2016.

MB/March 8, 2015/World/AP

Ukrainian fighters trade in boots for heels


Donetsk, Ukraine — Trading in their combat boots and fatigues for high heels and ball gowns, female rebel fighters who normally fight Ukrainian soldiers took Saturday off to take part in a beauty pageant. The event was organized by self-proclaimed authorities in the rebel-held city of Donetsk on the eve of International Women’s Day, which is widely celebrated throughout the former Soviet Union.

MB/March 8, 2015/Business

PLDT supports women-led SMEs

PLDT SME Nation, the business unit of PLDT focusing on SMEs, has spearheaded a campaign that seeks to support women-led small enterprises by providing them with a platform and a network  to make them more successful. PLDT SME Nation in partnership with PLDT Smart Foundation, Business & Professional Women (BPW) Makati and IBM Philippines kick-off Women’s Month celebrations with the launch of the GREAT Women ICT Platform.

MB/March 8, 2015/National/ Charissa Luci

Woman lawmakers call for justice and equality (Part I)


The 79 woman lawmakers will mark the Lower Chamber’s celebration of the International Women’s Day tomorrow, Monday, with a session where they will bring attention to issues affecting women.

MB/March 8, 2015/Panorama

La Revolucion Filipinas

If there’s one thing certain about Philippine history, it’s that women have always played a significant role in our society—not just as indomitable matriarchs who ran their households with the precision and firmness of a ship captain, but as businesswomen, revolutionaries, and pioneers in their fields.

MB/March 8, 2015/Panorama

Feminism is not a dirty word

Late last year, a group called “Diego Silang Movement” reacted to Sen. Pia Cayetano’s statement that “men do not need the same protection that the Anti-Violence Against Women law affords to women.” According to the group, men are also subjected to domestic violence, and that it is admirable that men would not hurt their wives when they can very easily do so.

MB/March 8, 2015/Panorama

Breaking out of the glass cage

When I was a college student at the University of the Philippines, I was quite smug about my position on prostitution. I thought that the most progressive stand to take was to legalize the sex industry—to allow the women to do what they wanted to. And I felt hipper when men around me had the same position. I felt embarrassed about this standpoint when I came face-to-face with these women. The women in prostitution.

MB/March 8, 2015/Panorama

15 Women of 2015

In celebration of International Women’s Month, MB Lifestyle is honored to present the 15 women who empower, inspire, and make a difference.

BW/March 8, 2015/Opinion/Carol Pagaduan-Araullo

Marching for authentic change

AS OF THIS WRITING, two marches was scheduled to take place on March 8. One was the annual celebration of International Women’s Day led by the militant women of Gabriela. The other is the “March for Justice for SAF 44” organized by the alumni association of the Philippine National Police Academy, with its tangential reference to women through a call for solidarity with the widows left behind by the slain Special Action Force commandoes.

PS/March 7, 2015/Nation

Australian 'pedophile' charged for murder, rape of Filipino children


The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday night filed criminal charges against a suspected Australian pedophile who have sexually abused children in the Philippines for over a decade.

PDI/March 7, 2015/News

Too few women in politics—Pia Cayetano

MANILA, Philippines—There are too few women in politics, according to Sen. Pia Cayetano, who called on political parties to field more women candidates in the 2016 elections to give them a greater role in charting the country’s course.

MB/March 7, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/ Former Senator Edgardo J. Angara

The fight for women’s equality

March 8 marks International Women’s Day (IWD), first celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland as a multi-country campaign for women’s rights to work, education, suffrage, and political participation. IWD has since become a global celebration of the continuing struggle for women’s equality.

MB/March 7, 2015/Metro/PNA

Free LRT, MRT rides for women today


Female passengers will get free rides at the Light Rail Transit Lines 1 and 2 and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 during specified time windows today, in line with the worldwide commemoration of International Women’s Day.

MB/March 7, 2015/Provincial/Sarah C. Imperial

Women’s Day Jobs, Trade Fair

Naga City — Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni G. Robredo opens today the two-day trade and jobs fair called “Asenso Tercer DistritoTrade and Jobs Fair,” at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum, to mark the International Women’s Month.

MB/March 7, 2015/Business/Lee C. Chipongian

Asian women not saving enough for their retirement – HSBC survey


Most Asian women are not preparing enough for their retirement due in part to high cost of living and a diminishing source of savings and investment, according to a survey conducted by HSBC.

MB/March 7, 2015/Business/Reuters

Toyota promotes foreigners, first woman, to top posts


Tokyo– Toyota Motor Corp.  promoted more foreigners to senior posts, including the first woman and first African-American to hold executive titles, diversifying a management team long dominated by Japanese men.

MB/March 7, 2015/National/Tessa Distor

‘6 Filipino companies among the best for women’, APEC says


Six Filipino companies were listed among Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) “Leading Companies for Women”.  APEC selected 48 “exemplary” companies and organizations that will share efforts in increasing opportunities for women.

MB/March 7, 2015/Latest News/AFP

‘Man-made’ climate change a major woman’s problem


Men and women may not always be on the same footing but you would think both sexes would be equal in the face of gigantic floods, typhoons or droughts. Think again.

MB/March 7, 2015/National/Genalyn D. Kabiling & AP

In PH, low number of women in politics decried


The government is hoping that more women will run for public office in the 2016 elections to increase the participation of women in policy and decision-making for national development.

MB/March 7, 2015/Lifestyle

The first embrace

Every year, we lose far too many newborn lives for reasons that we can actually prevent. This unfortunate fact is what the World Health Organization (WHO) Region for the Western Pacific hopes to change through the launch of First Embrace—a campaign highlighting simple steps that will save more than 50,000 newborn lives, and prevent hundreds of thousands of complications each year from unsafe practices in newborn care in the region.

BM/March 7, 2015/Science/Rizal Raoul Reyes

Nobel Laureate Yonath: Gender not an issue to excel in science

A visiting female Nobel Laureate said gender is not an issue when an individual wants to pursue and excel in science. At her recent lecture at De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila, Prof. Ada Yonath, the Nobel Laureate for Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, said women can be good scientists because science is not gender-biased.

BM/March 7, 2015/Biodiversity

Women’s Day: Women and the environment

Women have made milestones in various sectors, such as business, health, education, media, and peace and security. Through the years, women achieved so much in their fight for gender equality, but still many serious gaps remain.

BM/March 7, 2015/Nation/Jonathan L. Mayuga

State think tank calls for women empowerment

State think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) underscored the need for the government and the private sector to empower women and woman-entrepreneurs in the country.


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IPS News/March 13, 2015/ Kanya D'Almeida

Meet the 10 Women Who Will Stop at Nothing

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - On Apr. 6, 2013, Nadia Sharmeen, a crime reporter, was assigned to cover a rally organised by Hefazat-e-Islam, an association of fundamentalist Islamic groups in Bangladesh whose demands included a call to revoke the proposed National Women Development Policy.

UN Women/March 12, 2015

Press release: Women’s Empowerment Principles Stakeholders Call for New UN-Business Paradigm

(New York, 11 March 2015) – Over 300 participants from business, Government, civil society and the UN who gathered for the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) event, Unlimited Potential: Business Partners for Gender Equality, concluded the annual meeting by making an historic call to companies and Governments everywhere to scale up efforts to achieve gender equality, advance economic prosperity and realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

IPS News/March 12, 2015/ Josh Butler

U.N. Audience Shocked by Sexual Health, Abortion Statistics

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Audible gasps echoed through the United Nations’ Trusteeship Council chamber on Tuesday, with audiences told the grim impacts of unsafe reproductive practices on women worldwide.

APC/March 12, 2015

Research findings on technology-based violence against women to be launched at 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) has organised the panel Ending violence against women online: Effective responses to promote women’s rights and safety to be held on Friday 13 March at 10:30 AM at the Armenian Convention Center, New York, as a side event at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

UN Women/March 11, 2015

Press release: Galvanizing global attention, world leaders, celebrities and activists unveil Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality

At a star-studded event today in New York City, high-powered speakers took the stage to put out a clarion call: a firm expiry date of 2030 for gender inequality, with real equality being nothing short of 50-50. The packed Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality event was a UN Women-hosted celebration for the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

UN Women/March 11, 2015

The ‘7-Day Brief’ Competition rallies creatives in MENA in support of UN Women

Dubai, 11 March – In support of UN Women’s mission to end violence against women, Google partnered with the Dubai Lynx for the 7-Day Brief Competition powered by YouTube. The competition, now in its third year, dispatched a brief to the creative community across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) inviting them to create a 60-second video in just seven days that raises awareness about this social cause.

IPS News/March 11, 2015/ Thalif Deen

U.S. Honours 10 “Extraordinary Women” for Courage and Leadership

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Speaking at a ceremony to honour 10 “extraordinary women” from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America for their exceptional courage and leadership in advocating peace, justice, human rights and gender empowerment, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom cited the former president of Malawi Dr. Joyce Banda, recognised at the United Nations as a relentless advocate for women’s rights.

UN Women/March 10, 2015

Press release: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Hillary Clinton and Business Leaders Call for Women’s Economic Empowerment and Rights

At the 59th Commission on the Status of Women an unprecedented number of business leaders, UN Member States and civil society organizations gathered for the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) event, Unlimited Potential: Business Partners for Gender Equality, to promote the business case for involving women at every level and the need for all stakeholders, including business, to be strategic partners for gender equality and sustainable development.

UN Women/March 10, 2015

Press release: Closing the gender gap in education

Paris/New York - Empowering adolescent girls and young women through education is the aim – and the name – of a programme launched in New York today by UNESCO, UN Women, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank

UN Women/March 10, 2015

Press release: Sluggish progress on women in politics will hamper development

Geneva/New York - The Women in Politics 2015 Map launched by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women today shows that although the numbers of women in executive government and in parliament continue to inch forward, the slow rate of progress will severely check global development plans due to be adopted later this year.

IPS News/March 10, 2015/ Roger Hamilton-Martin

Equality Is a Matter of Human Rights

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Gender equality in political, economic and social arenas is a matter of human rights, said Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury on Monday to civil society organisations, ambassadors and activists in New York.

IPS News/March 10, 2015/ Josh Butler

U.N. Says Maternal Mortality Rate Has Nearly Halved since 1990

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The global rate of maternal deaths is reducing faster than any time in history, according to a new report presented to the United Nations on Tuesday.

APC/March 10, 2015/ Lisa García and Flavia Fascendini

Foundation for Media Alternatives contributes to Philippine alternative report on women, media and ICT for CSW 59

“Women, media, and information/communication technology” is the title of the report that Filipino civil society organisations put together to be shared at the discussions taking place at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59) in New York, from 9 to 20 March 2015.

UN Women/March 9, 2015

Stock exchanges ring their opening bells for gender equality

New York– In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and International Women’s Day, stock exchanges from around the world joined UN Women, the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative in supporting gender equality and highlighting the pivotal role of the private sector in empowering women.

UN Women/March 9, 2015

Press release: Governments commit to scale-up investments in women’s empowerment

New York—Government ministers and representatives today issued a political declaration with actions to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment by 2030, including through significantly increased investment to close existing wide shortfalls.

ILO/March 9, 2015

Global survey shows rising women’s participation in cooperatives

GENEVA (ILO News) – An online survey conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Co-operative Alliance shows 75 per cent of survey respondents feel that women’s participation in co-operatives has increased over the past 20 years.

APC/March 9, 2015/ Flavia Fascendini for

Research results are out! From impunity to justice: Exploring corporate and legal remedies for technology-related violence against women

PERGAMINO 9 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for new series of reports by the Association for Progressive Communications presents findings from a multi-country research project on technology-related violence against women. The research – which reveals a lack of access to justice for survivors – highlights the voices and experiences of women who have faced technology-related VAW and sought justice through state agencies and internet intermediaries. The research identifies available legal remedies, and analyses their strengths and limitations.

APWLD/March 8, 2015

International Women’s Day 2015 in a critical year for women around the world

This year 2015 marks a significant opportunity to advance women’s rights. There are 7 critical processes that have aligned this year where women need to assert and participate to ensure that commitments to women’s rights are kept and governments remain accountable to their promises. These are: 1) Finalising the Post 2015 development agenda; 2) reviewing the progress of the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing plus 20); 3) Climate Summit in Paris (COP 21); 4) formation of ASEAN Economic Community; 5) promulgation of a binding treaty on transnational corporations; 6) negotiation on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement; 7) Review of implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.