GAD News Feed for March 14 - March 20, 2015


March 14 – 20, 2015

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PS/March 20, 2015/ Lifestyle/ Samantha King

Women versus our laws

Contrary to what most people have increasingly come to believe, laws don’t just fall from the sky. They are the products of actual people who actually sit behind their desks, pens in hand, mulling over the various ways to complicate human life. More often than not, these people don’t write the words, don’t do the drudge work when it comes to assessing the facts. And yet, when faced with the strong arm of the law, we immediately presume its divine infallibility. To err is human, and in the law, there’s plenty of room for error. Especially where women are concerned.

PDI/March 20, 2015/ News

Google Developer Group PH presents Women Techmakers 2015


MANILA, Philippines—Google Developer Group Philippines proudly presents this year’s Women Techmakers, Google’s global program for women in technology, with the theme “Connect. Create. Celebrate.” In its second year in the country, Women Techmakers provides visibility, community and resources for women in technology to drive innovation and participation in the field.

MT/March 20, 2015/Business/ Moje Ramos-Aquino

Should we send our women workers abroad?

NEXT week I shall represent the Employers Confederation of the Philippines at the 9th Session of the Sub-Regional Advisory Committee (SURAC) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The main topic is migration … I still strongly advocate that no Filipina, single or with young children, should be allowed to work abroad for their own safety and protection and to reduce the social costs of migration.

MB/March 20, 2015/ Opinions and Editorials/ Alex M. Eduque

Of wonder and women

March is officially women’s month. And as a woman, I think it is an extreme honor. After all, history has it that women did not always have a prominent place in society, nor were we always as empowered. And today, there’s a whole month devoted to us! I’d like to believe though that it doesn’t change the fact though that women have always been capable. And despite society being much more welcoming and liberal in the present day, cultural norms (or remnants of the past thereof) regarding a woman’s “rightful” role still loom that make some question their choices and decisions.

BM/March 20, 2015/Lifestyle/ Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo

A woman for women

BERNADETTE FATIMA ROMULO PUYAT, undersecretary for special concerns at the Department of Agriculture (DA), tells a very funny story about one of her travels to the hinterlands of Mindanao to speak with Manobo tribeswomen … And the DA, with some P1.9 billion in its kitty allocated this year specifically for Gender and Development (GAD), is making sure the women in the countryside are getting all the help they need. (Under the Magna Carta for Women, all government agencies are supposed to allocate 5 percent of their budget for women development programs.)

MB/March 19, 2015/Provincial/Tara Yap

Media gender training

Iloilo City – Activities marking National Women’s Month in March included members of Iloilo media undergoing gender sensitivity training.

MB/March 19, 2015/World/AFP

‘Crisis’ in girls’ education – Michelle Obama


Tokyo — Michelle Obama spoke Thursday of a ”crisis” gripping the world as she launched an initiative to help get girls into education, on the second day of her trip to Japan.

BW/March 19, 2015/Opinion/Amina Rasul

Radicalization of Muslim Mindanao: Why democracy is essential

WHAT CAN WE Muslim women do, especially those of us who are in areas of conflict and who belong to minority communities? My parents believed in equality between men and women, citing the relationship between the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his wife Khadija. My mother, a former senator, taught all her sons and daughters to cook, go to market, and keep a clean house. My late father, a former Cabinet member and ambassador, supported all his children’s participation in extra-curricular activities. A political leader, he encouraged my mother to enter politics once he saw her potential.

BM/March 19, 2015/Business/ Mercedes B. Suleik

The feminine genius

THE month of March has been traditionally observed as Women’s Month, and, once again, the issue of gender discrimination rears its head. Women’s rights are tossed about, particularly in relation to the raucous activism of “feminists” as juxtaposed against women’s beliefs, their faith, and their cultural and traditional inclinations, often tauntingly termed as medieval impositions (read Catholic Church) on unenlightened women.

BM/March 19, 2015/Top news/ Cai Ordinario

PHL told to reshape food policies

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is urging middle-income countries, like the Philippines, to reshape their food system to attain food security for all. In its 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report, the IFPRI said food systems can be reshaped by focusing on nutrition and health, closing the gender gap in agriculture and improving rural infrastructure.

BM/March 19, 2015/World/ AP

Rape of nun, church attacks make Indian Christians anxious

NEW DELHI—India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that he was “deeply concerned” about the recent rape of a nun and the destruction of a church, but Christian groups said his words did little to dispel the fear gripping the tiny community since his rightwing Hindu government came to power.

PDI/March 18, 2015/News/AFP

4 Aeta women go to India, back as solar engineers


MANILA, Philippines–Six months flitted like a dream for four Aeta grandmothers who traveled 4,800 kilometers to undergo free training in India and are now officially solar engineers. Wearing shades and cheerfully recalling their experience at Barefoot College in Rajasthan, India, the four were a far cry from the group of introverts who left in September last year.

MB/March 18, 2015/World/AFP

Breastfeeding leads to higher IQ, earnings later


Paris — People breastfed as infants have higher intelligence scores in adulthood, and higher earnings, according to a study published Wednesday that tracked the development of 3,500 newborns over 30 years.

MB/March 18, 2015/Lifestyle/ Jonathan Kevin Castillo

A few good women

Women of power and substance are a rarity in the world of technology, that is, if we talked about them alongside the likes of Gates and Jobs.

BM/March 18, 2015/Business/Bloomberg News

Cambodia garment workers face routine rights abuse, report says

CAMBODIA’S government and global clothing brands need to do more to protect garment workers from abuses such as forced overtime and discrimination, a rights group said … “Cambodian women working in the garment industry face a daily onslaught of harassment and abuse, and when they try to defend their rights by forming a union, they often get fired,” Phil Robertson, the group’s deputy Asia director said by e-mail.

BW/March 18, 2015/Art & Culture

Women photographers

ON WOMEN’S MONTH, Filipino women photographers have gathered to showcase their works in an exhibit entitled Talâ ng Tala at the Oarhouse Pub of Manila.

PDI/March 17, 2015/Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

Women’s voices and ‘dignity kits’

Men’s voices overwhelm in all the talk around conflict and peace in Mindanao—the passage (or nonpassage) of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), who is to blame for the Mamasapano incident, the trustworthiness of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, even the various arms available for use by both military and rebels (a subject that Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Vicente Sotto devoted many energetic minutes to during an exchange on the Senate floor).

PDI/March 17, 2015/Sports

PSC women’s aquathlon slated

MANILA, Philippines—In celebration of Women’s Month, the Philippine Sports Commission will stage “Atleta Ako” aquathlon on March 22 at Philsports Complex Pasig for females who want to compete in a swim-run event for the first time.

PDI/March 17, 2015/Lifestyle/Cory Quirino

The heart of a woman

Celebrating Women’s Month in March is a good reason for women all over the world to focus on themselves. But in truth, the importance and crucial role of women should be recognized every day of every month. While the function of a woman’s heart is the same as a man’s, there is a basic difference in their size. A man’s heart is physically bigger than that of a woman. Scientists have also discovered that gender differences between the hearts of men and women includes sensitivity.

MT/March 17, 2015/Expats & Diplomats

Ambassador Goldberg honors women in video series

Celebrating the month of March as Women’s History Month, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg pays tribute to the extraordinary contributions of Filipino and American women in a video series called “#WonderWomen.”

BM/March 17, 2015/World/Bloomberg News

Iran’s rights, women violations worse under Rouhani, UN says

UNITED NATIONS—Violations of human rights and oppression of minorities and women in Iran have worsened under President Hassan Rouhani, who took office as a moderate promising to improve the lives of Iranians, a United Nations inspector said.

PDI/March 16, 2015/News/Maila Ager

Senate adopts resolution recognizing women achievers

MANILA, Philippines — In celebration of Women’s Month this March, the Senate adopted on Monday a resolution recognizing women for their valuable contributions to society, particularly citing 14 women achievers and an all-woman mountaineering team. The resolution introduced by Senator Pia Cayetano seeks to honor the economic, political and social achievements of Filipina women while calling for greater gender equality in the society.

MST/March 16, 2015/World news/AFP

Women key in tackling disaster, say UN officials

SENDAI, Japan—Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their front line roles in the home and in health care, the UN says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives.

MB/March 16, 2015/Latest news/AFP

Thousands to rally in India over nun gang-rape


Thousands are expected to join a rally led by priests in India’s Kolkata later Monday in support of a 71-year-old nun who was gang-raped at her convent school, the city’s archbishop said.

MB/March 16, 2015/Lifestyle

Body of stories

Their bodies have become the canvases on which freelance photographer Jake Versoza weaves his latest visual story. On view from March 26 to April 30 at Silverlens Galleries, the photo exhibition chronicles, in beautiful, black-and-white portraits, the lives of the “The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga.” His stunning photographs of women, whose patterned skins tell their stories of triumph and struggles, reveal the spirit of the elusive Kalinga tribe.

BW/March 16, 2015/World/AFP

Thousands to rally in India over nun gang rape

KOLKATA -- Thousands are expected to join a rally led by priests in India’s Kolkata later on Monday in support of a 71-year-old nun who was gang-raped at her convent school, the city’s archbishop said.

PS/March 15, 2015/Headlines/ Rhodina Villanueva

Loren pushes women’s role in disaster risk reduction

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Loren Legarda chaired yesterday the High Level Multi-stakeholder Partnership Dialogue on Mobilizing Women’s Leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Sendai, Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered the keynote speech at the same event, one of the important dialogues at the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

PDI/March 15, 2015/Lifestyle

Brave women take spotlight at Inquirer Read-Along

MANILA, Philippines—Tales celebrating the strength and bravery of women took center stage at the special Inquirer Read-Along session Saturday, which coincided with International Women’s Month. Featured storytellers in the special session at the Inquirer Makati office were celebrity mom and TV5 actress Danica Sotto-Pingris, former Miss Earth executive director and Read-Along ambassador Cathy Untalan-Vital, and Sophia School principal Ann Abacan.

PDI/March 15, 2015/News/ Ador Vincent S. Mayol

Vice mayor cleared of sexual harassment

CEBU CITY—Vice Mayor John Jonah Ungab of Ronda town can heave a sigh of relief—for now. The Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office dismissed for lack of evidence a sexual harassment complaint filed by his student, Claire (not her real name). “It is elementary in law that he who alleges must prove his case. Bare assertion are not evidence at all,” Prosecutor Ma. Theresa Casiño said in ruling that there was not enough proof to indict Ungab, a lawyer and law professor of Southwestern University (SWU) College of Law since 2002.

MST/March 15, 2015/Lifestyle

Women are generally less concerned about cyberthreats, Kaspersky Lab survey shows

According to the results of a survey carried out by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, female Internet users are less concerned about protecting themselves against online threats than men.

MST/March 15, 2015/World news/AFP

China considering changes in one-child policy

BEIJING—China is considering further changes to its family planning laws, Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday, after a relaxation in the “one child policy” failed to see significantly more babies being born.

MB/March 15, 2015/Provincial

Outstanding women

Davao Del Norte (PIA) – The Provincial Women’s Council (PWC) of Davao del Norte will honor on March 24 at the RDR Gym, 20 outstanding women during culmination program of the National Women’s Month.

MB/March 15, 2015/National/ Francis T. Wakefield

CJ Sereno: Craft BBL well to withstand legal scrutiny


A framer of the 1987 Constitution said that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) provides the new political entity with just enough powers for self-determination within the bounds of the Constitution, even as Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno said its survival in a legal scrutiny depends on how well Congress crafts the law.

MB/March 14, 2015/Provincial/ PNA

Air traffic controller charged for posting wife’s lewd photos on FB


Davao City — A Dubai-based Filipino air traffic controller from Davao City is facing multiple counts of cybercrime charges for hacking the Facebook account of his estranged wife and uploading her lewd photos and their sex video.

MB/March 14, 2015/Provincial/ PNA

Man rapes, gets16-year-old sister pregnant

Davao City   — The City Prosecution Office (CPO) has filed multiple rape and child abuse charges against a 32-year-old man for allegedly abusing and impregnating his own sister, a 16-year-old Yolanda survivor from Tacloban City.


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PIA/March 20, 2015

PH celebrates Women with Disabilities Day

QUEZON CITY, March 20 (PIA) – Part of the National Women’s Month observance this year is the celebration of Women with Disabilities Day (WWD) on March 23 with the  theme “Juanang Maykapansanan, Kapasyahan Mo Ay Mahalaga Sa Bayan!” Spearheaded under the auspices of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), the event was organized by a National Working Committee (NWC) led by the House of Representatives-Committee on Women and Gender Equality as Chair and the Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine as Co-Chair,  that will steer the activities for the Day’s celebration.

PIA/March 14, 2015

PH reaffirms commitment to protect women in 59th UN session

UN Headquarters, New York — The Philippines has reaffirmed its commitment to be at the forefront in the respect, protection, and fulfillment of the human rights of women and girls during the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women here last March 9. Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan presented the Philippines’ commitment and reported on the status of the women and girls in the country before the plenary where representatives of member states, UN entities and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) - accredited non-government organizations from all regions of the world were present.


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UN Women/March 20, 2015

Press release: Governments Endorse New Roles for Women’s Commission

The UN Commission on the Status of Women revamps working methods to raise the stakes in advancing women’s equality, empowerment and rights.

IPS News/March 20, 2015/ Diana Mendoza

Women in the Philippines at the Forefront of the Health Food Movement

MANILA - When Tinay Alterado’s team from ARUGAAN, an organisation of women healthcare advocates, visited Eastern Visayas, a region of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, they noticed that the relief and rescue sites were flooded with donated milk formula, which nursing mothers were feeding to their babies in vast quantities.

UN Women/March 18, 2015

Intergenerational dialogue explores pathways to gender equality

New York – With participants ranging in age from 10 to 79, UN Women hosted a full-day intergenerational dialogue on 13 March aimed at creating a space to connect up-and-coming gender equality activists with veterans to develop new strategies to achieve gender equality by 2030. One of UN Women’s flagship events at the 59th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the dialogue brought together women and men, girls and boys of all ages, indigenous groups, private sector and media representatives, LGBTIQ groups, and civil society organizations from countries across the globe.

NPR/March 18, 2015/ Nurith Aizenman

Alarming Number Of Women Think Spousal Abuse Is Sometimes OK

Domestic violence is never OK. Yet in 29 countries around the world, one-third or more of men say it can be acceptable for a husband to "beat his wife." Perhaps more surprising: In 19 countries, one-third or more of women agree that a husband who beats his wife may be justified, at least some of the time. The data come from polling performed from 2010 through 2014 for the World Values Survey — an extensive study of attitudes in almost 100 countries, conducted on an ongoing basis since 1981. The study is led by an international network of researchers based in Stockholm.

IPS News/March 17, 2015/ Zofeen Ebrahim

Women Turn Drought into a Lesson on Sustainability

KARACHI - When a group of women in the remote village of Sadhuraks in Pakistan’s Thar Desert, some 800 km from the port city of Karachi, were asked if they would want to be born a woman in their next life, the answer from each was a resounding ‘no’.

IPS News/March 16, 2015/ Jamshed Baruah

Sendai Conference Stresses Importance of Women’s Leadership

SENDAI, Japan - Women play a critical role in reducing disaster risk and planning and decision-making during and after disasters strike, according to senior United Nations, government and civil society representatives.

IPS News/March 16, 2015/ Lyndal Rowlands

Four Ways Women Bring Lasting Peace to the Table

UNITED NATIONS - 2015 marks anniversaries for two significant commitments made to increasing women’s participation at peace tables. Yet despite the Beijing Platform for Action and the Security Council Resolution 1325 both committing to increasing women’s participation in peace building 20 and 15 years ago, respectively, there has been very little progress to report.

IPS News/March 16, 2015/ Preethi Sundaram

Opinion: Gender Equality, the Last Big Poverty Challenge

NEW YORK - It is estimated that women account for two-thirds of the 1.4 billion people currently living in extreme poverty. They also make up 60 per cent of the world’s 572 million working poor. Rapid global change has undoubtedly opened doors for women to participate in social, economic and political life but gender inequality still holds women back.

IPS News/March 16, 2015/ Lyndal Rowlands

Contradictions Beset U.N. Response to Sexual Abuse by Peacekeepers

UNITED NATIONS - An internal United Nations expert report released Monday by the non-governmental organisation AIDS-Free World reveals serious contradictions in the U.N.’s reporting of sexual exploitation and abuse by U.N. peacekeepers.

IPS News/March 16, 2015/ Josh Butler

Women Often Forgotten In Cases Of Forced Disappearance

UNITED NATIONS - Governments must do more to address the impacts of forced disappearances of women, according to an international justice report released Monday.

Arab News/March 15, 2015

Number of unmarried women sharply rising, say experts

As delaying the age of marriage for both young men and women in the Kingdom has become more common, experts say the number of unmarried women has increased in recent years.