GAD News Feed for March 21 - March 27, 2015


March 21 – 27, 2015

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PDI/March 27, 2015/Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

Talking peace and gender

In the course of many years chairing or taking part in the negotiations with the government for an end to the Moro insurgency and the return to peace, Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front delegation in the peace talks, has had the hardest time dealing with his female counterparts.

PDI/March 27, 2015/News/AP

Strong women take over action movie–intentional, says author


LOS ANGELES—On the surface, “Insurgent,” with its dystopian setting and teenage heroine, might just seem like another by-the-numbers young adult tale. Look a little closer and it’s clear that this second installment isn’t merely capitalizing on a popular genre, but, with its half-dozen female leads and supporting characters, actually represents a subtle subversion of what audiences have been taught action films should be.

PDI/March 27, 2015/News

PH diplomats honor 4 Fil-Am women achievers on IWD


NEW YORK CITY – The Philippine Consulate here and the Philippine Mission to the UN, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, honored four notable Filipino women whose personal and professional successes have increased the visibility of Filipino American in the US mainstream. The “Distinguished Filipino Women in New York 2015” ceremony was held on 18 March 2015 at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center in New York.

MST/March 27, 2015/Main stories/ Rio N. Araja

Cory not Gabriela Silang, group says

A WOMEN’S group on Thursday criticized President Benigno Aquino III for comparing her mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, to Gabriela Silang, the first Filipino woman revolutionary leader.

PS/March 26, 2015/Business/ Joey Concepcion

Women for others

Still on the Women’s Month, we mounted another gathering of vibrant entrepreneurs after the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit last March 6. More than 300 entrepreneurs attended the dinner forum with the theme: Women for Others. We celebrated their success as entrepreneurs and their personal advocacies to empower fellow Filipinas and others.

PS/March 26, 2015/Other sections/ Aurea Calica

Noy pays tribute to women of TESDA-Coke retail program

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino paid tribute yesterday to thousands of women-beneficiaries of the Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) program while saying that he would probably have his chance at love only after his term.

PDI/March 26, 2015/News/ Sara Pacia

#InquirerSeven Statistics comparing Filipino men and women

MANILA, Philippines—A popular book has said that women are from Venus and men are from Mars. But in the Philippines, just how different are the two sexes? The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released on March 25 the latest fact sheet comparing Filipino men and women in the fields of population, education, health and nutrition and work and economic participation. According to the fact sheet, there are a projected 101.5 million Filipinos as of 2015, 51.2 million of them men and 50.3 million, women.

MT/March 26, 2015/Nation/ Catherine S. Valente

‘Govt working to empower women’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday gave assurances that the government is working towards the economic emancipation of more women in the Philippines.

MT/March 26, 2015/Breaking news/ AFP

Sweden ‘feminist’ policy sparks major Saudi spat

STOCKHOLM: Sweden is seeking to quell an unprecedented diplomatic spat over human rights with Saudi Arabia which has seen ambassadors recalled and arms sales cancelled, drawing comparisons with Denmark’s Mohammed cartoons controversy.

MB/March 26, 2015/Metro/ Hannah Torregoza

Gender sensitivity in workplaces underscored via breastfeeding stations


The Senate (aside from airports and malls) is one of the few offices in the country that has complied with the Expanded Breastfeeding Act of 2009, providing a place for breastfeeding mothers to store their milk in a refrigerator during lactation breaks. The breastfeeding station is at the 5th floor of the extension wing of the Philippine Senate.

MB/March 26, 2015/Provincial/ Nel B. Andrade

Women’s health

Antipolo City, Rizal — Women residents of the province are encouraged to go to the nearest provincial-run hospital tomorrow, March 28, to avail themselves of free medical services on the last day of the project conducted in observance of Women’s Month.

BW/March 26, 2015/World/ Reuters

Limit UN development goals for 2030, get more value for money -- study

COPENHAGEN -- Focusing on a few global United Nations (UN) targets for 2030, such as cutting child malnutrition or phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, will give better value for money than a scattergun list, an expert panel said on Thursday … Among the panel’s recommended targets for 2030 are to reduce chronic child malnutrition by 40% -- giving life-long benefits in brain and muscle development -- halve malaria infection and reduce tuberculosis deaths by 90%. To protect the planet, they urged phasing out harmful fossil fuel subsidies, estimated at more than $500 billion a year, and halving the loss of coral reefs. And they called for freer trade, gender equality and a boost to agricultural yields by 40%.

BW/March 26, 2015/Opinion/ Amina Rasul

Women moving the peace process forward

Happy Women’s Month! Women in the Philippines are luckier than their sisters in other parts of the world. Here, we celebrate Women’s Month, not just Women’s Day. Did you know that the principal author of Republic Act No. 6949, the law declaring March 8 of every year as National Women’s Day in the Philippines, is a Muslim woman? I was her Chief of Staff during those years and remember very clearly how she lobbied. First, she approached her friends in Congress like Baby Puyat-Reyes to sponsor the bill in the House. Together with the women in the House of Representatives, they succeeded in getting the votes to pass the law. Sisters and gentle readers, let us give thanks to former Senator Santanina Rasul, my boss.

BW/March 26, 2015/Focus/ Lorela U. Sandoval

Miriam Coronel-Ferrer on women power -- and Mamasapano

THEIRS IS a meeting of minds that, inevitably, is also a meeting of genders. Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer faces the centerpiece of the peace table, tossing words of utmost significance or of complementing banter to the male panel of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the midst of discussions of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law that would settle the decades-long dispute and insurgency in the country.

BW/March 26, 2015/Weekender/ Zsarlene B. Chua

Ada E. Yonath: A woman’s journey in science

WHEN SHE WON the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009, Ada E. Yonath was hailed around the world as the first Middle Eastern woman, the first Israeli woman, and the fourth woman in history to be granted the award. But for Professor Yonath herself, there was nothing special about a woman winning a Nobel.

BM/March 26, 2015/Opinion/ Jeannie E. Javelosa

The Great Women ICT Platform

MARCH as women’s month is the perfect time to launch the first in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean): an all women-focused online platform. With technology as enabler to support women networks, collaborations and enterprise trade, a grouping of organizations came together on March 5 to launch the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation (Great) of Women information-communications technology (ICT) Platform (GW-ICT Platform).

MT/March 25, 2015/Nation/ Llanesca Panti

Lawmakers reject divorce

Administration and opposition lawmakers have thumbed down the passage of a divorce bill despite the result of a recent Social Weather Stations survey showing that 60 percent of Filipinos believe that couples with irreconcilable differences should be legally allowed to separate.

MB/March 25, 2015/Business/AP

Google imports new CFO Ruth Porat from Wall Street


SAN FRANCISCO — Google has lured away Morgan Stanley’s chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, to be its CFO at a time when the Internet search leader and its Silicon Valley peers are under fire for hiring and promoting too few women.

BW/March 25, 2015/Nation/ Alden M. Monzon

More women entrepreneurs

BY THE END of the first semester, 10,000 more women micro-entrepreneurs are expected to benefit from a program between the national government and Coca-Cola, Inc.

PDI/March 24, 2015/Cebu Daily News/ Michelle Joy L. Padayhag

Men urged to promote gender equality

Men should promote gender equality and women empowerment to stop the cycle of violence committed against women. This was the theme of yesterday’s  “HeForShe” forum sponsored by the University of the Philippines-Cebu (UP-Cebu) Student Council.

PDI/March 24, 2015/News/ AP

For business, more women in charge means bigger profits


LONDON, United Kingdom — When Rohini Anand took over diversity programs at multinational catering company Sodexo in 2002, she had one goal: To prove that it pays for a company to have equal numbers of male and female managers.

MB/March 24, 2015/World/ AP

UN women’s agency backs out of partnership with Uber


UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. women’s agency has backed out of a partnership with the ride-sharing company Uber which had pledged to create jobs for 1 million women drivers by 2020 after a protest by trade unions and civil society groups.

MB/March 24, 2015/Metro/ Charissa Luci

New bill seeks more maternity benefits

A bill seeking to increase the maternity benefits of women workers in both public and private sectors, whether married or unmarried, has been filed at the House of Representatives.

MB/March 24, 2015/Opinions and Editorials

Awareness: Promoting Filipino women’s health

The nation celebrates National Women’s Health Month in March to look at programs that the government, in partnership with the private sector, is implementing to promote women’s health and well-being, especially in rural communities.

MB/March 24, 2015/National/ Leslie Ann G. Aquino

House, Church reject divorce bill

House leaders rejected yesterday the passage of a divorce bill, saying that if Congress would move to legalize divorce, the 1987 Constitution should be amended first. The Catholic Church is also not changing its position against the legalization of divorce in the country despite the result of a recent survey showing six out of 10 Filipinos favoring it.

MB/March 24, 2015/Entertainment/ Karen Valeza

Marian Rivera inspires women with disabilities

Being an actress, Marian Rivera uses her craft and influence to inspire other people, especially women and children.

MB/March 24, 2015/Provincial/ Roy Mabasa

UNHCR calls for civilians’ safety

With 120,000 displaced amid AFP offensives


The Office for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) appealed to all parties involved in the conflict in Mindanao to ensure the safety of civilians while the law and order operations are underway.

BM/March 24, 2015/Entrepreneur/ PNA

Entrepreneurship training for women pushed

A lady lawmaker has asked the government to empower women in the barangays by providing them entrepreneurship training that would enable them to utilize their full potential and improve their families’ quality of life.

MB/March 24, 2015/Provincial/ Alexander D. Lopez

Women’s role cited

Davao City – The significant role of women was cited in a recent Women’s Month celebration in Tagum City on Saturday. Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon who served as a guest speaker during the celebration named the contributions of women who are world-renowned leaders in terms of leadership and in improving the lives of many people.

PS/March 23, 2015/ Headlines/ Paolo Romero

House asked to prioritize laws on children

MANILA, Philippines - Leaders of the House of Representatives should give priority to legislation to protect and promote the welfare of children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said. UNICEF Philippines Deputy Representative Abdul Alim met last week with Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and other lawmakers chairing crucial House committees and discussed matters pertaining to critical law on the rights of children, adolescent and women in the Philippines.

PS/March 23, 2015/ Business/ Jerni May H. Camposano

Power women in coffee farming

MANILA, Philippines - There are people who just can’t function unless they have a cup of coffee in the morning. While you enjoy your cuppa joe, have you thought about the processes involved or the people who are responsible for your daily dose of caffeine fix?

PS/March 23, 2015/ Opinion/ Cito Beltran

Sex, a one-man cemetery and Lipa gossip

Sometime today, the Philippine National Police Headquarters will play host to the Philippine Commission on Women, the DILG, the Soroptimists and Barangay officials for a “Dialogue Towards Responsive Governance.” The event is intended to teach participants about gender equality and that Barangay officials need to separate couples where there is physical abuse or attack instead of reconciling them, which often leads to further abuse or murder.

MT/March 23, 2015/ Opinion/ Chit Juan

The business of women

FOR this installment, I pay tribute to some women leaders in the business of business. These ladies have been at the helm of WomenBizPH and BPW Makati, two organizations I belong to. The first, Women’s Business Council of the Philippines or what we now call WomenBizPH was established in 1997 by then President Fidel Ramos to be a policy advisory group. My chairman (as I am the president) is Aurora “Boots” Geotina-Garcia, financial guru and investment expert.

MB/March 23, 2015/ Opinions and Editorials

Awareness: Promoting the welfare of the girl child


Girl-Child Week is celebrated on March 23-27, 2015, to raise awareness of challenges such as poverty and gender bias that girl-children encounter, as well as to drum up support to help build a stable foundation for their development towards adulthood. The celebration focuses on the importance of girls’ basic rights and freedoms that protect and empower them to respond to challenges.

BW/March 23, 2015/Opinion/ Ma. Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza

Women, Armed Conflict, and Peace

So it is Women’s Month -- a time conjured to celebrate ‘womanhood’ and ‘womanity’. In many spaces, there had been reminders to express one’s gratitude to the women in their lives and articulate their value to her family, her community, and of course, to herself. My question is -- why do we even have to be reminded?

BM/March 23, 2015/Nation/ Jovee Marie de la Cruz

Unicef asks House to prioritize bills on protection of children

THE United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has urged the leadership of the House of Representatives to prioritize all the measures protecting Filipino children.

PS/March 22, 2015/The Freeman/ Ma. Fatima R. Secuya

Robredo to women: Don’t be victims of violence

CEBU, Philippines - “Violence experienced by women is a cycle of violence.” This was the message during yesterday’s 15th Women’s Congress organized by Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) at the Cebu Provincial Capitol. Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo, wife of the late Department of Interior and Local Government secretary Jesse Robredo, condemned violence against women.

PS/March 22, 2015/Other sections/ Lydia D. Castillo

A tribute to women

As the month of March nears its end, so too is the International Month of Women. We hope honoring, respecting and recognizing the so-called “weaker sex” will go on at all times, making the tribute to women part of everyday life.

PS/March 22, 2015/The Freeman/ Christell Fatima M. Tudtud

Lapu-Lapu City to train women on livelihood skills

CEBU, Philippines - Livelihood skills trainings have been lined up in Lapu-Lapu City this week, as part of the observance of the Women's Month. Jimmy Glomar, coordinator of the Lapu-Lapu City Cooperative and Livelihood Resource Center, said about 1,500 women will benefit from the different trainings, mostly on food-making.

PDI/March 22, 2015/Cebu Daily News/ Victor Anthony V. Silva

Women’s congress marks milestone; help continues

The start of construction of a women’s crisis center in Sudlon, barangay Lahug in Cebu City and assistance to victims of abuse were among the accomplishments cited by the Cebu Provincial Women’s Commission.

MB/March 22, 2015/Provincial/ Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.

Brothers, both married, charged for allegedly raping pregnant woman


City of Naga, Cebu — A complaint for violation of the Anti-Rape Law of 1997 was filed against two married brothers who allegedly raped a 34-year-old woman in the City of Naga, this province.

PS/March 21, 2015/World

Hillary retains strong appeal to American Women in lead-up to 2016 White House race: Gallup

WASHINGTON (Xinhua) - Fifty-six percent of US women have a favorable opinion of likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, giving her a decided advantage among half the population that other candidates do not share, found a Gallup poll released Friday.

MT/March 21, 2015/News

International community appeals to PH Congress to honor peace agreement with MILF

Around 78 international organizations appealed to members of the Philippine Congress for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) … The group also expressed their solidarity and support to the Women Engaged in Action on the UN Securty Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and other Filipino organizations as they call for “observance of the confidence-building measures that the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) agreed to undertake including the turning in of the first of MILF weapons to signal the start of the decommissioning process under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro’s (CAB) Annex on Normalization; and the holding of a joint security assessment for enhanced cooperation between the government and the MILF.”

MB/March 21, 2015/Metro/ Charina Clarrise L. Echaluce

DSWD continues to help women

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman said yesterday the agency was continuously implementing programs for women in especially difficult circumstances or WEDCs.

MB/March 21, 2015/Provincial/ Alexander D. Lopez

Women want more say in new Bangsamoro entity


Cotabato City – About a hundred women’s group leaders, representing the Moro, Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and Christians in Mindanao, converged in a forum here Friday to assert their political participation in the new Bangsamoro entity that would be created should the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is passed.


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PIA/March 25, 2015

ASEAN Women entrepreneurs promote regional marketing platform and brand for inclusive economic growth

More than 40 women entrepreneurs from an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Bangkok on March 23  announced a regional product brand and marketing platform called the GREAT Women (Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women) – ASEAN Collection. 25, 2015/ Fritizie Rodriguez

Oh my GAD: PH allots billions for gender, dev't

MANILA, Philippines – The government allotted P105.75 billion for its 2015 Gender and Development (GAD) budget, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) boasted. Can you feel it? Among the country’s many laws empowering women is the Women in Development and Nation Building Act of 1992, which mandates concerned government agencies to “support programs and activities for women.”

PIA/March 25, 2015/ PPMB

Charter framer urged Congress to give BBL more objective outlook

(UPDATED) MANILA, March 25 --  One of the framers of the 1987 Constitution appealed to Congress to give a more objective outlook on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) when it resumes its committee hearings on the measure in April. Lawyer Christian Monsod, a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission and former Chairman of the Commission on Elections, said the public should also give the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) more credit for giving up its dream of pushing Mindanao’s secession when it signed a peace agreement with the Philippine government.

DFA/March 21, 2015

AIPR Holds Workshop on Women’s Participation in Peace Processes and Conflict Resolution

The ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) held a workshop to strengthen women’s participation in peace processes and conflict resolution in Cebu City from March 18 to 19. The workshop aimed to highlight the level of women’s participation in peace processes and conflict resolution in the region and raise awareness of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and existing National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security (WPS).

DFA/March 21, 2015

PHL Foreign Service Posts in Europe Commit to Fight Against Human Trafficking

Philippine Ambassadors in Europe led Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) and Assistance-to-Nationals (ATN) officers from the 21 Foreign Service Posts (FSPs) in a pledge of commitment to work towards the elimination and prevention of human trafficking at the closing of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Regional Workshop on Trafficking in Persons, held from March 16 to 20 in Vienna, Austria.


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UN Women/March 26, 2015

UN Women Executive Director calls on stakeholders to “Step It Up” for gender equality to achieve “Planet 50:50 by 2030” in Ghana

Accra, Ghana- UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka paid an official visit to Ghana from 24-26 March, to engage with key stakeholders and participate in the international programme by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on the theme “Ebola: What next?”. She met with key stakeholders in the capital, Accra, including a high-level meeting with the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, on 25 March.

IPS News/March 25, 2015/ Dr. Kirsten Stoebenau

Opinion: Education as a Cornerstone for Women’s Empowerment

WASHINGTON, Mar 25 2015 (IPS) - Earlier this month, the Barack Obama administration announced a new initiative designed to improve girls’ education around the world. Dubbed “Let Girls Learn,” the programme builds on current progress made, such as ensuring girls are enrolled in primary school at the same rates as boys, and is looking to expand opportunities for girls to complete their education.

IPS News/March 25, 2015/ Fabiana Frayssinet

Acting Tough to Earn Respect as Policewomen in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES - When they joined the police, Marina Faustino and Silvia Miers were part of a small minority, and to make their way in a world of men they had to “act tough.” Now, thanks to a gender equality policy, there are more and more policewomen in Argentina, fighting sexism and prejudice as well as crime.

IPS News/March 25, 2015/ Josh Butler

Global Citizenship Essential for Gender Equality: Ambassador Chowdhury

UNITED NATIONS - At a recent panel discussion on women’s leadership during the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury was the lone male voice.

APEC/March 25, 2015/ David Hendrickson

Women Lead Way in Disaster Risk Reduction in Vulnerable Asia-Pacific

Disaster management and gender agencies from APEC member economies are seeking council from women who have helped to drive reconstruction following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and other catastrophes to strike the Pacific Rim to strengthen emergency preparedness and foster more secure, inclusive growth in the world’s most natural disaster-affected region.

IPS News/March 24, 2015/ Janet C. Nelson

Opinion: Sharing the Vision of a Changed World

UNITED NATIONS  - This year has many initiatives taking place in the realm of women’s leadership, but one platform and movement in particular is standing out, and people are noticing. We are the founders of IMPACT Leadership 21, leadership architects for inclusive, high growth economies.

IPS News/March 23, 2015/ Jacqui Ashby

Four Fast Facts to Debunk Myths About Rural Women

PARIS - We are lucky to live in a country that has long since abandoned the image of the damsel in distress. Even Disney princesses now save themselves and send unsuitable “saviours” packing. But despite the great strides being made in gender equality, we are still failing rural women, particularly women farmers.

IPS News/March 23, 2015/ Josh Butler

CSW 59 Wraps up as Delegates Look Towards 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 23 2015 (IPS) - The Commission on the Status of Women, one of the biggest events on the calendar for United Nations headquarters in New York City, is over for another year. For two weeks, thousands of delegates, dignitaries, ambassadors, experts, and activists flooded the city, with more than 650 events, talks, briefings, meetings, presentations and panels all striving for the same goal – “50:50 by 2030,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the CSW’s goal for gender equality within 15 years, at the official opening of the commission.

IPS News/March 21, 2015/ Josephine Ojiambo

Opinion: ‘We Owe It to More Than Half of the Global Population to Do a Better Job’

LONDON - Undoubtedly, we are at a crucial time in the advancement of gender equality. As we move towards consensus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we must ensure the rights of women and girls are firmly embedded in the post-2015 development framework.