GAD News Feed for March 28 - April 3, 2015


March 28 – April 3, 2015

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MB/April 3, 2015/Latest News/ AFP

Latin America’s first women priests challenge Church


Olga Lucia Alvarez, a Colombian septuagenarian, says it is her vocation to be a Catholic priest, and she is not going to let gender or excommunication stop her from preaching the gospel. Alvarez is the first Latin American to be ordained by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP), a US-based group dedicated to challenging the Church’s policy against ordaining women.

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

Grace for all

The Christian world celebrates, albeit mournfully, the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, and celebrates, joyfully, His resurrection on Easter Sunday. Today my column is on a sector that has long been crucified by the majority of people everywhere – the LGBT, or lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender. I chose this topic after viewing the movie “Boys Don’t Cry” and watching on television gay activists making a noisy protest about an  Indiana  law (Religious Freedom Restoration Act or RFRA) which  is claimed to claw back gains that have been achieved by the LGBT community.

PDI/April 2, 2015/News/ Nestor Corrales

Women outshine men as bus drivers

WHY can’t a woman be a bus driver? Mharliesa Sansait shattered the stereotype that women can’t be bus drivers – seen by many as a man’s job – when she was hired along with 11 other women by Jam Liner.

MB/April 2, 2015/Metro/ Hannah Torregoza

Employers asked to support extended maternity leave bill


Sen. Pilar Juliana ‘Pia’ Cayetano is appealing to business groups and employers to support the bill amending the current maternity leave law. Cayetano’s bill, Senate Bill No. 2710, or the measure increasing the maternity leave period for female employees, married or unmarried, to 90 days, is now up for deliberations at the Senate Committee on Women, Family Relations and Gender Equality which she chairs.

MB/April 2, 2015/Provincial/ Mike U. Crismundo

‘Korambusan’ 2015

Butuan City – Officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-13) led the beneficiaries of the poverty alleviation program representing various products in their sustainable livelihood projects during the “Korambosan” 2015, yesterday, as part of “Women’s Month” culmination. “Korambusan” is a Visayan dialect which actually means “sharing” or “counterparting.”  “While we continue to empower women in our community, as we always should, it is important to keep in mind and heart that we are not in the competition with men – we are their equals, their counterparts, their partners,” said DSWD-13 Director Minda B. Brigoli.

MB/April 2, 2015/World/ AP

Advocates say US woman’s sentence for feticide alarming


SOUTH BEND, Indiana — A U.S. woman’s 20-year sentence in the death of her premature infant was cruel and a misuse of the state’s feticide law, which was not intended to punish women who try to end their own pregnancies, the head of a national advocacy group said Wednesday.

PS/April 1, 2015/The Freeman/ Primo R. Cayubit

For women’s month DENR-8 female workers plant 2T tree seedlings

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – At least 2,000 talisay tree seedlings have been planted at a two-hectare beach forest area in Barangay Balud of Basey town in Samar by female employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 8 on Monday.

PDI/April 1, 2015/Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

‘The Bangsamoro story is also the Filipino’s’

In her commencement address before this year’s graduates of Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro, the presidential adviser on the peace process, Teresita “Ging” Quintos Deles, who was conferred an honorary doctorate degree, posed a key question. “Why is it,” she asked, “that war’s alarms ring loudest in the safe confines of Congress? But close to Ground Zero the people flee even as they cry out for peace.”

MST/April 1, 2015/Main stories/ Maricel Cruz

Gabriela protest causes pullout

THE Gabriela Women’s Group on Tuesday again protested the selling of shirts allegedly promoting rape in the SM chain of shopping malls. Gabriela party-list Rep. Emmi de Jesus slammed what she described as the malls’ corporate irresponsibility, saying those were selling merchandise promoting violence against women and children … De Jesus, a member of the Makabayan Bloc in the House of Representatives, was referring only to the shirt with the “I promise I’ll pull out” caption. The shirt was said to have been sold at the youth section of the shopping mall’s department stores. “The play of words may sound like a harmless joke to marketers, but this has a subtle encouragement for young boys to seduce women and subject them to date rape,” De Jesus said.

MB/April 1, 2015/News/ AP

UN rights chief: Boko Haram fighters murdered captive women


BERLIN — The U.N.’s human rights chief says his office has received reports that Boko Haram fighters fleeing advancing military forces murdered women and girls they had taken as “wives,” along with other captives.

MB/April 1, 2015/Lifestyle/ Edd K. Usman

DOST helping in research about Filipino transgenders


The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is helping a research on Filipino transgenders to raise more awareness on the LGBT (or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. Proponents of the study Clinical and Metabolic Profile of Male-to-Female Transgender in the Philippines said the research is being conducted because of the rising numbers of transgenders in the Philippines who are presently taking self-prescribed hormone replacement therapy. The researchers are based in Zamboanga City.

MT/March 31, 2015/Opinion/ Katrina Stuart Santiago

Against divorce #WomensMonth2015

Second of two parts

That is how little they think of Catholics apparently. It’s how badly they’ve taught their own flock about marriage and relationships.

Whose fault is that?

BM/March 31, 2015/Economy/ Noel T. Provido

DA 11 allocates P65 million for women empowerment

THE Department of Agriculture in the Davao region (DA 11) has allocated 5.1 percent of its total budget for the promotion of gender and development (GAD).  DA 11 Regional Director Remelyn Recoter said out of this year’s P2.6-billion budget of the regional office, 5.1 percent, or P65 million, will fund projects involving woman beneficiaries. These include provision of farm inputs, farm mechanization, postharvest facilities, food processing and other value-adding activities.

BM/March 31, 2015/World/ IPS

No such thing as equality in India’s labor force

NEW DELHI—It calls itself the “world’s largest democracy,” but the 380 million working-aged women in India might disagree with that assessment. Recent research shows that only 125 million women of a working age are currently employed, with the number of women in the work force declining steadily since 2004.

PDI/March 29, 2015/News/ Joselle Badilla

All-women crew rules the sky

DAVAO CITY—AirAsia Philippines re-launched on Friday its Manila-Davao-Manila flight through Flight Z2611, which was manned by an all-female crew.

MB/March 29, 2015/Business/ Jen Balboa

From survivors to stakeholders

The MIDAS fund by USAID and PBSP aims to make entrepreneurs out of typhoon Yolanda victims


The Greek legend of Midas tells the story of a king granted the gift of turning into gold everything he touches. But he had to ask for the gift to be revoked, because he was soon unable to eat, as the very food he touched also turned into gold. Thankfully, no such revocation will ever occur on the Yolanda-hit beneficiaries of MIDAS (Micro Enterprise Disaster Assistance Fund for Resiliency) … While PBSP will lead the implementation of the MIDAS program, the four MFIs will be the ones distributing the loans and providing guidance to the microentrepreneurs. The four MFIs are: Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD), Inc.; ASA Philippines Foundation, Inc.; Taytay Sa Kauswagan, Inc. (TSKI), and; Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation.

MB/March 29, 2015/National/ Genalyn D. Kabiling

Cory and Gabriela

It’s not too much of a stretch when President Aquino likened the heroism of his mother the late President Corazon Aquino to that of revolutionary leader Gabriela Silang, according to a Palace official.

MB/March 29, 2015/National/ Francis T. Wakefield

Deles’ new degree

Ateneo de Naga University conferred the degree of Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa to Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles in recognition of her work in civil society, poverty alleviation, advocacy on women empowerment and numerous efforts to the peace process in Mindanao Saturday during the 65th commencement exercises of the university.

MB/March 29, 2015/News/ AP

Michelle Obama declares ‘Black Girls Rock!’

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — Michelle Obama mixed her message of education for girls with one of empowerment for black women, declaring “Black girls rock!” at the annual awards show of the same name.

MB/March 28, 2015/Provincial/ Zaldy C. Comanda

Women cops

Camp Dangwa, Benguet — Every March, different forms of recognition and honor to the women is done by the government as part of the International Women’s Month. In Benguet, three women chiefs of police (COPs) — Senior Inspector Thrislyn Sagpaey in Bakun (Nov. 3, 2014); Sr. Insp. Azalea Rabena in Sablan (Feb. 14, 2015); and Sr. Insp. Dominga Terrado in Kibungan (Mar. 24, 2015)

MB/March 28, 2015/National/ Genalyn Kabiling

Aquino signs law freeing women from 301-day rule


President Aquino has signed a law repealing the crime of premature marriage in the country. Republic Act 10655 nullified a Revised Penal Code provision that penalizes widows who marry within 301 days after the death of their husbands. The measure also covers women whose marriages have been annulled or dissolved, if she marries before the expiration of the period of 301 days after her legal separation.

MB/March 28, 2015/National/ Charina Clarrise L. Echaluce

‘I want to be an inspiration to women,’ says first female Bedan bar topnotcher


Her dream was not only to pass the bar exam but to be No. 1, “to create history and be an inspiration to women.”  Irene Mae Alcobilla will now live that dream, topping the bar examination and putting her name in the history of San Beda College as the first female graduate to top the examination for lawyers.

MB/March 28, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/ Florangel Rosario Braid

Women and ‘soft power’

To understand the influence of women in peace building and decision making, we have to go back to history – where once upon a time humankind revered the Divine Mother principle that personifies the love and nurturing spirit of women. Matriarchal societies and Divine Feminine are metaphors used to mean the return to higher consciousness. It is not about women ruling society but a return to nature where balance or equality among men and women is recognized, a critical attribute in governance.


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PIA/April 3, 2015

DA, ATI highlights role of women, extension service in aggie dev’t

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte - “We value the indispensable role of women farmers as catalyst of agricultural development,” Regional Executive Director Bernadette San Juan said in her message during the Opening Program of the 2nd Farm Home Extensionist Association of the Philippines (FHExAP) National Congress in March 23-25, 2015 at the Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City.

PIA/April 2, 2015

Int'l NGO donates equipment to boost Bogo City's anti-human trafficking drive

BOGO CITY, Cebu (PIA) -- The city government here received help desk equipment from Plan International, an international children's non-government organization, to boost the city's drive to eliminate human trafficking in Palambato Wharf.  Plan International donated computers, cameras, and other office paraphernalia that will help the city in documenting cases of human trafficking.

PIA/April 1, 2015

Aklan bags GAD Learning Hub award

KALIBO, Aklan (PIA6) -- The province of Aklan is now a certified Gender and Development (GAD) Local Learning Hub with the awarding recently of glass markers by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) March 30. The awarding is one of the significant activities in celebration of Women’s Month here in the province of Aklan.

PIA/April 1, 2015

Outstanding women told: involve yourselves in APEC prep

ILOILO CITY  (PIA6) --  Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Iloilo Organizing Committee Executive Director Junel Ann Palabrica-Divinagracia enjoined this year’s outstanding women of Iloilo City to be involved in the preparations for the upcoming big international and local events that will be held here … For this year, the 15 awardees are: Dr. Evelyn T. Belleza (academe); Leonor Abanilla (business & entrepreneurship); Nila Claravall-Gonzalez (culture and arts); Jane Ro-an Derecho (differently-abled); Lorena T. Yunque (government service); Judge Juana Judita Panigbatan-Nafarrete (judicial service); Maria Christina Ilustre-Mayor (media, public information and journalism); Dr. Socorro Martinez (NGO/civic organizations); Susan Reyes (philanthropic works); Dr. Asuncion Lauresta-Faro (professional service); Jail Senior Inspector Marie Charyll Jamolo (protective services); Cynthia Concepcion Baga (religious sector); Dr. Daisy Tabuena (Science and Technology); Punong Barangay Genoveva J. Cabulong (Social and community service; and Pamela Denise Cababasay (sports).

PIA/April 1, 2015

Tagalog news: 8,000 kababaihan sa Quezon, nagtipon sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Kababaihan 

LUNGSOD NG LUCENA, Quezon — Mahigit 8,000 kababaihan na miyembro ng Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) mula sa iba't ibang bayan ng lalawigan ang nagtipon-tipon kamakailan bilang pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Kababaihan. Ang panlalawigang pagdiriwang na may temang “Babaeng Quezonian, Kaisa sa Pagtataguyod ng Pamilya at Lipunan” ay pinangunahan ni Unang Ginang Anna Villaraza-Suarez.

PIA/April 1, 2015

Governor calls on women to help solve illegal drugs, environmental problems in Southern Leyte

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte – “Women of today are already empowered, I am asking your help and cooperation for the good of our province,” Governor Roger G. Mercado called on women-participants during the Women’s Month culmination activity held at DPWH function room, March 31, 2015. He noted that as far as Southern Leyte women are concerned, they  are very competitive in any field, saying that, “community participation is one of the pillars of good governance.”

PIA/April 1, 2015

Female cops unite to end violence against women

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan- - Two female police chiefs this province have joined forces in their condemnation of violence against women and their support of efforts to get victims reporting. “Violence against women touches every level of society. It is not limited to physical abuse. It can also take the form of emotional, verbal, psychological, economic and sexual abuse,” said Police Chief Inspector Jhonalyn Quilang Tecbobolan, Penablanca town chief of police.

PIA/March 30, 2015

PH hosts regional consultation workshops on developing mechanism to address violence against women and girls in ASEAN 

MANILA, March 30 --  The  ASEAN-Philippines National Secretariat and the Office of the Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) of the Department of Foreign Affairs convened the Regional Consultation Workshops on Strengthening AICHR’s Protection Mandate through Exploring Mechanisms and Strategies to Protect Women and Girls from Violence at the Marriott Hotel Manila from March 27 to 29.

PIA/March 30, 2015

Lanao del Norte culminates Women’s Month with activities

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte— More than 1,000 women from 21 municipalities of Lanao del Norte converged at the Mindanao Civic Center gymnasium on March 25, 2015, for the culmination activity of the Women’s Month celebration. In his message, Governor Khalid Q. Dimaporo lauded the women for their role in boosting the province’s economy through their participation in livelihood trainings and how they were engaged into business, through the coordination of different government line agencies as partners.

PIA/March 30, 2015

Gov Cora cites women’s role in development

DAVAO ORIENTAL —Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon highlighted women’s significant role in the society, particularly in terms of development, during the recent Women’s Month Celebration held in Tagum City. Gov. Malanyaon, who was guest speaker during the event, cited world-renowned leaders who stepped up in making a difference and whose leadership and actions improved the lives of many people.

AbaDavao/March 29, 2015/ Joanna Paola Realista Garado

Women journalists ‘connect in power’ for gender equality

MANILA — Women journalists from Northern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao put into context the different issues women are facing during a media workshop held in Orchid Garden Suites, Vito Cruz St., Malate from March 25 to 27, 2015. The workshop, entitled “Strengthening Women’s Voices in Post-2015 Development Agenda through the Media” was conducted by Women’s Feature Services (WFS), a non-government organization that focuses on gender equality and women’s rights in media platforms, with support from the United States (US) Embassy.

PIA/March 29, 2015

Women Artists nagtanghal sa Heritage City ng Vigan

VIGAN CITY - Dominado ng mga kalalakihan sa  larangan ng arte lalo na sa pagpipinta. Ngunit may mga kababaihan din ang nagpamalas na kung kaya ng mga lalaki, kaya rin nila. Ito ang pinatunayan ng mga babaing pintor na may dugong  Ilokano na  lumahok sa Paintings Exhibit sa pakikipagtulongan ng city government bilang  pakikiisa nila sa selebrasyon ng “Women’s Month”  na naganap  sa Vigan Culture and Trade Center sa Heritage City.

PIA/March 29, 2015

Women sector leads CAB Anniversary celebration

MANILA-- Women’s groups marched in Quezon City Friday, March 27, to mark the first anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

PIA/March 28, 2015

Women leaders essential in development

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA)—This year’s theme of the Women’s Month celebration “Juana ang Desisyon mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na” describes women leadership and decision making essential to development. Marilou Llavan, Program Officer of Antique Human Development Program a non-government organization working for the empowerment of rural women for more than two decades now said women leaders excel much in organization of farmers and fisherfolks.

WMSU/March 16, 2015

WMSU GRRC awards ‘Huwaran at Dakilang Juanas’

In celebration of the International Women’s Month, the Gender Research and Resource Center (GRRC) of Western Mindanao State University recognized this year’s outstanding women for their exemplary performance in their respective fields and for their invaluable efforts in advocating the role of gender through an awarding ceremony called “Araw ng Parangal sa Huwaran at Dakilang Juanas ng WMSU” held on Monday morning, March 16 at the College of Teacher Education’s Social Hall.


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IPS News/April 2, 2015/ Amantha Perera

Millions of Dollars for Climate Financing but Barely One Cent for Women

BALI, Indonesia - The statistics tell the story: in some parts of the world, four times as many women as men die during floods; in some instances women are 14 times more likely to die during natural disasters than men. A study by Oxfam in 2006 found that four times as many women as men perished in the deadly 2004 Asian tsunami. In Sri Lanka, where over 33,000 died or went missing, two thirds were women, Oxfam research found.

UN Women/March 31, 2015

Give mom back her name: #MyMothersNameIs

For men in Egypt and in many other countries in the Middle East, there is a peculiar taboo of not disclosing one's mother’s name in public, to prevent her name from becoming the subject of shame and ridicule. Over time, she’s only referred to as ‘The mother of her eldest son’.

IPS News/March 30, 2015/ Joni Seager, et al.

Opinion: A Major Push Forward for Gender and Environment

NEW YORK/NAIROBI - Experts from around the world gathered in New York recently to launch work on the Global Gender Environment Outlook (GGEO), the first comprehensive, integrated and global assessment of gender issues in relation to the environment and sustainability.

IPS News/March 30, 2015/ Neeta Lal

There’s No Such Thing as Equality in India’s Labour Force

NEW DELHI - It calls itself the ‘world’s largest democracy’ but the 380 million working-aged women in India might disagree with that assessment. Recent research shows that only 125 million women of a working age are currently employed, with the number of women in the workforce declining steadily since 2004.

The New York Times/March 25, 2015/Jared Malsin

Egyptian Woman Reveals 42-Year Secret of Survival: Pretending to Be a Man

AL AQALTAH, Egypt — She has worked for more than 30 years among the shoeshine men of Luxor. She sits with men in coffee shops, prays with them in the local mosque and dresses just as they do in pants or a traditional floor-length tunic known as a galabeya. Many people believed Sisa Abu Daooh was a man until several weeks ago, when she publicly revealed her 42-year-old secret.