GAD News Feed for April 4 - 10, 2015


April 4 - 10, 2015

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PDI/April 10, 2015/News

RH advocates celebrate first year of victory at SC


BAGUIO CITY—Reproductive health advocates on Wednesday celebrated here the first anniversary of a Supreme Court (SC) ruling that declared the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, or Republic Act No. 10354, as constitutional.

MB/April 10, 2015/News/ Tessa Distor

OFW rape victim in Facebook video now in PHL Embassy


The Overseas Filipino Worker who cried for help through a Facebook video post is already under the custody of the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain. Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Charles Jose confirmed that Abby Luna is already in their care since yesterday (April 9), GMA reported.

MB/April 9, 2015/Agriculture/ Philippine News Agency

Women partner with DTI in nipa vinegar production


SAN FABIAN, Pangasinan – The Pangasinan Council of Women Incorporated (PCWI) renewed its partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to produce the nipa vinegar ’ in tetra-packs. Irene Libunao, PCWI founding chairman, said a memorandum of agreement was signed over a year ago between PCWI and DTI provincial office for the giving of equipment to the women’s group to enable them to produce nipa vinegar.

BW/April 9, 2015/World/ AFP

Only a third of countries reach 2015 education goals

THE UN gave a third of the world’s countries a passing grade Thursday for efforts to provide universal basic education, but said most governments had failed on a pledge made 15 years ago.

BM/April 9, 2015/Opinion/ Chit U. Juan

Women empowerment Asean style


WE recently gathered almost 50 women from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to agree on aligning under one brand for our products: Great Women. Ahead of everyone’s speculations, apprehensions and other anxieties about coming together under one Asean Economic Community, the women agreed to carry their sisters under this identifying mark.

PDI/April 8, 2015/Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

What it takes to promote peace

Mamasapano may have “sunk” President Aquino’s approval and satisfaction ratings (according to the Social Weather Stations’ latest survey), but will the peace process likewise get caught in the eddies swirling about the debacle?

MT/April 8, 2015/News/AFP

Japanese man who paid for sex with 12,000 women in the Philippines arrested

TOKYO: A former school principal who allegedly paid for sex with 12,000 women while in the Philippines has been arrested in Japan, over claims at least one of them was as young as 13, media reported Wednesday.

MB/April 8, 2015/Provincial/ Edd K. Usman

All-woman peace mission to dialogue with legislators


Women power is being harnessed to advance the cause of peace in Mindanao through dialogue. The peace mission is dubbed as “Harana Para sa Kapayapaan.”

BM/April 8, 2015/Nation/ Jonathan L. Mayuga

Lobby group seeks RH law implementation

LOBBY group Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) called on Wednesday for the implementation of Republic Act 10354, also known as the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) law.

PDI/April 7, 2015/Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

‘RH beat’ as relevant as ever

WHEN I began writing about reproductive health, the term hadn’t even been in popular use, since it entered the public lexicon only during and after the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, in 1994.

PDI/April 7, 2015/Cebu Daily News/ Fe N. Reyes

More than a workshop for women

To think that it started as an adolescent’s house-shop. But it soon attracted young women who learned the art of cord making. Then the workshops sprouted all over.

BW/April 7, 2015/Nation/ Jauhn Etienne Villaruel

Group’s take on maternity bills

THE EMPLOYERS Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) on Tuesday sought further clarification regarding several bills that expanded the benefits of women in the workplace.

PS/April 6, 2015/Lifestyle/ Joey Concepcion

Women for others

After the success of the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit, we hosted a dinner-forum reception for the Go Negosyo entrepreneurs to celebrate Women’s Month and the success of women entrepreneurs. Over 300 entrepreneurs joined the small dinner forum with the theme “Women for Others,” featuring Senator Cynthia Villar, Doris Magsaysay-Ho, Socorro “Nanay Coring” Ramos and Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip.

BW/April 6, 2015/Nation/ Carmencita A. Carillo

Representative of indigenous peoples takes oath in Davao City

DAVAO CITY -- Bai Halila Sudagar of the Kagan tribe finally took her oath of office last week before Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, ending an almost three-month impassé over the selection process for the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) to the City Council … Ms. Sudagar’s appointment was also frowned upon by some members of her own tribe because she is a woman, a gender that traditionally is not supposed to be involved in political and leadership roles.

PS/April 5, 2015/Entertainment

Celebrating empowered Maranao women

MANILA, Philippines - The culture and tourism councils of the Municipality of Taraka in Lanao del Sur mounted another gathering of the Maranao Women Performers and Entrepreneurs after holding the 2015 Women’s Day celebration last March 23 and 24. Barangay officials as well as representatives from the private sector and the academe attended the colorful event that bannered the theme, So Kilangka-An ko Malong E To-Os ko tiardi.

PDI/April 5, 2015/Business/Amy R. Remo

Training program empowers women entrepreneurs

Her name wasn’t on the list. She wasn’t even among those originally invited to be part of the program for women entrepreneurs. Yet, Lolita E. Mendoza has become one of the most successful graduate of the STAR program, which stands for Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources, an initiative run by Coca-Cola Philippines and the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

MB/April 5, 2015/Business

Women vital to engineering’s future

Britain currently suffers from an acute shortage of engineers. Women, who make up just 8.5 percent of the workforce, are central to that.

MB/April 5, 2015/Provincial/ Nestor L. Abrematea

Women’s month celebration concluded

Tabontabon, Leyte – Some 100 women from various barangays here actively participated in the Women’s Month celebration which included free hair cut, manicure, pedicure and massage to participants.

MB/April 5, 2015/Metro/ Charissa Luci

‘More decent jobs mean lesser HIV cases’


Gabriela party list Rep. Luz Ilagan called on the Aquino administration to strengthen its employment program and provide livelihood opportunities to the underprivileged to curb the rising number of Filipino commercial sex workers who get infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

PDI/April 4, 2015/News/ The Korea Herald & Asia News Network

Woman charged with rape for first time in Korea


SOUTH KOREA — A woman in her 40s has been indicted on charges of attempting to rape a man after drugging him, becoming the first woman to be charged for such offences in Korean history. Up until June 2013, Korean law did not acknowledge women as rapists and therefore it was impossible for male victims to file complaints to police.


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PIA/April 6, 2015

PH caps Women’s Month with Women with Disabilities Day

QUEZON CITY, April 6 --  Darna flew into Congress recently to do a most heroic deed: call attention to the plight and abilities of the country’s Nardas, A.K.A. mga Juanang Maykapansanan, to conclude this year’s observation of Women’s Month.


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UN Women/April 9, 2015

Quito: a city committed to preventing sexual harassment in public spaces

Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in public spaces are an everyday occurrence for women and girls around the world. This reality reduces women’s and girls’ freedom of movement and ability to participate in school, work and in public life. It limits their access to essential services, and enjoyment of cultural and recreational opportunities. It also negatively impacts their health and well-being.

UN Women/April 8, 2015

Young Palestinians push for a gender-equal Constitution

More than 700 young Palestinians have received leadership and gender-sensitivity training and several have collectively drafted an alternative constitution that challenges the status quo.

IPS News/April 8, 2015/ Naimul Haq

In Bangladesh, Gender Equality Comes on the Airwaves

DHAKA - Judging by how often they make headlines, one might be tempted to believe that women in Bangladesh don’t play a major role in this country’s affairs.

IPS News/April 7, 2015/Renu Kshetry

Women Still Struggling to Gain Equal Foothold in Nepal

KATHMANDU - Kali Sunar, 25, a resident of the Dumpada village in the remote Humla District in Far-West Nepal, lives a life that mirrors millions of her contemporaries. From the minute she rises early in the morning until she finally rests her head at night, this rural woman’s chief concern is how to meet her family’s basic, daily needs. 7, 2015

Afghanistan: Government and international community turning their back on women human rights defenders

Women human rights defenders in Afghanistan who face mounting violence - including threats, sexual assault and assassinations- are being abandoned by their own government despite the significant gains they have fought to achieve, Amnesty International said in a new report today.