GAD News Feed for April 11 - 17, 2015


April 11 - 17, 2015

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BW/April 16, 2015/Opinion/ Luis V. Teodoro

What’s in a race... or a gender?

THE ELECTION of Barack Obama to the US Presidency in 2008 did not mean that racism had ended in the United States. And neither will the election of former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the same post mean the end of sexism in that country. Whether she will be the first woman to ever be President of the United States is, in the first place, itself problematic … This has moved some US commentators to suggest that sexism is more difficult to address than racism. Some studies have established that Americans can more easily look at, say, black athletes as athletes rather than as blacks, but can’t ignore an athlete’s being female rather than male.

PS/April 15, 2015/The Freeman/ Flor Z. Perolina

Mandaue women’s orgs get startup capital for livelihood

CEBU, Philippines – The Mandaue City government has turned over P1.05 million worth of check to 10 beneficiary women organizations as a startup capital for their "Bugasan sa Katawhan" project. Mayor Jonas Cortes led the simple turnover ceremony on Monday at the Mandaue City Hall grounds.

MT/April 15, 2015/Business/Mayvelin U. Caraballo

IFC, PH’s CARD SME deal to boost agri-lending

INTERNATIONAL Finance Corp. (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and the world’s largest development institution, has signed a deal with Philippine thrift bank CARD SME Bank Inc. to expand credit access to small farmers and entrepreneurs in rural areas … “We are working with banks and agribusinesses to support more than 100,000 farmers on improving their cultivation and business skills. We also want to provide greater access to resources for women who make up 27 percent of farm workers and 10 percent of those in the agribusiness value chain,” said Jane Xu, new country manager of IFC Philippines.

BW/April 15, 2015/Opinion/Pilar Berse

From place holders to stakeholders: The evolving role of women in politics and communities


Members of the Department of Political Science at Ateneo de Manila were at the recently concluded Philippine Political Science Association conference in Dipolog Medical College, Dipolog City. The panel explored how women in various contexts -- natural disasters, elective office, the women’s movements and conflict situations -- have redefined politics and power. The panel argued that in these sectors, women have reinvented the roles set for them by traditional Philippine politics and culture, which has largely confined them to the role of place holders of political power. The panel explored how, in navigating politics at various levels of governance, women have reinvented their roles and, in turn, power relationships toward political continuity and/or change.

MT/April 14, 2015/Nation/Jaime R. Pilapil

BBL to ease Mindanao poverty – Hataman

Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and several Christian groups prodded lawmakers to help Mindanao by passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) … The governor said the BBL will surely uplift the economic condition of the poor in Mindanao because 40 percent of the budget will go to the districts, 50 percent to the party-list groups, and 10 percent to the minorities, youth, and women.

MST/April 14, 2015/World news/AFP

Release of 5 feminists hailed

BEIJING—Campaigners on Tuesday welcomed China’s release of five feminist activists held for more than a month, saying the surprise move after an international outcry showed Beijing does sometimes respond to outside pressure. The five, all aged 32 or younger, were taken into custody shortly before International Women’s Day last month as they were preparing to hand out leaflets about sexual harassment on public transport.

MST/April 14, 2015/Business/Boy P.

Millions of domestics denied basic labor rights

No matter how this administration tries to spin it, there’s no denying that the country’s economic growth is driven by the precious dollar remittances sent in by the millions of overseas Filipino workers deployed all over the world … However, 47 million or about 90 percent of these domestic workers are denied basic labor rights as those employed in other sectors. For one, they are paid below minimum wage rates as their salaries may vary depending on the generosity or stinginess of the employer. According to the ILO, majority of domestic workers in Asia and the Middle East do not get the minimum wage prescribed by law.

BW/April 14, 2015/World/Reuters

Islamist militants abducted 2,000 women and girls -- report

DAKAR/LONDON -- Boko Haram Islamic militants have kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, turning them into cooks, sex slaves and fighters, and sometimes killing those who refused to comply, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

PS/April 12, 2015/Starweek/ Chit U. Juan

GREAT women get together for one brand of ASEAN

MANILA, Philippines - How do you manage 48 women in one room and get them to be united for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)? We just did! Thanks to ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI), a USAID project in ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations), we convened in Bangkok to share our Great Women Platform with the ladies from eight out of the ten ASEAN member countries. It of course helps that ACTI is headed by energetic ladies Patty Alleman and Thitapha Wattanapruttipaisan, with the support of  USAID’s Dana Stinson, deputy director of the General Development Office in Bangkok.

MT/April 12, 2015/Regions/ Gaby B. Keith

Cordillera police taps DSWD for vulnerable sectors

BAGUIO CITY: The Philippine National Police recently tapped the expertise of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to enhance its services to the vulnerable sectors of society. The specialized course held at Camp Bado, Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet, was aimed at deepening the understanding of PNP uniformed personnel in handling cases involving the marginalized sector, specifically on gender-based violence. DSWD personnel discussed topics on sexual orientation and gender identity, and indigenous women and children as vulnerable sectors.

MB/April 12, 2015/Business/ Ellalyn De Vera

DA allocates P65M for women dev’t

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

PDI/April 11, 2015/Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

No ‘gray areas’ in RH Law

Quietly, save for a festive observance by reproductive health supporters in Baguio, the country marked the first anniversary of the Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law, certainly one of the more contentious and controversial recent pieces of legislation.

MST/April 11, 2015/Main stories/AFP

Pinay rescued via Facebook

THE Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday it rescued a Filipina maid from her employer in Bahrain after she posted a desperate cry for help on her Facebook page. Staff at the Philippine embassy were alerted to the plight of Abby Luna, who claims she was raped and beaten by her employer’s son, after she posted the video on her Facebook page on Thursday morning.

MB/April 11, 2015/News

WHO: Caesarean delivery should be performed only when necessary


GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday called for careful use of caesarean delivery, saying that it should only be performed when medically necessary. Caesarean section is one of the most common surgeries in the world, with rates continuing to rise, particularly in high-and middle-income countries.


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PIA/April 15, 2015/ Ferliza C. Contratista

Women advised to draw strength from within  

CEBU CITY, April 15 (PIA) -- Women should draw strength from within. Dr. Caridad Labe, vice president for internal affairs of the Coalition for Better Education (CBE) said there are more cases of women violence and abuses due to women who allowed these to happen to them. She said there are already several avenues that a woman can avail of to make herself empowered, one of which is through education. “But women should draw strength from within so that she will be less of a cause and minimize the effect,” Labe said. Jeddah Sumigan of the Cebu Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) added that Cebuano women are so far more empowered nowadays.


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UN Women/April 17, 2015

Mobilizing greater global investment in gender equality and women’s empowerment

To mobilize global leaders to increase the scale and scope of funding for gender equality commitments, UN Women, together with the Permanent Missions of Mexico and Sweden, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development, co-hosted a side event on “Transformative financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment: Expectations from the Financing for Development process” on 16 April in New York.

UN Women/April 17, 2015

UN Women's flagship report "Progress of the World’s Women" is coming!

Chock-full of solid in-depth analysis and data, UN Women’s flagship report “Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights” will be launched on 27 April in seven cities around the world. Fusing human rights and economic policymaking, this evidence-based report provides the key elements for a far-reaching new policy agenda, with key recommendations on moving towards an economy that truly works for women, for the benefit of all.

Reuters Africa/April 17, 2015

Discrimination both drives and stalls female migration - OECD

LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) - Gender discrimination plays next to no role in men's decisions to migrate from one developing country to another, but provides both a push and a pull for women, new research has found.

IPS News/April 17, 2015/ Valentina Ieri

Sexual Violence in Conflict “The Contemporary Moral Issue” Says United Nations

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 17 2015 (IPS) - Impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence in war must end, said Zainab Hawa Bangura, the Special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflict, who presented to the U.N. Security Council the Secretary-General’s 2015 report on the issue on April 15.

IPS News/April 17, 2015/ Marianela Jarroud

Women Farmers Rewrite Their History in Chile’s Patagonia Region

VALLE SIMPSON, Chile - More than 100 women small farmers from Chile’s southern Patagonia region have joined together in a new association aimed at achieving economic autonomy and empowerment, in an area where machismo and gender inequality are the norm.

APWLD/April 17, 2015

Urban poor women, church people to hold solidarity walk to demand decent work, climate justice

A newly-formed climate justice network, Kilusan ng Mamamayan para sa Hustisyang Pangklima,  comprised of women from urban poor communities, trade union and worker organizations, together with lay people from the Labor Ministry Diocese of Novaliches, Quezon City, Philippines will be holding a solidarity walk tomorrow, 18 April, a few days before Earth Day, to demand decent work, livelihood and rights towards attaining just adaptation to climate change.

IPS News/April 16, 2015/ Fabiana Frayssinet

Rural Women in Latin America Define Their Own Kind of Feminism

EZEIZA, Argentina - Rural organisations in Latin America are working on defining their own concept of feminism, one that takes into account alternative economic models as well as their own concerns and viewpoints, which are not always in line with those of women in urban areas.

IPS News/April 15, 2015/ Neeta Lal

Acid Attacks Still a Burning Issue in India

NEW DELHI - Vinita Panikker, 26, considers herself “the world’s most unfortunate woman”. Three years ago, a jealous husband, who suspected her of having an affair with her boss at a software company, poured a whole bottle of hydrochloric acid on her face while she was asleep. The fiery liquid seared her flesh, blighting her face almost entirely while blinding her in one eye.

UN Women/April 14, 2015

Women vendors improve markets in Papua New Guinea

A new video about work to make markets safe for vendors in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (80 per cent of whom are women) showcases new infrastructure and better lighting to prevent violence, as well as a mobile bill-pay system to prevent extortion and abuse, among other improvements. In 2011, with support from the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation (AECID), the UN Women Papua New Guinea Office, women’s grass-roots organizations, the National Capital District Commission and other partners launched the Port Moresby Safe City Programme. It aims to improve market infrastructure and increase access of women market vendors to services and increase their economic empowerment.

The New York Times/April 14, 2015/The Editorial Board

Women Still Earn a Lot Less Than Men

Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, the day selected each year by the National Committee on Pay Equity, a coalition of women’s, civil rights and labor groups, to draw attention to how much longer women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. In 1963, when President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, a woman working full time year-round typically made 59 cents for every dollar paid to her male counterpart. By 2013, the latest year of available census data, it was 78 cents on the dollar. Another measure of the wage gap, computed by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, shows that, in 2014, the ratio of female-to-male weekly earnings was 82.5 percent.