GAD News Feed for April 18 - 24, 2015


April 18 - 24, 2015

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PDI/April 24, 2015/Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

‘No turning back’ in peace process

“There should be no turning back,” chief government peace negotiator (with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front) Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said in her acceptance speech when she was named the Hillary Rodham Clinton Awardee for Advancing Women, Peace and Security this week. The awarding rites, attended by Clinton herself, were held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

MT/April 24, 2015/News/ AFP

‘Landmark verdict’ for abused China wife who faced death

BEIJING: A Chinese court on Friday commuted the death sentence of a woman who killed her abusive husband, her lawyer told AFP, with a rights group labelling the move a “landmark verdict”. The case of Li Yan, who in 2010 beat to death her husband — who had physically hurt her and three previous wives — has thrown the spotlight on domestic abuse, a largely taboo subject in China.

MB/April 23, 2015/World/ AFP

Ferrer receives ‘Hillary Award’

Government of the Philippines (GPH) peace panel chief Miriam Coronel-Ferrer received yesterday the 2015 Hillary Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security at a luncheon ceremony held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

MB/April 23, 2015/World/ AFP

Morocco penal reforms spark debate on sex, religion


An overhaul of Morocco’s penal code has triggered a lively debate on morality in the conservative North African nation, where homosexuality and sexual relations outside marriage are forbidden.

MST/April 22, 2015/Main stories/ Vito Barcelo

HK official sparks outrage

The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong on Tuesday expressed concern about a Chinese official’s  unfortunate choice of words in describing  domestic helpers including Filipinos in the former British colony … A member of the government’s Executive Council or cabinet, Ip described Filipina domestic helpers as marriage wreckers.

BM/April 22, 2015/Business/ Bloomberg News

Malaysia seeks concert segregation by gender in Islamic push

Attending a concert in Malaysia? Be prepared to sit separately from your friends of the opposite sex and refrain from excessive laughter. The latest entertainment guidelines by the Department of Islamic Development for concert organizers include ensuring artists who plan to perform in the country have no criminal record, and that they sport hairstyles and attire that won’t leave anyone confused about their gender. Singers can forget about raunchy dance moves and comedians about making jokes on serious topics.

MT/April 21, 2015/Top Stories/ Llanesca T. Panti

Lawmakers condemn HK official

Hong Kong leaders should condemn the philandering husbands instead of haphazardly judging Filipino household service workers as seducers of their married male employers. House Deputy Majority Leader Sherwin Tugna of Citizens Battle Against Corruption party-list and OFW party-list Rep. Roy Señeres were reacting to a statement made by Hong Kong executive councilor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee that the Filipino workers ultimately turn into home wreckers.

MB/April 21, 2015/World/ AFP

Saudi beheaded for murdering Indonesian maid

Saudi authorities executed a citizen on Tuesday after convicting him of sexually harassing and brutally murdering his Indonesian maid. Shayea al-Qahtani was found guilty of killing the maid by beating her with a cane and pouring boiling water over her, the interior ministry said.

MB/April 19, 2015/Latest News/ AFP

Husband sets wife on fire in Pakistan ‘honour killing’


Multan, Pakistan – A Pakistani man and his father have been arrested in the country’s latest so-called “honour killing” after they set the son’s wife alight for leaving the house without asking his permission, police said Sunday. Muhammad Siddique became enraged on learning that his wife, Shabana Bibi, 25, had visited her sister without first asking him if she could go out, her brother Muhammad Azam said.

MB/April 19, 2015/National/ Charissa Luci

Expanded, enhanced measure against sexual harassment pushed


The House Committee on Women and Gender Equality has endorsed for plenary approval a bill seeking to expand the definition of sexual harassment and to strengthen the mechanisms to monitor compliance with policies against sexual harassment in the workplace and in educational and training institutions. The panel, chaired by Bulacan Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica has submitted Committee Report No. 672 to jumpstart the plenary discussions on House Bill 5663 or the proposed Expanded Anti-Sexual Harassment Act when Congress resumes sessions on May 4.

PDI/April 18, 2015/News/China Daily

Chinese survey: Women who marry gay men suffer abuse


Most Chinese women who unwittingly marry gay men suffer a wide range of abuse from their husbands, including violence and sexual apathy, according to a study believed to be the first of its kind in China. The report, “Social Adaptation of Women who Marry Gay Men,” was led by Tang Kuiyu, a professor from the College of Humanities at Harbin Institute of Technology.

MST/April 18, 2015/Opinion/Elizabeth Angsioco

RH Law turns one

The controversial Reproductive Health Law just turned one year old earlier this month. In April 2014, in Baguio City, the Supreme Court announced its decision that the law is not unconstitutional save for a few provisions. To commemorate this milestone, RH champions and advocates trooped to the city of pines. We gathered at the grounds of the Philippine Information Agency to celebrate the law and discuss what has happened since the SC decision as well as the challenges in implementation that the law faces.

MB/April 18, 2015/News/ AFP

Bar ban for US troops in PH


The US Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said Saturday, with the trial under way of a US Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina he met in a bar.


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KASAMA Philippines/April 21, 2015

CHR presents Gender Ombud Guidelines

Chairperson Etta Rosales of the Commission on Human Rights together with Commissioner Jose Manual Mamauag and Commissioner Norberto De la Cruz presented to the public the Gender Ombud Guidelines in line with the provisions of the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710) last Tuesday, April 21 at 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the CHR Multi-purpose Hall. The activity was made possible with the support from the Spanish Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) through the CHR-AECID Fortaleza Project ... Emmeline Verzosa, Executive Director of the Philippine Commission on Women, highlighted the cooperation of the CHR and PCW in the creation of the guidelines and upholding the Magna Carta of Women.

PIA/April 20, 2015/Benjie S. De Yro

PIA honors women-achievers

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, April 20 (PIA) - - “Ooohs”, “Aaahs” and tears coupled with girlish giggles and applauses greeted a 20- minute audio visual presentation on outstanding women in the region during the 2015 Iddu (Ibanag, love) Honor Roles For Women Awards and book launching, Friday evening last week. Through the various photos loaned from 40 awardees to the Philippine Information Agency, to include some unguarded moments of them during their respective awarding years, the production elicited various emotions.

PIA/April 18, 2015/ Pilar S. Mabaquiao

Gender sensitivity training for media practitioners, info officers up

SAN JOSE, Antique,  April 18 (PIA6) - -  A gender sensitivity training  for media practitioners and information officers is set in the Province of Antique on April 23-24. Julie Cepe, Co- Chair of the Gender and Development Inter-Agency Committee, said the training hopes to enhance the knowledge and skills of media practitioners and information officers on concepts and principles of gender development as applied in their media work and community life.


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UN Women/April 23, 2015

UN Women and Technovation announce strategic partnership to support young women entrepreneurs in technology

New York / San Francisco – 23 April 2015 – On this Girls in ICT Day, UN Women and Technovation are announcing a new partnership to expand young women’s technological innovation around the globe. Both organizations are committed to ensuring that young women are at the forefront of technology and innovation, so that their talents and interest in using technology to solve problems and unleash opportunity are not just sparked, but actively supported.

ILO/April 22, 2015

Philippine Employment Trends 2015: Decent jobs crucial for inclusive growth

A new report published by the ILO shows that the Philippine economy experienced robust rates of growth and made important gains in the labour market in recent years, however, more focus on decent and productive jobs is necessary to foster inclusive growth.

IPS News/April 21, 2015/ Stella Paul

From Slavery to Self Reliance: A Story of Dalit Women in South India

BELLARY, India - HuligeAmma, a Dalit woman in her mid-forties, bends over a sewing machine, carefully running the needle over the hem of a shirt. Sitting nearby is Roopa, her 22-year-old daughter, who reads an amusing message on her cell phone and laughs heartily.

UN Women/April 20, 2015

States assess progress on women’s involvement in conflict management and sustainable peace

Vilnius, Lithuania– More than 70 experts from across North America, Europe and Asia are meeting in the Lithuanian capital on today for a conference organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), UN Women and the Lithuanian Government, to discuss the implementation of the landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

UN Women/April 20, 2015

In Bosnia, story-tellers prized for their empowering prose

Inspiring women to be masters of their own destiny, this excerpt of a story by Hana Kazazović, from Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, was chosen as the winner of a UN Women short-story competition, dubbed “Women – yesterday, today and tomorrow.” It was chosen from among 149 submissions, from both women and men aged 16 to 64 years old, from all over the country. The top three were prized.