GAD News Feed for April 25 - May 1, 2015


April 25 – May 1, 2015

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PDI/May 1, 2015/Opinion/ Isabel T. Escoda

A long way to go for women workers


HONG KONG—Some three decades ago Filipino stewardesses working for Hong Kong’s premier airline were derisively tagged by macho circles in the territory with the acronym LBFM (little brown f–king machines). This made the rounds in the expatriate community, and since social media then was not as pervasive as it is today, Filipinos could only decry the slur and hope the malice was not widespread. The unfortunate episode eventually blew over.

MT/May 1, 2015/News/AFP

UN urged to ‘shed all light’ on C. Africa child sex abuse scandal

LIBREVILLE: Save the Children has urged France and the United Nations to “shed all light” on accusations that French soldiers sexually abused hungry children in the Central African Republic. “If the facts are borne out, it is essential to take the firmest measures against those behind them,” the global charity said in a statement sent to AFP on Friday.

PS/May 1, 2015/Opinion/ Neil Reeder

Building peace by empowering women

I was recently in Cotabato City along with UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotte Sylwander to open a roundtable meeting we co-sponsored with UNICEF involving representatives from the Bangsamoro Islamic Women Auxiliary Brigade (BIWAB).  This meeting was part of a larger dialogue to discuss the key role of women in preventing the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict in Mindanao.

MT/April 30, 2015/Regions/Al Jacinto

Muslim leaders renew support to peace process

ZAMBOANGA CITY: Muslim governors in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi have renewed their support to the government’s peace process and have joined efforts to promote stability in the southern region … Their commitment came following the public launching of ProPolitiCS or “Promoting Political Climate and Stability for Peace in the Bangsamoro” in Zamboanga City … The project seeks to help shape a stable political environment in the support of the Mindanao peace process. It engages political leaders in dialogue, capacity-building, researches and studies to enhance their informed and principled participation in the crafting and implementation of the road map and sustainable processes for sustainable peace and development in Mindanao. It also aims to empower women and indigenous tribes and Muslim religious leaders in shaping a stable political environment to help promote peace and development and their role in the government efforts in Mindanao.

MB/April 30, 2015/Business/Edu Lopez

ILO urges government to focus more on decent and productive jobs


The International Labor Organization (ILO) has urged the Philippine government to focus more on decent and productive jobs in order to foster inclusive growth following the important gains in the labor market in recent years … Employment in the Philippines rose to 38.1 million in 2013, a sizable increase of 4 million since 2008. The labor force also saw a faster growth since 2008 among women at 13.6 per cent compared to that of men at 10.1 percent.

BW/April 30, 2015/Labor/ Reuters

Pope Francis pleads to end to pay gap between men, women

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis on Wednesday made an impassioned plea for an end to the salary gap between men and women, calling it “a scandal” that Christians should decisively reject.

PS/April 29, 2015/The Freeman/ Primo Cayubit

Free health services given to thousands of pregnant women

BASEY, SAMAR, Philippines – At least 1,500 pregnant and lactating women from this town and neighboring towns of   Marabut and Sta. Rita have availed themselves of free medical treatment and consultation, under the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies: Kalinga kay Inay Project.

MST/April 29, 2015/World News/ AFP

Female Afghan ‘Top Gun’ soars above barrier

KABUL—With a hint of swagger, Afghanistan’s first female pilot since the fall of the Taliban is defying death threats and archaic gender norms to infiltrate what is almost entirely a male preserve. Dressed in khaki overalls, aviator shades and a black headscarf, 23-year-old Niloofar Rahmani cuts a striking presence as she struts across the tarmac at the Kabul Air Force base, which is otherwise devoid of women.

MB/April 29, 2015/World/ AP

Jamaica woman brings attention to rapes targeting lesbians


KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — When Angeline Jackson and a friend were ambushed at gunpoint and sexually assaulted on a wooded trail outside the Jamaican capital, police initially seemed less concerned about the attack than the fact she is a lesbian. “The first policewoman I spoke to told me I should leave this lifestyle and go back to church,” Jackson recalled of the 2009 attack, shaking her head in frustration.

MB/April 28, 2015/World/ AP

Japan’s prime minister focuses on economy and women’s issues


CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his administration is trying to improve the status of women in his country as it also seeks to protect women’s rights on the international stage.

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

BBL – model for ASEAN regional autonomy


“A necessary step and a momentous opportunity for a new beginning. There is no guarantee of success but the non-passage of the BBL is not an option.” “It is the embodiment of our faith in action.” These were some of the statements made by the members of the Citizens’ Peace Council during the 48th hearing of the House Ad-Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) headed by Rep. Rufus Rodriguez.

MT/April 27, 2015/News/ AFP

UN: Austerity hurts services vital to gender equality

LONDON: Spending cuts are hurting public and social services that give women the chance to find paid work, independence and a chance at equality, a UN report warned on Monday. The United Nations’ organization for gender equality, UN Women, said in a major study that millions of women around the world are still consigned to low-paid, poor quality jobs.

MST/April 27, 2015/Main Stories/ PNA

Binay pushes ‘woman power’

A ranking legislator has called on the Securities and Exchange Commission to require every Philippine Stock Exchange-listed corporation to reserve for a woman  at least one board seat meant for independent directors.

MST/April 26, 2015/Opinion/ Bloomberg

When Women Thrive, So Will the World

When I took office in 2012, I was determined to promote a society in which all women had a chance to shine. Indeed, Japan cannot truly thrive in the 21st century unless all our citizens reach their fullest potential.

MST/April 25, 2015/ Main Stories/ Ronald Reyes

HK politician apologizes

HONG Kong politician Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee apologized on Friday for her controversial remarks about Filipino maids seducing the husbands of their employers, but insisted that she was only misinterpreted and she actually meant to condemn the sexual exploitation of maids in Hong Kong.

MB/April 25, 2015/Business/ AP

For business, more women in charge means bigger profits


London – 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.


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PIA/April 29, 2015/ Pilar S. Mabaquiao

IOs, media encouraged to develop gender fair stories

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA)  - - In a two-day training on gender sensitivity, government information officers and members of the media in Antique were encouraged to develop gender fair stories or news releases that highlight women empowerment. Atty Ma. Janet C. Mesa, Regional Director of Philippine Information Agency 6 in her topic Code of Ethics for Media emphasized that all issues affect women in different way thus their voices deserve to be heard.

PIA/April 25, 2015

Ferrer calls for end to discrimination against Muslims, women in PH during Clinton awards

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 25  –Philippine government peace panel chair Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer called  for an end to discrimination against Muslims and women in the Philippines in a speech accepting this year’s Hillary Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. -


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UN Women/May 1, 2015

Reading between the lines: Moldovan journalists embrace balanced reporting

After gender sensitivity training and follow-up self-assessment exercises run by UN Women, coverage of women has nearly doubled in 17 print and online Moldovan media outlets.

UN Women/May 1, 2015

UN Women to address gender-based violence in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal

UN flash appeal says USD 415 million is required to reach affected populations with life-saving assistance and protection in the next three months.

UN Women/May 1, 2015

Decent work for women: an infographic for International Workers' Day 2015

Drawing on data from the recently released UN Women flagship report "Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016: Transforming economies, realizing rights", this infographic provides a vision for women's right to work, and rights at work.

IPS News/April 30, 2015/ Manipadma Jena

Watch What Happens When Tribal Women Manage India’s Forests

NAYAGARH, India - Kama Pradhan, a 35-year-old tribal woman, her eyes intent on the glowing screen of a hand-held GPS device, moves quickly between the trees. Ahead of her, a group of men hastens to clear away the brambles from stone pillars that stand at scattered intervals throughout this dense forest in the Nayagarh district of India’s eastern Odisha state.

APC/April 30, 2015

Women and the media: Join the debate in May!

During May 2015, the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG), led by UNESCO, will promote awareness on issues related to women and the media as part of the Beijing+20 Review/Campaign. APC is a member of GAMAG’s Steering Committee and coordinator of its Advocacy Committee, so it is fully involved in this campaign.

UN Multimedia/April 29, 2015

Women's political participation boosted in rural China

Women's political participation is a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality in Asia and across the world, according to the UN body dedicated to women's empowerment.

IPS News/April 29, 2015/ José Adán Silva

In Nicaragua Marriage Is Only for ‘Him’ and ‘Her’

MANAGUA - A new Family Code that went into effect in Nicaragua this month represents an overall improvement in terms of the rights of Nicaraguans. However, it has one major gap: it fails to recognise same-sex marriage, and as a result it closes the doors to adoption by gay couples.

UN Multimedia/April 28, 2015

Women to train, run, win and lead in Trinidad and Tobago

Women in Trinidad and Tobago are being encouraged to "run, win and lead" in local government politics. The overall portion of women winning seats as councillors edged up from 29 to 31 per cent after the previous election in 2010. Since 1996 the women's movement has ensured that no local government corporation is devoid of women in its Council.

UN Women/April 27, 2015

Press release: New report from UN Women unveils far-reaching alternative policy agenda to transform economies and make gender equality a reality

(London) A major report from UN Women, released today in seven locations globally, brings together human rights and economic policymaking to call for far-reaching changes to the global policy agenda that will transform economies and make women’s rights, and equality, a reality. It takes an in-depth look at what the economy would look like if it truly worked for women, for the benefit of all.

IPS News/April 27, 2015/ Sean Buchanan

No Woman, No World

LONDON - Almost exactly two years ago, on the morning of Apr. 24, over 3,600 workers – 80 percent of them young women between the ages of 18 and 20 – refused to enter the Rana Plaza garment factory building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, because there were large ominous cracks in the walls. They were beaten with sticks and forced to enter.

IPS News/April 27, 2015/ Valentina Ieri

Peace Is Not a Boy’s Club

UNITED NATIONS - Governments have long pledged to bring more women to the peace table, but for many (if not most), it has been little more than lip service. In a bid to accelerate this process, the Global Network of Women Peace-builders (GNWP) in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Chile and the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations organised an international workshop on Apr. 23 to better integrate the Women, Peace, Security (WPS) U.N. Security Council Resolutions within the security sector.