GAD News Feed for May 9 - 15, 2015


May 9 – May 15, 2015

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PDI/May 15, 2015/Sports/ Nestor Corrales

UFC star Miesha Tate preaches power of women, dreams


“It is okay to be afraid but your dreams must be bigger than your fear.” That was the advice of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight female fighter Miesha Tate in front of kids and women during a self-defense class in Makati on Friday. Tate is in the Philippines for the UFC Fight Night 66 event at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Saturday. UFC Fight Night 66 is the first ever UFC card in the Philippines. During the self-defense class, Tate taught the children of “Called to Rescue,” a non-profit organization for children who are victims of violence and human trafficking and beneficiaries of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

MT/May 15, 2015/World

ESCAP promotes shared prosperity

Bangkok: Developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region continue to fare well in comparison to the rest of the world, but structural weaknesses constrain growth prospects, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said in its latest regional macroeconomic outlook report released Thursday, emphasizing that more inclusive economic growth is key to ensuring sustainable prosperity for all … To provide guidance to Asia-Pacific economies, ESCAP has also introduced a new multidimensional Index of Inclusiveness … The sample of 16 regional economies assessed in terms of the Index showed overall progress at the national level, but that significant socio-economic disparities within countries remain, for example across gender, rural and urban divides, and geographical regions.

MB/May 15, 2015/World/ AFP

Qataris elect two women for first time


Qataris have for the first time voted two women in to the Gulf emirate’s only directly elected body, the Central Municipal Council, officials announced on Thursday. Sheikha Jufairi and Fatma Al-Kuwari both won seats in Wednesday’s election to the 29-member council, which has advisory but no legislative powers.

BM/May 15, 2015/Health & Fitness/ Henrylito D. Tacio

Yes, AIDS does matter!

Marianne (not her real name) is only 18 years old but she’s already involved in the world’s oldest profession—prostitution, that is.  She was only 15 when she lost her virginity to her boyfriend, who was two years older than her … Although prostitution is illegal and a serious criminal offense in the country, it is available through brothels (also known as casa), bars, karaoke bars, massage parlors, and escort services. In recent years, however, some young girls have become more creative in selling sex.  They are using mobile phones for their clients to contact them. “They no longer have to be out on streets or in the brothels, they now wait in their houses where they will just be texted,” Jeanette Ampog, the executive director of Talikala (Chain), a non-governmental organization (NGO) dealing with prostituted women and children, told a news conference convened by the state-run Philippine Information Agency some years back.

MST/May 14, 2015/Main Stories/ Maricel Cruz

Mail-order bride bill gets House OK

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill that seeks to protect Filipino men and women against unlawful matchmaking activities and similar schemes using the postal service and the Internet. The House passed House Bill 5572 which seeks to repeal Republic Act 6955, also known as the Anti-mail Order Bride Law.

MST/May 14, 2015/World News/ AFP

Kenyan town savors saintly sex surge

NAIROBI—Hundreds of prostitutes have flocked to a Kenyan town ahead of the beatification ceremony of an Italian nun, a key step towards sainthood, a report said Thursday. “Who doesn’t need body gratification? By the way, even Christians need sex,” one woman told The Star newspaper, in the central Kenyan town of Nyeri.

MB/May 13, 2015/Entertainment news/ Rowena Tan

Lovi to depict Oryang

Actress Lovi Poe will portray Gregoria “Oryang” de Jesus, wife of Katipunan founder Andres Bonifacio, in the biopic “Lakambini (Woman Leader).” In a report on “24 Oras,” the daughter of the late Action King Fernando Poe Jr. feels honored and blessed to have been tapped for the role.

BW/May 13, 2015/World/ AFP

Women take spotlight as Cannes film fest opens

THE CANNES film festival eschews its usual blockbuster kick-off on Wednesday, opening with a gritty French film that marks only the second time a female director has won the coveted first slot.

Normally reserved for flashy hits such as “Moulin Rouge” or “The Fifth Element”, the opening selection this year is “Standing Tall”, starring French icon Catherine Deneuve.

PS/May 12, 2015/Nation/ Janvic Mateo

Belmonte defends QC’s ‘no home birth’ policy

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte yesterday defended the city’s ordinance prohibiting traditional birth attendants or hilot from delivering babies at home. Responding to calls of party-list group Gabriela for the repeal of the ordinance, the vice mayor maintained that the measure was passed to address the number of maternal and child deaths during pregnancy.

PS/May 12, 2015/The Freeman/ Michael Vencynth H. Braga

Harassment vs Ungab brought up to PWC

The former law student of Ronda Vice Mayor Jonnah John Ungab, who claimed that the vice mayor is the father of her one-year-old son, has sought help from the Provincial Women’s Commission. This after her sexual harassment case against Ungab was dismissed by the court for lack of evidence. Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, who co-chairs the PWC, disclosed that Angele (not her real name) texted the former last week, asking for help from the commission.

MT/May 12, 2015/Nation/Jaime R. Pilapil

Red Cross to rescue abused Pinay maids

THE Philippine Red Cross will now include abused Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the list of people that it will rescue. The Red Cross on Tuesday unveiled its program that seeks to rescue Filipina maids from their abusive employers. Its Chairman, Richard Gordon, said his group is setting up a 14-seater call center in Manila where household service workers, particularly those working in the Middle East, can call when they need help.

MB/May 12, 2015/National

Lady judges hold women, child rights convention in Tagaytay


The Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA) will open today its 20th Annual Convention-Seminar alongside the Regional Conference of the Asia-Pacific Region of the International Association of Women Judges’ (IAWJ) at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City with the theme: “Protecting The Rights of Women and Children Across the Asia Pacific Region.” Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro, concurrent president of the PWJA and the IAWJ will welcome delegates to the three-day twin event that will end Friday, May 15, 2015.

MB/May 12, 2015/Opinions and Editorials

Health education key to safe motherhood

Safe motherhood is ensuring that Filipino women, especially rural women, receive the care they need to be safe and healthy throughout pregnancy and during childbirth. Safe Motherhood Week is observed in the country every second week of May pursuant to Proclamation No. 200 signed in 2002. This year it falls on May 10-14.

MB/May 12, 2015/World/AFP

Girls raped, boys abducted, towns torched as South Sudan battle rages


Juba – Gunmen in South Sudan have raped girls, seized boys to become soldiers and torched towns in some of the heaviest fighting seen in the 17-month-long civil war, the United Nations said Tuesday.


MB/May 12, 2015/Metro

Bill banning matchmaking online nears final approval


Matchmaking through the Internet will soon be outlawed with a bill seeking to outlaw the scheme related to mail order bride activities moves towards final reading approval in the House of Representatives. The measure, House Bill 5572, was recently approved on second reading.  Authors of the measure are confident it will pass final reading without any amendments or oppositors.

MB/May 12, 2015/Opinions and Editorials

Health education key to safe motherhood

Safe motherhood is ensuring that Filipino women, especially rural women, receive the care they need to be safe and healthy throughout pregnancy and during childbirth. Safe Motherhood Week is observed in the country every second week of May pursuant to Proclamation No. 200 signed in 2002. This year it falls on May 10-14.

PDI/May 12, 2015/Global Nation/ Aries Joseph Hegina

Int’l Red Cross, Red Crescent to launch help line for women migrant workers


Various formations of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movements are uniting to establish an international help line which can benefit women migrant workers, especially those employed in the Middle East. During the opening of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Manila Dialogue on Migration 2015 on Tuesday, Philippine Red Cross Chairman and former Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon said that establishing an international help line for women migrant workers is a “game-changer.”

BM/May 11, 2015/Economy/ Cai Ordinario

Canada to extend P3.09-billion ODA to Philippines in next five years

The Canadian government will be extending P3.09 billion worth of Official Development Assistance (ODA) grants to the Philippines in the next five years. The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said this was included in the Mutual Accountability Framework (MAF) between the governments of the Philippines and Canada recently signed by the two countries … The MAF is expected to contribute to a more disaster-resilient and gender-responsive enabling environment at national and subnational levels of government. It also intends to increase economic opportunities for low-skilled workers, microentrepreneurs and smallholder farmers, and especially on youth, women, and marginalized groups.

MB/May 10, 2015/Panorama

Women for women

PWJA is a staunch protector of the rights of women and children across the Asia Pacific

Since it was founded in 1987, the Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA) has gained recognition in the international legal community as an effective advocate of the protection of the rights of women and children. The PWJA, under the leadership of Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro, president of the PWJA and president of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), has been increasingly tapped by international institutions to contribute to the enrichment of the discussions by judges, lawyers, and legal experts from different countries on women’s rights, gender equality, and judicial administration.

MST/May 10, 2015/Business

Human trafficking

The hullabaloo surrounding the case of Mary Jane Veloso—which  resulted in an ugly blaming game among concerned sectors, much to the chagrin of our furious netizens—has sidelined discussion on one critical issue, which essentially is the root cause of her pitiful plight, i.e., human trafficking.

MB/May 9, 2015/APEC2015/ Bernie Magkilat

PH delegation seeks to finalize strategic plan for APEC women


A Philippine women delegation has sought to finalize the strategic plan that will promote women economic empowerment in the 21-country member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). The delegation led by Trade and Industry Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado said the group participated in the APEC WE meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on May 2-5.

MB/May 9, 2015/Lifestyle/ Amanda Griffin Jacob

Pink vs. Blue

Stop stereotyping and just let them grow, not as boys or girls, but as children

Up until two months ago, I was a mom of boys. My whole motherhood experience had been solely focused on the opposite gender. Of course, that all changed when I gave birth to my daughter Lila nine weeks ago. As early as now, I have already picked up differences between mothering boys and girls. Whether these differences are gender related or a result of parenting and personality is up for debate. Are the differences between boys and girls intrinsic or learned?

MB/May 9, 2015/Entertainment News/ Reuters

Actress Charlize Theron urges women to stand up for equal pay


NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After negotiating a salary equal to her male co-star for her upcoming movie, Hollywood actress Charlize Theron has called on other women to take a stand when it comes to equal pay. Theron said she was outraged when leaked Sony emails showed a gap in what male and female actors were paid for the film “American Hustle” and she insisted on being paid on par with co-star Chris Hemsworth for the Snow White sequel “The Huntsman”.



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UN Women/ May 15, 2015

Variety and UN Women’s HeForShe campaign partner for star-studded Cannes conversation

Leading entertainment journal Variety has partnered with UN Women’s HeForShe campaign to host a landmark event on the subject of gender equality within the film industry. Taking place on Saturday 16 May, speakers include Academy Award®-nominated actress and producer Salma Hayek (FRIDA), Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (BRIDE & PREJUDICE), and actress Parker Posey (IRRATIONAL MAN).

IPS News/ May 15, 2015/ Valentina Ieri

Saving a Generation, Within a Generation

Leaders from over 30 countries have come together for a two-day retreat May 14 and 15 at U.N. headquarters to reinforce their commitments to improve the health of women, children and adolescents around the world. Government delegates, CEOs, civil society leaders, private sector partners, global advocates and U.N. agencies are meeting to respond to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for action for the U.N. Every Woman Every Child global movement, ahead of the U.N. Summit to Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda held in September.

The Guardian/May 14, 2015/ Hannah Devlin

Early men and women were equal, say scientists

Study shows that modern hunter-gatherer tribes operate on egalitarian basis, suggesting inequality was an aberration that came with the advent of agriculture.

UN Women/ May 13, 2015/ Laura Turquet

Op-ed: Now that would be a mother’s day really worth celebrating

Mother’s Day [was marked on 10 May] in more than 80 countries worldwide, from Anguilla to Zimbabwe. The origins of this day vary, but in the United States of America, it was established by Anna Jarvis in 1908, in honour of her mother, Ann Jarvis, a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Today, it is an occasion to recognize and celebrate the role of mothers in giving and sustaining each of our lives.

IPS News/ May 13, 2015/ Lyndal Rowlands

Campaign to End Sexual Violence Targets Civilian Peacekeepers First

We can really argue as much as we want but if we put ourselves in the skin of victims, we just have to do something to stop this.” This was Graça Machel’s appeal at the launch of Code Blue, the campaign to end impunity for sexual violence by United Nations (U.N.) peacekeeping personnel Wednesday.

IPS News/May 12, 2015/ Neeta Lal

The Definition of ‘Rape’ Cannot Change with a Marriage Certificate

NEW DELHI - “I was brutally raped thrice by my husband. He kept me under surveillance in his Dubai house while I suffered from severe malnutrition and depression. When I tried to flee from this hellhole, he confiscated my passport, deprived me of money and beat me up,” recalls Anna Marie Lopes, 28, a rape survivor who after six years of torture, finally managed to board a flight to New Delhi from the United Arab Emirates in 2012.

IPS News/May 12, 2015/ Thalif Deen

NGOs Urge Commission of Inquiry to Probe Sexual Abuse in U.N. Peacekeeping

UNITED NATIONS - A rising tide of sexual abuse in U.N. peacekeeping operations has triggered the launch of a high-level campaign to end the continued attacks on women and children and an urgent call for the creation of an independent commission of inquiry.

UNFPA/May 11, 2015

Now Ebola-free, Liberia's need to restore maternal health care takes centre stage


MONROVIA, Liberia/UNITED NATIONS, New York, 11 May – Two days ago, Liberia was declared Ebola-free, after the tragic 13-month-long outbreak saw the deaths of nearly 5,000 people. But while the outbreak is now officially over, health systems remain disrupted, leaving many pregnant women and new mothers without access to proper maternal health care.

Irish Examiner/May  11, 2015/ Caroline O’Doherty

Empowerment of women the key to social and economic progress in developing countries

THE women of Burkina Faso represent a mass of contradictions. Subjected to forced marriage and polygamy, excluded from education, denied personal income and property, bound tightly by grinding poverty and rigid traditions, and valued almost exclusively in terms of child production, they are the least powerful people in one of the world’s least developed countries.