GAD News Feed for May 16 - 22, 2015


May 16 – 22, 2015

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MB/May 22, 2015/APEC 2015/ Edu Lopez

Structural reforms needed to open opportunities for SMEs


The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has stressed the need for structural reforms that will open new opportunities for the private sector especially the small and medium enterprises to take advantage of the gains that the economic integration can provide for local and international businesses … Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting (SRMM) scheduled in September, economic ministers from the 21 APEC economies will review the progress in the implementation of the APEC New Strategy for Structural Reform (ANSSR). ANSSR was endorsed by the APEC Leaders in 2010 to promote balanced and sustainable growth through advancing transparency, competition, better functioning markets; enhancing opportunities for women, and supporting more education and SME development in the Asia-Pacific.

MB/May 22, 2015/News/ Charina Clarrise L. Echaluce

DOH: Nothing’s stuffed in woman’s mouth while giving birth


The Department of Health (DOH) clarified that nothing is being placed in the mouth of women while giving birth, following a mother’s complain that a doctor stuffed a sanitary napkin in the mouth of her 16-year-old daughter while giving birth at  Pasay City General Hospital on Monday.

MT/May 21, 2015/News/ AFP

Sex workers to get damages over forced HIV tests

BLANTYRE, Malawi: A Malawi court has ruled that 11 prostitutes who were forced to take HIV tests by police six years ago will be awarded damages, a court official said Thursday citing a judgement. The sex workers were rounded up in 2009 in the southern city of Mwanza, hauled to a government hospital for HIV testing without their consent and the results were disclosed in an open court.

MB/May 21, 2015/Provincial/ Mike Crismundo

Former rebel stronghold soon to become an economic hub


Surigao City – A former stronghold of the communist insurgents will soon become the center of commerce with mushrooming infrastructures and social development projects being launched there. The place is called LASICAM or Lahi, Sico-Sico and Camam-onan in the hinterland areas in Gigaquit town, Surigao del Norte province … The construction of a cell site from a communication company is set to rise in these areas while livelihood projects for women’s group are also set for distribution to the three barangays.

MB/May 21, 2015/News/ AFP

Record gap between rich and poor: OECD

PARIS: The gap between the rich and poor in most of the world’s advanced economies is at record levels, according to an OECD study that also found glaring differences between men and women. In most of the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development the income gap is at its highest level in three decades, with the richest 10 percent of the population earning 9.6 times the income of the poorest 10 percent.

MT/May 21, 2015/News/ AFP

Cannes apologizes over high-heel furor

CANNES, France: The director of the Cannes Film Festival has apologized after a controversy blew up over women being denied access to the red carpet for not wearing high heels. “We apologise,” said Thierry Fremaux at a dinner at the famed Carlton hotel on Tuesday night.

PDI/May 20, 2015/Entertainment/ AFP

FOCUS: Cannes stars reject patronizing ‘Year of Women’ tag


CANNES, France — This year’s Cannes Film Festival has been dubbed the “Year of the Women” for its focus on female issues and filmmakers, but many of the women in question seem keen to fight back against the label. The festival on France’s south coast — like the wider film industry that feeds it — has a reputation for male domination, so there was some relief that this year’s official selection opened things up a bit … “They say it’s the ‘year of the women'”, said Blanchett at a press conference. “You hope it’s not just a year — not just some fashionable moment.”

MB/May 20, 2015/Provincial/ PIA

PRO-8 warns vs date-rape drug

Palo, Leyte (PIA) –The Eastern Visayas Police Regional Office (PRO-8) is cautioning the public, particularly those going to bars at night, after receiving reports that a drug called Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) dubbed a “date-rape drug,” is being used in clubs here as a modus operandi for sexually abusing young women.

MB/May 20, 2015/Entertainment/ Reuters

Weisz, Blunt, Huppert discuss gender inequality at Cannes party


CANNES, France (Reuters) – As the subject of women in film continues being discussed avidly at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, actresses Rachel Weisz, Emily Blunt and Isabelle Huppert said they hoped the added attention would help erase gender inequality in movies.

PDI/May 19, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/ Rina Jimenez-David

Women on fire

SISTERS FROM the women’s movement lost no time seeing parallels between the 72 deaths of the workers at the Kentex slipper factory fire, most of them women hired as part of the “pakyaw” or per piece system, and the deaths of other women workers in deadly factory blazes around the world, beginning with the 145 deaths of young migrant women in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Co. factory fire in 1911.

MB/May 19, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/ AFP

Human rights: Indonesia urged to stop military ‘virginity tests’


Jakarta, Indonesia — Indonesia faced calls Thursday to stop virginity tests for women seeking to join the military, with a leading rights group calling the practice “cruel, inhuman, and degrading’’.

MST/May 19, 2015/World News/ AFP

Jail for 11 Afghan policemen over killing of woman

KABUL—Eleven Afghan policemen were Tuesday sentenced to one year in prison for failing to protect a woman who was lynched by a mob after being falsely accused of blasphemy, following a landmark fast-track trial.

MB/May 19, 2015/World/ AFP

ILO says only one-fourth of the world’s workers have solid jobs


Geneva – Only a fourth of the world’s workforce have stable contracts, leading to growing job insecurity, a UN report said Tuesday. The International Labor Organization  (ILO) report revealed a clear shift away from reliable full-time jobs, as short-term contracts and irregular hours become more widespread … But while the proportion of workers wallowing in poverty dwindled, Tuesday’s report showed a clear rise in part-time work, especially for women, after the global financial crisis.

MB/May 19, 2015/World/ AP

Steinem, Nobel laureates in North Korea for march across DMZ


PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A group of female peace activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel laureates arrived in North Korea’s capital on Tuesday for a march across the Demilitarized Zone that they hope will bring world attention to calls for a resolution to tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The rare crossing of the DMZ, approved by both Koreas, is to take place Sunday.

MB/May 19, 2015/National/Ali G. Macabalang

UNICEF, MILF launch ‘children, not soldiers’ campaign


Cotabato City – Children below 18 years old are now banned from recruitment into the armed forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front following the official launching here yesterday by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) of the “Children, Not Soldiers” campaign, a program that will protect the children in Moro communities and prevent them from becoming child warriors.

PDI/May 18, 2015/Business

Biz Buzz: Sexual harassment?

THE LOCAL chapter of an international organization of financial sector professionals has been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment leveled by no less than a ranking official of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). But hold your horses. Before you get all excited, note that this BSP official was not, in any way, involved in the supposed sexual harassment issue, and especially not the victim.

MST/May 18, 2015/Provinces/ Alvin T. Guanzon

Convicted Czech rapist arrested in Siargao Island

BUTUAN CITY—A sect leader who had set up a convent for women in the Czech Republic and who had been found guilty of multiple rape by Czech courts was arrested on Friday in Dapa, Surigao del Norte by representatives of the Immigration Office Manila, Surigao del Norte Intelligence Police Unit and Provincial Public Safety Company based in Siargao Island.

MB/May 18, 2015/Entertainment News/ AP

CANNES WATCH: Jane Fonda says gender pay gap ‘unacceptable’


CANNES, France (AP) — Jane Fonda is starring in a film at Cannes, but she also came to the film festival to pick up an honor. Fonda was celebrated by the Cannes Film Festival and luxury goods company Kering for her contribution to cinema Sunday as the first honoree of the “Women in Motion” program. It recognizes the work of women on the big screen. When asked about the pay divide in Hollywood, Fonda was spirited in her response. “Of course it upsets me that women are still earning 30 cents per dollar less than a man earns doing exactly the same work,” she said in an interview a day prior to her honor. “It’s unacceptable and it must change and we talk about it and we must be active in trying to create gender equity in terms of pay.”

MB/May 18, 2015/News/ AP

Indian nurse dies after 42 years in coma after rape


MUMBAI, India — A Mumbai nurse who was in a coma for 42 years after being sexually assaulted while working in a hospital has died, hospital authorities said Monday. Aruna Shanbaug suffered severe brain damage and was in a vegetative state after she was raped and strangled by a hospital worker in 1973.

BW/May 18, 2015/Art & Leisure/ AFP

Women’s movies aren’t ‘vanity’ projects: Portman

CANNES, FRANCE -- Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, unveiling her directing debut in Cannes, said on Sunday films made by women were often still dismissed as “vanity projects” in a “completely imbalanced” industry.

BW/May 18, 2015/Nation/ Vince Alvic Alexis F. Nonato

SC allows OFWs to choose clinics for physical examinations


OVERSEAS Filipino Workers (OFWs) can now choose clinics for physical examinations, after the Supreme Court denied the motion by the GCC Accredited Medical Clinics Association (GAMCA) to stop the Department of Health’s Feb. 20 order prohibiting the so-called decking system.

PDI/May 17, 2015/Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

Why women are dying

By all rights, no woman should be dying of cervical cancer. True, the human papillomavirus (HPV) is, as Dr. Ricardo Manalastas, an ob-gyne and authority on HPV, puts it: “ubiquitous”—that is, quite common and frequently seen. The website of the US Centers for Disease Control declares that “HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives,” most commonly through skin-to-skin transmission.

MB/May 17, 2015/Provincial/ Nonoy E. Lacson

Soroptimists convene in Zambo

Zamboanga City — Members of the Soroptimist International of the Philippines Region (SIPR) held in this city a three-day convention aimed at assessing their accomplishments and to plan out new projects and programs intended to improve the lives of women in the country.

PDI/May 16, 2015/News/ AP

Morocco king eases restrictions on abortion for incest, rape


RABAT, Morocco—Moroccan King Mohammed VI has ordered that laws restricting abortion be loosened, allowing it in the case of rape, incest, danger to the mother’s health or fetal malformation.

MB/May 16, 2015/Lifestyle/ Angelo G. Garcia

To mom and protect

Actress and mother to two kids, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, recently held a self-defense training session at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City for women from all walks of life—teenagers, singles, mothers, and even grandmothers—to teach them ways to protect themselves. This is the second Krav Maga workshop that she organized with the help of International Krav Maga Federation Philippines (IKMF), whose trainers showed ways for women to defend themselves from snatchers, attackers, and even abductors.

PDI/May 16, 2015/Cebu Daily News

Moalboal women weave mats for livelihood

Thirty farmer beneficiaries from Moalboal town in southwest Cebu attended a training on mat weaving and product development in barangay Tomonoy last April 14-17. The Cebu Provincial Agrarian Reform Office, together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Cebu, conducted the training for the members of the Tomonoy Women’s Association, Kababaihan sa Bugho Association, and Balabagon Women’s Association in Moalboal.

MB/May 16, 2015/World/ AP

Rabbi who taped bathing women sentenced to 6.5 years


Washington – A once-prominent Orthodox rabbi who secretly videotaped scores of women undressing and using a changing room at a Jewish ritual bath in Washington has been sentenced to approximately six-and-a-half years in prison.

BM/May 16, 2015/Global Eye/ LA Times

Banned from driving, Saudi women flock to ride-share apps

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—When Hala Radwan returned to Saudi Arabia, after obtaining a business degree in France, she was eager to put her new skills to use.



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UN Women/May 20, 2015

Join our Orange Day tweetathon on how to use technology to end violence against women

The UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women has proclaimed the 25th of each month as Orange Day, a day to raise awareness and take action on ending violence against women and girls.

FAO/May 20, 2015

Angling for gender equality in the seafood industry

While women are estimated to make up nearly half of all people in the fisheries sector, their work often goes unrecognized and underpaid, their access to opportunities and resources remains limited and their representation in positions of leadership trails far behind other industries.

UN Women/May 19, 2015

Press Release: World Education Forum will set roadmap for global education until 2030

Incheon, Republic of Korea – The global education agenda for the next 15 years will be discussed at the World Education Forum 2015 (WEF 2015), which opened today in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The conference will set out a global roadmap for education until 2030.

UN Women/May 19, 2015

New Gender Alert highlights the need to ensure leadership roles for women in post-earthquake Nepal

After a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April and a second major quake rattled the country on 12 May, over 8 million people have been affected in 39 of Nepal’s 75 districts, with over 8,600 deaths and over 14,000 injuries (estimates as of 18 May).

UN/May 19, 2015

Violence against women and girls 'shames every society,' UN anti-crime chief warns


Voicing concern over the continued killing of women and girls, the United Nations anti-crime chief today issued a strong call to end such acts, as well as to unravel the gender at the heart of the "dreadful daily experiences of violence" that blight so many of their lives.

Aljazeera/May 19, 2015

Surge in sexual abuse by Egypt authorities, report says

Rights group says security forces increasingly using sexual violence against men, women and children with impunity.

APC/May 18, 2015

Pakistan: Exploring technology-related violence against women

In Pakistan, religious and cultural controls over women intersect with technology, language barriers prevent intermediaries from addressing abuse, and justice has a slippery meaning. Using the voices and stories of three women survivors and research led by human rights organisation Bytes for All under APC’s “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project, this edition explores various facets of technology-related violence against women in Pakistan.