GAD News Feed for May 23 - 29, 2015


May 23 – 29, 2015

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MST /May 29, 2015/News/AFP

12 Australian women tried to join IS

MELBOURN-At least 12 Australian women from one city have attempted to join the Islamic State group, police said Friday, warning of a trend towards a “romanticized view” of violent jihadists. More than 100 Australians have left the country to support IS in Syria and Iraq, raising concerns about radicalization and whether they pose a security threat on return, the authorities have said. At least 30 have been killed overseas.

MB/May 29, 2015/World/AFP

China executes teacher for rape and abuse of 26 children


China has executed a former teacher for raping and sexually abusing 26 children at his school, state media reported. Li Jishun was convicted of having “raped or sexually abused” 26 girls aged from 4 to 11, the official Xinhua news agency said. The abuse took place in 2011 and 2012, when he was a teacher at a primary school, it added.

MB/May 29, 2015/National

Britain’s ‘tied visa’ rules fuel abuse of maids, nannies


London – When Susi, a single mother from the Philippines, left for a job in Qatar, she convinced herself it was a sacrifice worth making for her children at home. For more than a year, Susi’s sacrifice involved waking before dawn and working past midnight, cooking, cleaning and looking after a Qatari family. Once every two months, she was given a “day” off – in reality, it amounted to eight hours off.

MB/May 29, 2015/News

DSWD to netizens: Stop sharing photos, videos degrading children


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) strongly asks netizens to stop uploading and sharing photos and videos showing children in degrading situations. DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman in a statement released May 29 urged the public to not share and make viral the photos and videos they see on the Internet “because these will also lead children to experience insecurity and low self-esteem when they grow older”.

PDI/May 28, 2015/Bandera/Ramon Tulfo

Opisyal ng PNP kinasuhan na ng rape

SA wakas, si Senior Insp. Rex Pascua ng Quezon City Police District (QCPD) ay kinasuhan na ng rape na isinampa ng isang babaeng may asawa. Ang kasong rape ay non-bailable o walang piyansa. Nakatulong ang aking public service program, Isumbong mo kay Tulfo, na maisampa ang kaso matapos ang mahaba-haba ring panahon.

MB/May 28, 2015/Opinions and Editorials

UN Peacekeeping: Strengthening global peace, security

May 29 is International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. It honors the memory of UN Peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace and security, and pays tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage.

PDI/May 27, 2015/Nation/Dennis Carcamo

Women's group bucks 'no home birth' in QC

Members of the women's rights group Gabriela are set to meet and hold a dialogue with Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte today on the to question a "no home birth" ordinance.  The group will air out its concerns over the issue to Belmonte following the local official’s reaction after Gabriela held a press conference opposing the ordinance last Mother's Day.

MB/May 27, 2015/World

Nepal bans children traveling without parents or guardian


KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The government announced Tuesday that all children traveling in Nepal will need to be accompanied by their parents or a legal guardian to prevent the trafficking of young people who lost their homes in the country’s powerful earthquakes.

MB/May 27, 2015/World/AFP

Spanish police rescue girl sold for marriage by parents


Spain police said Wednesday they had rescued an 11-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped and beaten after she was sold by her parents for marriage for 17,000 euros ($18,500). Police detained five people from the two families involved and charged them with human trafficking, sexual abuse, rape, abuse and labour exploitation, they said in a statement.

MST/May 26, 2015/World News/AFP

Japan urged to own up over ‘comfort women’

TOKYO—Japanese academics have called on the conservative government to face up to its responsibility over “comfort women,” echoing an open letter from leading foreign scholars urging an honest accounting for wartime wrongdoing.

MT/May 26, 2015/Expats & Diplomats

US Embassy sets up community empowerment fund

The United States Embassy in Manila, in partnership with five American Spaces in Mindanao, has announced the launch of the US Embassy Community Empowerment Fund. The fund offers a single grant of up to $5,000 to local nongovernment organizations in Mindanao to promote entrepreneurship, rule of law, English language, civic engagement, education, and the environment … Proposals must include a media plan that incorporates traditional and social media.

The target audiences should include out-of-school youth or women/girls.

BM/May 26, 2015/World/AP

Brides for sale: European women lured for sham marriages


LONDON—Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met.

MB/May 25, 2015/Metro/ Chito A. Chavez

QC court junks Cesar’s appeal

Quezon City Chief Prosecutor Donald Lee has dismissed the appeal of actor Cesar Montano to reverse an earlier resolution recommending the filing of three counts of charges of violation of Republic Act 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children) against him. In a two-page resolution, Lee junked the motion for reconsideration (MR) filed by Montano, Cesar Manhilot in real life, citing lack of merit .

MB/May 25, 2015/Opinions and Editorials

Information: GSP at 75: Building a strong nation through youth development


The Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), a dynamic organization of patriotic Filipino girls and young women, is 75 years old today, May 26. The GSP was organized in the Philippines by two women suffragists – Pilar Hidalgo Lim, then national president of the National Federation of Women’s Clubs (NFWC), and Josefa Llanes Escoda, NFWC executive secretary. On May 26, 1940, the GSP was chartered as a national organization under Commonwealth Act No. 542, with Escoda as the first GSP national executive.

MB/May 25, 2015/Entertainment/Rowena Tan

Mayor Erap extends support to LGBT community


Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada believes that it is the right time to broaden people’s understanding and appreciation of the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

MB/May 25, 2015/Provincial/Nonoy E. Lacson

‘Date rape’ drugs

Zamboanga City – Women in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) were warned not to accept drinks from strangers as it might contain Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate or the “date rape drug,” a depressant that increases a person’s sex drive. ARMM Police Director Ronald R. Estilles said in a statement that the “date-rape drug” has become popular among men in the region.

PDI/May 24, 2015/Global Nation/ Aries Joseph Hegina

Filipina in UAE death row for killing employer who tried to rape her


AN overseas Filipina worker (OFW) was sentenced to death by a United Arab Emirates (UAE) court after being convicted of killing her employer last December. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that Jennifer Dalquez was meted the death penalty by the Al Ain trial court in Dubai last May 20 … In a report by ABS-CBN News, Dalquez was arrested on December 12 last year for stabbing her employer who attempted to rape her at knifepoint.

MB/May 24, 2015/World/AP

Australian PM resists gay marriage referendum push


Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Sunday said his country would not follow Ireland’s lead and hold a referendum on gay marriage, adding that any decisions would be made by parliament. Ireland Saturday became the first nation in the world to approve same-sex marriage by referendum with an overwhelming 62 percent “Yes” vote.

MB/May 24, 2015/World/AP

Women’s walk across Koreas’ DMZ denied; they cross on bus


DORASAN STATION, South Korea — International women activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates have been denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing North and South Korea, but are allowed to cross by bus.

MT/May 23, 2015/Featured Column/Chit Juan

The business of women

FOR this installment, I pay tribute to some women leaders in the business of business.

These ladies have been at the helm of WomenBizPH and BPW Makati, two organizations I belong to. The first, Women’s Business Council of the Philippines or what we now call WomenBizPH was established in 1997 by then President Fidel Ramos to be a policy advisory group. My chairman (as I am the president) is Aurora “Boots” Geotina-Garcia, financial guru and investment expert.


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PIA/May 26, 2015/Venus G. Villanueva

APEC recognizes need for women's economic empowerment

KALIBO, Aklan, May 26 (PIA6) --  Women have also a big role in the economic prosperity of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) 21-member economies and this the Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) acknowledged in their statement read at the close of their meeting held in Boracay Island May 24. The statement was read by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory Domingo, MRT Chair before the conduct of the joint press conference at the lobby lounge of Shangri-La Boracay, venue of the meetings held from May 23-24, 2015.


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UN Women/May 28, 2015

Women take the reins to build peace in Colombia

The voices of women as experts, survivors and negotiators have been included in a peace process with an unprecedented gender perspective, with the support of UN Women and other partners.

IPS News/May 28, 2015/ Amantha Perera

Sri Lankan Women Stymied by Archaic Job Market

MIRIGAMA, Sri Lanka - Wathsala Marasinghe, a 33-year-old hailing from the town of Mirigama, just 50 km from Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, once had high hopes that the progressive education and employment policies of this South Asian island nation would work in her favour. Today, she feels differently, believing that “an evil system” has let her down.

ILO/May 25 2015/ Amantha Perera

Code of Conduct gives Viet Nam hope to address workplace sexual harassment, protecting workers and benefiting business

A new Code of Conduct developed with ILO support is expected to help the Government, employers and workers in Viet Nam identify sexual harassment in the workplace, prevent and address it through practical guidance which is missing in the laws.