GAD News Feed for May 30 - June 5, 2015


May 30 – June 5, 2015

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PS/June 5, 2015/Nation/ Mike Frialde

Taguig-Pateros Hospital gets DOH nod for being 'mother-baby friendly'

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Health (DOH) recently recognized the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital as being “Mother-Baby Friendly.” According to the Taguig City government, the TPDH became the 28th hospital in the country and the eighth local government unit (LGU) hospital to be bestowed with the recognition.

MB /June 5, 2015/National/ Roy Mabasa

Declaration vs Human Trafficking signed at PH-Dutch workshop


Over a hundred delegates, including 20 foreign diplomats and heads of various government agencies, have signed the Manila Declaration at the 1st International Dialogue on Human Trafficking committing themselves and their organizations to the fight against trafficking.

MB /June 5, 2015/Metro/Ding Marcelo

PNoy skirts comfort women issue in meeting with Japanese leaders


Tokyo – President Aquino said the matter of an apology and compensation for Filipino comfort women during Japan’s occupation of the Philippines during the Second World War was not discussed with Japanese officials or with Emperor Akihito.

MB /June 5, 2015/Opinions and Editorials

Feature: Singapore’s foreign maids exploited by agents, employers


Singapore (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — The promise of a salary five times what she could make at home prompted Nabila to leave Indonesia and her family for a job as a domestic worker in Singapore. What she did not realise was that it would be eight months before she earned a cent because of deductions made by the employment agency that brought her to Singapore.

MB /June 5, 2015/News/AFP

‘Female Viagra’ gets green light from US expert panel


A US advisory panel on Thursday urged regulators to approve a drug nicknamed the “female Viagra” because it could help increase women’s sex drive.

PS /June 4, 2015/World/Jessica Gresko

Report: Women produce about a third of US news content

WASHINGTON — Men are behind more news stories than women by a nearly 2-to-1 margin across print and television platforms, though there was a slight increase in bylines and credits for women last year, a new study says. The Washington-based Women's Media Center released its study Thursday as part of its fourth annual report on "The Status of Women in U.S. Media."

MB /June 4, 2015/World/AFP

US Policies on transgender admissions at women’s colleges


NEW YORK (AP) — Barnard College issued a new policy Thursday saying it will now admit transgender women. The decision at the Manhattan campus follows those at a number of women’s colleges across the country over the past year. The policies, which all acknowledge changing norms regarding gender, differ in their breadth.

MB /June 4, 2015/Provincial/ Zaldy Comanda

2 Baguio cops tagged as suspects in gang rape of single mom


Baguio City — The Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO-Cor) has ordered a thorough investigation of a case of forcible abduction with rape in which the 26-year-old victim has tagged seven suspects, including two active members of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO).

BM /June 4, 2015/Opinion/Chit U. Juan

Great women of Asean unite!

YES, we made it happen. During the Asean SME Showcase and Conference 2015 held in Kuala Lumpur, a select group of woman-entrepreneurs from eight countries made possible a collaboration of talent and resources now known as Great Women in Asean.

PDI /June 3, 2015/Preen Culture/Chryssa Celestino

LGBT Terms We’re Not Getting Right

For a country that loves its gay pageants and prolific with its community-specific clubs, isn’t it surprising that we still don’t agree whether to call Aiza Seguerra a he or a she? Or that a loud majority found Vince Uy’s hand on Nino Gaddi’s shoulder disturbing? This is after we’re called the 10th most gay-friendly society. How’s that for a reality check? We sure are friendly with LGBTs. But just in case we forget, merely being friendly isn’t the same as respecting sensitivities. And when we don’t, we’re as good as frenemies to them all.

MST/June 3, 2015/Main Stories/ Vito Barcelo

UK queen honors 2 Filipinos

Two Filipino women were honored by  Queen Elizabeth II of England for the  exemplary work they rendered in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, (international name “Haiyan”). The  Queen  conferred the honor on Vice Consul Victoria Buenaventura and Pro-Consul Joanna Teh,    staff members    of the Consular Section at the British Embassy in Manila.

MB /June 3, 2015/Provincial/ Edith B. Colmo

Cervical Cancer Top Case among women in the Philippines: DOH


Bacolod City – ”  Cervical cancer in advanced countries like the United States, is already at the bottom of the list while in the Philippines, it is on top.

PDI /June 2, 2015/News/ Maila Ager

Senate consults women, businesses, agencies on BBL

A Senate committee resumed on Tuesday hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to consult sectors like women, youth and business that could be adversely affected by the legislation.

MT /June 2, 2015/Top Stories

Marcos: Ensure ARMM workers’ welfare

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., in a hearing on Tuesday, said he wants to scrutinize plans to guarantee the welfare of over 36,000 public servants in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), as well as other key sectors like women, youth and business that could be adversely affected with enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) … Representatives from the women sector, including the Philippine Commission on Women, the Women and Gender Institute and the Women Engaged in Action on 1325 were also present.

MT /June 2, 2015/World

Women face domestic violence in Latin America

BUENOS AIRES: One was beaten to death because she got pregnant. Another was stabbed to death in a jealous rage. Another had her throat slit because she asked for a divorce. These brutal murders show the alarming violence that women face in Latin America, a region that has begun adopting new laws to address the problem but where thousands of women are killed by their partners each year.

MB /June 2, 2015/News/ Hannah Torregoza

Senate pushes Magna Carta for Filipino seafarers


Since the Philippines is the world’s top supplier of seafarers, Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said the country needs a Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers, a measure that would guarantee the fundamental rights, benefits and comprehensive protection of those in the maritime industry … Under the bill, Filipino seafarers are entitled to just compensation and work under humane conditions, right to education and training, right to self-organization and collective bargaining, right to repatriation, right against discrimination, exploitation and any kind of physical harm, sexual harassment or slavery among Filipino seafarers’ rights.

MB /June 2, 2015/World/ AFP

Rohingya migrants raped at Thai-Malaysia border camps


Kuala lumpur – Muslim Rohingya women who were held at human-trafficking camps in Thailand and Malaysia were subjected to gang rapes by their captors, assaults that left at least two of them pregnant, a Malaysian media report said.

MB /June 2, 2015/National/ Charissa Luci

Lawmakers seek probe on use of gender fund for trips


Militant woman lawmakers have sought a congressional probe into the Department of Agriculture’s purported use of the Gender and Development (GAD) fund to finance several “unnecessary extravagant” trips abroad. Gabriela Women’s partylist Rep. Emmi de Jesus and Luz Ilagan asked the House Committees on Good Government and Public Accountability, chaired by Pampanga Rep. Oscar Rodriguez to look into DA’s reported use of GAD budget to fund several trips abroad.

MT /June 1, 2015/Sports

DILG shines as back-to-back inter-agency champ

The Department of the Interior and Local Government swept Season 4 of the Inter-Government Agency Female Employees Sportsfest Volleyball tilt in a back-to-back bid in May at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex … A Gender and Development project of Philippine Sports Commissioner Akiko Thomson-Guevara also featuring badminton, billiards, bowling and table tennis, competition sizzled among female players from the Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of National Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health, Department of Justice, National Bureau of Investigation, Land Registration Authority, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Sports Commission and Department of Public Works and Highways.

MB /June 1, 2015/World/ AFP

Israeli high school girls fight for right to be cool


Israeli high school girls have taken to social media to protest against rules that let boys wear shorts in the sweltering summer heat but bar girls from doing the same.

MST/May 31, 2015/Business/ MST Business/ Benel D. Lagua

Equal rights

The Philippine government further its support to women thereby established Philippine Commission on Women, which aims to eliminate gender discrimination by passing Magna Carta for Women and involvement in projects in partnership with global agents such as Canadian International Development Agency, United Nations Population Fund and United Nations Development Fund for Women.  One of its projects is the so-called “The Great Women Project” which “fosters efficient, responsive, transparent and accountable governance at all levels and to support the development of sustainable SMEs that can create more, better and decent jobs for both men and women.”(

MST /May 30, 2015/Main Stories/ Vito Barcelo

Jailed domestics to get help even without OWWA docs

The Department of Labor and Employment on Friday   said it will extend assistance to Filipina domestic sentenced to death in the United Arab Emirates for stabbing to death her employer who tried to rape her, despite her not being an active member of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.



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IPS News/June 5, 2015/ Thalif Deen

U.N. Challenges Asia-Pacific to Be World’s First Region to End AIDS Epidemic

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations has expressed confidence that the Asia-Pacific region, with almost five million people living with HIV, is politically committed towards the elimination of the deadly disease AIDS. Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, said the Asia-Pacific region is moving the world forward into new frontiers of development.

New York Times/June 5, 2015/Declan Walsh

Pakistan Says Court Has Freed 8 of 10 Accused in Attack on Malala Yousafzai

LONDON — Pakistani officials said Friday that a court had released eight of the 10 men accused of conspiring in the shooting of the schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai, in an admission that brought new scrutiny of Pakistan’s faltering efforts to try Islamist militants in the courts.

IPS News/June 4, 2015/ Stella Paul

‘Legal Friends’ Fight Gender Violence in Rural India

BETUL, India - Mamta Bai, 36, distinctly remembers the first time the police came to her village: it was December 2014 and her neighbour, Purva Bai, had just been beaten unconscious by her alcoholic husband, prompting Mamta to make a distress call to the nearest station. Once in the neighborhood, policemen pulled the abusive husband out of his home and asked the village women if they wanted him to be arrested.

IPS News/June 3, 2015/ Busani Bafana

Zimbabwean Women Weave Their Own Beautiful Future

LUPANE, Zimbabwe - Seventy-seven-year-old Grace Ngwenya has an eye for detail. You will never catch her squinting as she effortlessly weaves ilala palm fronds into beautiful baskets.

ILO/June 3, 2015

Female entrepreneur builds economical, green homes in Zambia

ILO-led Green Jobs Programme in Zambia is expected to create 5,000 new green jobs by 2017 thanks to a partnership between the government and the construction sector.

UN Women/June 2, 2015

Press Release: Facebook, UN Women help female entrepreneurs boost their businesses

(Cape Town, South Africa) Facebook, in support of UN Women, is hosting a Boost Your Business workshop for women Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) owners in Cape Town today. More than 200 women entrepreneurs are attending the event at the Pepper Club Hotel, where they are networking and receiving advice on growing their businesses. They are also sharing ideas with each other on how to run a socially responsible business with gender equality and women’s empowerment at its core.

UN Women/June 2, 2015

Girls kick violence with Grassroot Soccer

On a windy afternoon in Khayelitsha, the largest informal township in Cape Town, South Africa, over 100 adolescent girls between the ages of 10-14 from Yomelela Primary School gathered to play soccer on a concrete ‘pitch’. Twenty Grassroot Soccer Caring Coaches encouraged the girls from the sidelines, guiding the ball between the makeshift goals.

Time/June 2, 2015/ Christina Asquith

Why Turkey’s Election Is High Stakes for Women

As Turks head to the polls on June 7 for national elections, it’s likely the conservative ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), will win. What’s at stake is whether voters will give the party the close to 400 seats it desires to greatly expand the authority of Turkey’s power-hungry president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. For women, that would be a devastating blow. Under Erdogan’s rule, the Turkish government has been steadily shrinking the rights of women—along with those of the media, minorities, and independent judges. The government has pushed legislation that restricts abortion, shifted programs from protecting women to supporting families, and changed the education system to promote Islamic teachings and encourage wearing the head scarf for girls as young as 10.

NPR/ June 2, 2015/Peter Kenyon

In Turkey, Violence Against Women Is Often A Private Family Matter

Mutlu Kaya is gifted with a strong, pure voice, and it nearly cost her her life. Or rather, many Turkish women say, it was the reaction to her singing by the men in Kaya's life. She's in the hospital, a bullet in her skull.

UN Women/June 1, 2015

Income empowers Kilimanjaro women to seek justice

Through a programme supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, more than 1,000 women have joined savings and loans groups, started businesses, and sought legal advice to claim their rights.

UN Women/June 1, 2015

Women’s health in the spotlight at the World Health Assembly

UN Women took an active role at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the main decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), which hosted its 68th session in Geneva from 18 to 26 May 2015. It featured a 20-year assessment of the state of women’s health and women’s role in health, as well as the need for gender mainstreaming in this sector.

Times of India/June 1, 2015

Mauritius designates its first woman president

PORT LOUIS: The government of Mauritius today designated Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as the Indian Ocean island nation's new president, making her the first woman to hold the ceremonial position.