GAD News Feed for June 6 - 12, 2015


June 6-12, 2015

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PDI/June 12, 2015/Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

Honoring ‘Manang’ Letty

It seems to be awards-giving season for some of my favorite women. Foremost of them is former Sen. Leticia Ramos Shahani, who was honored yesterday by the Senate in a resolution filed by Sen. Loren Legarda for her “continued service to the nation and the Filipino people with utmost dedication” and her “remarkable contribution as legislator, diplomat, educator, women’s rights advocate and civil society leader.”

MB/June 12, 2015/National/ Mario Casayuran

Senate honors former Sen. Ramos-Shahani

Before adjourning “sine die” last Wednesday, the Senate honored former Senate President Pro Tempore Leticia Ramos Shahani for her contributions as a legislator, diplomat, educator, women’s rights advocate and civil society leader. This followed the approval during the Senate plenary session presided by Senate President Franklin M. Drilon of Senate Resolution No, 1396 authored by Sen. Loren Legarda, extolling the virtues of Shahani.

MB/June 12, 2015/Provincial/ Edith B. Colmo

DOH aims to reduce maternal and infant deaths


Bacolod City – Reduction of infant and maternal deaths is among the main objectives of High Impact 5 (HI-5) of the Department of Health (DOH). As of June this year, records of the Negros Occidental Provincial Health Office (PHO) show that there were 55 maternal deaths already according to Dr. Ernell Tuminbang, provincial health officer.

MB/June 12, 2015/World/ AP

Cheating website reveals hints of societal change in SKorea


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A wealthy man sneaks away for a tryst that he suggests will “reduce friction” with his wife. A woman in Seoul looks for a “side relationship” to a marriage that has lost its spark.

PS/June 11, 2015/The Freeman/ Mylen P. Manto

No bail for 2 Norwegians charged for trafficking women

CEBU, Philippines - Two Norwegian nationals charged for allegedly hiring women for profit won’t have “temporary liberty” after the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office recommended no bail against them. Rogen Tangen and Roger Bjorkelund, reported owners of Club Temptation located along D. Jakosalem St., Barangay Cogon-Ramos, Cebu City, were held by Prosecutor Gandhi Truya for trial after finding probable cause in their violation of Republic Act 10364, otherwise known as the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

PDI/June 11, 2015/News

Malaysia gov’t maintains marital rape not a crime

A Malaysian official said the government decided to maintain the present rape laws and not include marital rape. A parliamentary committee decided a decade ago that it is permissible for a husband to “rape” his wife. This position was taken by the six-member bi-partisan special committee set up to review marital rape laws when amendments to the Penal Code were being considered between 2004 and 2006.

MB/June 11, 2015/Business/ AP

Intel launches investment fund for minority, women-led firms


Santa Clara, California – Intel is launching a $125 million investment fund for technology startups led by women and minorities, a move the chipmaker says is aimed at changing the face of Silicon Valley. The new fund, which is unusual for its focus on minority-led companies, is part of a broader effort that Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has launched amid widespread criticism of a U. tech industry dominated by white male executives and investors.

PDI/June 10, 2015/News/ Karlos Manlupig

Duterte comes out strongly for family planning, reproductive health

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – With the country’s 100-million population still growing, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the Filipino people must be saved from ignorance about reproductive health. In his television show Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa on Sunday, Duterte chided the Catholic church for allegedly not helping in the campaign to teach family planning, especially to poor families. “Family planning in the country cannot maintain its momentum because you keep the people in total ignorance,” Duterte said.

BM/June 10, 2015/Sport/ Jun Lomibao

LVPI’s gender protest turned down

SINGAPORE—The Philippines’s protest against an Indonesian player it suspects to be a male rather than a female was denied by the International Volleyball Federation’s Japanese representative to the 28th SEA Games.

MT/June 9, 2015/News

Indonesia’s Aceh bans women from nightspots after 11 pm

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: Women in the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh have been banned from entertainment venues like cafes and sports halls after 11 pm, its mayor said Tuesday, the latest Islamic regulation in Aceh province.

MT/June 9, 2015/News

Iran will stop protests against women in stadiums

TEHRAN: Iran will not tolerate demonstrations against the presence of women at male sporting events, a government spokesman said Tuesday, after threats from ultraconservatives to disrupt any relaxation of restrictions.

MB/June 9, 2015/World/ AFP

Denying ‘comfort women’ stains Japan honour: ex-deputy PM


Japan must face up to the truth over its wartime system of sex slavery if it is to purge the stain of its past wrongs, the man who issued a landmark apology said Tuesday. Yohei Kono, who as chief Cabinet secretary in 1993 offered Japan’s fullest mea culpa for its wartime enslavement of up to 200,000 mainly Asian women, said Tokyo must not shy away from its responsibility.

MST/June 8, 2015/Provinces/ Macon Ramos-Araneta

High maternal mortality hounds Palawan despite RH Law passage

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—Palawan has one of the “the highest maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the country” with almost 1 in 10 maternal deaths in the 15-19 age bracket, according to a consortium of non-government organizations here.

MST/June 8, 2015/World News/ AFP

Abe again urged to apologize

TOKYO—Japanese academics on Monday urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to renew apologies for the country’s imperialist past and offer to compensate the victims of its wartime brothel system, in the latest intervention from educationalists.

PDI/June 7, 2015/Business

Great Women launched as an Asean brand

Silk from Thailand. Leather from Manila. Craftsmanship and design by Zarah Juan, an Asean woman … It was a good three days where an Asean SME Showcase yielded the best ideas for Asean integration. Some twenty or so women came together to put up one of the most visited booths at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.

MB/June 7, 2015/World/ AP

Women’s rights miniskirt protest fizzles in Tunisia


TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Only a handful of women have answered a call by a Tunisian rights’ group to protest the repression of women in the Muslim world by demonstrating in miniskirts. About a dozen mini-skirted women took part Saturday afternoon in the protest organized by Tunisia’s League for the Defense of Secularism and Freedom.

MB/June 7, 2015/Panorama/ Beth Day Romulo

Girl power

Two American Women Are Running for President


The US has never had a woman president but in the upcoming presidential election in 2016, two prominent women will be vying for the post: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Carly Fiorina. As secretary of state Hillary Clinton set a record by visiting 112 countries and, as a devoted admirer explained, Hillary “is a realist with a conscience and an idealist who is comfortable with the exercise of power. She knows how to draw out opponents and forge solutions on common ground. She practices the politics of reconciliation and reason, and is known for her coolness under fire and for her good judgment.”



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UN Women/June 12, 2015

Elections herald an increase in women MPs in Turkey, but more progress is needed

The Turkish Parliament will soon welcome the highest number of women Members of Parliament (MPs) in its history after parliamentary elections held on 7 June 2015. According to initial estimates, the number of women MPs elected to the Turkish Parliament increased from 79 to 98.

UN Women/June 12, 2015

UN Women stresses women’s role in water management at the Water for Life Conference

Over 900 government representatives of UN Member States, experts, academics, and members of international, civil society and private sector organizations from more than 100 countries gathered in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, from 9-10 June to review the Implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water For Life” (2005-2015), a global initiative for international cooperation in water management launched by the Government of Tajikistan 10 years ago.

UN Women/June 11, 2015

Bringing bus drivers on board against sexual harassment in Marrakesh

In cities across the world, women and girls experience and fear various types of sexual violence in public spaces, most notably in public transport, as reported by users. In Morocco, according to a national survey conducted by the High Commissioner of Planning in 2009, over 63 per cent of women living in urban areas reported that they had experienced some form of violence in public spaces, including on public transport, in the past year.

TechTimes/June 11, 2015/ Andrea Alfano

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Sets Space Stay Record For Women And European Space Agency

An exceptional specimen came down to Earth from space on June 11. It is not a meteor or some kind of alien, but fellow human Samantha Cristoforetti, the new record holder for the longest continuous space stay by any woman or by any European Space Agency astronaut.

UN Women/June 10, 2015

Workshop stresses the importance of financing for gender equality, post-2015

Making gender equality and women’s empowerment a reality requires dedicated and consistent funding. Highlighting the key role that financing for gender equality will have for the future global development agenda, UN Women, in collaboration with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) and the European Commission (EC) convened a global workshop entitled “Increasing Financing for Gender Equality: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward,” from 3-5 June 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

UN Women/June 10, 2015

UN Women presents its work on women and girls with disabilities

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recognizes that women and girls with disabilities are one of the most disadvantaged groups globally, as they face additional barriers to achieving gender equality and advancement.

IPS News/June 10, 2015/ Ngala Killian Chimtom

Cameroonian Women and Girls Saying No to Child Marriage

MAROUA, Cameroon - Twelve-year-old Bienvienue Taguieke was expected to obey her parents and marry a man 40 years her senior, but an association of women in Cameroon’s Far North Region, where child marriages are rife, put a stop to it in a sign that women are starting to speaking out against the practice.

GenderIT.Org/June 10, 2015

Philippines: Exploring technology-related violence against women and children


We’re back! – with the second edition highlighting APC’s project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” and this time round, we’ll look at the Philippines. Based on research carried out by Foundation for Media Alternatives, we look at cases ranging from celebrity sex videos to child pornography, and draw attention to various socio-economic realities in the Philippines.

UN Women/June 9, 2015

Press release: UN Women Beijing+20 event in Berlin urges accelerated progress on gender equality and women’s rights

Berlin — To mark the historic 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, and its 20th anniversary this year,  representatives from politics, the private sector, civil society and academia came together today in Berlin. The event with German Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Manuela Schwesig, and the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, was held in the Representation of the State North Rhine-Westphalia in Berlin, hosted by the UN Women National Committee for Germany and attended by high officials and other dignitaries.

UN Women/June 9, 2015

G7 leaders highlight women’s empowerment as a top priority

Leaders commit to reduce the gender gap in workforce participation in their countries by 25 per cent by 2025 and call on companies to apply the UN 'Women’s Empowerment Principles'.

UN Women/June 8, 2015

Expert’s take: No empowerment without rights

In recent years a wide range of actors—donor agencies, governments, civil society organizations and the private sector—have embraced the goal of women’s economic empowerment.