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June 13-19, 2015

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MT/June 19, 2015/Breaking news/ AFP

US to put woman on new $10 bill

WASHINGTON: The US will put the image of a woman on an American banknote for the first time in over a century, breaking the lock that white male political heroes have on the greenback.

MT/June 18, 2015/World/ AFP

Taiwan ruling party eyes woman candidate

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s embattled ruling party said Wednesday it would nominate deputy parliamentary speaker Hung Hsiu-chu, a “one China” advocate, to run in the 2016 presidential race, after struggling to find a candidate following humiliating local elections.

MST/June 18, 2015/Opinion/ Rudy Romero

The Philippines’ most powerful women

Like most of the world’s progressive nations, the Philippines has its share of female movers and shakers. These Filipinas are to be found mainly in the government – all three branches of it and in the business sector.

MB/June 18, 2015/Provincial/ Nel B. Andrade

Separate  CRs

Antipolo City, Rizal — A local ordinance requiring establishments in the city to have a separate comfort rooms (CRs) for males and females was recently passed to address concerns on sanitation and insult to women’s dignity, among others.

MB/June 17, 2015/World/ AP

Chelsea Clinton launches first report on world’s fathers


United Nations — New mother Chelsea Clinton helped launch the first report on the “State of the World’s Fathers” Tuesday which says major inequalities persist between parents with women spending between two and 10 times longer than men caring for children.

MB/June 16, 2015/Metro/ Ben Rosario

House OKs bill expanding protection for women, kids


The House of Representatives has strengthened further the law protecting women and children against violence by approving a measure penalizing electronic or cyberspace violence committed against them. With all congresswomen signing as co-authors, House Bill 5675 or the Expanded Anti Violence Against Women and Their Children (E-VAWC) Act won unanimous approval on third and final reading in the Lower House.

MB/June 16, 2015/Provincial/ Jun Ramirez

DOJ prosecutor found guilty of child abuse


The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) announced yesterday the decision of the Sandiganbayan in sending up to 10 years in jail the Assistant Provincial Prosecutor of Negros Occidental for molesting a 14-year-old rape victim and offering her a P10,000 bribe in exchange for the dropping of the criminal case against the rape suspect.

MT/June 15, 2015/Breaking news/ AFP

Thousands back gymnast in SEA Games ‘genitalia’ row

SINGAPORE: Thousands of people have shown their support for Malaysian gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi after she was criticized for competing in revealing clothing at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

MB/June 15, 2015/World/ AP

Nobel Prize-winning scientist says he was forced to resign


LONDON (AP) — A week ago, Tim Hunt was a well-known Nobel Prize winner who was promoting science education throughout Europe and the world. Today he’s widely perceived as a sexist who has been stripped of most of his positions because of inappropriate comments about women in science … Hunt’s fall followed a speech Tuesday at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea in which he said that girls cause trouble in labs because “you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry.”

PS/June 14, 2015/Lifestyle/ Joanne Zapanta-Andrada

The Bravo Empowered Women Awards: Celebrating 8 ladies of excellence

This writer recently had the privilege of hosting the first Bravo Empowered Women Awards. This event, a joint venture of Security Bank and the Zonta Club of Makati and Environs, was created to honor women who have played a key role in empowering themselves and others toward the country’s economic and social progress. The Bravo Awards is a venue for bringing fresh faces to the fore as its criteria include the proviso that each nominee has never been a recipient of a national award in the past.

PDI/June 14, 2015/News

Duterte draws support of gender rights groups

DAVAO CITY—Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, being touted as a presidential contender, is getting the support of militant women’s groups for his previously unnoticed commitment to promote gender equality and reproductive health.

MT/June 14, 2015/News/ Lucia P. Tangi

Filipino women navigate male-dominated world of seafaring

The image of an olive-skinned man or a “barako” who has “a girl in every port” usually comes to mind when one mentions the word seafarer. The stereotype stems from the dominance of men in the maritime industry since the country started its massive labor export in the 1970s.

MST/June 13, 2015/Provinces

Cyclists pedal for freedom from slavery, trafficking

A Local non-government organization gathered cyclists for the “Stop. Look. Listen” campaign, supporting anti-human trafficking efforts in the country in Iloilo on Friday, Independence Day … In the Philippines, hotspots for human trafficking include the NCR Region, Tarlac, Laguna, Batangas, Samar, Cebu, Maguindanao, Zamboanga and Iloilo … “Human trafficking is a serious problem especially in our country because we offer cheap labor. A lot of times we only see women being trafficked for sexual exploitation but in fact, human trafficking can happen to both men and women and for different reasons other than sexual exploita tion, such as forced labor.

MB/June 13, 2015/World/ AFP

Hillary launches bid to be first woman US president


New York — Hillary Clinton on Saturday formally launches her bid to become America’s first woman president, holding in New York her first big campaign rally where she will outline a progressive vision for the future. Thousands of supporters are set to throng Roosevelt Island, a tiny sliver of land in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, where Clinton is expected to be joined by husband Bill and daughter Chelsea in the family’s first joint appearance of the campaign.

PDI/June 11, 2015/News/ Yuji Gonzales

Retired female flight attendants win gender discrimination suit vs PAL

After 11 years of legal ping pong, retired female flight attendants of Philippine Airlines (PAL) won their gender discrimination case against the flag carrier following a favorable decision by a Makati regional trial court on May 22. Judge Winlove Dumayas of Makati RTC Branch 39 ruled in favor of several female flight attendants of the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (Fasap), declaring as “null and void” a discriminatory provision of the 2000-2005 PAL-Fasap collective bargaining agreement (CBA).



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APC/ June 19, 2015

Women activists exchanging knowledge on gender and internet governance

PERGAMINO 19 June 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews) Between June and September 2015, APC will hold three Gender and Internet Governance eXchanges (gigX), two-day meetings prior to the regional Internet Governance Forums in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean, where women’s rights, internet rights and sexual rights activists will come together to share knowledge on the intersections of gender and internet governance.

UN Women/ June 18, 2015

Sweden’s feminist Government launches HeForShe

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was in Stockholm, Sweden for the launch of the Swedish HeForShe movement on 18 June. Invited by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven who was announced as a champion of UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 initiative at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year.

UN Women/ June 18, 2015

UN Women announces bold commitments to gender equality from 18 partners

New York—UN Women’s HeForShe campaign today announced the commitments of 18 IMPACT champions, completing the initial slate of 30 global partners, following the launch of the pilot initiative in January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the announcement in early May of the first 10 champions.

Al-Monitor/June 18, 2015/ Omar al-Jaffal

Blood money marriage makes comeback in Iraq

BAGHDAD — Women took to the streets of al-Mutanabbi Street in central Baghdad June 2, holding large banners denouncing fasliya marriage — the Arabic word for marriages arranged as compensation, through which tribal conflicts are resolved — which has surfaced in Iraq anew. The return of this type of marriage comes as a result of a frail state and the predominance of tribal values over social life, as well as the exacerbation of conflicts between Iraqi tribes in central and southern areas.

UN Women/June 17, 2015

UN Women and the Green Belt Movement mark World Environment Day

On 5 June  UN Women joined hands with the Green Belt movement (GBM) in celebrating this year’s World Environment Day, as the global community also marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action.

IPS News/June 17, 2015/ Thalif Deen

Could Peacekeeping Wives Deter Sexual Abuse in U.N. Overseas Operations?

UNITED NATIONS - Back in November 2007, about 108 military personnel from an Asian country, serving with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti, were deported home after being accused of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of minors.

The Guardian/June 16, 2015/ Gary Barker

Calling the world's fathers: you are part of the gender equality revolution too

Steven is in the vanguard of the gender equality revolution. He is a full-time caregiver of his two young children. He feeds them, takes them for check-ups, and wakes late at night when they cry in their sleep.

UN Women/June 15, 2015

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director attends the African Union Summit

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was in Johannesburg from 14-15 June to attend the 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), under the theme: “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. The theme provided an ideal opportunity to advocate for the highest level of political commitment and leadership for gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa.

Womensenews/June 15, 2015/ Louisa Reynolds

Guatemalan Double Standard Limits Femicide Courts

Male infidelity is widely accepted in Guatemala, but also more likely to get a woman killed than in any other country in Latin America. That's a challenge for the new femicide courts, which are battling a culture of impunity for violence against women.

IPS News/June 13, 2015/ José Adán Silva

Sex Workers in Nicaragua Break the Silence and Gain Rights

MANAGUA - After living in the shadows, thousands of Nicaraguan sex workers have broken their silence, won support from state institutions and gained new respect for their rights. María Elena Dávila, national coordinator of the Nicaraguan Sex Workers Network (TraSex), explained to IPS that after 15 years of quietly organising, women who provide sexual services for money have managed to become “judicial facilitators” – a kind of conflict resolution mediator – in the Supreme Court and Health Ministry promoters of sexual and reproductive health.