GAD News Feed for June 27 - July 3, 2015


June 27-July 3, 2015

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PDI/July 3, 2015/Opinions/ Rina Jimenez-David,

Continuing challenges to RH Law

Decidedly below the radar, drowned out by the noise and clamor of political news, is the report that the Supreme Court has temporarily stopped the Department of Health from distributing and selling implants.

BM/July 3, 2015/Sports/ AP

Asian women outshine men


SEOUL, South Korea—The contrast between the fortunes of Asia’s women’s soccer teams and their male equivalents could not be more striking.

BM/July 2, 2015/Lifestyle/ Los Angeles Times

How pop culture shaped the marriage equality debate

FOR decades, gays and lesbians didn’t exist in film and television. It wasn’t a matter of censorship; writers, filmmakers and studio executives knew not to showcase these characters if they wanted to earn a paycheck. Then things started to change.

BM/July 1, 2015/Opinion/ Atty. Filamer D. Miguel

PAL’s double whammy

IN its legal and tax battles, the Philippine flag carrier suffered a double whammy on the decisions recently promulgated by the courts. Three weeks ago the Philippine Airlines (PAL) stole the spotlight when a Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Makati ordered the airline to pay P100,000 each to its almost 1,000 retired female flight attendants after PAL lost an 11-year legal battle over gender discrimination.

PS/June 30, 2015/Opinion/ Domini M. Torrevillas

Amending the marital infidelity law

Inequalities in the law are no more harshly evident than  in the Revised Penal Code’s definition of marital infidelity and legal sanctions on perpetrators. Since 2013 a number of bills have been pending in Congress, seeking  to  amend if not to repeal Articles 333 and 334 of the RPC  to correct the imbalance in the treatment of men and women found guilty of the crime. The National Commission for Women is in the forefront of a movement to amend laws that discriminate against women but favor men. In its agenda during the current 16th Congress the NCW is pushing Congress to check the imbalance. Representatives Emmi A. de Jesus and Luzviminda C. Ilagan go beyond amending laws as they are authors of HB 4377 which ask for the repeal of the offensive articles.

MB/June 30, 2015/Opinions and Editorials

For 2020: Which woman should appear on $10 bill?


Washington, DC, United States (AP) — Harriet Tubman? Eleanor Roosevelt? Rosa Parks? Speculation is rising over which American woman will be chosen to grace the $10 bill, which has featured Alexander Hamilton since 1929. The answer will come sometime after summer, after Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew considers suggestions from anyone who wants to offer one _ through town hall meetings or online.

PS/June 29, 2015/Headlines/ Rainier Allan Ronda

UN: Philippine efforts to uphold women’s rights not enough

The Philippines still falls short in preventing the violation of women’s reproductive rights despite its passage of a Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law in 2012, a report of a United Nations committee revealed.

MT/June 29, 2015/Top stories

SC stops distribution, sale of contraceptives

THE 2nd Division of the Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order stopping the Department of Health from authorizing the distribution and selling of contraceptives as mandated by the controversial Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act 10354). The decision by the SC Division chaired by Associate Justice Antonio Carpio was handed down during deliberations held last June 17, court insiders told the Manila Times.

MT/June 29, 2015/Columns

‘Traceable’ and organic in Iloilo

WE were just invited to a mentoring session for women entrepreneurs by the Gender Focal Point Group of Iloilo province. We met with a diverse assembly of women from remote parts of the province, who all shared the same principles about organic farming and women empowerment.

MT/June 29, 2015/World/AFP

Sri Lanka war widows pin hopes on president

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka: Shunned, destitute and pushed into prostitution in some cases, Sri Lanka’s Tamil widows have returned to northern Jaffna since the end of the separatist war only to discover they are not welcome even in their homeland.

PDI/June 28, 2015/Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David,

Defining marriage

If the purpose of marriage is procreation, then childless couples—those who, by choice or circumstance, do not have children—should be required to end their marriage once it has been determined that siring children is not in their future.

BM/June 28, 2015/Nation/ Butch Fernandez

Palace firm on Family Code vs LGBT unions

MALACAÑANG stood firm on enforcing the Family Code of the Philippines and would not recognize same-sex marriages by Filipinos abroad amid a clamor from local lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) groups for the government to follow the US Supreme Court which upheld same-sex unions in all 50 states of the US.

MB/June 27, 2015/Business

PH, Canadian gov’ts launch P320-million project for women economic empowerment


Approximately 12,000 owner-entrepreneurs and workers of microenterprises can look forward to more competitive businesses and better lives with the launching of the GREAT Women-2 or the Supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) in the Philippines Project.

MB/June 27, 2015/News/AP

Filipino LGBT people celebrate Gay Pride, US court decision


Several hundred gays, lesbians and transgender people held a Gay Pride rally Saturday in the Philippine capital to push for LGBT rights and to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriages in all U.S. states as a victory for their cause.

MB/June 27, 2015/World/AP

NYC bill would require some bathrooms to be gender-neutral


NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Comptroller has proposed legislation that would require city businesses to convert some of their bathrooms to gender-neutral facilities. The proposal would also push for the change of the wording of some city codes to remove regulations that require plumbers to create separate washrooms for each sex.


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New Vision/July 3, 2015/Titus Kakembo

EU commends Uganda on gender equality

THE EU head of delegation H.E Ambassador Kristian Schmidt has hailed Uganda government for the effort it has put in place to enhance gender equality and the empowerment of women. “The EU is investing $578m for the next six year program with UN Women to support gender empowerment and equality related issues,” revealed Schmidt.

Al-Monitor/July 3, 2015/Ahmad Melhem

West Bank women look to divorce marital status from IDs

RAMALLAH, West Bank — While Palestinian journalist Nahed Abu Taima was looking to rent a home in the West Bank city of Ramallah, she had great difficulty as a divorced woman in finding a landlord willing to rent to her.

International Business Times/July 1, 2015/ Lydia Smith

Greek crisis: Thriving sex industry shows austerity has violated women's rights

Seven years of an economic crisis has left debt-stricken Greece with the highest level of unemployment of any developed economy. Nearly a third of Greeks are living below the poverty line, and children and families make up a significant proportion of those most vulnerable as a result of brutal austerity measures. This is well-known and well-documented. Yet one fallout of Greece's mass unemployment is largely concealed – the rising rate of women turning to sex work to make ends meet. There are reportedly around 18,000 sex workers in Greece, up from the estimated 17,000 in 2012.

The Guardian/July 1, 2015

Tasmania announces gender equality plan to have 50% women on boards

Tasmania’s Liberal state government will launch a recruitment drive for women as it moves to balance the gender scales in positions of authority. The membership of government boards and committees should have female representation of at least 50% by 2020, the state minister for women, Jacquie Petrusma, said on Wednesday.

Forbes/July 1, 2015/ Eilene Zimmerman

Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide Still Face Big Hurdles

Dell ’s sixth annual Women’s Entrepreneur Network summit concluded yesterday and the company announced the results of its 2015 Global Women Entrepreneur Leaders Scorecard, which ranks 31 countries based on their institutional and business environment and measures. The Scorecard ranks and rates opportunities and challenges faced by female entrepreneurs worldwide and the 31 countries surveyed account for 70% of the world’s female population.