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MB/July 10, 2015/Opinions and Editorials

Information: World Population Day

“Vulnerable People in Emergencies” is the theme of this year’s global observance of World Population Day (WPD) 2015. Leading the celebration is the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), an international development agency that promotes the right of every man, woman, and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity.

MT/July 9, 2015/News

Why do women outlive men? Science zeroes in on answer

Women tend to live longer than men. But it wasn’t always that way, a new study says. Adults born in the late 19th century were the first to see men dying at much higher rates than women. So the gender difference in life expectancy is fairly recent, and probably isn’t based on anatomy alone, researchers say.

PS/July 8, 2015/Headlines/ Louella Desiderio

CAAP to put up ‘all gender’ restrooms

“All gender” restrooms will be put up in 41 airports run by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). Construction of the project is set to start this month, CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said in a text message yesterday. “Communal toilets or all-gender restroom means that anyone can use this restroom regardless of gender identity or expression,” he said. Gender-neutral restrooms will be put up along with those for males, females and persons with disability. The project is part of CAAP’s Gender Awareness Development (GAD) program.

MB/July 8, 2015/Business

Singapore female pilot stands out in male-dominated occupation


At last week’s pilot training course for Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s Scoot carrier, Eva Maria Thien stood out among the participants because she was the only woman. She also was the instructor.

MT/July 7, 2015/News/AFP

Hundreds of lawyers back Morocco women tried over dresses

RABAT: Hundreds of lawyers have registered to defend two women who went on trial in Morocco on Monday accused of “gross indecency” for wearing dresses considered provocative, an activist said.

MB/July 7, 2015/Business

Women in Maritime launches program to promote ‘gender equity’ on board ships


The Women in Maritime Philippines (WIMAPHIL) organization led by its president Ms. Carla S. Limcaoco has embarked on a program titled ‘She To Sea-We Mentor’  (STS- WM)to promote “gender equity”  onboard  ships, to  help enhance their profession in navigational  works.

BW/July 7, 2015/Economy

Millennium Dev’t Goals hailed for success in curbing poverty

THE Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) program has become the “most successful” initiative to combat poverty, after it achieved its target of halving the number of poor worldwide, the United Nations (UN) said in a report … Gender equality in terms of school and work also improved, the UN said, with narrowing gaps in access to education and employment … NEDA Secretary-General Arsenio M. Balisacan said in the government’s penultimate report that the country is on track to attain the MDG targets on universal access to primary education, providing schooling for girls, trimming infant and under-five deaths, reducing malaria cases, boosting TB detection and cure rates, and increasing the number of homes with access to safe water … However, Mr. Balisacan noted that “greater effort” is needed in the areas of improving the completion rate for the elementary school level, maternal deaths, access to reproductive health, and reducing HIV cases.

BM/July 7, 2015/Business/ Roderick Abad

Dell study:  Women entrepreneurs still need to reach full potential

WOMEN entrepreneurs are expected to play a more pivotal role in global business and leadership, but as of now, they still have to reach their full potential, a study has revealed.

BM/July 7, 2015/Opinion/ Susie Bugante

Are single women entitled to maternity benefits?


THIS is a question often asked by female members of the Social Security System (SSS) who had become pregnant outside of marriage … The law is silent on the civil status of the female member. Instead, it requires that the member must have paid at least three monthly contributions within the 12-month period before the semester of childbirth. Thus, a member’s right to the benefit is assured by her contributions, regardless of her civil status. Single women, therefore, are entitled to maternity benefits for as long as they meet the qualification requirements under the law.

MT/July 6, 2015/Regions/ Benjie L. Vergara

Airports to have ‘all-gender’ toilets

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Monday said it will build communal toilets or all-gender restrooms this month at 41 commercial airports in the country that are under its supervision.

PS/July 5, 2015/Business

Single mom leads 2015 Outstanding Rural Women

MANILA, Philippines - Single mother Luzviminda “Luz” Teston Oropesa from Baras, Catanduanes, leads the six finalists of the 2015 Search for Outstanding Rural Women who were honored in an awarding ceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on June 19.

MB/July 5, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/ Ignacio Bunye

Aeta grandmothers bring solar energy to their communities


The “Solar Lolas” are back! The “Solar Lolas” are four Aeta grandmonthers who were sent to the Barefoot College in India to be trained under its “Tanging Tanglaw: Turning IP Grandmothers into Solar Engineers” Project.

MT/July 4, 2015/Regions/ Julmunir I. Jannaral

Wives of MILF members also hope for peace

SIMUAY, SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao: After the symbolic turn over of firearms by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members to the national government, it is the women’s turn to voice out their desire for peace in Mindanao. The wives of MILF combatants hope for the start of real peace after the decommissioning of firearms.

MST/July 4, 2015/Lifestyle/ Aika Copon

Ester Marcaida: Blazing a trail

Shangri-La group’s first Filipino general manager

“Sometimes, the best man for the job is a woman,” so goes a popular quote. This happens to be true in the case of Ester Marcaida, whose recent appointment as general manager of Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa gives her the distinction of being the first ever Filipino general manager of the Shangri-La Group.

MST/July 4, 2015/Lifestyle

Mother named as “Tibay Hero”

Delia Balonzo never thought she would see the day that all her hard work would turn her into an inspiring figure worthy of accolade. This 67-year-old mother of 13 knows what it’s like to take on multiple jobs just to make ends meet – occasionally acting as a “manghihilot” (midwife) to help women during childbirth, taking in laundry and running a sari-sari store and a small canteen. A grandmother to several children, all her efforts were directed at providing for her big family’s needs and sending all her children to school.

MST/July 4, 2015/Opinion/ Elizabeth Angsioco

Negating the RH Law

The Reproductive Health Law is again under attack and opponents seek to ban ALL family planning supplies, particularly contraceptives from the market. The Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines, Inc. (ALFI), headed by lawyer Maria Concepcion Noche filed a Petition for Certiorari, Prohibition and Mandamus with the Supreme Court against the Department of Health (DOH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Center for Drug Regulation and Research (CDRR).

BM/July 4, 2015/Science/ S & T Media Service

Filipino woman scientists in career talks at S&T week

FOUR successful scientists and alumni of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Philippine Science High School (PSHS) will give career-related talks in celebration of the weeklong National Science and Technology Week late this month.


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UN Women/July 10, 2015

Ahead of Financing Conference, women’s groups highlight critical gender equality issues

Addis Ababa – On 10 July, the Women’s Forum took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in preparation for the Third Financing for Development Conference, to be held from 13- 16 July. The Women’s Forum, supported by UN Women, brought together key stakeholders including gender experts and women’s rights activists from across the globe to address  their concerns and put forth recommendations on achieving gender equality in the post-2015 agenda.

Christian Monitor/July 10, 2015/ Whitney Eulich

Male models: Teaching men in Central America about gender and power

In a region with sky-high rates of violence against women and some of the world’s deadliest cities, educational campaigns are trying to change the attitudes of men and boys on what it means to 'be a man.'

IPS News/July 9, 2015/ Humberto Márquez

Parliamentary Elections with Gender Parity in Venezuela

CARACAS - More women could be elected to the Venezuelan legislature, but the new rule on gender parity for the upcoming parliamentary elections has been caught up in the political polarisation that has had this country in its grip for years.

UN Women/July 8, 2015/ Oisika Chakrabarti

Press release: Transformative financing will end gender inequality by 2030

New York/Addis Ababa — On the eve of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, UN Women is calling for transformative financing to end gender inequality by 2030. High ambition, backed by stepped-up action to make the right investments, puts that goal within reach for all women and girls.

Toronto Star/July 8, 2015/ AP

Burma passes bill limiting women's right to marry non-Buddhists

RANGOON, BURMA—Burma’s Parliament is “playing with fire” by passing a bill regulating the right of women from the country’s Buddhist majority to marry men from outside their religion, an international human rights group said Wednesday.

New Indian Express/July 8, 2015

SC Verdict Boosts Women's Rights

The Supreme Court verdict that an unwed mother can be the sole guardian of her child is a leg up for women’s rights. In the instant case, the woman did not want to reveal the identity of the child’s biological father because he was a married man with a family and did not want to take any additional responsibilities.

CNN/July 8, 2015/ Wyatt Massey

Facebook updates 'Friends' icon to reflect gender equality

Facebook's 1.4 billion active users may need to strain their eyes to see the social network's subtle new design change. But in terms of gender equality, Facebook's new look is making a big statement.

UN Women/July 6, 2015

Making UN Women "fit and funded for purpose"

More than 40 governments voiced their support for UN Women and dozens announced new funding commitments during a special pledging event for the organization on 1 July, during the 2015 annual session of its Executive Board at UN Headquarters in New York.

UN Women/July 6, 2015

UN Women introduces new discussion paper series featuring cutting-edge papers by leading feminist researchers

Despite some progress, the gap in evidence-based knowledge around gender equality and women’s empowerment hinders efforts to find answers to these questions. A new UN Women discussion paper series will provide fresh, grounded and robust perspectives on some of the contemporary challenges to achieving gender equality and women’s rights, and offer insights into policy innovations that are making a difference in women’s lives.

CNN/July 5, 2015/ Masoud Popalzai

Afghanistan: Men throw acid into girls' faces 'for going to school'

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)Attackers on a motorbike threw acid in the faces of three teenage girls on their way to school in Afghanistan's western Herat province on Saturday, an official told CNN. The girls, age 16 to 18, are students at one of the biggest girls' schools in Herat city, the provincial capital, said Aziz-ul-Rahman Sarwary, head of the education department for the province.




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UN Women/July 2015

The Gender Dimensions of Pension Systems: Policies and Constraints for the Protection of Older Women

This paper documents the pervasiveness of women’s lack of income security in old age across a large number of countries, but also points to a number of important policy measures that can be taken to address gender pension gaps.


UN Women/July 2015

Child-related financial transfers and early childhood education and care

This paper examines policies for the support of families with children, in particular child-related financial transfers and early childhood education and care (ECEC) services.


UN Women/July 2015

Gender equality and human rights

The achievement of substantive equality is understood as having four dimensions: redressing disadvantage; countering stigma, prejudice, humiliation and violence; transforming social and institutional structures; and facilitating political participation and social inclusion. The paper shows that, although not articulated in this way, these dimensions are clearly visible in the application by the various interpretive bodies of the principles of equality to the enjoyment of treaty rights. –


UN Women/July 2015

Expanding health-care access in the United States

This paper focuses on the ways in which women in the United States are impacted by the 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (usually referred to as ACA or ‘Obamacare’). The ACA’s three main goals of expanding access, increasing consumer protections and reducing costs while increasing quality of services will improve coverage, access to services and types of services that benefit women (and men).