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July 25 - 31, 2015

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MB/July 31, 2015/Entertainment news/ AFP

Angelina Jolie urges justice for Myanmar’s sexual violence victims


Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie on Friday urged Myanmar to ensure those who commit sexual violence are brought to justice after “moving and humbling” meetings with victims in the country’s conflict-torn north.

BM/July 30, 2015/Economy/ Cai Ordinario

Projects for women, children get P240-million aid from Canada


The Canadian government is extending P240 million worth of development assistance for health-related projects for Filipino women and children. “Canada remains committed to taking a leadership role in addressing the challenges faced by women, children and newborns, and further achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines Neil Reeder said.

PS/July 29, 2015/News

WATCH: 'Fearless' women appointees recognized in SONA

President Benigno Aquino III thanked his top women appointees for being relentless and fearless in his last State of the Nation Address delivered on Monday. "They did not back down from any challenge in fulfilling their mandates. To all of you, I give my heartfelt thanks," he said. Who are these women? Watch the video.

MT/July 29, 2015/Opinion/ Yuri Fedotov

Support the war against trafficking in persons

CONFLICT, terrorism, economic turmoil, natural calamities, disease: we are living in an era of unprecedented crises and troubles, as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned.

MT/July 29, 2015/News/ AFP

Nigerian army frees dozens of women, children from Boko Haram

ABUJA:  Nigeria’s army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country’s northeast.

PDI/July 28, 2015/News

Laguna town police chief sacked over sexual harassment case

SAN PEDRO CITY – The police chief of the town of Famy in Laguna was relieved from his duty following complaints of harassment from his female subordinate. The police officer, Senior Inspector Rex Langkay, has been transferred to the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit of the Laguna police since July 23, according to Senior Superintendent Florendo Saligao, Laguna police chief, in a phone interview Tuesday.

MT/July 28, 2015/News/ Bernice Camille V. Bauzon

PH failed to lick human trafficking – US

The Philippines has not done enough to stamp out human trafficking, according to the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report released by the United States. The TIP report placed the Philippines at Tier 2 in its three-tier ranking system, which means that the country has yet to fully comply with the Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. Secretary of State John Kerry released the report.

PS/July 27, 2015/News

Women's group: Enough of 'tuwid na daan'

Members of women's party-list group Gabriela on Monday condemned President Benigno Aquino III's five-year rule and stressed that they have had enough of his "tuwid na daan" rhetorics.

"We have had enough of Aquino and his Tuwid Na Daan rhetorics. Any presidential candidate who vows to continue Aquino's anti-poor, anti-people policies and receives his endorsement will most likely earn the people's ire the way Aquino did," Gabriela Women's Party Rep. Luz Ilagan said.

PS/July 27, 2015/Headlines

Women dominate aviation scholarship program

Seven women made the top 10 in the qualifying examinations of the recently concluded Civil Aviation Officer Candidate Scholarship Program (CAOCSP), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said yesterday.

PS/July 25, 2015/Lifestyle/ Gabbie Tatad

How to avoid rape

The Internet remembers a lot of crazy things — the glory days of Lindsay Lohan, the time when looking like Paris Hilton was actually a thing, flame wars from LiveJournal, and stupid infographics that should have died a miserable death before they ever came to be. The latter is in reference to an infographic released by the Philippine National Police entitled “Rape Prevention Tips,” which has been unearthed and spread via social media over the last couple of weeks.


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IPS News/July 30, 2015/ Nora Happel

Women, Peace and Security Agenda Still Hitting Glass Ceiling

UNITED NATIONS - This October will mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325. The landmark resolution on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) recognises not only the disproportionate impact armed conflict has on women, but also the lack of women’s involvement in conflict resolution and peace-making.

The Washington Post/July 29, 2015/ Jena McGregor

Nearly 30% of new board members appointed this past year were women

Amid all the dismal statistics about how few women have corporate leadership roles—women make up less than 5 percent of CEOs and hold less than 20 percent of board seats—one new number may offer a little hope. The executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles is releasing new research this week revealing that nearly a third of all newly appointed directors in 2014 were women. They received 29 percent of the seats last year, up from 26 percent the year before and just 18 percent in 2009.

UN Women/July 29, 2015

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

All forms of violence against women and girls, sexual exploitation and trafficking, are serious human rights violations. Evidence shows, every country across the world is affected by human trafficking — as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. Women and girls constitute a disproportionate share of trafficking in persons, and remain more vulnerable to this crime than men, with persistent gender inequality as the root cause. In her message for the World Day against Trafficking in Persons UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlmabo-Ngcuka calls for ensuring that urgent efforts are undertaken to address this gross human rights violation.

UN Women/July 29, 2015

Reaching out to survivors of violence in post-earthquake Nepal

Rajani BK*, 26, was sitting in front of her house when her father came home early in the morning and started verbally abusing her mother, who was getting ready to go to work. “He was drunk, angry and started threatening to kill my mother,” says BK. She tried to intervene, and was dragged near a wall, and thought she was going to die. This was not the first time BK felt physically threatened by her father. She doesn’t remember a time when he was not abusive.

IPS News/July 29, 2015/ Thalif Deen

U.N.’s Post-2015 Development Agenda Under Fire

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N.’s highly ambitious post-2015 development agenda, which is expected to be finalised shortly, has come fire even before it could get off the ground. A global network of civil society organisations (CSOs), under the banner United Nations Major Groups (UNMG), has warned that the agenda, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “lacks urgency, a clear implementation strategy and accountability.”

ILO/July 29, 2015

Labour migration: The dark side of the coin

A new ILO study exposes the pitfalls of labour migration for women domestic workers both within India and abroad and provides policy-makers and service providers with deeper insight into the nature of forced labour and trafficking in the region.

The Guardian/July 29, 2015/ Nina Lakhani

Mexican state known for gender-based violence issues emergency alert

Emergency measures to tackle violence against women are to be implemented in parts of Mexico’s most densely populated state, where thousands of women and girls have been murdered and disappeared in the past decade.




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UN Women/July 29, 2015

How to design projects to end violence against women and girls

This toolkit was developed by UN Women’s Pacific Regional Ending Violence against Women Facility Fund (Pacific Fund) in response to requests by stakeholders for practical, user-friendly materials and resources that would help them design and implement successful projects to end violence against women and girls. It is funded by the Australian Government.