GAD News Feed for August 1 - 7, 2015


August 1 - 7, 2015

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MT/August 6, 2015/Top stories/ Iza Iglesias

Party-list group defies TRO on contraceptives

Party-list group Akbayan has defended the rights of women to access all kinds of family planning methods against anti-Reproductive Health (RH) groups that had secured a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the Supreme Court (SC).

BM/August 6, 2015/World/ Inter Press Service

UN taps private sector to fund development and social causes

UNITED NATIONS—When the United Nations seeks outside financial assistance either for development needs or to advocate social causes, it invariably turns to the private sector these days … And more recently, the UN Academic Impact (UNAI), created under the aegis of the Department of Public Information (DPI) has collaborated with United Colors of Benetton’s “UnHate Foundation” for a Diversity Contest to “showcase the engagement of young people around the world, and the innovation, energy and commitment they bring to personally crafted solutions that address some of the world’s most pressing issues,” including racial intolerance and xenophobia … Benetton has also teamed with UN Women in its intense campaign to eliminate gender violence worldwide. Nanette Braun, chief of Communications and Advocacy at UN Women, told Inter Press Service (IPS) Benetton’s UnHate Foundation has been supporting UN Women in its advocacy on ending violence against women for the past two years through advertising and social-media campaigns.

BM/August 6, 2015/Opinion/ Monette Iturralde-Hamlim

Boosting women’s health, powering women’s hearts and minds

They say people die of a broken heart. I must be walking dead then since it’s happened twice in the last three years. Seriously though, I was intrigued when the topic of the Women’s Business Council’s WomenBizPH Talks last month bannered “Boosting Women’s Health, Powering Women’s Hearts and Minds.”

PDI/August 5, 2015/Commentary/ Freddie R. Obligacion

All hail Filipino women

After President Aquino delivered his State of the Nation Address last week, Sen. Grace Poe had this to say in an interview: “All of the important and key [officials in his administration] who come out with tough decisions are women. So I am grateful to the President for seeing the potential and courage of a woman.”

BM/August 5, 2015/World/ AP

UN reports increase in women, children casualties in Afghan war


KABUL, Afghanistan—The United Nations (UN) said on Wednesday that an increasing number of women and children were getting hurt or killed in Afghanistan’s war against the Taliban and other insurgents.

MB/August 4, 2015/Opinions

Awareness: August is Family Planning Month

The observance of Family Planning Month in August raises awareness on the importance of the attainment of a better quality of life for every Filipino family. The main focus is information, education, and advocacy efforts on family planning, particularly proper care for mothers, pregnant women, and infants and the involvement of men in the process.

BM/August 4, 2015/Sports/ AP

The women are getting it done at the world swimming championships

Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden lowered her own world record in the 100-meter butterfly to win gold on Monday night, and then Katinka Hosszu of Hungary erased a world mark from the high-tech suit era to cla im the 200 individual medley (IM).

MT/August 3, 2015/World/ AFP

Nepal’s constitution called ‘anti-women’

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s proposed new constitution has sparked fury from women who say their citizenship, property and other rights are being curtailed by the document designed to draw a line under centuries of inequality.

BW/August 3, 2015/Opinion/ Chit U. Juan

Looking for men who will champion diversity, push for more women in boardrooms

At a recent meeting of the Steercom of APEC Women and Economy Fora 2015, the group wanted to come up with a list of men who, like President Benigno S. C. Aquino III, are behind the gender equality move of UN Women called #HeforShe. We could not come up with any names from among our colleagues in the various business and trade organizations we belong to.

PDI/August 2, 2015/News/ Rina Jimenez-David

BBL, Shari’ah and respect for women

Some of my friends, including those I respect and admire, are adamantly against the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law because of their fears that the Muslim Code of Personal Laws, or Shari’ah Law, would be applied to all Filipinos.

MB/August 2, 2015/World/ AP

Topless protest in Canada wants women to ‘bare with us’


Waterloo, Ontario — Dozens of topless women – and men – attended a “Bare With Us” rally Saturday meant to educate the public about women’s right to go shirtless if they choose. The rally and march were organized by three sisters who were stopped by a police officer for biking topless a week ago.

MB/August 2, 2015/Opinions and Editorials

Information: Breastfeeding, bringing mother-baby closer together

Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (MBFHI) Week is observed in the Philippines on August 2-7 of each year, during the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. MBFHI is a global program started in 1991 by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding to help achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

MST/August 1, 2015/Opinion/ Elizabeth Angsioco

Anti-RH strikes again

Remember former Mayor Lito Atienza’s controversial anti-contraceptive Executive Order that resulted in the banning of modern family planning methods in the City of Manila years ago? Some of the adversely affected women residents brought the case to the United Nations Committee on Women as a violation of their rights under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women ratified by the Philippine government.

MB/August 1, 2015/News/ Tessa Distor

Single ladies say ‘I do’…alone

In Japan and especially in South Korea, ladies can go through a wedding ceremony… even without a partner. The Unni Network — an organization for the women community — has established a ceremony for women who choose not to get married.


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IPS News/ August 7, 2015/ Wambi Michael

Ugandan Women Hail Partial Success Over “Bride Price” System

KAMPALA - After years of a protracted battle against Uganda’s “bride price” practice, the country’s Supreme Court this week ruled that husbands can no longer demand that it be returned in the event of dissolution of a customary marriage but has stopped short of declaring the practice itself unconstitutional.

UN Women/ August 5, 2015

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

It is estimated that there are more than 370 million indigenous people across 70 countries worldwide. Indigenous women face many forms of discrimination and violence, both as women and as indigenous peoples, and face different obstacles in overcoming these issues daily.

ICT Works/August 5, 2015

Missed Opportunities in Using Tech to Fight Violence Against Women

Technology is a key piece in preventing and ending violence against women. As the number of women with access to the Internet and Internet-enabled devices increases, so does the potential for social impact of “tech for good” projects. Access to Internet-enabled devices has been found to be key for ensuring gender-equality in the long run (No Ceilings). Of the women with access to Internet and phones, 30 percent report earning additional income, 45 percent report searching for jobs, and 80 percent report improving their education.

The Guardian/August 4, 2015/ Lottie O'Conor

It shouldn't be difficult for men to speak out about gender equality

At this year’s prestigious D&AD New Blood awards, there was one team that walked away with more awards than anyone else. Tom Worthington and Greg Ormrod came up with a project for Nationwide called How it should be, a campaign for equal pay for women.

UN Women/ August 3, 2015

UN Women welcomes agreement on post-2015 development agenda

With great anticipation for the journey we are about to embark upon, UN Women welcomes the agreement by Member States on the post-2015 development agenda that is to be adopted at the UN Summit in September. “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is a comprehensive blueprint for people and planet that for the first time brings together the three dimensions of sustainable development in one ambitious document.

IPS News/ August 3, 2015/ Thalif Deen

U.N. Targets Trillions of Dollars to Implement Sustainable Development Agenda

UNITED NATIONS - After more than two years of intense negotiations, the U.N.’s 193 member states have unanimously agreed on a new Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA) with 17 goals — including the elimination of extreme poverty and hunger — to be reached by 2030.

New York Times/August 2, 2015/ Chris Buckley

Rohingya Women Flee Violence Only to Be Sold Into Marriage

GELUGOR, Malaysia — The young woman had been penned in a camp in the sweltering jungle of southern Thailand for two months when she was offered a deal. She fled Myanmar this year hoping to reach safety in Malaysia, after anti-Muslim rioters burned her village. But her family could not afford the $1,260 the smugglers demanded to complete the journey.

Time/August 1, 2015/ Eliza Gray

Thousands of Women Will Breastfeed in Public to Kick Off World Breastfeeding Week

Thousands of mothers around the world will breastfeed together for one minute in public on Saturday, to raise awareness about breastfeeding.




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APC/August 2015

ICTs for Feminist Movement Building: Activist Toolkit

The toolkit aims to assist activists to think through their communication strategies in a way that supports movement building. It offers a practical guide to writing a communication strategy and reviews a number of tools (ICTs) and technology-related campaigns which can be used in organising work.