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August 8 - 14, 2015

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PDI/August 14, 2015/Cebu Daily News/ Ador Vincent S. Mayol

Child porn traced to 3 Lapu women

Three women, two of them mothers, were arrested yesterday in Lapu-Lapu City for allegedly taking part in child pornography using photos of their children and other minors.

MB/August 14, 2015/News/ Associated Press

Apple more than doubles hiring of women and minorities


SAN FRANCISCO — Apple says it more than doubled the numbers of women, blacks and Hispanics hired in the last year, although that barely moved the needle in terms of improving the diversity of its total workforce.

MB/August 14, 2015/World/ Associated Press

11-year-old gives birth to girl in Paraguay


ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — An 11-year-old girl who was denied an abortion has given birth in Paraguay. Elizabeth Torales is the lawyer for the girl’s mother. She says the minor gave birth to a baby girl via cesarean Thursday. Torales says there were no complications and both the mother and baby are resting.

BM/August 14, 2015/World/ Associated Press

UN to start naming, shaming countries for alleged misconduct

UNITED NATIONS—Taking aim at “a cancer in our system,” the UN secretary-general on Thursday announced that he intends to start naming and shaming countries whose troops and police serving in UN peacekeeping missions face credible accusations of sexual abuse and exploitation.

MT/August 12, 2015/Regions/ Anthony Vargas

PNP holds anti-violence against women summit in Gensan

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday held the 4th Summit of the Men Opposed to Violence against Women Everywhere or (Move) in General Santos City, a senior police official said. PNP Spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, said in a statement that the aim of the activity is to re-examine and re-assess the Move program.

MB/August 12, 2015/Provincial/ Alexander D. Lopez

Alarming number of maternal deaths among IPs reported in Davao region


Davao City – Recent reports on the rise of the number of maternal deaths among pregnant indigenous peoples (IPs) had prompted the Department of Health in Davao region (DOH-11) to meet tribal leaders from the area this month. DOH-11 regional director Dr. Abdullah Dumama told reporters here the meeting will layout plans with community leaders to curb the reported cases of maternal deaths among IPs.

MB/August 12, 2015/World/ AFP

Japan’s G7 host city under fire over ‘obscene’ mascot


A Japanese city hosting the Group of Seven summit next year said Wednesday it may change its new community mascot after the depiction of the female character was blasted as obscene and sexist. The cartoon image of a voluptuous 17-year-old aspiring “ama” diver in search of a boyfriend drew fire from the real divers, who traditionally harvest seaweed, clams and, in some areas, pearls.

BW/August 12, 2015/Nation/ Vince Alvic A. F. Nonato

New rules for cybercrime law iron out overlaps, official says

THE GOVERNMENT has finally signed the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, three years after its enactment. The 29-page IRR was signed during a Wednesday launching ceremony, by Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Leila M. de Lima, Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario G. Montejo, and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary for Operations Edwin R. Enrile (on behalf of Secretary Manuel “Mar” A. Roxas II).

PS/August 11, 2015/Opinion/ Domini M. Torrevillas

Muslim woman for governor

Will a Muslim woman governor change the political landscape in Lanao del Norte? Eleanor Dimaporo Lantud, 47, believes she will. The first Muslim female mayor in Lanao del Norte, she is running for governor after a flourishing career at the helm of Pantao Ragat municipality.

MT/August 11, 2015/News/ AFP

Clinton: Trump ‘way overboard’ in post-debate remarks

WASHINGTON: Democratic White House frontrunner Hillary Clinton denounced her Republican rival and former supporter Donald Trump on Monday, saying he went “way overboard” in a crude verbal assault on a female journalist. She also took issue with the rest of the broad Republican field of candidates seeking to succeed President Barack Obama, saying their stances on women’s rights and health care could set back the cause for women’s equality in America.

MB/August 11, 2015/Provincial/ Edith B. Colmo

Negros tops maternal deaths, HIV-AIDS cases in Western Visayas – DOH


Bacolod City, Negros Occidental — Latest records from the Department of Health (DOH) in Region VI indicate that among all the provinces in Western Visayas, Negros Occidental has the highest number of maternal deaths upon delivery.

BM/August 10, 2015/Life/ Associated Press

UN peacekeepers accused by AI of deaths, rape in African mission

UNITED NATIONS—Amnesty International (AI) is accusing UN peacekeepers of indiscriminately killing a 16-year-old boy and his father and raping a 12-year-old girl in separate incidents in Central African Republic, the latest in a series of sexual and other allegations against peacekeepers there.

BM/August 10, 2015/Life/ Associated Press

#IlookLikeAnEngineer tweets promote gender diversity in IT

NEW YORK—Thousands of female engineers, coders, self-described science nerds and other tech superstars joined a Twitter campaign this week to break down stereotypes about what engineers should look like.

BM/August 10, 2015/World/ Bloomberg News

Saudi women are joining the work force in record numbers

IN Saudi Arabia women still can’t drive, yet they’re entering the work force in droves. The number of employed Saudi women has surged by 48 percent since 2010, more than double the rate for men, according to the country’s Central Department of Statistics and Information.

PDI/August 9, 2015/News

18 women rescued from Zamboanga City hotels

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Eighteen women, most of them from Luzon, were separately rescued from two hotels here on Sunday night.

MT/August 9, 2015/News/ AFP

Study finds women few, far between in Hollywood films

LOS ANGELES: Less than a third of the characters in top-grossing Hollywood films are female, and women directors are much rarer still, according to a study Thursday that bemoaned Tinseltown’s lack of diversity.

MT/August 9, 2015/News/ AFP

Trump’s sexist remark turns Republican party against him

WASHINGTON: Organizers of a Republican event withdrew frontrunner Donald Trump’s invitation Saturday after he suggested that a presidential debate moderator was tough on him because she was menstruating.

PS/August 8, 2015/The Freeman/ Kristine B. Quintas

DOH: Difficult to lower maternal mortality rates

CEBU, Philippines - The Department of Health admitted that Central Visayas is unlikely to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) of reducing its maternal mortality to 52 from 162 per 100,000 mothers by the end of the year.

MB/August 8, 2015/National/ Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce

Baldoz takes up OFW issues with HK


Costly training fees charged to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), lowly salaries, and substandard living conditions were tackled in the recent meeting between Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz and her Hong Kong counterpart, Secretary of Labor and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung.

MB/August 8, 2015/Opinions and Editorials

Awareness: Ensuring indigenous people’s health, well-being

August 9 of each year is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (IDWIP), proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) in 1994, to promote and protect the rights of the indigenous population. The day acknowledges the vital contributions of IPs to such global issues such as environment protection, to innovation and creativity, to sustainable development, as well as to cultural diversity.

BM/August 8, 2015/Feature/ Steven Thomma & David Lightman

Is it okay to call a woman a pig in U.S. politics?

WHEN is it OK to call a woman a pig, or worse? In the hypercharged partisan state of American politics, it may depend on whether the woman is a conservative or a liberal. The Republican audience at Thursday’s presidential debate in Cleveland laughed when Donald Trump brushed aside any question of his use of demeaning terms for women by saying, falsely, that it was just about liberal entertainer Rosie O’Donnell.


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The Sydney Morning Herald/ August 14, 2015/ Jena McGregor

A gender-equality club, run by men

ast year, students at Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania's graduate business school, started a campus club focused on gender equality. They called it the 22s, after the percentage gap that persists between men's and women's pay.

Since its founding last year, the club has hosted discussions about discrimination, screened a film about gender issues and conducted surveys that examine attitudes about equality. And its founders and membership base are made up entirely of men.

The New York Times/ August 14, 2015/ Paul Sullivan

With an Eye to Impact, Investing Through a ‘Gender Lens’

ELLEN REMMER had wanted to align her investments with her values for years, seeking to put her money into stocks and bonds that would have an impact beyond the returns. For her, this meant investing in organizations that either improved the lot of women and girls or helped the environment.

APWLD/ August 14, 2015

New Development Goals lack foundations to deliver according to women’s rights network

After 2  years of debate and negotiations 193 governments agreed to adopt a new development agenda at the UN on the 2nd August. While the 17 goals and 169 targets have been widely celebrated at the UN, the foundations required to achieve the goals are missing according to the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD). “The breadth and ambition of the 17 goals are welcome and include some critical commitments” said APWLD regional coordinator Kate Lappin, “but three fundamental pillars required to truly transform the development agenda are missing: financing, accountability and reform of the global financial system.”

UN/ August 13, 2015

Ban addresses top peacekeeping officials amid allegations of sexual abuse by UN 'blue helmets'

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon conducted today an urgent video conference with the heads of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Force Commanders, and Police Commissioners following a series of revelations alleging abuse by UN 'blue helmets' in the field, Including, most recently in the Central African Republic.

UN Women/ August 13, 2015

UN Women welcomes strong response to alleged misconduct of UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic

UN Women welcomes the strong leadership and commitment shown by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in response to the latest allegations concerning the conduct of UN peacekeepers serving with the UN’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.

UN Women/ August 11, 2015

International Youth Day

UN Women’s partnership with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) works to galvanize the potential and power of girls and young women around the and work towards ending violence against women and girls.

IPS News/ August 11, 2015/ Catherine Wilson

Widowhood in Papua New Guinea Brings an Uncertain Future

GOROKA, Papua New Guinea - It has only been six months since Iveti, 37, lost her husband of 18 years, but already she is facing hardship and worry about the future. Similar to many married women in the rural highlands region of Papua New Guinea, a southwest Pacific Island state of seven million people, she stayed at home to look after their two children, a daughter aged 11 and a son now in his early twenties, while her husband’s income paid for the family’s needs.

IPS News/ August 11, 2015

South African Women’s Day Highlights Need for More Change

JOHANNESBURG - Recognition of the indispensable role played by women in defeating apartheid was the focus of countless speeches, film showings and even fashion shows as the country paused this week for National Women’s Day, a public holiday. Women’s Affairs Minister Susan Shabangu kicked off the activities with a speech on Pan African Women’s Day, celebrated on the last day of July.




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UN Women/August 2015

Guidebook on CEDAW general recommendation no. 30 and the UN Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security

The Guidebook provides information on the content of the general recommendation and the Security Council resolutions and on the reporting and monitoring mechanisms. It includes a checklist for States parties reporting to the CEDAW Committee and also provides some examples of where the general recommendation and Security Council resolutions have been referred to in the CEDAW Committee’s concluding observations and lists of issues to States parties. The Guidebook also contributed to the global study on implementation of Security Council resolution 1325.