GAD News Feed for August 29 - September 4, 2015


August 29 – September 4, 2015

Philippine Commission on Women (PCW)


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PS/September 4, 2015/Headlines/Sheila Crisostomo

Comelec wants more women to run in 2016 polls

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday pushed for a “gender quota” in Congress to ensure the increased participation of women in the 2016 polls. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said that based on the agency’s records, fewer women participate in elections although they are more winnable.

PS/September 4, 2015/The Freeman/ Ma. Fatima R. Secuya/NSA

Cop accused of rape can still go on duty – PRO-7

CEBU, Philippines - The policeman who is accused of raping a 17-year-old college student several times can still perform his regular function since there was no formal complaint filed against him, said his superior.

MT/September 4, 2015/World/ AFP

UN states want voice in choosing Ban’s successor

UNITED NATIONS, New York: UN member-states are pushing to have more of a say in choosing the successor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who steps down at the end of next year … For decades, the choice of the UN chief has been the purview of the five permanent Security Council members, in a selection process kept mostly behind closed doors … There have been calls to name a woman to the post, which would be a first after eight men in the job. Those appeals have been welcomed by Britain.

The draft resolution specifies that governments be invited to present women as candidates to succeed Ban, beginning January 1, 2017.

MT/September 3, 2015/News/ PNA

Man gets life imprisonment for raping his wife

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima on Thursday reminded men that rape can also be committed by the husband against his wife. De Lima issued this statement as she commended the DOJ’s Regional Prosecution Office (RPO) XII for securing the conviction of a man charged with marital rape. In a 13-page ruling, the Isulan, Sultan Kudarat Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 19 found Benito Selvino Gumayao guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of rape.

MT/September 3, 2015/Nation/ Jomar Canlas

CA approves abuse case vs mayor-boyfriend of former TV personality

THE Court of Appeals (CA) upheld a Department of Justice (DOJ) resolution finding probable cause against Pulupandan, Negros Occidental Mayor Magdaleno Peña for allegedly violating provisions of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act.

BM/September 3, 2015/Opinion

Diverse boards make profitable companies

I recently heard a woman executive declare: “Just because they are women does not mean they are good for the company!” Aray! (Ouch!) Has this woman not heard of diversity? Or is she just unenlightened about diversity?

PS/September 2, 2015/Lifestyle/ Rose Fres Fausto

Top 3 Money Challenges of Women (Empowering Women, Part 1 of 2 parts)

In the past few days I’ve been thinking about the position of women in our society. I attended a symposium entitled Brand ASEAN Women (part of the Invest ASEAN 2015 conducted by Maybank ATR Kim Eng last week at the Makati Shangri-la). It was an interesting exchange of ideas by influential women Emily Abrera (former CEO of McCann Erickson Phis.), Jeannie Javelosa (co-founder of ECHOStore Sustainable Lifestyle), Josephine Gotianun Yap (CEO of Filinvest Land) moderated by Malou Mangahas (co-founder of Phil. Center for Investigative Journalism). I enjoyed listening to this session because they’re not the “bra-burning feminists” but they seem to have good relationships with their husbands and they know how to make use of their feminine characteristics to work their way up – my kind of feminist!

MB/September 2, 2015/National/Samuel Medenilla

UN, BDA sign accord on reproductive health program in Bangsamoro areas


While the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) remains pending in Congress, residents of the bill’s proposed autonomous state are already assured of a comprehensive reproductive health program from the United Nation (UN). In a statement, United Nation sPopulation Fund (UNFPA) announced it has signed a new agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) for the implementation of a family planning program in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, which will be established once the BBL is passed into law.

PS/September 1, 2015/Lifestyle/ Alixandra Caole Vila

Gender-neutral prefix 'Mx' added to Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary has officially added 'Mx," an honorific which may be used by those who do not wish to identify their gender, into its lexicon.

MB/September 1, 2015/World/AFP

Pope tells priests to pardon women who have abortions


Pope Francis on Tuesday called on priests to pardon women who have abortions, and the doctors who perform them, during the upcoming Jubilee year — overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church.

BW/September 1, 2015/Nation/Elizabeth E. Escaño

Family Code changes OK’d


A MEASURE to amend the Family Code seeking to ensure “equal weight” to both spouses in making decisions about their marriage and family was passed by the Senate on third and final reading on Tuesday.

PDI/August 31, 2015/Opinion/ Jasmin Nario-Galace

Women and new beginnings

WOMEN COMPRISE half of the population. Hence, we are not a sector. To call us the vulnerable sector compounds the misconception. The provision in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) upholding women’s right to meaningful political participation and protection from all forms of violence sends the message that women refuse to be tagged as victims only.

BW/August 31, 2015/Nation/ Melissa Luz T. Lopez

PHL companies urged to expand benefits for LGBT employees

BUSINESSES should consider extending health care and familial benefits to employees and their partners in same-sex relationships to make workplaces more responsive to the needs of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT), sector advocates said.

MT/August 30, 2015/Nation/ Reina Tolentino

Bill seeks four-month paid maternity leave

All business process outsourcing (BPO) firms in the country should allow at least four months of paid maternity leave to their employees who are working mothers, a lawmaker said on Sunday.

MB/August 30, 2015/World/AFP

Women register to run for election in Saudi first


Saudi women for the first time began to register as candidates Sunday for municipal polls in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom where they face a host of restrictions, including a driving ban.


local news from other sources


PIA/September 2, 2015/Peter A. Balocnit

Joint IEC campaign  targets pregnant,  women of repro age  

TABUK CITY, Kalinga, Sept. 2 (PIA) - - Pregnant women and women in their reproductive age are the target of a joint campaign of Philhealth, rural health units and Japan for International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to promote facility-based delivery.


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IPS News/ September 2, 2015/ Renee Juliene Karunungan

Opinion: Women in the Face of Climate Change

BONN - After surviving the storm surge wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013, women in evacuation centres found themselves again fighting for survival … at times from rape. Many became victims of human trafficking while many more did anything they could to feed their families before themselves.

IPS News/ September 2, 2015/ Marianela Jarroud

Two Indigenous Solar Engineers Changed Their Village in Chile

CASPANA, Chile  - Liliana and Luisa Terán, two indigenous women from northern Chile who travelled to India for training in installing solar panels, have not only changed their own future but that of Caspana, their remote village nestled in a stunning valley in the Atacama desert.

The Guardian/ September 2, 2015/Shalailah Medhora

Domestic violence tops list of human rights abuse, says Elizabeth Broderick

Domestic violence is the gravest human rights abuse happening in Australia, the outgoing sex discrimination commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, has warned. Broderick, who spoke to reporters at the national press club on Wednesday, said that two women a week died at the hands of their partners and family members was “beyond belief”.

Vice News/ September 1, 2015/ Laura Dattaro

How Climate Change Impacts Women the Most

The United Nations will finalize in September its Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to eliminate poverty while reducing humanity's environmental discussion, including lessening the harmful effects of climate change. And some advocates are working to spread the message that climate change impacts men and women differently — and the UN goals need to reflect this sometimes grim reality.

UN Women/ September 1, 2015

Blazing trails, first Roma women elected to local council in Moldova

Overcoming barriers on account of both gender and ethnicity, two ethnic Roma women ran for local office for the first time – and won – after receiving campaign training supported by UN Women.

Devex/September 1, 2015/ Jeff Tyson

Engaging men and boys to preserve women's land rights in Rwanda

Land is a valuable commodity in Rwanda — a country with one of the highest population densities in Africa. Still, Rwanda is known for its progressive land policies that provide the foundation for equal land rights for men and women. For instance, both men and women can inherit shares of their parents’ property. And a woman married under the country’s community property regime is allowed to administer her family’s land when her husband dies.

UN Women/August 31, 2015

Japanese Prime Minister and UN Women Executive Director inaugurate UN Women Liaison Office in Bunkyo City

Reiterating their shared commitment to create “a society where women shine”, on 30 August, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka officially inaugurated the new UN Women Liaison Office in Tokyo, located in Bunkyo City.




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UN Women/ September 2015

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 3, August 2015

UN Women regularly evaluates its own work to enhance accountability, inform decision-making and contribute to learning on the best ways to achieve gender equality while strengthening the capacity of United Nations agencies and governments in designing, managing and using gender-responsive evaluations. To enhance effective communication of evaluation results, UN Women’s Independent Evaluation Office developed TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation. TRANSFORM aims to make more accessible good practices and lessons learned on what works for gender equality as identified by corporate evaluations managed by the Independent Evaluation Office, as well as in managing gender responsive evaluations. TRANSFORM will feature not only UN Women corporate evaluations and meta-analysis, but also issues specifically dedicated to gender-responsive evaluation.