GAD News Feed for September 5 - 11, 2015


September 5 - 11, 2015

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PS/September 11, 2015/Metro/ Brett Zongker

Theater festival in DC puts spotlight on female playwrights

WASHINGTON  — It was a historic moment in theater few people saw when the first female writing team won Tony Awards this year for "Fun Home." The milestone symbolized a stubborn imbalance between the number of female playwrights who see their work produced on stage compared with men.

PDI/September 11, 2015/Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

The road taken to UN Women

Four UN bodies were merged to constitute UN Women: the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW); the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (Instraw, established in 1976); the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues Advancement of Women (Osagi, established in 1997); and the United Nationals Development Fund for Women (Unifem, established in 1976).

PDI/September 11, 2015/News/ AP

Donald Trump criticized after insulting female party member

WASHINGTON — A wave of criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike rose Thursday after Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump insulted the physical appearance of Carly Fiorina, his party’s only female White House contender.

MB/September 11, 2015/Lifestyle/AP

Women in Asia get 30% less pay than men – UN official


A United Nations (UN) agency is mounting a worldwide campaign for equal pay for women, who get 24 percent less than men on global average and around 30 percent less for those in Asia. Recent estimates by the International Labor Organization shows gender inequality in employment across Asia alone is costing $45 billion a year, with 45 percent of working-age women outside the labor force compared to 19 percent for men, the leader of the UN Women agency, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, told a forum at the Asian Development Bank headquarters.

BW/September 11, 2015/Corporate Bulletins

L’Oréal Philippines receives EDGE Gender Equality Certification

Geneva, Switzerland/Manila, the Philippines -- As a company that values equality and open-mindedness in the workplace, L’Oréal Philippines takes pride as the first company in the Philippines to receive EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) Certification for gender equality.

BW/September 11, 2015/Labor/Reuters

Many nations’ laws hinder women’s access to jobs, credit -- World Bank

LONDON -- Laws in many nations persist in keeping women from working in jobs of their choice, block their access to credit, or leave them unprotected against domestic violence, according to a World Bank report released on Wednesday.

PS/September 10, 2015/Headlines

Role of Pinay professionals in nuclear health care highlighted in Vienna conference

During the 23rd Women in Nuclear (WiN) Conference: Women in Nuclear Meet Atoms for Peace held in Vienna, Dr. Alumanda dela Rosa shared insights on the role of Filipino women professionals in safe and effective nuclear health care in the Philippines at the conference.

PS/September 10, 2015/Opinion/ Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Discriminating against women keeps countries poorer

In 100 countries around the world, women are barred from doing certain work solely because they are women. Over 150 countries have at least one law that is discriminatory towards women. And only 18 countries are free of any law disadvantaging women.

PS/September 10, 2015/Opinion/ Domini M. Torrevillas


I have friends who waited for the longest time for the church to allow them to divorce their spouses. Some of them became free only when their spouses died. But those who are still waiting for their freedom from “bondage,” as they describe their state, are constantly reminded that marriage is forever, that marriage is made in heaven, and no man can put it asunder. And so couples suffer the pain of living together under one roof but not speaking to each other, or wishing one of them was dead.

PDI/September 10, 2015/Cebu Daily News/ Victor Anthony V. Silva

Women’s Center delayed because woman won’t budge

WORK is delayed in the construction of a Povincial Women’s Center in sitio Sudlon, barangay Lahug in Cebu City  because one woman is holding out. One female homeowner refuses to relocate to a Gawad Kalinga housing site in Minglanilla town. Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, co-chairperson of the Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC), said they have offered the resident all that is provided by the law.

MST/September 10, 2015/Provinces/ Florante S. Solmerin

Army to investigate Manobo girl rape case

The Philippine Army has said it would investigate the reported rape of a 14-year-old Manobo girl by three soldiers in Davao del Norte, according to spokesman Colonel Benjie Hao on Wednesday. Hao said the Army Human Rights Office led by Lieutenant Colonel Alfredo Patarata will lead the investigation.

MB/September 10, 2015/World

Jolie addresses UK parliament on sexual violence by IS


London – Hollywood star and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie has sought more political commitment to tackle cases of sexual violence in conflicts around the world as she highlighted the use of rape as a weapon by Islamic State (IS) militants to terrorize and destroy communities. “They are dictating it as policy… beyond what we have seen before,” Jolie told UK’s new House of Lords Committee on Sexual Violence in War.

PS/September 9, 2015/Lifestyle/ Rose Fres Fausto

How to Empower Women Economically (Part 2 of 2 parts)

In my previous article I discussed The Top 3 Money Challenges of Women namely:

1. Women are paid less in general.

2. Women have shorter earning periods due to career interruptions.

3. Women live longer.

Do you know that the above challenges become even bigger when a woman gets married? And since 7 out of 10 marital problems are about money, this most misunderstood commodity should really be talked about openly by a couple prior to and during marriage. Here are some things that women can do to empower themselves economically.

PS/September 8, 2015/Headlines/ Patricia Lourdes Viray

SWS: Unemployment rises to 23.2% in Q2

The country's unemployment rate grew to 23.2 percent or an estimated 10.5 million adult Filipinos in the second quarter of the year, according to a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). This is an increase from the 19.1 percent unemployment rate or about 9 million jobless Filipinos in March. Data from the SWS showed that 10 percent or 4.4 Filipinos lost their jobs while 11 percent or 4.7 million adults voluntarily quit their jobs. In the previous quarter, 7 percent voluntarily left their jobs while eight percent were retrenched.

By gender, joblessness among women was recorded at 31.3 percent in June, an increase from 27.6 percent in March. Unemployment among men also rose from 12.2 percent to 16.9 percent.

MT/September 8, 2015/News/ Nelson Badilla

NGO lauds Aquino govt fight against sex trafficking

THE Aquino administration is not completely a poor performer, according to a non- governmental organization (NGO). Director for Manila field office of the International Justice Mission (IJM) Atty. Sam Inocencio on Tuesday said, “The gains made in the [government’s fight against] sex trafficking investigations and prosecutions are truly remarkable.”

MB/September 8, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/ Florangel Rosario Braid

Dialogue on economies that work for women


A high-level dialogue at Sofitel Philippine Plaza this afternoon will tackle the issue of whether women today have greater access and participation in the economies of their countries. If not, what can be done to ensure fair and equitable treatment in the long run? The dialogue is being held in conjunction with the visit of the UN Undersecretary-General and Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and in cooperation with the Philippine Commission for Women. The speakers which include Department of Trade and Industry, Gregory Domingo, DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado, Ms. Jeanne Javelosa, president of ECHO Sustainable Institute and Prof. Marina Durano will discuss the results and recommendations of the Women’s Flagship Project Report on the Progress of the World’s Women in Transforming Economies.

BW/September 8, 2015/Nation/ Vince Alvic Alexis F. Nonato

De Lima wants 'independent' government probe on Lumad allegations

Justice Secretary Leila M. de Lima called for an "independent" inter-agency probe on allegations of human rights violations caused by the militarization of indigenous communities in southeastern Mindanao … She said the DoJ will monitor if congressional hearings tackling the issue would lead to calls for NBI investigation. The Bagani paramilitary force was recently accused of killing local tribal educators, as part of intensified efforts to displace the Lumads from their resource-rich lands. Local reports also attributed certain rape cases to soldiers in the area.

BM/September 8, 2015/ Region/Ayunan G. Gunting

Lanao’s first female Muslim mayor finally gets diploma

ALTHOUGH she already has the distinction of being Lanao del Norte’s first Muslim female mayor, Eleanor Dimaporo Lantud believes that learing does not stop.

BM/September 8, 2015/ The Millennials/ Marianne Sarmiento

Microsoft GM calls on female millennials to join IT work force

LONG been viewed as a male-dominated industry, information-technology (IT) companies today are slowly being penetrated by women, albeit only a few.

PS/September 7, 2015/ World/AP

G-20 members launch new grouping to empower women

ANKARA - The world's 20 leading economies have launched a new grouping aimed at boosting the role of women in global economic growth. The W-20 — a grouping of female leaders — was launched on yesterday in the Turkish capital Ankara, where finance ministers and central bank governors from the Group of 20 were meeting for talks on the global economy. The group aims to work toward empowering women and ensuring their participation in economic growth.

PDI/September 7, 2015/ News

Women entrepreneur achievers to be honored in Apec exhibit

SUCCESSFUL women entrepreneurs will be recognized through an exhibit in the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Women and the Economy (Apec WE) in Manila on Sept 16-18. The exhibit, entitled “Iconograph,” will feature stories and images of outstanding women entrepreneurs whose accomplishments have impact on domestic and global market.

MST/September 7, 2015/ Lifestyle

Diageo Philippines empowers women through singing with Plan W 2015

Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits and a major producer of beer and wine, aims to empower two million women from different socio-economic profiles across the globe by 2017 through its community investment program, Plan W. Globally, there are different programs depending on the culture of a particular country.

MST/September 7, 2015/ Entertainment

‘Stories’ focuses on sex trafficking

Stories, CNN Philippines’ top-rated primetime documentary block, presents A Path Appears. In this five-part documentary series, Pulitzer Prize-winning writers and journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn continue their crusade against gender inequality and poverty.

PS/September 6, 2015/ The Freeman/ Bryner L. Diaz and Raymond D. Abarcas

Man offers girl bread then rapes her

CEBU, Philippines – Police are now looking for a man accused of raping a 7-year-old girl after she went with the suspect who offered her bread in exchange for her company Thursday afternoon in Toledo City. Initial investigation of police revealed that the child was with her older brother near their house in a mountain barangay in Toledo City when they met the man asking for directions to his brother’s place.

PDI/September 6, 2015/ News

Cops confirm case of ‘lumad’ girl’s rape

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Police authorities have confirmed reports by human rights activists that a 14-year-old Manobo girl was raped by three soldiers in Talaingod, Davao del Norte province.

MST/September 6, 2015/ Main stories/ Sara Susanne D. Fabunan

More Women-Poll bets sought

Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon has called on all political parties to consider nominating more females in their roster of candidates. In a recent forum, Guanzon batted for a 30-percent increase in women being elected to government posts.

PS/September 5, 2015/ Nation/ Michael Punongbayan

Cop exec fined P20,000 for sexual harassment

The Sandiganbayan has found a police official guilty of sexually harassing a policewoman seven years ago. Superintendent Cesario Darantinao Jr., former Davao del Sur police office chief, was ordered to pay a fine of P20,000 for touching the hands, embracing and trying to kiss the victim, who had the rank of Police Officer 3 at the time.

PS/September 5, 2015/ The Freeman

Cop charged with rape may also face libel

CEBU, Philippines - The police officer who allegedly raped a 17-year-old college student several times will be facing a libel complaint after he claimed that it was the older brother of the victim who raped her. Police Officer 3 Alexander Juaton, of the Regional Personnel and Human Resources Develop-ment Division of the Police Regional Office-7, is facing five counts of qualified rape before the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor’s Office last Thursday.

MST/September 5, 2015/ Main stories/ Maricel Cruz

Changes to adultery law eyed

SAYING the country law against adultery and concubinage discriminate against women,  Magdalo Reps. Francisco Ashley Acedillo and Gary Alejano have sought to amending provisions of the Revised Penal Code and criminalize any and all acts of sexual infidelity.

PDI/August 28, 2015/ News/ Nestor P. Burgos Jr.

Female jail visitors forced to remove undies

ILOILO CITY—Teresita Grace Quimpo thought her visit to the Aklan provincial jail in Kalibo town on Aug. 14 would be uneventful. A gender rights advocate, she wanted to check on the condition of alleged communist rebel leader Maria Concepcion “Concha” Araneta-Bocala, who has been detained near a jail in the village of Nalook in Kalibo following her arrest early this month.


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PIA/September 10, 2015

Bangsamoro peace process takes center stage in International Meeting for Peace

TIRANA, ALBANIA -- Peace advocates from all over the world once again lauded the Bangsamoro peace process as a model for peace building during the International Meeting for Peace in this southern European country. In the panel discussing the deteriorating situation in Syria and the Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Bangsamoro peace process provided examples and hope of how peace can be made possible.


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UN Women/ September 11, 2015

Women in Bangladesh build resilience against climate change

In 10 of the most climate-vulnerable districts of Bangladesh, more than 19,100 women have built better systems of support and preparation for disasters, while livelihood skills training has enabled more than 1,600 women to expand their businesses.

UN Women/ September 10, 2015

"The gender goal: The promises of SDG 5" – Executive director explains the cost of achieving planet 50:50

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to the Eminent Speakers’ Forum of the Asian Development Bank.

Thank you for inviting me to this Eminent Speaker’s Forum and for the opportunity to build a shared understanding of the central importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment for both the Asian Development Bank and the  global development agenda that will soon be part of our work.

The New York Times/ September 10, 2015/ Austin Ramzy

Presidential Race in Taiwan Reflects Women’s Rise in Politics

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The people of Taiwan appear poised to elect their first female president. Two of the three leading candidates in the January election, including the nominees of both major parties, are women.

UN Women/ September 9, 2015

UN Women joins hands with key partners in the Philippines

On 9 September, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka met with officials from the Philippine Commission on Women and the Department of Foreign Affairs to discuss the shared agenda of achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

UN Women/ September 9, 2015

Save the date: Benefit concert for the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

On 19 October 2015 at 8 p.m., principal musicians from the world’s great orchestras, ensembles and academies, will perform at Carnegie Hall, donating their artistry to end violence against women.

UN Women/ September 8, 2015

G20 leaders launch group to promote women’s economic empowerment

Marking a historic step for women’s rights and gender equality, representatives of G20 countries, that constitute two-thirds of the world’s population and 85 per cent of GDP, launched a new engagement group to advance the economic empowerment of women.

UN Women/ September 8, 2015

UN Women Executive Director announces collaborative study with Asian Development Bank during mission in the Philippines

During a two-day Mission in the Philippines, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, addressed the Eminent Speakers’ Forum of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to promote gender equality and women’s rights within a regional context. ADB and UN Women will work together on a collaborative study announced during the Mission that will help Asia and the Pacific track its progress in realizing gender equality. It will prioritize Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) five but also include all targets relevant to the empowerment of women and girls.

IPS News/ September 8, 2015/ Jed Alegado and Angeli Guadalupe

Mental Health Another Casualty of Changing Climate

MANILA - Jun* is in chains, tied to a post in the small house that resembles a fragile nipa hut. His brother did this to prevent him from hurting their neighbours or other strangers he meets when he’s in a ballistic mood. Jun has been like this for three years now, but since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines two years ago, his symptoms have worsened … Indeed, the impacts of climate change go beyond environment, food security, land rights and even indigenous peoples’ rights. More importantly, climate change has both direct and indirect effects on health. Climate change’s health impacts are inequitably distributed with the most vulnerable sectors like the elderly, children and pregnant women having the least capacity to adapt.

Huffington Post/ September 8, 2015/ Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Why Gender Equality Is the Most Critical of All the Global Goals

At the end of this month, thousands of representatives from all over the world will gather in New York. They will witness the launch of the most ambitious universal effort since the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The reshaping and re-stating of the "larger freedom" of those rights in a new agenda has a deadline of 2030 for a new, fairer, more sustainable world, with at its centre the drive to achieve full equality of men and women.

IPS News/ September 7, 2015/ José Adán Silva

Women Revolutionise Waste Management on Nicaraguan Island

ALTAGRACIA, Nicaragua - A group of poor women from Ometepe, a beautiful tropical island in the centre of Lake Nicaragua, decided to dedicate themselves to recycling garbage as part of an initiative that did not bring the hoped-for economic results but inspired the entire community to keep this biosphere reserve clean.

IPS News/ September 7, 2015/ Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury

Opinion: Women’s Major Role in Culture of Peace – Part Two

UNITED NATIONS - Another reality that emerges very distinctly in culture of peace is that we should never forget when women – half of world’s seven billion plus people – are marginalised and their equality is not established in all spheres of human activity, there is no chance for our world to get sustainable peace in the real sense.

The New York Times/ September 5, 2015/ Amy Chozick

Hillary Clinton’s Beijing Speech on Women Resonates 20 Years Later

Just days after Hillary Rodham Clinton left her post as secretary of state in early 2013, she assembled a group of longtime female aides to discuss what she wanted to do as she contemplated another presidential run. She told them she wanted to address issues affecting women and girls while at the Clinton Foundation. But Mrs. Clinton also wanted to make sure that her efforts were rooted around an important moment of her own career: the speech she delivered on Sept. 5, 1995, in a suburb of Beijing, focusing on women’s rights issues.




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WB/ September 2015

Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal

Getting to Equal measures legal and regulatory barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and employment in 173 economies. It provides quantitative measures of laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunities in seven areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, going to court, building credit and protecting women from violence.