GAD News Feed for September 12 - 18, 2015


September 12 - 18, 2015

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PDI/September 18, 2015/News/ Kristine Angeli Sabillo

Trader tells women how to become ‘great’ entrepreneurs

Although she is known for bringing the popular fashion doll Barbie to the Philippines, businesswoman Myrna Tang Yao has been making strides in the women’s sector as a government official and as one of those behind the Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of (GREAT) Women Project. The GREAT Women Project, a brainchild of Yao and the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (Cida). The project helps women micro-entrepreneurs by teaching them how to improve their organizational systems, upgrade their skills and capabilities and eventually encourage growth in the local economy, especially in agriculture. Among its objectives is to support and sustain women enterprises to allow them to scale up and compete in the global market. On Tuesday, Yao launched her book “The Gift of a Dream: The GREAT Women Project” at Sofitel Philippine Plaza hotel in Pasay City.

PDI/September 18, 2015/News/ Kristine Angeli Sabillo

Domingo: Women’s economic participation crucial in boosting Apec region

Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo on Friday stressed the importance of women’s participation in the economy, as well as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s role in eliminating barriers. Domingo, one of the speakers at the High Level Policy Dialogue on Women and the Economy (HLPD on WE), said Apec is focusing on helping women reach their full economic potential.

MT/September 17, 2015/News

Women in governing boards

IRENE Natividad, President of the Global Summit of Women, a 25-year-old institution, is in town in connection with the APEC Women’s Forum that takes place this week. She is an American citizen of Filipino descent who has been a pillar of the feminist movement in the United States as well as served in government positions as a presidential appointee. She is also Chair of the International Corporate Women Directors, a worldwide association of women CEOs.

MT/September 17, 2015/Regions

Lawmaker seeks probe on death of Cebu coed

Women’s partylist group Gabriela has joined calls for justice for University of San Carlos student Karen Montebon. “Karen is the latest rape-slay victim that demonstrates the vulnerability of young women to violence. We join the demands for a thorough probe that will bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice,” said Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan. Rep. Emmi De Jesus for her part challenged authorities to resolve the case in the soonest possible time.

MB/September 17, 2015/National/ Madel Sabater - Namit

Aquino cites women in upholding honest, good governance


President Aquino lauded yesterday the role of women in upholding good governance and expanding economic development as he underscored upholding gender equality and women’s rights at the APEC private-public dialogue on women and the economy.

BW/September 17, 2015/Nation/ Kathryn Mae P. Tubadeza

Women’s role in PHL growth cited

PRESIDENT Benigno S. C. Aquino III on Thursday said the talents and potential of women should be harnessed by the government so they can take part in achieving inclusive growth.

BW/September 17, 2015/Labor/ Reuters

Microsoft in lawsuit over women’s pay, promotions

MICROSOFT CORP. on Wednesday was hit with a proposed class action lawsuit in US court. claiming its policy of ranking employees to determine pay and promotions led to discrimination against women.

MT/September 16, 2015/News/ PNA

60% of women don’t have savings accounts – APEC dashboard

Some 60 percent of women in the APEC member-economies do not have savings accounts, according to The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and The Economy Dashboard 2015 report.

The report noted that despite APEC’s initiatives to improve women’s financial literacy and access to capital, women’s use of financial services remains low.

MB/September 16, 2015/Business News/ Bernie Magkilat

Gov’t extends grants to Clark ecozone locators with women-friendly practices


The Philippines, where factory workers are majority women, will extend a grant to 10 export manufacturing companies in Clark Freeport Zone that will score high on women-friendly workplaces and practices. Health Undersecretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell said at the launch of the APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economic Policy Toolkit at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) that Clark Freeport firms will get an initial assessment on their women-friendly practices to qualify for the grant.

BM/September 16, 2015/Top News/ PNA

PHL to pilot test Apec policy toolkit for women

The Philippines will pilot test an Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) initiative to promote women protection at the workplace. The Apec Women and the Economy (WE) Fora has launched on Wednesday the Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Policy Toolkit, which provides a menu of policies that targets to address barriers that hinder women’s productivity at workplace, as well as increasing women’s participation in the economy.

PS/September 15, 2015/Nation/ John Unson

Reward up for info on alleged rape-slay of Mangudadatu’s relative

MAGUINDANAO - Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu on Tuesday offered an earnest reward for leads that can help solve the fabled rape-slay of a relative-adolescent girl in Buluan town in Maguindanao last week.

PDI/September 15, 2015/Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

Apec talks ‘women and the economy’

THE GOOD news is that the Philippines, at least according to the Global Gender Gap report for 2014, released by the World Economic Forum, remains the top performer in the Asia and the Pacific region in terms of gender equality.

PDI/September 15, 2015/Global Nation/ AP

Call center company settles federal sex harassment suit

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles-based international call center company agreed to pay $600,000 to settle complaints from male and female workers who said they endured sexual harassment that included groping, propositions and an unwanted lap dance. In a consent decree approved Friday in federal court, VXI Global Solutions settled a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of six women and three men.

BM/September 15, 2015/Economy/ Recto Mercene

U.S. lady envoy leads APEC delegation for women empowerment

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell will travel to Manila, from September 14 to 18, to lead the US delegation to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meetings on women and the economy.

BM/September 15, 2015/Top News/ Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo

PHL pushing gender goal in new Asean tourism plan

THE Philippines is spearheading the preparation of a new strategic plan for tourism in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), and is bent on including gender parity and inclusive growth as regional objectives. This developed as the Department of Tourism (DOT) believes the integration of the Asean into one economic community will help boost gender equality across the region by standardizing hiring and promotion guidelines, especially in the tourism sector.

PS/September 14, 2015/Headlines/ Alexis Romero

3 soldiers face court martial for 'rape' of Lumad minor

The three soldiers accused of sexually abusing a Lumad minor in Davao del Norte are now facing court martial while their company commander may be slapped with administrative sanction.  The Army, however, cleared soldiers in the killing of three Lumads in Surigao del Sur and attributed the incident to "tribal conflict."

PDI/September 14, 2015/Business/ Amy R. Remo

Gender equality promotion in Apec pushed

THE PHILIPPINES will make a push for stronger promotion of gender equality before member economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) this week, as it stressed on the key role of women’s economic empowerment to achieving inclusive growth. The role of women as prime movers of inclusive growth will be highlighted during the Apec Women and Economy 2015 Fora to be held on Sept. 15 to 18 in Manila.

MB/September 14, 2015/Opinions and Editorials/ Beth Day Romulo

A pair of important elections

The November 8th parliamentary elections in Myanmar (formerly Burma) were important because of the presence of democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, who won international acclaim by facing down the military generals and helping restore Myanmar to a democracy. Now 70 years old, she is running for a seat in the parliament. She is barred by the Constitution from running for president because of a stipulation that any person, male or female, with a foreign spouse, is ineligible. Her late husband was a British national.

PDI/September 13, 2015/Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

Answers to the ‘woman question’

Twenty years after the 1995 International Conference on Women in Beijing, the “woman question” still begs for answers. For Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, the question boils down to such a simple query as: “Why should an 11-year-old girl, on frail legs, have to fetch the water to quench the thirst of a muscular man?”

PDI/September 13, 2015/News/ Theresa S. Samaniego

Girl power rules in this male-dominated sector

It’s a breath of fresh air to see a woman at the helm of a company in a male-dominated industry. Fatima Olivares-Vital had boldly brushed gender and age issues aside when she took on the challenge of heading her family’s real estate company, Ovialand Inc., which was put up about three years ago.

MT/September 13, 2015/News/ Michael Joe T. Delizo

Govt lawyer disbarred for ‘womanizing’

A government lawyer has been banned from practicing law over his supposed illicit affairs. The Supreme Court (SC) en banc upheld the decision of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to disbar lawyer Ian Raymond Pangalangan of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel as it found the respondent guilty of “committing gross immorality in the conduct of his personal affairs.”

MB/September 13, 2015/Metro/ Ben Rosario

Beware of HIV at call centers – Suansing


An administration congresswoman has called for a congressional inquiry into the rising cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV-AIDS) that have affected young professionals aged 24 to 39 years old, many of them call center workers. Rep. Estrellita Suansing (LP, Nueva Ecija) said the increase in number of call center agents affected with the dreaded HIV-AIDS virus can be a threat to public health.

BM/September 13, 2015/Opinion/ Atty. Lorna Patajo-Kapunan

Solo Parents’ Welfare Act and work benefits to solo-parent employees

Solo parents are those who are left alone with the responsibility of rearing their children regardless of marital status, and based on National Statistics Office (NSO) data, there are about 14 million solo parents in the Philippines. The increasing number of solo parents has led the national government to pass Republic Act 8972, or the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000, which was promulgated on November 7, 2000. While being a solo parent can be difficult, the passage of RA 8972 has somehow made it rewarding.

MB/September 12, 2015/Entertainment News/ AP

Clooney says more roles should be rewritten for women


TORONTO (AP) — George Clooney says the political campaign strategist drama “Our Brand Is Crisis” was sitting on the shelf when Sandra Bullock called up with a novel idea: Change the protagonist to a woman, and let her star in it.

BM/September 12, 2015/World/ AP

‘Rebel’ female Buddhist monks challenge Thailand status quo


Nakhon Pathom, Thailand — On a rural road just after daybreak, villagers young and old kneel reverently before a single file of ochre-robed women, filling their bowls with rice, curries, fruits and sweets. In this country, it’s a rare sight.


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PIA/September 17, 2015

Philippines to test APEC policy toolkit for women

The Philippines will conduct a pilot study on an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) initiative to promote the protection of women in the workplace. The APEC Women and the Economy (WE) Fora on Wednesday launched the Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Policy Toolkit, which provides a menu of policies that aim to address barriers that hinder women’s productivity in the workplace, as well as increase women’s participation in the economy.

PIA/September 17, 2015

DOLE releases P1M livelihood grants in MisOcc

TUDELA, Misamis Occidental – The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 10 (DOLE-X) through its Misamis Occidental Provincial Field Office Head Leonardo G. Rodrigo released P1,013,000.00 to fund three livelihood projects under the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) system of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tudela on 4 August 2015 at the ABC Hall, in Misamis Occidental … DOLE-10 Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante disclosed that an amount of P513,000.00 was granted to 201 members of the Farmers Organization of Tudela to finance the Goat-Raising Project (Multiplier), while the Federation of Women Organizations with 54 beneficiaries received P500,000.00 for the Starter Kits for manicure, pedicure, hair and foot spa, body scrub and sewing machines for the Dress Making Project.

DTI/September 16, 2015

Women entrepreneurs encouraged to take advantage of smart technologies to help their businesses become more competitive

The Republic of Korea’s Asia Pacific Women’s Information Network Center (APWINC) in cooperation with Global Women’s ICT Network (GWIN) and the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry, and supported by RoK’s Ministry of Gender Equality & Family (MOGEF), recently hosted the APEC Women’s Business and Smart Technology Seminar entitled “Leveraging Smart Technologies & Global Best Practices for APEC Women Entrepreneurs”.

PIA/September 15, 2015

APEC WE 2015: Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Growth

As a member economy of APEC, the Philippines is hosting APEC Women and the Economy 2015 Fora along the theme: “Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Growth”. This theme seeks to impress on both the public and private sectors the significance of attaining the priorities of APEC, particularly in Investing in Human Capital Development and Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities.


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Time/ September 18, 2015/ Janice Ellig

4 Ways to Get More Women on Boards

It’s been said multiple times, by multiple people: Gender diversity on boards is highly correlated with stronger company financial performance. We can see that boards with a more balanced gender representation have an improved shareholder value, good corporate governance, better decision-making and a more positive corporate image. Yet at this moment in time, fewer than 20% of the approximately 5,000 S&P board seats are currently held by women.

UN Women/ September 17, 2015

G7 Forum says women are essential to foster the global economy

At the G7 Forum for Dialogue with Women on 16 and 17 September in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with female leaders from around the world to discuss women’s empowerment at an international level. “It’s a fundamental right, but what is often overlooked is that societies and economies cannot be successful without gender equality,” added Ms. Merkel.

UN Women/ September 17, 2015

Media Advisory: UN Women at the UN General Assembly

Ensuring the voices of global women and centrality of gender equality in the SDGs framework

The year 2015 is a landmark year for gender equality and women’s rights. It marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in China and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, still considered the most comprehensive blueprint on advancing women’s rights. In spite of some progress, the Beijing promise is only partially fulfilled.

UN Women/ September 17, 2015

Malawi Chief annuls 330 child marriages

In a country where half of girls are married before age 18, UN Women played a key role in lobbying for a new law that raises the legal age to wed, while raising awareness and working with traditional leaders to annul marriages.

UN Women/ September 17, 2015

In Moroccan oases women watch plants and incomes grow

A group of women living in Moroccan oases have found a unique way to earn an income and mitigate the effects of climate change on their environment by cultivating medicinal and aromatic plants, using renewable energy.

Time/ September 17, 2015/ Charlotte Alter

7 Surprising Facts About Women and Ambition from the TIME-Real Simple Poll

In this week’s issue of TIME, we teamed up with fellow Time Inc. brand, Real Simple, to find out how women really feel about ambition in themselves and in others. Contrary to all the hand-wringing about confidence and motivation at work, our survey found that women were just about as ambitious as men, and that “ambitious” doesn’t necessarily have the same negative connotations as, for example, “bossy” does.

ILO/ September 17, 2015

Protecting pregnant workers’ rights in Lesotho

How the Better Work Programme of the ILO and the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) promotes decent work for young women in Lesotho’s garment industry.

UN Women/ September 16, 2015

“Women play a crucial role in marine environments and fisheries economies” – gender and development expert

Women play a crucial role in marine environments and fisheries economies, specifically in the small-scale and artisanal fisheries sector, though their contribution is still invisible and unacknowledged. They represent half of the total working population worldwide in the seafood industry as a whole, with fisheries, aquaculture, seafood processing and all related services.

APEC/ September 16, 2015

Women’s Economic Participation Bolstered with Health Toolkit Launch

Governments and businesses in the Asia-Pacific will now find it easier to introduce health policies that facilitate the participation of women in economies, opening the door to potentially significant improvements in social mobility and growth across the region.  A newly launched APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economic Policy Toolkit offers a user-friendly one stop menu of policy options that can be used to pilot, implement and scale up actions appropriate to local economic and social conditions. The toolkit was unveiled by health, economic development and gender officials from APEC member economies and the private sector on Wednesday in Manila.

UN Women/ September 15, 2015

Media Advisory: Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action

Over 70 Presidents and Prime Ministers to spotlight gender equality with concrete pledges

UN Women and the People’s Republic of China will co-host a landmark event in conjunction with the UN Summit on the post-2015 development framework and as part of the 20th Anniversary commemoration of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. At the high-level “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action” event on 27 September, over 70 world leaders are expected to make concrete commitments and firm pledges to overcome gender equality gaps. It is a historic and a unique opportunity: for the first time at the UN, commitments to women and girls will be made at the level of Heads of States and Government.




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APEC/ September 2015

The APEC Women and The Economy Dashboard 2015

The APEC Women and the Economy Dashboard is an initiative that seeks to provide a snapshot of the status of women in APEC, by looking at a set of indicators in recent years, which allows measurement of the progress of women’s participation in economic-related activities and women’s inclusion in several aspects of life. The Dashboard is comprised of almost 80 indicators for each APEC economy and the APEC region as a whole. Those indicators are classified in five areas previously identified as priorities by the APEC Policy Partnership of Women and the Economy (PPWE): 1) access to capital and assets; 2) access to markets; 3) skills, capacity-building and health; 4) leadership, voice and agency; and 5) innovation and technology.



Healthy Women APEC/ September 2015

Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Policy Toolkit:

Enhancing Women’s Economic Participation By Improving Women’s Health

In August 2015, an Experts Group came together in Manila to form a Policy Toolkit to support APEC government officials, policymakers, civil society and the private sector seeking to improve female economic participation through better health, cognizant that there is no one size fits all approach. The Policy Toolkit represents a menu of options that economies may pursue in part or as a whole on key issues on which they want to focus within the “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies” objective. The Policy Toolkit classifies recommendations into five areas: workplace health and safety; health access and awareness; sexual and reproductive health; gender-based violence; and work life balance.


UN Women/ September 2015

Monitoring Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Opportunities and Challenges

On 2 August 2015, the outcome document of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 was agreed by consensus by Member States. The outcome document will be presented to the Summit for adoption in September 2015. From a gender perpective, the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets address many concerns and therefore represent a significant step forward compared to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As a result of a wide-ranging consultation process with United Nations Member States, civil society and international organizations, this position paper sets out UN Women’s suggestions for global indicators to effectively monitor how the SDGs are being implemented for women and girls.