GAD News Feed for September 19 - 25, 2015


September 19 - 25, 2015

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MB/September 25, 2015/Business

Leaders cite Asian women’s role in maritime industry


The role of women in the maritime trade in Asia, was acknowledged  and given “green light” by transportation, maritime and shipping leaders, as well  as educators  at the ongoing  “Women in Maritime Asia Regional Conference: Promoting Women’s Advocacy for Domestic Ferry Safety” in Pasay City, Metro Manila, infusing high degree of inspiration  and motivation for the women in the  industry to punch harder to effect realistic and working “gender equality and fairness”  aboard ships and offshore works.

MT/September 24, 2015/Regions/ Lydia C. Pendon

APEC OKs disaster risk reduction framework

ILOILO CITY: Member economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have approved the Disaster Risk Reduction Framework on APEC Strategy to Building Adaptive and Disaster-Resilient Economies on September 23, during the two-day 9th Senior Disaster Management Officials’ Forum … The same framework cuts across all areas of the APEC agenda including agriculture, forestry, fisheries, trade and investments, energy, micro small and medium enterprises, infrastructure development, critical infrastructure resiliency, financial resiliency, human capital, health, gender, food security, science and technology, and ecological integrity.

MB/September 24, 2015/Business/ Bloomberg

McKinsey says gender equality would boost GDP by $28 trillion


Denying women full participation in the global economy is costly. McKinsey & Co. has now calculated by just how much. Full gender equality would add 26 percent, or $28 trillion, to global gross domestic product in 2025, according to a new report by the consulting firm’s research and economics arm.

BW/September 24, 2015/Labor/ Reuters

Pentagon promotes “Lean In” groups to boost women, minorities

WASHINGTON -- US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, keen to expand the number of women and minorities in military leadership, on Monday will endorse “Lean In” discussion groups sparked by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling book, a senior defense official said.

BW/September 24, 2015/Finance/ Flor G. Tarriela

Women: Inclusive growth movers

September 17, the day of the public-private dialogue on women and the economy. Eight hundred high-powered women from nineteen (19) economies and a few “brave” men, including President Benigno S.C. Aquino III, attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Women and the Economy (APEC WE) Fora at the Philippine International Convention Center.

PS/September 23, 2015/The Freeman/ Garry B. Lao

P600 allowance for solo parents okayed

CEBU, Philippines – The Talisay City Council had approved a resolution granting a P600 monthly allowance for solo parents, residing in the city, and requesting Mayor Johnny De Los Reyes to implement the grant, based on the Actual Procurement Plan.

MB/September 23, 2015/Business/ Lee C. Chipongian

CCT succeeds as social safety measure – World Bank


The World Bank-supported conditional cash transfer (CCT) program “Pantawid Pamilya” in the Philippines is now considered one of the world’s most effective social safety net measures … Social safety net programs include cash and in-kind transfers targeted to poor and vulnerable households, with the goal of protecting families from the impact of economic shocks, natural disasters, and other crises; ensuring that children grow up healthy, well-fed, and can stay in school and learn; empowering women and girls; and creating jobs.

MB/September 23, 2015/Lifestyle/ Yvette Nesas

Women trailblazers in IT industry

The information technology industry is testosterone filled and illustrative by icons like Steve Jobs, Bill Gatesand Mark Zuckerberg. They are the poster boys of Silicon Valley who worked from either their garage or dorm room to working their way to the big leagues. Jobs, Gates and Zuckerberg may be the known personalities but the industry is not missing of women who invented relevant creations. Just like Mary Anderson who invented windshield wipers, Dr. Grace Murray Hopper who invented COBOL Computer Language and Stephanie Kwolek who invented Kevlar. These women are pioneer in the IT industry. In the Philippines, we have our very own in the personality of Karrie Ilagan. She is the first Filipino appointed as General Manager of Microsoft Philippines.

BM/September 23, 2015/Top News/ Jovee Marie de la Cruz

Marrying a rapist, the 301-day rule for widows and other obsolete laws

REPUBLIC Act (RA) 8353, or the Anti-Rape Law of 1997—already considered then as a big step against rapists—should now be amended, according to the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives.

PS/September 22, 2015/Opinion/ Domini M. Torrevillas

Women legislators in China

GUANDONG, China — “Despite the differences between our governments, and the sometimes provocative words our spokespersons have exchanged, the Communist Party of China has invited our delegation of 15 congresswomen to visit their country, which invitation we accepted, with the blessings of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, in our mutual belief that nothing can severe  the blood ties and the thousand years of friendship between our two peoples.”

MT/September 22, 2015/Regions/ PNA

New UN goals must help hundreds of millions of children who can’t read, write

UNITED NATIONS: With more than 200 million school-aged children unable to read and write, the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will focus on access to quality education, the executive director of UNICEF, said Monday. “There are 250 million children around the world of fourth and fifth grade age who can not read and write or do their numbers,” Anthony Lake told reporters here.

BM/September 22, 2015/The Millennials/ Mia Mallari

Woman millennial workers face ‘flexibilization’ of labor

ASIDE from discrimination and lack of opportunities, this generation of woman workers are facing a new phenomenon: the flexibilization of work. There are no insurances for entrepreneurial risks in the future and that it is probable that there is less security in work nowadays, economist and University of the Philippines Prof. Marina Fe Durano said in a forum organized by the United Nations (UN) office in the Philippines.

BM/September 22, 2015/The Millennials/ Alessandra Brigitte Anonas

There’s a future in our culture—Great Women

THE Great Women in Asean Brand has been taking the Association of Southeast Asian Nations by storm with its unique designs that consist of vibrant textiles made by our very own tribes such as the Bagobo indigenous people. Materials made from pineapple silk or Piña cloth and handwoven prints such as the ikat are transformed into bags, clothing and other accessories. Known as the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation (Great) Women, the group seeks to draw young artists in the region to help in the growth of Asian culture.

PDI/September 21, 2015/Business

Apec Iconograph hints at women’s $1T economic impact

THE EXPORT promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry has unveiled an exceptionally curated iconography celebrating the stories of women leaders who have contributed significantly to the development of their economies in the Asia-Pacific region.

MB/September 21, 2015/World/ AFP

Turnbull wants more women to key posts


Canberra – New Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull defended his major cabinet shake-up and said if the percentage of women in parliament had been higher he could have appointed more to key roles … He upped the number of women in cabinet from two to five in a move seen as a significant change in style and tone for the unpopular government, with Marise Payne notably becoming the country’s first female defence minister.

BM/September 21, 2015/Features/ AP

A primer on where pope stands on gays, divorce, climate

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis is expected to raise issues ranging from climate change to income inequality when he visits Cuba and the United States from September 19 to 27. Francis has launched an agenda of reform in the Vatican and in the global church, prioritizing different issues and counseling a more merciful message. Here’s a primer on where the pope stands on key issues.

PS/September 20, 2015/The Freeman/ Grace Melanie L. Lacamiento

Bank exec faces case for sexual harassment

CEBU, Philippines - The National Bureau of Investigation-7 has filed a criminal complaint before the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor against a bank executive who allegedly sexually harassed a female subordinate and used his position to promote her and even demote her if she allegedly resisted his malicious acts.

PS/September 20, 2015/World/ Associated Press

Obama pays tribute to female civil rights leaders

WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama paid tribute Saturday to black women for their role in helping shape American democracy, calling them "the thinkers and the doers" who made things happen at the height of the civil rights movement half a century ago.

PDI/September 20, 2015/Global Nation/ The Kathmandu Post/Asia News Network

The unending woes of Nepal’s women workers

It came as a shock to many when two Nepali women—a 26 and 48-year-old—recently disclosed that they had been used as “sex-slaves” in Gurgaon, India. Even more appalling was that the accused was a high-profile Saudi diplomat based in New Delhi. The duo, lured into foreign employment by a village agent with the promise of jobs as housemaids, in Saudi Arabia, were allegedly kept in confinement for three months, often without food and water. They have further accused their employer of forcing them to have sex with multiple guests of the household.

MB/September 20, 2015/Panorama

Excluded from eden

The sad state of maternal health for Palawan’s poorest—and what a team of midwives, nurses, educators, and public health experts are doing about it.

MB/September 19, 2015/Entertainment news/ Reuters

Decade of Emmys show little change in women behind the scenes on TV


LOS ANGELES – In a year where comedian Amy Schumer scored Emmy nods for acting, directing and writing her own show, it may appear that women are finally breaking through the male-dominated world of primetime television. But a study released this week examining women in key behind-the-scenes TV roles, found little has changed in the past decade.

BM/September 19, 2015/World/ AP

Marines seek to close combat jobs to women

WASHINGTON—The Marine Corps is expected to ask that women not be allowed to compete for several front-line combat jobs, inflaming tensions between Navy and Marine leaders, US officials say.


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PIA/September 19, 2015

856 million women to benefit from APEC policy toolkit by 2019

About 856 million women would benefit from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) health policy toolkit for women by 2019 if covered economies adopt its recommendations. One of the toolkit drafters said in an interview during an APEC meeting on Friday that the 865 million women workers include the indigenous, cross-border workers, migrant workers, unregulated workers, local casual laborers, and the urban poor.


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UN Women/ September 25, 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 adopted today at the UN Summit. “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.

UN Women/ September 24, 2015

Civil society organizations and UN Women strategize on joint work to achieve the SDGs

Civil society thought leaders from all over the world participated in a meeting convened by UN Women in New York to identify key priorities for working together to implement the Beijing Platform for Action and the imminent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 5 on gender equality.

UN Women/ September 24, 2015

Urgent action needed to combat online violence against women and girls, says new UN report

New York – A new report released today by the United Nations Broadband Commission reveals that almost three quarters of women online have been exposed to some form of cyber violence, and urges governments and industry to work harder and more effectively together to better protect the growing number of women and girls who are victims of online threats and harassment.

The Guardian/ September 24, 2015/ Heather Stewart

Tackling gender inequality could add $12tn to world economy, study finds

Tackling gender inequality and boosting women’s opportunities in the labour market could add $12tn (£7.8tn) to annual global GDP over the next decade, according to new research. The McKinsey Global Institute has measured gender inequality across 95 countries, using 15 different indicators, including not just women’s role in the workplace, but everything from the availability of contraception to access to bank accounts.

UN Women/ September 22, 2015

Global Champions Programme unites and empowers women worldwide

People from all over the world have become advocates for women’s economic empowerment, participating in Empower Women’s Global Champions Programme.

UN Women/ September 22, 2015

Leading businesses, civil society organizations and UN agencies call on governments to abolish legal barriers to women’s economic empowerment

On the heels of the international community's adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), on 26 September in New York, 20 leading businesses, civil society organizations and UN agencies will unite to call on governments around the world to take action to remove barriers to women's economic empowerment.




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UN Women/ September 2015

Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls

This report, released by the United Nations Broadband Commission, reveals that almost three quarters of women online have been exposed to some form of cyber violence, and urges governments and industry to work harder and more effectively together to better protect the growing number of women and girls who are victims of online threats and harassment.


UN Women/ September 2015

Economic growth and social reproduction: Gender inequality as cause and consequence

In “Economic growth and social reproduction: Gender inequality as cause and consequence,” Elissa Braunstein, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Colorado State University, examines how growth, social reproduction and gender equality are connected in ways that make paid and unpaid care work a key determinant of macroeconomic policy outcomes, growth and development.


UN Women/ September 2015

Falling through the net? Gender and social protection in the Pacific

In “Falling through the net? Gender and social protection in the Pacific,” Margaret Jolly, Helen Lee, Katherine Lepani, Anna Naupa and Michelle Rooney, accomplished researchers engaged in policy and development work across the Pacific region, analyse the gender dimensions of social protection in three countries in the Pacific region – Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu – and explores how best to approach social protection so as to promote gender equality rather than risk reinscribing prevailing gender inequalities.


UN Women/ September 2015

Are governments catching up? Work-family policy and inequality in Latin America

In “Are governments catching up? Work-family policy and inequality in Latin America,” Merike Blofield, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami and Juliana Martinez Franzoni, Associate Professor at the University of Costa Rica, examine government policies that aim to balance work and family life, focusing on employment based leaves and early childhood education and care services in Latin America.


McKinsey/ September 2015

The power of parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth

Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. If women—who account for half the world’s working-age population—do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will suffer. While all types of inequality have economic consequences, in our new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report, The power of parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth, we focus on the economic implications of lack of parity between men and women.