GAD News Feed for September 26 - October 2, 2015


September 26- October 2, 2015

Philippine Commission on Women (PCW)


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PS/October 2, 2015/Headlines

Palace on 'lewd' LP event: PNoy won't condone exploitation of women

Malacañang on Friday condemned the Liberal Party (LP) event in Laguna that featured women performing a lewd dance number. "Women are not objects to be given away as gifts during celebrations," Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a text message.

PDI/October 2, 2015/News/ Maila Ager

Drilon: We won’t let ‘exploitative’ performance damage LP


Senate President Franklin Drilon joined the Liberal Party (LP) leadership on Friday in condemning the controversial lewd show by a female group during the birthday of a party member, saying “we will not let the good name of the LP be besmirched with this sorry, isolated case.”

PDI/October 2, 2015/News/ Julliane Love De Jesus

Female LP solons: ‘lewd’ show in Laguna ‘gross insult’ to all


Female lawmakers who are members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) condemned in the strongest terms the “lewd” performance of an all-girl trio during the birthday celebration of an LP colleague on Thursday.

PDI/October 2, 2015/News/ Nestor Corrales

Gabriela blasts use of sexy performers in post-LP event


A women’s group has strongly condemned the use of scantily clad dancing women for entertainment during the birthday celebration of a Liberal Party (LP) congressman in Laguna on Thursday.

PDI/October 1, 2015/News/ AP

Study: 100 years before women reach equality in top jobs


Gender equality in Corporate America is happening so slowly that it could take more than a century for women to have the same number of top executive jobs as men, according to a new study.

MST/October 1, 2015/Main stories/ Christine F. Herrera

‘Aquinomics’ aftermath: Low quality jobs for women

FIVE years of “Aquinomics” has led to low quality jobs and indecent wages for women, who are now being penalized for getting pregnant while employed, Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus said   Wednesday. De Jesus questioned the underlying macroeconomic policies presented by the Development Budget Coordination Committee or DBCC led by the Department of Finance’s macroeconomic budget planning as these mess up women workers’ wages and health.

MB/October 1, 2015/ Provincial / Nestor L. Abrematea

NBI-8 files criminal charges against Tacloban doctor over sex scam


TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte -The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Eastern Visayas has filed four separate  criminal charges before the Tacloban City Prosecutor’s Office at the Bulwagan ng Katarungan, Magsaysay Blvd. here against a Tacloban doctor in connection with what is dubbed as “Tacloban sex scam.” NBI 8 Special Investigator Romy Labella told Leyte media that they have filed last September 4,2015  four separate criminal charges for alleged child abuse  or  violation of Republic Act No. 7610; anti-rape law or violation of Republic Act 8353;  anti-photo and video voyeurism or violation of Republic Act 9995;  and violation  of cybercrime  prevention act or Republic Act 10175 against Dr. Eduardo Velarde, Jr., a surgeon of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) of the Department of Health  here after allegedly engaging in an illegal sex with a 13-year-old pupil of a private known school in the city.

BM/October 1, 2015/World/Bloomberg News

Iranian women mean business


IRANIAN money manager Mona Hajialiasghar got her first big career break the same year the world took notice of her country’s nuclear ambitions. Thirteen years after starting out as an asset manager in Tehran, she’s chief operating officer of Kardan Investment Bank, which oversees about $300 million invested in Iran. As her country edges toward an historic agreement that promises to plug it back into the global economy, she already sees more women joining her.

PS/September 30, 2015/The Freeman/ Michael Vencynth. Braga/FPL

Comelec wants more women in politics

The Commission on Elections is encouraging more women participation in the electoral process. The poll body noted that women usually outvoted men in the past elections, yet only few of them got elected or ran for elective offices.

MT/September 30, 2015/News/Jaime R. Pilapil

‘Sextortionist’ arrested

AGENTS of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) nabbed a married man who allegedly threatened his former girlfriend that he would send their “sex video” to her relatives if she would not agree to have sex with him in a motel. Cybercrime operatives arrested Mark Glen Sanchez, 36, in Pasay City on Tuesday.

MB/September 30, 2015/News/AP

Michelle Obama: Girls, don’t hold back in school


NEW YORK — First lady Michelle Obama has some advice for teenage girls: Don’t shy from being the smartest kid in the class. And never mind what the boys think.

MB/September 30, 2015/Lifestyle/ Joyce Reyes-Aguila

Mister chores

6 house tasks the hubby can take care of


Living under one roof means more than just splitting the bills, it also means sharing the chores.

The Gender & Society journal conducted studies from 2000 to 2014 that revealed the changing dynamics between men and women at home due to their evolving experiences and views in a globalized world. For example, pursuing a career is no longer gender-restricted and, because of this, both men and women are able to contribute financially at home.

PS/September 29, 2015/Opinion/Domini M. Torrevillas

2 days in Beijing

The 15 Filipina legislators and two media representatives wound up their nine-day visit of places in the People’s Republic of China with good impressions of the country’s amazing economic development since the lifting of the Bamboo Curtain in 1949.

MB/September 29, 2015/National/Reuters

God weeps for sexual abuse of children – Pope


Philadelphia – Pope Francis confronted the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic clergy on the final day of his first US visit on Sunday, meeting with five adults abused as children and vowing to hold accountable those involved in the crimes and cover-ups.

MB/September 29, 2015/National/PNA

World leaders pledge actions to close gender gaps


United Nations – Some 80 world leaders announced on Sunday concrete measures to further empower women and push for gender equality in their respective countries during a conference on women’s rights co-hosted by China.

BM/September 28, 2015/Education

Legacies of Women Forum highlights accomplishments of 4 top Filipina execs

FOUR of the country’s top woman entrepreneurs and corporate executives led discussions during the Legacies of Women Forum held for the first time in the Philippines. The forum was organized by the Global Summit of Women, in association with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and the newly launched Filipina CEO Circle. It was held on September 14 at the AIM Conference Center, providing an opportunity for Filipina business leaders to share their knowledge, experience and insights with the next generation of leaders.                     

MT/September 27, 2015/News/Jefferson Antiporda

Marcos blasts govt’s failure to protect children’s rights

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., has criticized the government for its failure to address the continuous rise in crime incidents against children brought by its weak and inadequate enforcement of laws … Marcos cited the report of the Philippine National Police -Women and Children Protection Center that showed a spike in rape cases in the country, from a 15-year average of almost 4,000 cases to 7,000 cases in the past year.

MB/September 27, 2015/World/AFP

China champions women at UN but record criticized


Chinese President Xi Jinping pressed Sunday for the world to step up efforts to improve women’s rights, but his effort was clouded by his own country’s detention of feminists. Paying his first visit to the United Nations, Xi invited fellow world leaders to a special session to mark 20 years since a landmark UN conference on women in Beijing.

MB/September 27, 2015/World/AP

Michelle Obama unveils campaign focusing on girls’ education


NEW YORK — First Lady Michelle Obama introduced a new campaign focusing on education for girls around the world at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City. Obama appeared in a video Saturday at the event starring Beyoncé, Hugh Jackman and others. Obama spoke about the 62 Million Girls campaign in front of a feverish audience in Central Park.

MB/September 26, 2015/Opinions and Editorials

National Family Week: A call for stronger ties


The nation celebrates National Family Week on September 21-28, 2015, with the theme “Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Contemporary Families,” in recognition of efforts to strengthen the Filipino family as a basic autonomous social institution and the bedrock of the nation, in response to challenges that threaten family relations. The celebration seeks to generate support for action and program interventions to ensure that families respect and uphold equal opportunities for men and women and protect child’s rights and privileges. These rights and privileges are enshrined in United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, the treaty that defines the civil, political, economic, social, health, and cultural rights of children.


local news from other sources


PCW/October 2, 2015

PCW Statement on Lewd Dance Performance in LP Representative’s Event

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) expresses alarm and grave concern over featuring women doing lewd dance performance on stage in an event attended by members of the Liberal Party (LP) in Laguna. Reports and online photos and videos of the incident have been circulating online since October 1, 2015.

PIA/October 2, 2015

Ferrer joins international symposium on women’s involvement in peace processes

WASHINGTON D.C., Oct. 2 -- Government of the Philippines Chief Peace Negotiator Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer joined a high-level symposium on women’s political participation in peace processes to discuss her experiences in leading the government’s efforts in brokering peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

PIA/September 30, 2015/ Patricia Ruth Cailao

Economic empowerment for women through MSMEs

The business sector has been a strategic venue for women in achieving inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Nora Terrado said this during a strategic dialogue held recently, titled “Economies that work for Women,” which was organized by UN Women. “Women are key players in the micro, small and medium sector that comprise ninety-nine (99%) of the country’s businesses,” Terrado said, speaking in behalf of DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo.


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UN Women/ October 1, 2015

Joint UN statement on Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people

On 29 September 2015, 12 UN entities (ILO, OHCHR, UNAIDS Secretariat, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC, UN Women, WFP and WHO) released an unprecedented joint statement calling for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

UN Women/ September 30, 2015

Expert’s take: Old age — a double whammy for women?

After a lifetime of providing unpaid care for friends and family, older women often live in poverty with no one to care for them. Ageing is inevitable, but its gendered injustices are not. On this year’s International Day of Older Persons, it’s time to shine a spotlight on ending pensioner poverty, and providing decent elder care services for all.

IPS/ September 30, 2015/ Fabiana Frayssinet

Men Start to Make Women’s Struggles Their Own in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES - The meeting was about gender equality, but for once there were more men than women. It marked a watershed in the struggle in Argentina to make the commitment to equality more than just “a women’s thing.”

UN Women/ September 29, 2015

Spain and UN Women sign strategic partnership agreement to promote women’s rights and gender equality

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Jesús Manuel Gracia Aldaz, Spain’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America, signed a Strategic Partnership Framework in New York on 29 September to strengthen collaboration in promoting women’s rights and gender equality.

IPS/ September 28, 2015/ N Chandra Mohan

Opinion: India, Where Have All the Women Gone?

NEW DELHI - Women account for less than half of India’s population but their participation in the workforce is way below that of men. They account for 27 per cent of the workforce. If – and it is a big if – their number were to increase to the same level as men in the workforce, the country’s output of good and services would expand by 27 per cent, argues Christine Lagarde, managing director of the Internatgional Monetary Fund.

UN Women/ September 27, 2015

Press release: World leaders agree: We must close the gender gap

New York — Today, some 80 world leaders are convening at the United Nations to personally commit to ending discrimination against women by 2030 and announce concrete and measurable actions to kick-start rapid change in their countries. The event marks a historic first, with pledges delivered by Heads of State and Government. No other single issue is to receive this level of political attention at the UN Summit held from 25-27 September to adopt Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Women/ September 27, 2015

Civil society monitors global commitments

To monitor global leaders’ commitments, civil society representatives are gathering today at the “Civil Society Watch: Governments’ Commitments to Action: A Civil Society Parallel Event to the UN Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment”. Civil society organizations will work together to map an “Accountability Score Board” at an “Innovative Ideas Marketplace”, and connect with youth leaders and activists.

UN Women/ September 26, 2015

Press release: Business leaders commit millions to gender equality

New York — Leading global companies and foundations are committing millions in additional financing for gender equality at a Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum organized by UN Women today.



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