GAD News Feed for October 3 - 9, 2015


October 3-9, 2015

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PS/October 8, 2015/  The Freeman/Ligaya Rabago-Visaya

Objectification of women

In a civilized society that puts premium on gender equality, and regard women as partners for social and economic development, it pictures a repulsive notion when every now and then there are reports of objectification of women. Women are still crying foul over unfair perceptions and treatments by their male counterpart, and the society in general. In a culture where there is still considerable number of people that perceive women not as equal partners but merely objects for entertainment.

PS/October 8, 2015/ Headlines/Michael Punongbayan

Women’s groups file raps, seek probe

Criminal and administrative charges were filed against outgoing Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino before the Office of the Ombudsman yesterday for his alleged role in the “lewd” performance of an all-girl group during the birthday celebration of Laguna 4th District Rep. Benjamin Agarao Jr. last week.

MB/October 8, 2015/ Opinions and Editorials/ Reuters

UN’s new goals applauded but now for the tough part


United Nations, New  York City, United States  — It’s taken three years to write the script for the future of the world, but now it’s time for the much-anticipated performance to begin. World leaders have negotiated and agreed on an ambitious plan to end poverty and inequality in the next 15 years, adopting 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations as a roadmap to tackle the world’s most troubling problems. While getting the 193 member nations to agree on priorities, scope, and wording of the SDGs and their accompanying 169 targets was monumental, far more daunting is their implementation. The toughest challenges are the sheer breadth of the agenda, finding ways to monitor and measure progress, and keeping the process transparent and accountable. Added to those are the reluctance of some countries to address certain issues, with climate change and gender equality high up the agenda, not to mention the enormous trillion-dollar price tag, say those involved in the sweeping project.

MB/October 8, 2015/ Entertainment news/Reuters

Protesters storm red-carpet premiere of UK women’s rights film ‘Suffragette’


LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Protesters stormed the red carpet at the glitzy premiere of the film “Suffragette” on Wednesday that stars Meryl Streep as a leading British women’s rights activist a century ago, staging a lie-in and saying the fight for equality was not yet over. The historical political drama is about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement in London in 1912 and their campaign of militancy to fight for women to get the right to vote … Security guards tried to remove the protesters who had signs pinned to their clothes reading “dead women don’t vote”, with some women escorted away as green and purple smoke bombs filled the air … Shanice McBean, 22, was among the protesters who said the stunt was meant to re-ignite the feminist spirit of the movie by spotlighting violence against women. “We’re here to say to say that it’s great that women’s history is being shown in the film, but that the struggle is not over,” said McBean, from London, who is currently unemployed. Emma Fischer, 27, a teacher from London, said the protesters organized by a group called Sisters Uncut condemned cuts by Britain’s conservative government to the budget for domestic violence services such as refuges for women. “With two women killed a week in the UK due to domestic violence cuts, there’s no way we can stop fighting,” she said.

MB/October 8, 2015/ National/ Anna Liza Villas – Alavaren, et al.

Tolentino apologizes, withdraws from LP Senate slate; PNoy hails decision


Outgoing Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Francis Tolentino yesterday apologized to those who were offended by the controversial dance performance of a girl group in Laguna which he allegedly sponsored last week. Tolentino also asked the Liberal Party (LP) to exclude his name from the list being considered for its senatorial lineup in the 2016 elections after the video of the lewd performance circulated online raised an uproar in social media. A teary-eyed Tolentino said: “I would like to ask for understanding and forgiveness for offending women’s groups because of the situation that happened in Sta. Cruz Laguna.”

PS/October 7, 2015/ The Freeman/ Aurelle Flores

Rape Jokes: Why I am not Laughing

CEBU, Philippines – Sometime last year, comedian Vice Ganda received major criticism for his rape jokes during one of his shows. A few months ago, a major department store had to pull out a line of t-shirts printed with “It is not rape. It is snuggle with a struggle.”

PS/October 7, 2015/ World/ Nicole Winfield

Pope aims to assure conservatives marriage doctrine safe

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis sought yesterday to assure conservatives that Catholic doctrine on marriage is safe, as a three-week meeting of bishops began hashing out how the church should welcome gays, divorcees and other Catholics in "irregular" unions.

PDI/October 7, 2015/ News/ Marc Jayson Cayabyab

Gabriela wants probe on use of female entertainers in pol activities


Outraged by the lewd “Playgirls” show after an official Liberal Party (LP) event, militant solons representing the women’s sector in the House of Representatives called for a probe on the use of women as entertainment in political gatherings.

MT/October 7, 2015/ News/ Katrina Stuart Santiago

Ka-women-an in our minds

THE times are exciting for kawomenan, i.e., ka-Pinay-an, being Pinay, being woman in this country. Lest you’ve been living under a rock, we got a presidential candidate in Grace Poe, a vice-presidential candidate in Leni Robredo, both celebrated as women who are clean and uncorrupted – incorruptible! – by the political system that we all know is dirty dirty dirty. We’ve got Leila de Lima running for the Senate, as we do Lorna Kapunan. And recently – depending on how public your Facebook news feed is – there’s been a call for volunteers for what looks like a Miriam Defensor-Santiago campaign.

MT/October 7, 2015/ News

California adopts bill ensuring equal pay for women

LOS ANGELES: California adopted a bill aimed at ensuring equal pay between men and women, a measure considered among the strongest in the nation and applauded by Hollywood. “Sixty-six years after passage of the California Equal Pay Act, many women still earn less money than men doing the same or similar work,” Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement after signing the bill into law on Tuesday.

PS/October 6, 2015/ News

LP disowning Tolentino? Female bets uncomfortable with him

After the controversy generated by a dance performance at a Liberal Party gathering in Sta. Cruz, Laguna last week, Senate President Franklin Drilon yesterday stressed that Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino is not an LP member. Drilon, LP vice chairman, clarified that the dance presentation by the Playgirls did not have any blessing of the party.

PDI/October 6, 2015/ News/ Marc Jayson Cayabyab

Solon asks MMDA: Has Tolentino heard gender sensitivity lecture?


After receiving flak for allegedly sponsoring the lewd “Playgirls” show, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Francis Tolentino snubbed the pre-plenary hearing of his agency’s proposed 2016 budget. MMDA General Manager Corazon Jimenez told lawmakers during the hearing that Tolentino was not around because he intended to resign from his post as he prepared for a possible senatorial bid … During the hearing, Gabriela Rep. Emma De Jesus asked Jimenez if Tolentino ever attended the MMDA’s gender sensitivity training which is funded under its budget. De Jesus hit Tolentino for not being gender sensitive himself.

PDI/October 6, 2015/ News

MTRCB to meet ‘It’s Showtime’ producers over ‘Pastillas Girl’ segment


The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has acted on the complaint filed by women’s group Gabriela regarding the alleged pimping of Angelica Jane Yap, better known as “Pastillas Girl” in “It’s Showtime” in a bid to save the noontime show’s ratings. In a letter dated October 1, MTRCB Chair Atty. Eugenio Villareal asked “It’s Showtime” director Norbert Vidanes, Business Unit Head Reilyl Santiago and Executive Producer Mark Rejano to attend a dialogue with the Special Sub-Committee of MTRCB’s Gender And Development (GAD) committee on October 13.

TS/October 6, 2015/ Main stories/ Maricel V. Cruz

Erice: The Playgirls should be blamed

LIBERAL Party stalwart Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice on Monday blamed the all-girl group “Playgirls” for a lewd performance during the birthday celebration of Laguna Rep. Benjamin Agarao last week, despite widespread condemnation of the congressman and Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino for failing to stop the show. “The performance was wrong but the responsibility lies with the artist group. Those who invited them didn’t know the performance would turn out the way it did,” Erice said. Erice defended Agarao and Tolentino, saying the event wasn’t a Liberal Party event despite the presence of 80 new party members from the fourth district of Laguna.

BM/October 6, 2015/ Life

Can women have it all?

CAN women really have it all? We posed the age-old question to three female business leaders; here is an edited transcript of those conversations. Nicole Loftus, founder and CEO of Zorch International: “Not only can we do it all, but it’s our duty to be examples to other women that we should do it all. I have many female friends who are the breadwinners in the family with three kids, working full time, and the husband still thinks the woman should be tending to the house and taking care of a sick kid.

PS/October 5, 2015/ Headlines/ Rosette Adel

DFA verifying Filipina allegedly nabbed for terrorism in Saudi

The Department of Affairs (DFA) is currently verifying the identity of an alleged Filipino national arrested and suspected for involvement in terrorism in Saudi Arabia. DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said on Monday the Philippine embassy in Riyadh already coordinated with authorities to have access to the alleged Filipina identified by Saudi media as Lady Gioi Aban Bali Nang.

PDI/October 5, 2015/ News/ Amy R. Remo

Apec moves to advance women representation

ECONOMIC development and gender officials from member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) have introduced new individual action plans for advancing women’s representation in leadership over the next five years … “Individual economic and social circumstances of an economy must be taken into account for gender policies to have the desired impact across such a hugely diverse region,” explained Emmeline Verzosa, executive director of the Philippine Commission on Women and cochair of the Apec Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy.

TS/October 5, 2015/ Main stories/ Sandy Araneta

Pinay held for aiding IS bomber

A FILIPINA has been arrested in Saudi Arabia on suspicion of helping a Syrian make explosive belts for suicide attacks in the kingdom, the interior ministry said Saturday. The Syrian, identified as Mohamed al-Barazi, is suspected of turning the house they shared in the Saudi capital into a bomb factory, the ministry spokesman said.

PDI/October 4, 2015/ Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

LP and the Playgirls

Must be because I just adopted “dual citizenship” lately, which may mean I’ve seen too much of life to be surprised or shocked by it. But I just can’t work up the seemingly requisite outrage and anger over the “twerking” dance number and naughty game performed by the dance group “The Playgirls” at a Liberal Party rally recently.

MT/October 4, 2015/ Opinion/ Reylito A.H. Elbo

Why women are better at managing people than men

FOR years, I’ve fantasized on getting enough evidence to prove the differing aptitude and interest between male and female managers in giving the best possible service to their employees. It’s an inevitable talk in people management. If you treat your employees well, they will respond in a positive way to treating your customers more than what you can imagine.

PS/October 3, 2015/ Headlines/ Dennis Carcamo

PCW hits Laguna solon for Oct. 1 incident

A state agency promoting women's rights has scored Laguna Rep. Benjamin Agarao for the way he handled the incident during his birthday party celebration after the oath taking of Liberal Party members where sexy girls did a lewd dance on stage.

PS/October 3, 2015/ The Freeman/ Miriam Garcia Desacada

Government physician accused of raping 13-year-old girl

TACLOBAN CITY—  The medical profession in this city is now rocked by a controversial case involving a 40-year-old resident physician of a government hospital in Eastern Visayas, who was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl.

TS/October 3, 2015/ Opinion/Elizabeth Angsioco

Women as ‘gifts’

Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, touted as a senatorial candidate of the ruling Liberal Party, and re-electionist Laguna Rep. Benjamin Agarao are under fire. And rightly so. Social media exploded with angry posts as a video of scantily dressed women performing simulated sex acts with some men on stage went viral.  No, it was not a stag party but the birthday celebration of Agarao. It came after a formal LP oath-taking event attended by the party’s standard bearer Mar Roxas.

TS/October 3, 2015/ Main stories

Housewives hold trade fair

THE Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc. will hold their biggest fund raising event for the year, the Kabuhayan National Livelihood Trade Fair 2015 on Oct. 15 to 18 at the Megatrade Hall 2, 5th level, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. There are 97 booths this year showcasing the best of Philippine products, which include personal effects and accessories, health and wellness supplements, home furnishings and a delectable spread of ready to eat delicacies as well as dried and fresh produce.

The trade fair aims to provide small and medium Filipino entrepreneurs with an opportunity to display their ingenuity and widen their market reach.

MB/October 3, 2015/ National/Genalyn D. Kabiling, et al.

Palace blasts sexy act in LP event; party stalwarts seek thorough probe


Malacañang denounced yesterday the use of sexy female dancers during a Liberal Party (LP) oath-taking ceremony last Thursday, while party stalwarts sought a thorough investigation of the matter in the wake of the massive criticisms it elicited.

MB/October 3, 2015/ Latest news/ Madel Sabater - Namit

PNoy not apologizing for sexy act in LP event — Palace


Malacañang said, October 3, 2015, there is no need for President Aquino to give any public apology for the fiasco in a recent Liberal Party (LP) event that spurred criticism on the use of sexy female dancers. A petition is calling for President Aquino and the Liberal Party to issue a public apology for the lewd performance of female dancers during an LP event.


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PIA/October 9, 2015

APEC Business Advisory Council calls for more women participation in transport sector

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu -- The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC) is urging the transport sector to promote women’s rights and equal rights regardless of gender, the woman behind Magsaysay Maritime Inc., the largest manning company in the country, has said.

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.


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UN Women/ October 9, 2015

At Carnegie Hall, classical musicians crescendo to end violence

New York — 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/ October 9, 2015

UN Women applauds the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

Today as the evidence grows that inclusive peace processes are likelier to end in sustainable peace, UN Women applauds the decision of the Nobel Peace Committee to honour the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.

UN Women/ October 9, 2015

Women’s Situation Rooms boost peaceful voting in Africa

As countries across the African continent gear up for elections in the coming months, women are taking an active role in ensuring peaceful voting and meaningful participation, through Women’s Situation Rooms.

UN Women/ October 9, 2015

Women in Mali demand equal role in Peace Accords

Before and after reaching a peace agreement in June, women leaders have been pressuring decision-makers for 50-50 representation in all bodies involved in its implementation.

UN Women/ October 8, 2015

Girls bridge the digital gender gap in Central America

Nearly 3,000 girls and youth across Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are using technology and innovative strategies to achieve gender equality in male-dominated fields.

IPS News/ October 6, 2015/ Thalif Deen

Women’s Alliance Plans to Counter Violent Extremism

UNITED NATIONS - When the Security Council recently hosted a meeting of world leaders to discuss the growing threats from violent extremism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that any success in battling intolerance will be predicated on a “unified response.”

LA Times/ October 4, 2015/ Jena McGregor

Women are less likely than men to want top corporate jobs, study finds

Sheryl Sandberg may be telling women to lean in. But according to new research from the Facebook executive's own organization and the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., plenty of women — and men — don't really want to, at least when it comes to the very top executive jobs.

NY Times/ October 2, 2015/ Jonathan A. Knee

Closing the Gender Gap by Changing Minds

Women have represented a majority of college graduates for over 30 years and outperform men at all ages, in all subjects. They remain, however, significantly underrepresented at the top of corporations and the highest paid professions, as well as within the ranks of elected officials. The persistence of this incongruity suggests that our economy and society have been leaving a lot of value on the table for a long time.