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October 10-16, 2015

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MB/October 16, 2015/ News/ PNA

Rural women are the backbone of sustainable livelihoods, says UN chief


UNITED NATIONS, (PNA/Xinhua) — Marking the International Day of Rural Women, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday highlighted the role of women as significant and crucial for the progress of rural households, local and national economies.

PDI/October 15, 2015/ News

‘It’s Showtime’ showrunners vow to protect dignity of ‘Pastillas Girl’


The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has asked the showrunners of ABS-CBN noontime program “It’s Showtime” to impose self-regulation following complaints that it is allegedly pimping Angelica Yap, known to viewers as “Pastillas Girl.” MTRCB released the results of the meeting of its Gender and Development (GAD) committee with ABS-CBN representatives on its website Wednesday.

MB/October 15, 2015/ Provincial/ Francis T. Wakefield

Women’s groups back passage of BBL

Women peace advocates and group conveners have reaffirmed their support for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to end social injustice and uphold gender equality in Mindanao.

BM/October 15, 2015/ Opinion/ Boots Geotina-Garcia

Closing the gender gaps in the Apec Region

THE 2014 Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) named the Philippines the best in Asia in terms of women’s rights in education, health, economic participation and political empowerment.  It ranked the Philippines as the ninth most gender-equal economy among 142 countries.

MB/October 14, 2015/ World/PNA/Xinhua

UN Security Council adopts resolution highlighting women’s role in peace


United Nations – The United Nations (UN) Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution to further strengthen women’s role in peace and security, 15 years after the adoption of the landmark resolution 1325. The council welcomed the emphasis placed on achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the recent adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said the resolution.

MB/October 14, 2015/ World/AFP

Pakistani teen self-immolates after police deny gang-rape claim


A young Pakistani woman self-immolated after police refused to act on her claim she was gang-raped by their colleagues, officials and activists said Wednesday. Two officers have been arrested after Sonia Bibi, who was in her late teens, burnt herself Tuesday outside a police station in the Muzaffargarh district of central Punjab province.

BM/October 14, 2015/ World/Associated Press

Taliban targeted women, media, activists in northern Afghan city


KABUL, Afghanistan—Within hours of seizing the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last month, Taliban fighters went door-to-door, hunting down not only those accused of working with security forces, but women’s-rights advocates and journalists.

PDI/October 13, 2015/ Global Nation/AFP

UN special tribunal sought for peacekeeper sex crimes


UNITED NATIONS, United States—A 400-page UN report out Monday calls for the creation of a special international tribunal to judge peacekeepers accused of serious crimes, including sex crimes.

MT/October 13, 2015/ World/AFP

Playboy to stop publishing nude photos

WASHINGTON: Playboy will stop publishing the photographs of the fully nude women so closely associated with it, declaring such pictures have become “passe” in the Internet age where free pornography is readily available.

PS/October 12, 2015/ Opinion/ Lila Ramos Shahani

Holding up half the sky: the plight of rural women

In the wake of the rather unfortunate LP twerking incident recently, there has been much hue and cry about sexism and the status of women in this country. To be sure, the public is right to be scandalized. But the bigger scandal, to my mind, has to do with the overarching structures of patriarchy in this country—the deliberate obstructions preventing the full implementation of the RH law, the continuing discrimination and violence against women, the wide wage gap, and unequal access to resources and opportunities between male and female workers, which affect poor women in this country, above all.

MB/October 12, 2015/ Entertainment news/AFP

Hollywood women say ‘no more’ to pay disparity, harassment


LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Hollywood actresses bemoan pay disparity with their male counterparts, as well as the despised “casting couch” — where film executives sometimes make sexual advances before deciding who gets a coveted movie role. But some of Hollywood’s top female stars are saying “no more,” and are hailing this as a banner year for women in film.

PDI/October 11, 2015/ Opinion/ Artemio V. Panganiban

Women power at SC rites

Finally and at last, the highest court of the land will own its home in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Since its founding 114 years ago on June 11, 1901, the Supreme Court has not owned its headquarters. For too long, it has been “squatting” on the land and buildings of the University of the Philippines on Padre Faura, Manila … But only the three lady members—Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno, Justice Teresita J. Leonardo-de Castro and Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe—delivered speeches on behalf of the Court, showing that though outnumbered, they are never outgunned. Even the Court’s signatory in the contract-signing was a lady—clerk of court Felipa B. Anama. Women Power at work!

PDI/October 11, 2015/ News

15 women legislators win plaudits in China visit


Fifteen women lawmakers from the Philippines impressed their hosts during a recent tour of China to meet with government officials, visit urban and rural projects and try to repair the strained relations between the two countries.

MB/October 11, 2015/ Lifestyle/ Jonathan M. Hicap

Women of the sea

For centuries, women in Jeju Island in South Korea have taken up the role of men by diving into the sea to support their families. These female divers, called “haenyeo” in Korean, have become the symbol of bravery and women’s important role in Korean society.

PS/October 10, 2015/ The Freeman/ Liv G. Campo

COA: Carcar has no docs to justify P40M GAD fund

CEBU, Philippines - The Commission on Audit has questioned Carcar City’s use of P40 million Gender and Development budget for last year, saying it could not validate how the funds were utilized as the city failed to furnish supporting documents. “The utilization of funds for (GAD) for 2014 in the amount of P40,181,173.33 per GAD budget could not be validated due to the non-submission of management of the GAD accomplishment report together with the list of programs, projects and activities where these projects were mainstreamed, this it could not be ascertained whether the GAD funds were utilized for the intended purpose,” said COA.



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IPS News/ October 16, 2015/ Paloma Duran

Opinion: Will the SDGs Serve to Bridge the Gender Gap?

UNITED NATIONS - Increasingly gender equality, rooted in human rights, is recognized both as a key development goal on its own and as a vital means to helping accelerate sustainable development. And while the field of gender has expanded exponentially over the years, with programmes focused exclusively on women and girls and greater mainstreaming of gender into many development activities, a range of challenges remain.

UN Women/ October 14, 2015

Rural Peruvian women spur local dairy industry

With support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, an association of rural indigenous women cheese and yogurt producers is growing, boosting incomes and economic independence.

IPS News/ October 14, 2015/ Thelma Mejía

Youngster Uses Technology to Fight Teen Pregnancy in Honduran Village

PLAN GRANDE, Honduras - Four years ago, Cinthia Padilla, who is now 16, learned how to use a computer in order to teach children, adolescents and adults in this isolated fishing village in northern Honduras how to use technology to better their lives.

IPS News/ October 13, 2015/ Thalif Deen

Women Seek Permanent Seat at Peace Negotiations

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 14 2015 (IPS) - When the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) adopted a landmark resolution on women, peace and security 15 years ago, that resolution was best known by its numerals: 1325. “After the Beijing Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), 1325 has become the strongest organizing and mobilizing instrument for women around the world,” Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, International Coordinator for the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, a program partner of the International Civil Society Action Network, told IPS.

IPS News/ October 13, 2015/ Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Opinion: Turn Words into Action Involving Women for Lasting Peace

UNITED NATIONS - We have recently celebrated the peace deal struck between the government in Colombia and the main guerrilla group. The deal reached on justice issues represents the clearest sign yet of a possible end to five decades of conflict.

ILO/ October 13, 2015

Local action is key to implement the 2030 Agenda

The World Local Economic Development Forum opens in Turin on the 13th of October. This will be an opportunity to demonstrate that the sustainable development goals of inclusive growth and decent work for all are not just a job for nations and international organizations. Local and regional development can lead the way.

UN Women/ October 12, 2015

Peacekeeping training for female officers extols role played by women in the military

The second UN peacekeeping training for female military officers, convened by UN Women in collaboration with the South African government, concluded after two busy weeks on Friday, 18 September. Held at the South African Army School’s Peace Mission Training Centre in Pretoria, the training was attended by 40 female officers from 26 countries around the world. It follows a successful first pilot held in Delhi, India earlier this year.

UN Women/ October 12, 2015/ Oisika Chakrabarti

Press Release: Amidst rising extremism, women’s role in peace and recovery remains hampered and underutilized

In an unprecedented move, the United Nations Security Council will tomorrow conduct an all-day Open Debate in commemoration of resolution 1325 on women, peace and security presided by a Head of Government or State, with Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy chairing the 13 October proceedings. The historic review is timely, coming at a moment when the world is grappling with rising violent extremism that places the subordination of women at the centre of the ideology and war tactics, and violence and conflict are costing the planet over USD 14 trillion. In direct contrast, striking new research shows that peace endures when women can participate meaningfully in peace talks, and States are more resilient in the face of conflict and extremism when gender equality is prioritized.

IPS News/ October 12, 2015/ Shelby Quast

Opinion: International Day of the Girl Must Start with Good Laws

NEW YORK - Everyday should be about girls, but yesterday, October 11, was dedicated especially to them. International Day of the Girl is yet another opportunity to put girls at center stage. For many girls, their childhood and adolescent years are shaped by harmful experiences such as sexual violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex trafficking.

IPS News/ October 11, 2015/ Ashfaq Yusufzai

Pakistan Initiative Seeks to Improve Maternal-Child Care in Rural Areas

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - “We are extremely happy over the government’s initiative to give money to the pregnant women and enable them to seek proper treatment,” said Sharif Ahmed at a basic health unit (BHU), near Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.

The New York Times/ October 10, 2015/Ellen Pollack

What Really Keeps Women Out of Tech

TECHNOLOGY companies know they have a gender and diversity problem in their work force, and they are finally taking steps to try to fix it. But where are those new employees going to come from if women and minority students aren’t opting to study computer science or engineering?