GAD News Feed for November 14 - 20, 2015


November 14-20, 2015

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PDI/November 20, 2015/  Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

A matter of loyalty

Among the Apec member-economies, the Philippines is the top performer—in terms of bridging the gender gap, that is.

PDI/November 20, 2015/  News/ AP

London police apologize for sex behavior of undercover cops


LONDON — Scotland Yard has settled legal claims from seven female activists who said undercover police had formed “intimate sexual relationships” while investigating protest movements.

MT/November 19, 2015/  News/ AFP

Woman elected head of UAE advisory parliament

ABU DHABI: A woman was elected Wednesday as the first female to lead the United Arab Emirate’s Federal National Council (FNC), the half-elected parliament that serves as an advisory body, state news agency WAM reported. Amal al-Qubaisi, previously FNC deputy speaker, was elected as speaker after the new council convened following October polls.

MT/November 19, 2015/ Special Features

Heed Pope Francis: It’s everyone’s duty to protect children

TODAY, November 20, is UN World Day for the Rights of Children. Reminding the faithful of today’s celebration, the Holy Father at the end of Wednesday’s general audience said that “It is everyone’s duty to protect children.” He said all children must be protected from abuse in all its forms “particularly from the shackles of slavery and the brutality of forced military service”… The leading Anti-Child Abuse Crusader, Fr. Shay Cullen, who is our columnist, and who, with his Preda Foundation has saved thousands of children from slavers and abusive situations, is campaigning to change our laws. He wishes the Anti-Rape Law of 1997 and the Penal Code to be amended and the age of consent set to the older age of “no less than 17.”

MB/November 19, 2015/ National/ Czarina Nicole O. Ong

DILG sets 18-day drive to end abuse of women


The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is encouraging all local government units (LGUs) to help promote peace and gender equality by supporting the 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW), which will be held from November 25 to December 18.

BW/November 19, 2015/

Top Story/ Melissa Luz T. Lopez

Philippines leads Asia in narrowing gender gap

THE PHILIPPINES has been ranked the best country in Asia and seventh in the world in terms of gender equality, the World Economic Forum (WEF) said in a recent report.

BW/November 19, 2015/  Labor/ Reuters

India opens its boardrooms to women, but few leavers return

NEW DELHI -- Tanu Anand, an Indian international tax accountant with 13 years of experience with multinational firms in India, Singapore, and Hong Kong, lost hope of resuming her high-flying career after having a baby last year.

BM/November 19, 2015/  Opinion / Chit U. Juan

The women vote

YES, women comprise about 50 percent of every statistic—including voters. But what programs do candidates have for women? Besides having passed the Magna Carta for Women years ago, what laws have been passed about procurement from women-owned businesses, for example? What about recognizing some women’s inability to get full-time jobs because of home duties?

PDI/November 17, 2015/  Global Nation

Forum on violence against women held at PH Embassy in U.S.


WASHINGTON, D.C.—As International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 approaches, Philippine Embassy personnel and members of the Filipino-American community gathered for a forum on the Campaign to End Violence Against Women.

PDI/November 17, 2015/  Nation/ Christine Lao

Young women ‘diplomats’ shine at Model Asean conference


Imagine an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) where all heads of state are young women.

This was how it was at the first Model Asean for Young Women, a three-day simulation conference of the Asean summit held at Miriam College (MC), with the theme “Opportunities and Challenges toward a People-centered Asean.”

PDI/November 17, 2015/  Nation/ Julie Espinosa

Filipina photographer included in BBC 100 Women of 2015 list


Xyza Cruz Bacani, a Filipina domestic worker-turned-street photographer, shared on Wednesday that has been included in the list of the BBC 100 Women of 2015.

BW/November 17, 2015/  Nation/ Pola Esguerra del Monte

Bachelet cites Chile’s ‘gender quota’ as idea for PHL electoral reforms

CHILEAN PRESIDENT Michelle Bachelet, a socialist and long-time advocate of women’s rights, addressed a campus audience in Manila yesterday dominated by its female student population to assert women’s political participation from the experience of her country.

BM/November 17, 2015/  Properties / Rizal Raoul Reyes

Women power in real estate


PROPERTY consulting company Lamudi Philippines recently urged real-estate developers and homebuilders to add more women-friendly design into the projects they sell to the market. Based on its data, Lamudi said women power is for real in the property sector because they comprise 61 percent of all prospective buyers.

MT/November 15, 2015/  News / PNA

APEC businesses urged to recognize ‘female style’

Women’s work values should be mainstreamed and incentivized in business, Philippine Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno told the APEC Business Advisory Council on Saturday. Women’s emphasis on self-fulfillment, family and other relationships, and time flexibility, as well as their multi-faceted, consensual, and intuitive leadership styles should be incorporated in business practices.

MT/November 15, 2015/  News / Catherine S. Valente

Investing in women good for economy

Investing in businesswomen will boost the economy for everyone, Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno told business leaders on Saturday. Speaking at the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Women’s luncheon, Sereno said women’s role in business is vital, citing a positive link between women in leadership and business performance.

MT/November 15, 2015/  News / Neil A. Alcober

Soldiers, policemen Join stiletto race

Soldiers, policemen and firemen sprinted, limped or teetered in their stilettos as they joined hundreds of runners who participated in this year’s Sapatos race in Marikina City … This year, the city’s uniformed personnel were invited to pro mote gender equality, she added.

MB/November 15, 2015/  News / PNA

Sereno to APEC Business: Mainstream and incentivize women work values


Women’s work values should be mainstreamed and incentivized in business, Philippine Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno told the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Saturday.



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PIA/ November 20, 2015

'Orange Icon' marks VAW campaign

KALIBO, Aklan (PIA6) --  This year’s observance of the 18-Day Campaign to end Violence Against Women (VAW) in Aklan from November 18 to December 12 is full of various significant activities laid out in a Calendar of Activities identified by the Aklan Gender and Development Commission (AGADC) during a recent meeting here.

PIA/ November 17, 2015

DavNor beefs up GAD program

DAVAO DEL NORTE – Some 29 gender and development (GAD) focal persons from the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte attended the Gender Mainstreaming in Local Government Cum Benchmarking recently in the Province of Iloilo. Led by Board Member Janet Gavina, the study tour sought to further strengthen the GAD program in the province by learning the workings of a genuine gender-responsive local governance.

PIA/ November 16, 2015

RIACAT – VAWC supports 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 16 (PIA) - - The Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Trafficking and Violence Against Women and their Children (RIACAT-VAWC) supports the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women  from  November  25 to December 12, 2015. This is in response to the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW)’s  call on all stakeholders to participate in the ORANGE YOUR ICON for 18 Days as part of the 2015 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, in  solidarity with the United Nations’ UNITE to End Violence Against Women Campaign.

PIA/ November 16, 2015

Bislig City hosts global event for men

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA) -- Caraga Region will spearhead the nation in celebrating International Men’s (IMD) day today. Bislig City is the host for the said momentous event that is created to highlight the importance of men's contributions not only in the household but in the community where they live and their critical roles and responsibilities to attain better health nutrition for mothers, newborn and children.



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The Washington Post/ November 20, 2015/ Danielle Paquette

Rwanda is beating the United States in gender equality

The United States has plummeted to 28th place on an annual ranking of the world's most equal countries for men and women, falling behind Rwanda, an East African country ravaged by genocide in 1994.

UN Women/ November 20, 2015

City Hall to be lit in orange as Brussels joins UN Women's Safe Cities Global Initiative

Brussels will become the first city in Belgium to join UN Women’s Global Flagship Initiative “Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces” which aims to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces. The announcement came today in the lead-up to the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, a global campaign running from 25 November through Human Rights Day on 10 December, which raises public awareness and mobilizes people everywhere to end all forms of violence against women and girls.

UN Women/ November 20, 2015

Former Spanish Prime Minister joins HeForShe

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri met with José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, former prime minister of Spain and President of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy Advisory Board, on 17 November. Placing a HeForShe pin on his lapel, Ms. Puri thanked Mr. Zapatero for his personal leadership on gender equality and women’s empowerment and expressed her appreciation for the continued support Spain has shown to UN Women. In the face of growing challenges for women due to increasing conflicts and violent extremism, she said Spain’s leadership in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment is critical.

APC/ November 20, 2015

Strengthen solidarity: Share your strategies for countering violence against women

The issue of technology-related violence against women and girls has reached the mainstream. Finally, media outlets are writing about it, state actors are debating it and internet platforms are exploring ways to address it. But the most important conversation is happening between women who engage with the internet and those who have faced such violence. The most valuable insights and ideas come from you.

UN Women/ November 17, 2015

Executive Director to undertake first mission to Brazil

On occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women celebrated annually on 25 November, and the global call to take part in the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, UN Under-Secretary General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will undertake her first official mission to Brazil from 18-19 November 2015.




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WEF/ November 18, 2015

The Global Gender Gap Report 2015

The Global Gender Gap Index 2015 ranks 145 economies according to how well they are leveraging their female talent pool, based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators. With a decade of data, this edition of the Global Gender Gap Report – first published in 2006 – shows that while the world has made progress overall, stubborn inequalities remain.