GAD News Feed for November 7 - 13, 2015


November 7-13, 2015

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PDI/November 13, 2015/ Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

Aung San Suu Kyi’s voice

A question on many people’s minds, including myself, regarding the upcoming Apec Summit is whether Burma’s (Myanmar) Aung San Suu Kyi, an internationally-renowned icon of democracy, will visit the Philippines to represent her country at the table of leaders.

BM/November 13, 2015/ Opinion/ Niña Terol

Women in tech: Getting over the gender gap


EARLIER this week, Google’s Doodle featured one of Hollywood’s glamorous screen legends, Hedy Lamarr, who at the time was often called “The Most Beautiful Woman in Films.” More astonishing than her beauty and her film credentials were her contributions to science and technology.

PDI/November 12, 2015/ Opinion/ Ma. Ceres P. Doyo


Lines often quoted by those who are on their way to somewhere or on their way back. As experience has taught us, only upon arriving where we began do we realize that there is more to be explored and discovered. Life is a journey and we all are time travelers in this universe … Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB, has been some or all of these all at once at one time or another. In the book’s title she prefers to use the word “pilgrim,” which suggests a spiritual purpose. After all she is Benedictine, a woman religious who had answered the call to take the less trodden path. As it turned out, life for her became a series of inner and outer journeys.

MB/November 12, 2015/ News/ AFP

Maternal mortality cut by almost half in 25 years: UN


Deaths of women from pregnancy-related causes have fallen by almost half across the world in the past quarter century, but only nine countries have achieved the targets set by the UN, a report by UN agencies and the World Bank said Thursday.

MB/November 12, 2015/ Provincial/ Alexander D. Lopez

Lumad rape victim’s mom clears accused soldiers


Davao City – The mother of the 14-year-old Lumad girl who was allegedly sexually abused by three soldiers has already executed an affidavit of desistance, the 10th Infantry (Agila) Division of the Philippine Army reported.

PDI/November 11, 2015/ Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

Bachelet’s journey

Preceding the visit on Nov. 17 of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to Miriam College for a “Dialogue with Women and Youth” is the National Women’s Summit, which will gather students and guests from Congress and the Senate, local governments and civil society to discuss current issues of empowerment, especially in the economic and political fields, for Filipino women.

PDI/November 10, 2015/ Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

A woman leader in Apec

MOST EYES will of course be focused on the leaders of the world’s biggest economies who will be taking part in the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit, to take place here Nov. 13-19.

MB/November 7, 2015/ National/ Charissa M. Luci

Magna Carta of Women filed

Lawmakers have sought a congressional probe on the implementation of “Magna Carta of Women” following the snowballing cases of gender-based violence abroad. AKBAYAN partylist Rep. Angelina L. Katoh led the filing of House Resolution 2335, reminding Congress to initiate measures addressing the causes of out-migration, and ensure the protection of migrant women.



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DFA/ November 10, 2015

PHL Embassy in Doha holds seminar/workshop on gender and development, organizational development

The Philippine Embassy in Doha organized a seminar/workshop on Gender and Development (GAD) and Organizational Development on October 30 at the Intercontinental Doha The City for the benefit and personal development of the Embassy personnel including the attached agencies such as the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Social Security System, and Pag-IBIG.



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UN Women/ November 11, 2015

UN Women and WFP unveil expansion of ‘Oases’ safe spaces in Za'atari refugee camp

UN Women and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have joined forces to support refugee resilience in the Za’atari refugee camp. Nearly 80,000 Syrians who have escaped conflict in Syria have sought shelter at Jordan’s largest refugee camp, Za’atari, where UN Women and WFP are working together to provide economic empowerment programmes for women and girls.

France24/ November 11, 2015

Iran appoints first female ambassador since 1979 Islamic revolution

Iran appointed its first female ambassador abroad since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, choosing to send foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham to head its embassy in Malaysia, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced on Sunday.

IPS News/ November 10, 2015

Analysis: Is Empowerment of Women a Will-o’-the-Wisp?

PHILADELPHIA AND BOSTON - Few dispute that women’s autonomy and betterment of their lives are moral imperatives. But whether these are also key to economic development is contested. In an admirably cogent article, Esther Duflo (2013) evaluates a bi-directional relationship between women’s empowerment and development. Although somewhat overemphatic about the role that development alone can play in driving down gender inequality, she highlights that affirmative action has an important role, too. Amartya Sen, in several influential writings, however, has forcefully argued that continuing discrimination against women can hinder development. We are inclined to this view as “masculinity” is unrelated to development.

BBC News/ November 7, 2015

Violence against women: Madrid stages big protest march

Tens of thousands of people have marched in the Spanish capital Madrid to condemn violence against women. The rally, organised by feminist groups, was attended by representatives of all the main political parties.