GAD News Feed for November 21 - 27, 2015


November 21-27, 2015

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PDI/November 27, 2015/ Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

The women rise

The three widows sat in a row onstage: vice-presidential aspirant Rep. Leni Robredo and senatorial candidates Risa Hontiveros (a former congresswoman) and Lorna Kapunan (a lawyer). Across from a sofa on which sat facilitator Ces Oreña Drilon were three other women candidates: overseas workers’ advocate Toots Ople (status: marriage annulled in 1999), who is running for the Senate; Princess Jacel Kiram (status: married), also running for the Senate; and Carmen Rita “Mitch” Monfort-Bautista (status: married), running for representative of the fourth district of Iloilo.

MT/November 26, 2015/ News/ PNA

PH ranks 7th in ‘gender equality’

BUTUAN CITY: The Philippines has now improved in terms of “gender equality,” a regional development council top official said in a forum on Wednesday. Ms. Edna Hontiveros, co-chairperson of the RDC-GADCC here, in her message during the Regional Development Council-Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) and Men Opposed To Violence Everywhere (MOVE) initiated fun-walk to celebrate the 18-day campaign to end violence against women, said that the country had risen some notch higher in terms of gender equality in the international scene.

PDI/November 25, 2015/ News/ Frances Mangosing

Robredo, female bets reveal strategies for women empowerment


SOME Filipina leaders running in the 2016 elections revealed their advocacies and government platform that would support Filipino women empowerment should they be elected to office.

PDI/November 25, 2015/ News/ Aries Joseph Hegina

Gabriela decries ‘elusive’ justice for abused women, children


Women’s group Gabriela on Wednesday lamented that justice remains elusive for women and children who are victims of abuse and violence. Gabriela was joined by about a hundred women and their children from various parts of Metro Manila in a program at the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila to commemorate the National Day of Consciousness for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

PDI/November 24, 2015/ Global Nation/ AP

Research shows women far from equality with men in the media


UNITED NATIONS — New research supported by the United Nations agency promoting women’s rights has found that women make up only 24 percent of the persons heard, read about or seen in newspaper, television and radio news — exactly the same percentage as in 2010.

PS/November 23, 2015/ Opinion/ Lila Ramos Shahani

APEC and the feminists’ sweetheart

"It's not enough for women to sit at the table. I want to decide the size and shape of the table I'm sitting at." So quipped President Michelle Bachelet of Chile at Miriam College last November 17. In an instant, I was charmed.

PDI/November 22, 2015/ Cebu Daily News/ Sofia Aliño Logarta

18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW)

Today’s column is our participation of the 18-day campaign to end violence against women which starts this Wednesday, November 25 and ends on December 12. This used to end on December 10 the day of the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights. It now closes on December 12, the International Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

PS/November 21, 2015/ Lifestyle/ Johnny Litton

Start small, dream big

A dynamic Filipina entrepreneur has launched a new book to empower other women entrepreneurs.  Myrna Yao, a multi-awarded businesswoman who made Barbie famous in the Philippines, shared her passion and journey from being a micro entrepreneur to CEO of several companies in her new book, The Gift of a Dream: The Great Women Project. Among the notable guests at the launch held at the Boracay Room of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila were Canadian Ambassador Neil Reeder and his wife Irene, APEC Women and the Economy 2015 Fora chair and Trade and Industry Undersecretary Nora Terrado, Philippine Commission on Women executive director Emmeline Versoza, 2009 Pearl S. Buck International Woman of the Year awardee Rosalind Wee,  Global Summit of Women founder and president Irene Natividad, a notable Filipina leader who came in from Washington DC.

MB/November 21, 2015/ Metro/ Charissa Luci

Tolentino, Agarao not yet off the hook on ‘Playgirls’ issue


Former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino and Laguna Rep. Benjamin Agarao are not yet off the hook after the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality decided to pursue a probe on the “Playgirl” incident in Laguna.



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PIA/ November 27, 2015/ Nimfa B. Quirante

City mom leads start of 18-day campaign to end VAW

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar (PIA) - Catbalogan City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan led on wednesday the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW). - See more at:

DFA/November 27, 2015

PHL embassy in Jakarta hosts regional seminar on gender and development and human resources management

The Philippine Embassy in Jakarta hosted the Regional Seminar on Gender and Development (GAD) and Human Resources Management from October 26 to 30. The event was organized by the Office of Personnel and Administrative Services (OPAS) in cooperation with the Foreign Service Institute (FSI). 26, 2015/ Lestie Cobilla

Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet to Filipino women: “Women CAN!”

At the 4th National Women’s Summit (NWS) held in Miriam College on Tuesday, November 17, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet lauded Filipino women and encouraged them to close the gender gap and break down the barriers and prejudices that hinder inclusive and sustainable development. President Bachelet was also in the country to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting held last week in Manila.

PIA/ November 26, 2015

Surigao Norte joins 18-day campaign to end VAW

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte (PIA) – Women organizations and other multi-sectoral groups of the province join in the national observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW), that started yesterday (Nov. 25) themed, “End VAW Now” It’s Our Duty: Gains and Ways Forward” in coordination with the provincial government of Surigao del Norte through the Provincial Center for Women’s Training and Development in coordination with the Provincial Gender and Development Coordinating Council (PGADCC).

PIA/ November 26, 2015

QC conducts campaign to end violence against women

QUEZON CITY (PIA)--All men must speak out against street harassment and sexual violence against women in our cities. Thus said, Mayor Herbert Bautista to over 100 male advocates who attended “Building Image through Safe Cities and Safe Communities,” kick off activity of Men Opposed to Violence Everywhere (MOVE) an 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women, held every year from November 25 to December 12.

PIA/ November 26, 2015

ARMM intensifies Gender and Development mainstreaming in the region

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA) --- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is intensifying its campaign to mainstream Gender and Development (GAD) and eventually eliminate Violence against Women (VAW). The region, through its Women Commission (RCBW-ARMM), kicked-off the annual “18-day campaign to end incidences of violence against women” on November 25, in Cotabato City.

DFA/ November 26, 2015

PHL consulate general in Hong Kong trained on assisting victims of sexual violence

The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong SAR recently concluded a two-day professional training on gender sensitivity, self-protection and assisting victims of sexual violence to Post’s personnel, especially those handling frontline services.   The training was conducted on November 12 and 19 by Ms. Janice Chan, Ethnic Minority and Migrant Worker Project Officer of RainLily, Hong Kong's first one-stop crisis center for the protection of sexual violence victims.

PIA/ November 25, 2015/ Jennifer P. Gaitano

RDC-GADCC Caraga spearheads 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, highlights men in high-heeled shoes

BUTUAN CITY (PIA) – In line with this year’s kick-off celebration of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW), the Regional Development Council – Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) Caraga conducted the Fun-Walk activity with employees from the government and partner stakeholders and highlighted the men wearing high-heeled shoes from the Guingona Park going to provincial capitol’s covered court, this city. November 25, 2015

Bill makes physical, sexual violence ground for annulment

Pasig Representative Roman Romulo has filed a bill seeking to include physical and sexual violence among the grounds for annulling a marriage. "Despite legislation aimed at eliminating violence against women and children, incidents of battery and sexual abuse seem to be increasing, many of these reportedly found inside the family home," said the explanatory note to House Bill 6297, which Romulo filed Tuesday. November 25, 2015/ Ernie Reyes

Marcos: Many cases of violence vs women related to poverty

"Let us admit that many of the cases of violence against women (are) related to poverty, to unemployment, to hunger that, in some cases, drives a father to direct his anger against their own wife or children." This was what Senator Bongbong Marcos on Wednesday said in his speech at the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women in Tanauan City National High School in Batangas.

PIA/ November 24, 2015/ Consuelo B. Alarcon

RIACAT-VAWC8 kicks-off 18-day campaign to end violence against women  

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, (PIA) – To uphold a society free from violence against women, the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Violence against Women and their Children (RIACAT-VAWC) and Task Force in Trafficking in the region will lead the kick-off activity tomorrow in observance of the 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW) and International Day against Trafficking.

DFA/ November 24, 2015

PHL embassy in Berne conducts gender and development seminar on stress management

The Philippine Embassy in Berne conducted a Gender and Development (GAD) Seminar entitled, “Mr. & Mrs. Stress: A Gender and Development Seminar on Stress Management – Understanding Stress and Gender” on November 21. The seminar aimed to help participants better understand stress, what it is all about, and the root causes of stress as they differ between men and women based on their culturally constructed gender roles.

DFA/ November 23, 2015

PHL Consulate General in Honolulu hosts GAD seminars on caregivers and financial literacy

The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu hosted two seminars on November 14 at the Consulate General lanai. The morning session, entitled “Seminar for Caregivers,” was conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Mr. Roger Forstner, OSHA Area Director, Honolulu Area Office, Rick Foster, Compliance Officer, and Colleen Furutani, Safety & Health Assistant were the resource persons. The seminar was attended by practitioners and professionals in the caregiving industry in Hawaii, which included, Mr. Constancio Domingo, President of the Caregivers Association of Hawaii, Mr. Ramon Sumibcay of Philippine Nurses Association, Hildegard Akee, Caregivers Assocation, Ms. Helen Grace Go of Filipino Nurses of Hawaii (FNOH), and Mr. Giovannie Sibayan of Adult Foster Homecare Association of Hawaii (AFHA). Consulate General personnel also attended.



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UN Women/ November 27, 2015

Girls speak out at the First African Girls' Summit on Ending Child Marriage

UN Women is participating and actively contributing to the First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage, being held in Lusaka, Zambia, from 24–27 November 2015. Building on the African Union Campaign to End Child Marriage, the Summit seeks to mobilize African political and traditional leaders to deepen efforts to prevent and end child marriage, including by enacting, amending or enforcing laws that set the minimum age of marriage at 18 and punish perpetrators. The Summit equally seeks to spur investments in addressing child marriage and its root causes and engage donors, media and other key stakeholders in prevention efforts.

IPS News/ November 26, 2015

Uganda, Tanzania Need Gender Sensitive Climate Change Policies

KAMPALA, Uganda - Climate Change needs to be at the top of the country’s agenda, according to a project examining Uganda’s policies. It says the country hasn’t paid enough attention to climate change in national development and agriculture plans and this needs to be turned around before it’s too late.

IPS News/ November 26, 2015

Women Suffer Psychological Problems After Living Under Taliban

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - “My two sons were killed by Taliban militants mercilessly three years ago. My husband died a natural death two year back. Now, I am begging to raise my two grandsons,” Gul Pari, 50, told IPS. Pari, who is waiting for her turn at a psychiatrist’s clinic in Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, says she dreamed every night that her sons were alive and would return one day.

UN Women/ November 25, 2015

Hotline helps prevent gender-based violence in Mali

Mr. X says his four-year-old niece was able to escape an act of sexual violence thanks to a hotline set up by UN Women in partnership with the National Police.

UN Women/ November 25, 2015

Civil society strategizes around achieving SDG 5

Almost 150 women’s rights advocates, members of UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Groups from around the world gathered in New York City on 23–24 November for a two-day conference to discuss strategies for reaching a Planet 50-50 by 2030. The Global Civil Society Dialogue united women of diverse backgrounds to share their ideas on the regional and global implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in partnership with UN Women.

APWLD/ November 25, 2015

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: Globalisation, Militarism, Fundamentalisms: the trinity of inequality and violence

Today we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, recognising that, despite decades of commitments, violence against women remains pervasive. At this historical moment we can see, more clearly than ever before, that the only way to end violence and marginalisation is to dismantle the root causes – militarism, globalisation, fundamentalisms and patriarchy.

UN Women/ November 24, 2015

Press release: Spotlighting prevention, “Orange the World” kicks off global efforts to end violence against women and girls

New York — From parades to soccer matches, school debates, and the lighting up of hundreds of iconic monuments, starting tomorrow a United Nations call to “Orange the World” will galvanize global action calling for an end to violence against women and girls, which affects one in three worldwide.

UN Women/ November 24, 2015

Nearly 40 Chinese companies sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles

Thirty eight companies from China signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) CEO Statement of Support. The Women’s Empowerment Principles, developed by UN Women in collaboration with the UN Global Compact, outline seven steps for companies to improve women’s empowerment at work and in the marketplace. Prior to this, CEOs from more than 1,074 companies had already officially endorsed the WEPs, including 16 from China. With the latest signings, the largest number of signatories in the Asia-Pacific region come from China.

UN Women/ November 24, 2015

Three UN agencies join forces to boost education for girls and young women

The heads of UNESCO, UNFPA and UN Women sealed a partnership to empower adolescent girls and young women through education, by signing a joint programme agreement on 23 November, 2015, at the headquarters of the United Nations Population Fund in New York.

UN Women/ November 23, 2015

Press release: Progress for women in news media grinds to a halt

Progress towards equality of men and women in the news media has virtually ground to a halt according to the fifth and largest study on the portrayal and representation of women in the news media.

UN Women/ November 23, 2015

Libyan women forge agenda for peace

Karima*, a prominent Libyan politician, has tolerated threats against her life, an attempted kidnapping and the assassination of her friend and colleague in the Libyan legislature. Her patience, ran out however when a stranger attacked her 13-year-old niece after school, bound her arms from behind and pushed her face down a pile of dirt on the ground while ranting about Karima’s family.




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Who Makes The News/ November 2015

Global Media Monitoring Project 2015

The Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) is a worldwide media monitoring, research and advocacy project implemented collaboratively with women’s rights organizations, grassroots groups, media associations, faith-based / interfaith organizations, university students and researchers across the world.


WHO/ November 2015

Strengthening the Medico-Legal Response to Sexual Violence

This toolkit is practitioner focused and addresses key knowledge gaps within and between sectors, to help support service provision and coordination in low-resource settings. It is part of a World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Project on Strengthening Medico-Legal Services for Sexual Violence Cases in Conflict-Affected Settings, supported by United Nations Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action).