GAD News Feed for November 28-December 4, 2015


November 28-December 4, 2015

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PDI/December 4, 2015/ News/ AP

Defense chief to US military: open all combat jobs to women


WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday he is ordering the US military to open all combat jobs to women, rebuffing requests by the Marine Corps to exclude women from certain front-line combat jobs.

MT/December 4, 2015/ Opinion/ PNA

Silence will only encourage violence on women

Domestic violence, particularly on women, is a daily problem faced by homes all over the world.

Dec. 3 has been specially marked to honor the International Day for the Elimination of Violence, a big boost to the female gender that carries the brunt of suffering … The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) says it has several forms. It can be a form of physical violence which involves being physically hit or threatened, among others.

It can be through psychological and emotional violence such as intimidation, isolation, harassment, stalking, damage to property, public ridicule or humiliation, repeated verbal abuse, marital infidelity, and others.

MB/December 3, 2015/ Metro/ Charissa Luci

‘RH law key to minimizing HIV-AIDS cases’


A woman lawmaker is urging the Supreme Court (SC) to lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) law following the spike in cases of human immunodeficiency virus – acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV-AIDS) among the Filipino youth.

PDI/December 2, 2015/ News/ Juan Escandor Jr.

Rise in rape cases in Bicol alarms PNP


NAGA CITY, Philippines—Police officials have expressed alarm over the rising number of rape cases in the Bicol region over 10 months since January despite the declining number of “index” crimes. Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez, who assumed the post of police regional director in September, said he was baffled by the situation and could not explain why rape cases in Bicol were comprising more than 10 percent of the index crime volume.

PDI/December 2, 2015/ News/ AFP

Don’t mention my name: Campaigning Saudi-style

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Don’t go inside the campaign tent. Don’t photograph the visitors close up. Don’t mention the candidate’s name. This is democracy, Saudi style, three days into the first Saudi Arabian public election campaign open to women. More than 900 female candidates are vying for places in municipal councils on December 12, but they are vastly outnumbered by thousands of men.

PDI/December 1, 2015/ News/ AP

Male vs. female brain? Not a valid distinction, study says


NEW YORK, United States—Are the brains of men and women truly different? Not if you look at the overall structure, a new study says. While specific parts show sex differences, an individual brain only rarely has all “male” traits or all “female” traits, researchers report.

BW/November 30, 2015/ Opinion/ Pacita U. Juan

The women vote

Yes, women comprise about 50% of every statistic... including voters. But what programs do these 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 a woman’s inability to get full-time jobs because of home duties?

TS/November 28, 2015/ Lifestyle

When a Good God Allows Rape

A story of pain, healing, and restoration

Rape. It’s so hard to talk about it. How does one begin? Do you start with the pain? During? After? It’s so hard to comprehend the extent of what the victim had to go through, during and (worse) after. Each victim’s story may be different, but the pain and suffering thereafter is the same. According to the Philippine National Police’s Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC), the statistics of rape victims grows every year (2004-2013). Imagine the number of women who had to go through Rape Trauma Syndrome which roughly parallels Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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News article brief/URL access December 4, 2015/ AFP

Focus aid efforts on women, girls in war zones – UN

The United Nations Population Fund says millions of women and girls swept up in conflict need sexual and reproductive health services as a basic human right. December 2, 2015/ Klaus Beck

Beyond food and shelter: Protecting women and girls in times of crisis

The world needs to act to make women and girls in conflict zones and disaster-hit areas feel safe. December 2, 2015/ Pia Ranada

Alan Cayetano: Don’t forget Duterte protects women too

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano defended Rodrigo Duterte, his running mate, against allegations that he does not respect women’s rights … Women’s rights group Gabriela condemned Duterte on Tuesday after admitting in front of thousands of supporters that he is a womanizer … But Cayetano pointed out how Duterte has taken efforts to ensure the safety of women in Davao City … Duterte has also admitted to beating up men who abuse their wives. November 30, 2015/ Ana P. Santos

[DASH of SAS] Muslim religious leaders affirm 'sublime status' of women

DAVAO– Muslim Religious Leaders and legal experts in Mindanao endorsed a new fatwa, a formal legal opinion, clarifying issues of early and forced marriage in the context of Islam. November 29, 2015/ AFP

Iran orchestra barred over women musicians

TEHRAN, Iran – A high-profile performance in Iran by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was cancelled at the last minute because it was due to feature female musicians, its furious conductor said on Sunday, November 29. November 28, 2015/ Mara Cepeda

Women candidates: Make psych tests for annulment cheaper

MANILA – When love dies between a couple, they should be allowed to end the marriage without their pockets having to suffer for it. This was the sentiment of several female candidates in the 2016 elections who were invited to a forum held at the Dusit Thani Manila hotel in Makati City on Wednesday, November 25.

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IPS News/ December 2, 2015/ Desmond Brown

Women Farmers Strive to Combat Climate Change in the Caribbean

ANSE-LA-RAYE, St. Lucia - In the Caribbean, some women find themselves on the frontline with the battle to mitigate climate change. Meet Dr. Krystal Cox. She is one of three girls who all studied medicine and got medical degrees. Unlike her two siblings who stayed in the medical profession, Cox, 32, is working in a different field. She works on her father’s farm tackling a different kind of threat than sickness and disease.

IPS News/ November 30, 2015/ Ngala Killian Chimtom

In Botswana: Leaving the Corporate Office to Work the Land – and Finding Opportunity

DURBAN, South Africa - Beauty Manake moves around these days with a “million dollar” smile on her face. The 31-year old woman from Botswana now runs a thriving vegetable and livestock farm, as well as an agribusiness consultancy group. But she hadn’t planned on being a farmer. In 2007, she graduated from the University of Botswana with a degree in Business Information Systems, landing what she describes as “a well-paying job in a company of choice as a systems technologist.” Two years later she resigned when she decided to take the jump and go into farming.