GAD News Feed for December 4 - 11, 2015


December 4-11, 2015

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MB/December 10, 2015/ World/ AP

N. Korea’s Kim sends all-female band to sing in China


Beijing — An all-female band formed by Kim Jong Un will perform behind closed doors in Beijing on a visit to cultivate better ties with China. The Moranbong Band, a group of women who sing and play instruments including violins, electric guitars, and keyboards in short dresses and high heels, was set up by the North Korean leader in 2012. Its look is similar to pop bands from the North’s hated rival, South Korea.

PS/December 10, 2015/ Opinion/ Domini M. Torrevillas

Fred Lim makes a comeback/Safe cities for women and girls

You may have noticed how the Quezon City monument “turns orange” every evening (starting from Nov. 25, up to Dec. 12 ), an activity that  is part of the partnering program between the city government and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, or UN Women to implement the “Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Initiative” with the support of the Spanish International Cooperation for Development (AECID).

PDI/December 10, 2015/ Culture/ Vienne Alexa Uson

After 29 Years, a Woman Is Named ‘Time’ Magazine’s Person of the Year

After 29 years of recognizing men, it was a breath of fresh air when 61-year-old German chancellor Angela Merkel was named Person of the Year by Time. But apparently, this is a feat not celebrated by everyone.

PDI/December 9, 2015/ News/ AP

Saudi women face off against men for first time in elections


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Outside of the Saudi capital, in one of the country’s most conservative provinces, Jowhara al-Wably is making history. She’s running in this weekend’s elections. Saturday’s vote for local council seats marks two milestones for Saudi women: Not only can they run in a government election for the first time, it is the first time they are permitted to vote at all.

MT/December 8, 2015/ Special Features

Filipino youths demand strong climate agreement at UN

Paris, France: While world leaders and negotiators continue to meet in Paris to address the global climate crisis, on the Youth and Future Generations day at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of Parties (COP21), Filipino millennials demand parties to address the worsening effects of climate change through an ambitious and strong agreement to limit and reduce greenhouse gas emissions … The statement also reiterates the human rights approach to the negotiations, emphasizing that it is a moral imperative to bring to light the plight of women, children, people with disabilities, indigenous groups and marginalized communities as they are rendered twice vulnerable by climate impacts.

TS/December 7, 2015/ Main Stories/ John Paolo Bencito

Soldiers accused of raping 10 women

Human rights group Karapatan on Sunday slammed government troops for allegedly raping 10 women, including seven minors since President Benigno Aquino III took office in June 2010. “Soldiers do not only kill; they rape children too. Amid the rising political killings under the Aquino regime, 10 women have been raped by state forces; and seven of them are minors,” Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay said.

BM/December 7, 2015/ Elderly/ Cody Cepeda

Never forget: Comfort women remain victims of war crimes

SEVEN decades have passed since World War II.  To many, the memories are dim, made dimmer by the passing on of the grandmothers and grandfathers who lived through the horrors of that war.

PDI/December 6, 2015/ Cebu Daily News/ Sofia Aliño Logarta

Responding to Violence Against Women and Children

We need to have a sense of urgency in acting on cases of violence against women. In one case upon following up a call for assistance we discovered that the victim had already been killed and was now in the funeral parlour. Children having absorbed the violence and pain inflicted on their mothers have been known to take the law into their hands, inflicting violence upon the violent parent.

MB/December 6, 2015/ Business/ Madelaine B. Miraflor

How ‘care’ brought a Filipina-led company to New York Stock Exchange


Many Filipinos know how to be successful in business, some even can make it global, but what does it actually take for a homegrown Filipina to set up a business in the Empire State and made it to one of the world’s leading financial markets? For Sheila Marcelo, founder and chief executive officer of, caring is what it takes.

MB/December 6, 2015/ News/ AFP

GI Jane coming to US military, but it might take time


WASHINGTON, United States — Come the New Year, the US military will open all fighting positions to women — but don’t expect to see a female American commando leading a raid into Syria just yet. Officials say it could take years for women to percolate into some of the military’s most specialized roles, including the elite special operations forces that have long epitomized macho soldiering.

TS/December 5, 2015/ Opinion/ Elizabeth Angsioco

Taking up the cudgels for women

Amid all the political intramurals in relation with the coming national elections, platforms and programs are taking a back seat. As a woman, a citizen, a voter, and an advocate, I ask, who among our candidates are pro-women’s rights? Who will take up the cudgels for the Filipino women? Who has a working understanding of women’s issues and what we fight for?

PDI/December 5, 2015/ News/ Julie M. Aurelio

Women are tops in officers’ course

Two women—ensign Gay Famero, 27, and 2Lt. Rey Gaezzel Anfone, 24—are the top graduates of the officer candidate courses (OCC) of the Philippine Navy and Philippine Army, respectively, besting their mostly male counterparts.

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News article brief/URL access December 11, 2015/Lady Dy

#FreeFromFear: UN campaign seeks safer PH cities for women

Women are subjected to various acts of sexual harassment, limiting their freedom to exercise their rights to mobility, education, and work. Issues of sexual violence against women are also often neglected. December 10, 2015

Duterte's female supporters 'accept' his womanizing

For female local leader Leona Ungco, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is the only presidential candidate who can effectively change the status quo – especially in public order and safety. December 9, 2015/ Bea Orante

Gender-targeting and rethinking disaster response

The United Nations Population Fund stresses the need for a more gender-based approach to disaster response given that women and children are at the greatest risk during emergencies.

PIA/ December 9, 2015

Men should be partners in gender advocacy—CSC

QUEZON CITY, Dec. 9 -- “There is a need to end the misconception that gender concerns are only women’s concerns.” This was emphasized by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) as it joined the Philippine government and the rest of the world in observing the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) from November 25 to December 12.

PIA/ December 9, 2015/ Freddie G. Lazaro

In Ilocos Norte, campaign to curb violence against women, children ends on Human Rights Day

In Ilocos Norte, campaign to curb violence against women, children ends on Human Rights Day December 8, 2015/ Fritzie Rodriguez

World's indigenous women fight climate change

PARIS, France – Empower indigenous women in fighting climate change, urged UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on Monday, December 7 as the Paris climate talks (COP21) entered its second week.

DFA/ December 8, 2015

DFA Iloilo observes 18-day campaign to end violence against women

The Department of Foreign Affairs Regional Consular Office Iloilo (DFA RCO-Iloilo) observed the nationwide 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW) by having an outreach program on November 28 at ”Daeangpan it Kababayen-an sa Aklan” or Aklan Comprehensive Center for Women in Kalibo, Aklan. The DFA Iloilo team headed by Ms. Mydee de la Cruz Homena welcomed the 30 women participants who were victim-survivors of VAW and talked about the importance of the 18-day Campaign to End VAW. During the activity, the participants also enjoyed the refreshments and games prepared by the team. They also donated goods for the victim-survivors of VAW. December 7, 2015

Don’t blame and shame women for unintended pregnancies

Women should not be blamed for getting pregnant accidentally, because factors outside their control are often involved. Pregnancies that are unexpected, mistimed or unwanted are common everywhere. December 5, 2015/ Camille A. Aguinaldo

Babae pa more | Pinoy voters urged to put more women in politics

Through the years, men have dominated Philippine electoral politics while only a few women share the political stage. That’s why female senatorial aspirants from opposing slates have banded together to urge voters to pick more women candidates in the 2016 polls.

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UN Women/ December 11, 2015

Global pledges ramp up campaign to end violence against women

An international conference to end violence against women closed with action-oriented pledges to end violence against women from 35 stakeholders. Participating UN agencies also launched the landmark Essential Services Package, a toolkit of guidelines, services and best practices for women and girls subject to violence.

UN Women/ December 11, 2015/ Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Let’s equal the playing field for women in sport

Sport and culture have a vital power to transcend differences of sex, race, religion and nationality. Across the world, people from all walks of life experience the thrill of the Olympics; the shared experience unites us.

UN Women/ December 11, 2015

National Health Service launches gender equality report

On 3 December, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) launched its report, "NHS Women In Leadership: Plan for Action" at the Health Services Journal (HSJ) Women Leaders Network hosted by HSJ and NHS Employers. The report, which features a foreward from UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, details why gender equality is important in the NHS in alignment with the gender-focused Sustainable Development Goal 5.

UN News/ December 11, 2015

Women in US lagging behind in human rights, UN experts report after ‘myth-shattering’ visit

While praising the current United States administration for its commitment to women’s equality, United Nations experts warned today that the extreme polarization of US politics is “profoundly” affecting the Government’s ability to guarantee women’s human rights, and even to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

APWLD/ December 9, 2015

Women from Asia-Pacific at COP 21 Demand a fair, gender equitable truly transformative Paris agreement

As world leaders are gathering in Paris at COP 21 to adopt a new binding agreement to deal with the increasing impacts of climate change, the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) has launched its regional report “Women Warming Up! Building Resilient Grassroots Feminists Movements for Climate Justice in Asia-Pacific” on Gender day, December 8th. The report outlines the results of a Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) programme that supported the collective work of grassroots women in 9 communities in Asia-Pacific, including the Philippines, Nepal, India,Indonesia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and Bangladesh.

IPS News/ December 9, 2015

Peruvian Women Install Solar Panels and Light Up their Communities

ACNA, PERU - Five women from Candarave Province, located in Tacna (Peru), travelled to India to be trained and to learn how to install solar panels. The training has enabled 272 families to have electricity and improve their quality of life. Solar panels mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases and allow to address climate change.

IPS News/ December 9, 2015/ Stella Paul

Women Leaders agree COP21 Must Have “Gender-Responsive” Deal

PARIS, France - 53-year old Aleta Baun of Indonesia’s West Timor province is a proud climate warrior. From 1995 to 2005 she successfully led a citizens’ movement to shut down 4 large marble mining companies that polluted and damaged the ecosystem of a mountain her community considered sacred. After their closure in 2006, she became a conservationist and restored 15 hectares of degraded mountain land, reviving dozens of dried springs and resettling 6,000 people who were displaced by the mining.


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UN Women/ December 11, 2015

NHS Women In Leadership: Plan for Action

The report proposes several recommendations directed at the NHS England, which is the fifth-largest employer in the world. It suggests establishing a system-wide task force and monitoring and accountability framework to focus on strengthening the organizational culture for gender equality.


APWLD/ December 8, 2015


Warming Up!

Building Resilient,

Grassroots Feminist

Movements for Climate

Justice in Asia-Pacific

The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) is releasing its regional report based on the results of its feminist participatory action research (FPAR) programme. This programme looked at the impacts of climate change on women’s lives in 8 countries in Asia and the Pacific: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.