GAD News Feed for December 12 - 18, 2015


December 12-18, 2015

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PDI/December 18, 2015/ Business/ AP

Women are out-earning men in corporate finance

Women may be badly outnumbered in the top ranks of corporate America, but at least they aren’t underpaid. Compensation for female chief financial officers at S&P 500 companies last year outpaced that of their male counterparts, according to an analysis by executive compensation firm Equilar and the Associated Press. It follows a similar trend seen with female CEOs in recent years.

PDI/December 18, 2015/ Opinion/ Kay Rivera

What we can learn from Stoya

MY FIRST memory of medical clerkship was not a heartwarming story about a patient or a colleague. It was about rape. On my first night as a clinical clerk in our psychiatry rotation, I met my intern, John, as he was coming from interviewing a woman filing a rape charge against a neighbor … All of this was recounted to me while my intern dug into his dinner, laughingly pointing out the supposed holes in the woman’s story. That was my first introduction to how rape victims are treated in our society. It didn’t get better. Over the next two years of clerkship and internship I was able to understand, in a nutshell, our response to a complaint of rape or sexual harassment, all of it heightened by the immediacy and the unforgiving atmosphere of the emergency room.

BM/December 17, 2015/ Opinion/ Camille R. Escudero

The Great Women Brand and responsible luxury at Tesoro’s

From textile and animal skin, to embroidery and beadwork, the Great Women Lifestyle Collection is borne of rich culture and modern expression. A production that begins in the hands of women micro producers and weavers from various communities, cooperatives and indigenous groups from all over the Philippines, then synthesized in the workshops of designers, product developers, manufacturers and lifestyle entrepreneurs.

MT/December 16, 2015/ News/ AFP

Female billionaires on the rise thanks to Asian businesswomen

ZURICH: The number of women among the world’s billionaires has risen faster over the past two decades than that of men, mostly thanks to Asian female entrepreneurs, a study published Tuesday showed. There were 145 female billionaires in the world at the end of 2014, compared with 22 in 1995, according to the study, conducted jointly by UBS bank and the PwC auditing firm.

PDI/December 16, 2015/ News/ AFP

Female US general to oversee cadets at West Point academy

WASHINGTON, United States — The Pentagon has for the first time appointed a woman to oversee cadets at the prestigious US Military Academy at West Point, officials announced Tuesday. Brigadier General Diana Holland, a veteran of the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will assume her position as the 76th commandant of cadets in January. She will work under the academy’s superintendent and will be in charge of training West Point’s more than 4,000 cadets.

PDI/December 15, 2015/ Preen/ Marla Darwin

The Feminist Mommy’s Manifesto on Teaching My Kid to be a Better Person

Every generation of new mothers always makes the same promise to themselves time and time again—that they will try to do better than the ones who came before them. There’s just a lingering aspiration for me to leave the world better than I found it. My worldview started shifting for the better when I embraced feminism. It called me out on my unchecked privilege, and woke me up to the everyday injustices humans inflict on each other because of tested ideas on race, class, and gender.

BW/December 15, 2015/ Nation/ Pola Esguerra del Monte

‘Rose’ among VP candidates gets women’s group backing

A group which has christened itself the “Women for Leni Movement” formally announced it would back the incumbent Camarines Sur representative at a news conference yesterday, prior to a event billed, “Kababaihan Bida sa QC.”

MT/December 14, 2015/ News/ AFP

‘Proud’ women win seats in historic Saudi vote

RIYADH: At least 14 women won municipal council seats in Saudi Arabia’s first ever election open to female voters and candidates, officials said Sunday, far exceeding expectations in the ultra-conservative kingdom. “Even if it was only one woman, we’re really proud of that. Honestly, we weren’t expecting anyone to win,” said Sahar Hassan Nasief, a women’s rights activist in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

PDI/December 13, 2015/ News/ Delfin T. Mallari Jr.

Awareness seen key to fight vs rape

LUCENA CITY—Police are attributing an increase in the number of rape cases in the province this year, with mostly minor victims, to a growing awareness about the need to report the crimes and the willingness of victims to face the stigma wrongly associated with being a rape victim.

PDI/December 13, 2015/ News/ AP

Sophisticated ISIS recruitment methods lured Jordanian woman

AMMAN, Jordan — A Jordanian woman who came close to joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group described a sophisticated 14-month recruitment process by the extremists that she said landed her in a secret terrorist compound in Turkey with dozens of other women.

PDI/December 13, 2015/ Culture/ B. Wiser

What’s So Offensive About the Word “Vagina?”

Earlier this week, retired Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters, a Fox News analyst, called President Barack Obama a “pussy” on national TV and the world of punditry erupted in furious condemnation—and rightly so … Why slang words for female genitalia have become insults when leveled at both men and women escapes me.  And it’s usually the men doing the insulting, another instance of the patriarchy being so threatened by the power of the pussy that it had the nerve to convert the word into a derogatory term meaning “weak,”  “cowardly,” and “ineffective.”

MB/December 12, 2015/ World/ AFP

Saudi holds first ever election open to women


Riyadh – Voting began on Saturday in Saudi Arabia’s first elections open to female voters and candidates, a tentative step towards easing restrictions that are among the world’s tightest on women. Male voters began to enter a polling centre in central Riyadh at about 8:00 am (0500 GMT), an AFP reporter at the scene said.

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News article brief/URL access December 16, 2015/ Bea Cupin

Duterte needs training on gender, anger management - Robredo

If Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is elected president, he better take gender sensitivity and anger management training, according to Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo. December 13, 2015/ AFP

Female fighters take on Islamic State in Syria

HASAKEH, Syria – Babylonia has no regrets about leaving behind her two children and her job as a hairdresser to join a Christian female militia battling against the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Syria.

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UN Women/ December 17, 2015

Post-disaster assessment in Myanmar highlights disproportionate impact on women

Due to a variety of factors, women and girls are especially vulnerable at times of crisis … According to this gender assessment, women’s and girls’ priorities in a disaster differ in nature and degree from those of men and boys because their roles and statuses differ from — and are often secondary to — those of men and boys.

The Guardian/ December 17, 2015/ Liz Ford

Sexual violence won’t end until states plug ‘gaping’ legal hole, says expert

A “gaping hole” in international law is allowing governments to ignore their commitments to end gender-based violence, according to the former UN special rapporteur on the causes and consequences of violence against women.

UN Women/ December 16, 2015/Oisika Chakrabati

Press release: UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality awards USD 7.3 million for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

(New York) — UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) today announced USD 7.26 million in grants to 24 innovative programmes across the globe to boost women’s economic empowerment and political leadership and participation. The high-impact programmes designed by women-led civil society organizations have been selected to jumpstart the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 28 countries. UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality will provide technical and financial assistance to maximize impact and sustainability of these interventions.

ILO/ December 16, 2015

New ILO figures show 150 million migrants in the global workforce

GENEVA (ILO News) – Migrant workers account for 150.3 million of the world’s approximately 232 million international migrants, according to a new study by the International Labour Organization (ILO).  The report, ILO Global Estimates on Migrant Workers , shows migrant workers account for 72.7 per cent of the 206.6 million working age migrant population (15 years and over). The majority – 83.7 million – are men, with 66.6 million women migrant workers.

UN Women/ December 14, 2015

Press release: ITU, UN Women celebrate outstanding projects and leaders using ICTs to transform women’s lives

New York – Three outstanding organizations and three distinguished individuals leading projects and advocacy to boost gender equality and women’s empowerment using information and communication technologies (ICTs) will be honoured at a ceremony in New York today as recipients of the annual ITU/UN Women GEM-TECH Awards.

IPS News/ December 13, 2015

Paris Delivers Historic Climate Treaty, but Leaves Gender Untouched

PARIS, Dec 13 2015 (IPS) - After 2 weeks of intense negotiations, on Saturday evening, the 21st UN climate conference (COP21) in Paris finally delivered a historic agreement that, for the first time, promises to keep the global warming under 2 degrees Celsius. The treaty, consisting 31 pages and signed by by 196 countries, include the big five steps of climate action …  Women’s leaders recognized the progress but said that there were still miles to go to make the fight against climate change truly gender inclusive … Gender was earlier mentioned only in the preamble.

IPS News/ December 12, 2015

Climate Change and Women Across Three Continents

PARIS- The link between women in climate change is a cross-cutting issue that deserves greater recognition at climate negotiations. It is pervasive, touching everything; from health and agriculture to sanitation and education.

IPS News/ December 11, 2015/ Malini Shankar

Water and Sanitation: Bridging the Gender Gap on India’s Seas

PURI, India - Jeeja Behera, 34, the wife of a fisherman in the village of Sannapatna in India’s cyclone prone Puri district, dreads the onset of the cyclone season between October and January every year due to the lack of water, sanitation and hygiene in cyclone shelters.


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UN Women/ December 16, 2015

UN Women policy brief series

Policy brief no. 1: Making national social protection floors work for women

Policy brief no. 2: Gender equality, child development and job creation: How to reap the ‘triple dividend’ from early childhood education and care services

Policy brief no. 3: Protecting women’s income security in old age: Toward gender-responsive pension systems

Policy brief no. 4: Why macroeconomic policy matters for gender equality