GAD News Feed for December 19 - 25, 2015


December 19-25, 2015

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BM/December 24, 2015/ Nation/ Jovee Marie de la Cruz

Bill proposes to extend maternity leave from 2 to 4 months

THE vice chairman of the House Committee on Health has recently filed a bill seeking to increase maternity leave from two months to four months. In House Bill 6294, Liberal Party Rep. Alfredo D. Vargas III of Quezon City said that his proposal aims to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.

PDI/December 22, 2015/ Bandera/ Leifbilly Begas

Marital rape dapat isama sa annulment

Nais ng isang solon na isama ang marital rape sa mga dahilan upang mapawalang-bisa ang kasal.

Ayon kay Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo ang annulment ng kasal ay dapat na maging daan upang matakasan ng isang babae ang pang-aabuso ng kanyang mister kaya dapat na amyendahan ang Family Code. “This is more in line with the spirit of the State’s mandate of according full protection to women, while at the same time ensuring that violence has no place in any family thereby maintaining the sanctity of the Filipino family,” ani Romulo.

PDI/December 22, 2015/ News/ AP

New York City unveils new rules on gender discrimination


NEW YORK — Restaurant owners can’t require ties for male diners only. Gyms can’t tell clients which locker room to use. And in most cases, an employer can’t put “John” on a worker’s ID if she prefers “Jane.”

PDI/December 21, 2015/ News/ DJ Yap

Abigail Binay calls for ‘safe places’ for rape victims

MAKATI City Rep. Abigail Binay on Sunday called for the establishment of “safe places” for victims of rape or sexual assault in order to encourage them to take legal action against their attackers. Noting that 46 rape cases were reported every day in the Philippines, Binay urged private hospitals to provide care for women sexual assault victims in a special facility.

BW/December 21, 2015/ Opinion/ Ma. Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza

Campaign to end violence against women

Last Nov. 25, the Philippines kicked off its annual 18-day Campaign to End Violence against Women (VAW). Now on its 13th year, the Philippine campaign combines three women’s human rights normative commemorations, namely, the International Day for the Elimination of VAW (Nov. 25), International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10), and the historic opening for signature of the “United Nations (UN) Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children” (Dec. 12) and as such, frames VAW (e.g. trafficking of women) as a violation of human rights of women. For this year, the Philippine 18-day Campaign took on the theme “End VAW Now! It’s our Duty! Gains and Ways Forward” that focused on taking stock of the efforts of duty-bearers and various stakeholders to respond to the issue of VAW in the country.

MT/December 20, 2015/ Special Features/ Reina Tolentino

Sexual-assault exam units in hospitals urged

A lawmaker is urging hospitals to establish a place in their facilities where victims of sexual assault can go for treatment and submit forensic evidence. According to Rep. Mar-Len Abigail Binay of Makati City’s Second District, a hospital’s “safe place” would help encourage the victims to take legal action against their attackers.

MB/December 20, 2015/ National/ Chito A. Chavez

Subjects on reproductive health, human sexuality pushed in HS


The Quezon City (QC) health board wants the mandatory inclusion of reproductive health in the city’s public school curriculum for high school (HS) students to increase their level of awareness on areas of basic reproductive health and human sexuality. City Health Officer Verdades Linga said the health curriculum should also include the management and control of sexually-transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS.

MB/December 20, 2015/ World/ AFP

British PM wants women training for front line in 2016


London — Prime Minister (PM) David Cameron told The Sunday Telegraph newspaper he wanted to see female British soldiers training to fight on the front line in 2016. Cameron has asked the Ministry of Defence to be ready to post women in ground close-combat roles by the end of next year, after Washington announced this month its military will open all positions — including frontline combat roles — to women.

MB/December 19, 2015/ Provincial/ Tara Yap

Abused women urged to come out and speak up


Iloilo City — Women in abusive relationships are urged to come forward and file criminal charges against abusive men. Atty. Nazelle Biliran-Infante of the Iloilo City Prosecutor’s office made this appeal during a recent public forum that highlighted this year’s 18-day campaign of ending violence against women, which culminated last December 12. While giving an overview of Republic Act No. 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004, Biliran-Infante emphasized that women should stand up for their rights. “Don’t be afraid,” said the female prosecutor, who herself was a victim of violence from a previous relationship. If it is not reported to authorities, she said that violence against women are condoned and the cycle continues.

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News article brief/URL access December 25, 2015/AFP

Japanese who paid for sex with 12,000 women in PH convicted

TOKYO, Japan – A former school head teacher, who reportedly paid for sex with 12,000 women in the Philippines, has been convicted in Japan for taking photos of naked Filipino girls.

PIA/ December 21, 2015

QC launches Safe Cities Advocacy Expo

QUEZON CITY - The Quezon City government is firming up efforts to promote women safety and security against street harassment and sexual violence in public spaces. Together with the United Nations Equity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development, the city government recently launched Safe Cities Advocacy Expo, where they agreed to cooperate for the accelerated implementation of programs that will ensure women safety, especially in Quezon City.

PIA/ December 21, 2015

Sagay strengthens campaign against VAW; provides equipment for senior citizens

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, December 21 (PIA6) – Various barangays in Sagay City recently received blood pressure apparatus and Primers on Republic Act 9262 or an act defining violence against women and their children.  Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III said the primers and the blood pressure apparatus are timely, a release from the Sagay City Information Office said.

DFA/ December 21, 2015

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka businesses seek greater trade and investment ties with the Philippines

Business delegations from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are keen to expand two-way investments with the Philippines in various areas, including in agriculture, information and communications technology, education and tourism. In separate courtesy calls on Undersecretary for International Economic Relations Laura Q. Del Rosario, the Bangladesh–Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BPCCI) and the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) based in Dhaka and the Sri Lanka-Philippine Business Council (SLPBC) based in Colombo expressed their desire for greater trade and investment ties with the Philippines.

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IPS News/ December 24, 2015

UN Sees Key Role for Women in Post-2015 Development Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 24 2015 (IPS) - The United Nations, which has launched an intense world-wide campaign to ensure the full implementation of its post-2015 development agenda, is unequivocal in asserting that gender equality and women’s empowerment are indispensable to the realization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders last September.

UN Women/ December 22, 2015

Innovative financing to drive women’s economic empowerment forward

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec attended an international forum hosted in Georgia to reflect on the implementation of SDGs through innovative financing.