GAD News Feed for January 23 - 29, 2016


January 23 - 29, 2016

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MB/January 29, 2016/ News/ Genalyn Kabiling

Gov’t won’t object comfort women’s private claims vs Japan


For the Philippine government, the reparation for the abuse of so-called Filipino comfort women during the World War II has long been resolved. Malacañang, however, assured on January 29, 2016 that any attempt to pursue private claims for war crimes would not be blocked by the government.

PDI/January 28, 2016/ Opinion/ Ma. Ceres P. Doyo

Remembering the ‘Bahay na Pula’

The state visit this week of Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko must touch many Filipino lives, starting with the overseas Filipino workers in Japan who are in the hundreds of thousands … I expect a not-so-feeble show of protest from the long-suffering women, now grandmothers, to seek a belated straightforward apology if not remuneration for those who had refused any with strings and conditions attached.

Years ago, before flying to Japan to cover the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal initiated by international women’s groups on behalf of surviving Asian comfort women, I was invited to go to the “Bahay na Pula.” To see, smell, feel and meet the ghosts of the past.

PDI/January 27, 2016/ Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

Putting women at the center

BALI—To the sound of rhythmic gongs and brass percussion, the fourth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) opened yesterday at the Bali Nusa Dua Conference Center. The conference, postponed last November after a volcano eruption in a nearby island covered the airport in ash, finally pushed through with what its organizers hoped would be a “volcanic” eruption of international support for family planning.

MB/January 27, 2016/ News/ Earl D.C. Bracamonte

Campaign against domestic violence

OCK TV and SoFlo made a video comparing the reactions of people when they saw a woman maltreated in public. The actors then switched roles to show the woman maltreating the man. Everyone reacted when they saw a man abusing a woman. But, when a female abuses a male, nobody reacted nor seemed to care.

BW/January 26, 2016/ Opinion/ Christiane Amanpour

Davos needs a Fifth Industrial Revolution

Well, imagine a world where we finally close the gender gap. How about starting with equal pay for equal play? That would be a global game-changer as this Davos crowd knows only too well. Right now women earn what men earned a decade ago. Davos knows that women equally represented and rewarded in the work force means a healthy rise in GDP. Yet the gap between men and women in areas from health and education to political representation and economic opportunity has closed by just 4% in that same ten-year period.

BM/January 26, 2016/ News/ David Cagahastian

Emperor Akihito, P-Noy silent on ‘comfort women’

EMPEROR Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan on Tuesday started their four-day state visit to the Philippines, acknowledging the thousands of Filipino civilians killed during World War II, but silent on the issue of Filipino “comfort women.”

MB/January 26, 2016/ News/ AFP

PH’s WWII sex slaves demand justice from Japan


inety-year-old Hilaria Bustamante casts a tearful gaze at a wall plastered with photos of departed fellow sex slaves, vowing to demand justice during a historic visit to the Philippines by Japan’s emperor starting Tuesday. Unbowed despite painful arthritis, the oldest known living Filipina “comfort woman” said she would join street protests to continue an unsuccessful campaign that has lasted more than 70 years.

BM/January 26, 2016/ Economy/ PNA

PhilHealth coverage for moms, newborns

A lawmaker has filed a measure granting automatic Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) coverage for all women about to give birth and their newborn children to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.

PS/January 25, 2016/ Opinion/ Lila Ramos Shahani

Legacies of war: Comfort women continue their struggle

In 1942, when Maria Rosa Henson was only 14 years old, she was caught while gathering firewood by a Japanese officer and two other soldiers, and brutally raped. Two weeks later, it happened again. In her anger, she joined the anti-Japanese Hukbalahap guerillas, only to be captured after a year and taken to a garrison in a converted hospital, where she encountered six other women.

PDI/January 23, 2016/ Entertainment/ Raul J. Palabrica

Extended maternity leave

LAST week, the Senate approved on third and final reading Senate Bill No. 2982, granting paid maternity leave of 100 days to employees of government offices and private companies.

PDI/January 23, 2016/ Entertainment/ AFP

Academy vows to double women, minority members by 2020


LOS ANGELES, United States—The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday promised sweeping reforms designed to help diversify its membership in the face of a major controversy over the second straight year of all-white Oscar acting nominations.

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PIA/ January 29, 2016

Albay steps up call to end VAWC

LEGAZPI CITY - The Gender and Development (GAD) Office of the provincial government of Albay (PGA) has convened government line agencies in the province to discuss and develop activities and programs for this year’s celebration of the global campaign against Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) dubbed the 1 Billion Rising.

PIA/ January 29, 2016

Study shows 63 brgys. in  CAR  have  no budget for maternal and newborn emergencies

BAGUIO CITY- A Japan International cooperation Agency (JICA) study shows that 63 barangays in three Cordillera provinces have no budget for maternal and newborn emergencies. JICA Project Chief Advisor Fude Takayoshi revealed this in the Department of Health - led kapihan media forum at the DOH Regional Training Center, Thursday.

PIA/ January 29, 2016/ Mary Jul Esclante

Cebuano News: 2 ka adlaw nga planning workshop for women micro-enterpreneurs gipahigayon -

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Enero 29 (PIA) - Duha ka adlaw nga Planning Workshop on Shaping Progress for Women Microentrepreneurs gipahigayon kagahapon niadtong Enero 26 ug 27, 2016 didto sa Go Negosyo Center, Capitol Compound, ning dakbayan. Mitambong sa maong workshop si Gobernador Sol F. Matugas, Bise Gobernador Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr, Kongresista Francisco Matugas mga board members sama nila Melva Garcia, Regina Alaan, Leonila Gorgolon, Simeon Vicente Castrence, Mamerto Galanida, Marnito Longos, Victor Borja, mga federated presidents sa nagkadaiyang women's organizations sa 21 ka mga munisipyo ning probinsya ug uban pa.

PIA/ January 27, 2016

DSWD advocates drug abuse prevention, anti gender-based violence programs

LANAO DEL NORTE, January 27 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development has been intensifying its efforts in advocating programs and services at the grassroots level. Recently, Morena Fernandez of DSWD lobbied and advocated the Family Drug Abuse Prevention Program (FDAPP) and the Comprehensive Intervention Against Gender-Based Violence (CIAGV) to the local officials of Sapad, this province.

PIA/ January 26, 2016/ Peter A. Balocnit

DOST provides baking tools to women’s group

PINUKPUK, Kalinga - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) provincial office here recently  provided  bakery equipment to the Barangay Dugpa Kalipi (Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina) Organization this town for  its bakery project .

PIA/ January 25, 2016/ Mary Ann O. Escobal

More than 300 Caraganons benefit from Responsible Parenthood, Family Planning mass mobilization

BUTUAN CITY- More than 300 beneficiaries were served successfully during the Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning Mass Mobilization held on the later part of 2015 in the municipalities of Mainit and Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte; and in the cities of Surigao, Butuan and Bislig, respectively.

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UN Women/ January 29, 2016

Landless women farmers receive land tenancy for the first time in Pakistan

Speaking of her new status, Durdana shares that farming is her life: “I do not know anything else but working in the fields. Who could think a poor female widower like me would be given land! For the first time in my life I can say something is mine. This land, as far as the eye can see is mine — this paper says so. This is my land and I am its queen.”

IPS News/ January 27, 2016/ Stella Paul

Bali holds Family Planning Conference Amidst Many Unmet Needs

BALI, Indonesia - Porter Ngengh Tike is in her late thirties, but looks well over 50. For 8 hours every day, she carries around a large bamboo basket on her head, delivering supplies to local traders in the biggest traditional market of Bali – Pasar Badung. At the end of the week, she earns about 18 dollars – a sum that Tike uses for food, household expenses and her 10- year old son’s education. So, when it comes to seeing a doctor, there is no money, says Tike who suffers from genital infections.

UN Women/ January 26, 2016

African representatives push for action to bring women to the peace table

Dr. Priscilla Joseph, founding member and Chair of the South Sudan Women’s Peace Network, came to the African Union Gender Pre-Summit from 19-20 January with pressing questions about how to ensure women can be more involved in the peace process in her country, and across the continent.

UN Women/ January 25, 2016

Women mediators promote peace in Burundi

Between 1993 and 2005, the civil war in Burundi cost approximately 300,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands displaced. In 2015, strife erupted once again. The conflict stirs up painful memories for 59-year-old Rose Nyandwi. In 1972, she dropped out of school after her father was killed. Decades later, in 1993, she lost her husband during the Civil War. But she did not let loss consume her.

IPS News/ January 25, 2016/ Antonia Kirkland

The State We’re In: Ending Sexism in Nationality Laws

NEW YORK - Everyone has the right to be born with a nationality – safe, fearless and free – and secure in their human right to equally transfer, acquire, change or retain it. There is no reason why over 50 countries should still have sexist nationality and citizenship laws, which largely discriminate against women, potentially putting them and their families in danger and denying them the rights, benefits and services that everyone should enjoy.

IPS News/ January 25, 2016/ Lorena Di Carlo

Spanish Member of Congress Causes Controversy after Breastfeeding in Parliament

MADRID- A member of the Spanish Congress, Carolina Bescana, of the anti-austerity Podemos Party, created a controversy last week when she took her six-month old baby to work and openly breastfed him during a session. The delegate was widely criticized by almost all parties for her action and the event has spurred a lively debate on the image of mothers who juggle motherhood with their jobs.