GAD News Feed for January 30 - February 5, 2016


January 30 – February 5, 2016

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MT/February 5, 2016/  News

200 million girls and women living with female genital mutilation – UNICEF

UNITED NATIONS: At least 200 million girls and women worldwide have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) with half of those living in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia, according to the UN children’s agency.

PS/February 4, 2016/  Business/ Joey Concepcion

Women of passion

Last week, I shared with you in this column, Women Changing Lives, the stories of four inspiring Filipina awardees. But aside from the leading microentrepreneurs who continue to be inspiration to many, and our social entrepreneurs who are changing the world through their advocacies, we also recognize established and award-winning Pinay entrepreneurs who have made a name in their industries.

PS/February 3, 2016/  Headlines/ John Unson

Leni Robredo visits ARMM, vows LGU empowerment

COTABATO CITY— Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo on Tuesday assured officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to focus on participatory governance and empowerment of local government units if elected vice president in May … Robredo, elected congresswoman on May 13, 2013, was in Cotabato City on Tuesday to deliver a keynote message at the ARMM's 1st Bangsamoro Women Leadership Summit. The event was organized by the executive department of the autonomous region and two of its component-agencies, the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women and the regional education department.

PDI/February 3, 2016/  Opinion/ Michael L. Tan


If there’s anything that symbolizes the gap between Muslims and Christians, it is the hijab, or head veil. On a Catholic woman, it elicits respect, with meanings of sanctity and honor, from Catholics and often from people of other faiths as well, including Muslims in Mindanao who may have benefited from the education given by various Catholic women religious (notably the Religious of the Virgin Mary). On a Muslim woman, for fellow Muslims, it, too, elicits respect, representing modesty and an expression of faith. Sadly, for Christians, it sometimes brings out bias and prejudice.

MB/February 3, 2016/  Sports/ AFP

Equality pushed for Australian female athletes


Sydney — The Australian government has warned top sports bodies to end years of second-class citizenship for female athletes and pay for them to travel in the same style as males for major events overseas. Sports minister Sussan Ley and Australian Sports Commission chair John Wylie have written to the top 30 funded organizations threatening cuts if ”gender-neutral” travel is not introduced.

MB/February 2, 2016/  News

Lawmakers allowed to breastfeed in Australian Parliament


CANBERRA, Australia — Lawmakers can now breastfeed in the Australian Parliament after the government changed the rules on Tuesday to make politics more family-friendly. But none of the nursing mothers appeared keen to take up the opportunity.

MT/February 1, 2016/  Special Features/ Charlie Mejorada & Laarni Jocson

Women’s social and economic role in fisheries

WOMEN’S participation in the fisheries sector is less acknowledged because it is mostly dominated by men. However, it’s a different story when I worked as a Coastal Resource Management (CRM) staff of the municipality of Cortes, Surigao del Sur between 2014 until February 2015.

MB/February 1, 2016/  World/ PNA

Japan officially denies WWII ‘comfort women’ practice


Moscow – Japan has officially denied the forced nature of the World War II-era “comfort women” phenomenon involving Asian women becoming sex slaves for Japanese soldiers, South Korean media said Sunday. With the exact number of women involved in the practice still a subject of debate, most of the women were taken from countries occupied by Japan between 1932 and 1945, mainly Korea, China and the Philippines. Young women from occupied territories were recruited via abduction of deceit, according to testimonies.

PDI/January 31, 2016/  Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

Let her be a girl!

“Let her be a girl!” was the chorus of a song marking the close of the Fourth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) held in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

MT/January 31, 2016/  News/ Reina Tolentino

100-day maternity leave with pay pushed in House

A lawmaker is calling for passage into law of a measure that would mandate an increase in maternity leave with pay to workers in both the public and private sectors. The bill co-authored by Rep. Mark Villar of Las Piñas City (Metro Manila), which aims to extend paid maternity leave benefits of employees in the government service and the private sector from 60 days to 100 days, recently hurdled the committee level at the House of Representatives.

MT/January 31, 2016/  News/PNA

CebuPac to hire over 100 female cabin crew

Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific will be offering more than 100 female cabin crew positions at recruitment fairs that will be held in Manila, Cebu and Davao beginning this month until October. Cebu Pacific said the cabin crew positions would be vital in advancing the airline company’s expansion plans and growing fleet following the acquisition of two brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft.

PS/January 30, 2016/  Lifestyle/ Irish Christianne Dizon

Women in cinema on the future of Philippine cinema

MANILA – At no other time is Philippine cinema most alive than during the annual Metro Manila Film Festival. There’s a temporary moratorium on foreign films, so we’re compelled to support our own. School’s out, bonuses in, a tidal wave of humanity at the malls, ready to plunk down cash for Pinoy movies: “Here we are now, entertain us!”

MB/January 30, 2016/  Business/ AFP

Reality check: Barbie now tall, curvy, and petite, too


New York – Barbie, long the stereotypical blue-eyed blonde bombshell, has been given a makeover. The iconic doll will now be available in three new body types – tall, petite and curvy. The best-selling doll’s manufacturer Mattel announced the new looks Thursday, ending a 56-year-old tradition of Barbie having just one physique: Unrealistically perfect.

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The Guardian/ February 5, 2016/ Tom Phillips

Women's rights crackdown exposes deepening crisis in Chinese society

Just a few years ago, Beijing hailed Guo Jianmei as China’s “patron of the weak”, a fearless and influential activist-lawyer whose NGO offered solace and support to thousands of disenfranchised Chinese women.

IPS News/ February 3, 2016/ Amina Mohamed and Siddharth Chatterjee

Women’s Empowerment Will Accelerate Kenya’s Economic Prosperity

Nairobi, Kenya - When President Barack Obama made his first visit to Kenya as US President in July 2015, one of the poignant messages he left was an exhortation for communities to shun cultures that degrade women and girls. “Imagine if you have a team and don’t let half of the team play. That makes no sense,” he said, referring to the denial of opportunities for women to fully participate in development.

The Guardian/ February 3, 2016/Zara Rahman

Five ways tech is crowdsourcing women’s empowerment

Around the world, women’s rights advocates are crowdsourcing their own data rather than relying on institutional datasets. Citizen-generated data is especially important for women’s rights issues. In many countries the lack of women in positions of institutional power, combined with slow, bureaucratic systems and a lack of prioritisation of women’s rights issues means data isn’t gathered on relevant topics, let alone appropriately responded to by the state.

UN Women/ February 2, 2016

Moldova ramps up IT training for girls

Created to boost Moldova's innovation capacity by teaching young women digital tech and IT skills, UN Women’s GirlsGoIT plans more local IT clubs for girls and an IT summer camp in 2016.

UN Women/ February 2, 2016

Ahead of CSW, Latin American and Caribbean countries prioritize gender equality goal

Ministers, officials and authorities of national women’s machineries from Latin America and the Caribbean met from 26–28 January in Santiago, Chile, calling for full implementation of the commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of women within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The consultations were held in preparation for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60), set to take place in New York from 14-24 March.

Startribune/February 2, 2016/Aomar Ouali

New Algerian law punishes violence against women

ALGIERS, Algeria — A new Algerian law came into effect this week punishing violence against women and sexual harassment, in a victory for feminist groups that had fought for years for the legislation.

New York Times/ February 2, 2016/ Hanna Ingber

From ‘Bold’ to ‘Bastard,’ Readers Debate Role of Working Women in India

India needs more “angry, bold, ‘real bastard’ women,” wrote a reader in California. Another argued that working women face more of a “glass ceiling” in the United States than in India.

IPS News/ February 1, 2016/ Baher Kamal

Women’s Rights First — African Summit

CAIRO - Despite the enormous challenges facing Africa now, the leaders of its 1.2 billion plus inhabitants have decided to spotlight the issue of Human Rights With a Particular Focus on the Rights of Women in their 26th summit held in Addis Ababa on 21-31 January this year. Why?


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ILO/ January 31, 2016

Young and female – A double strike? Gender analysis of school-to-work transition surveys in 32 developing economies

This report explores the experiences and constraints faced by young women and men in the world of work. Based on the school-to-work transitions surveys (SWTS) of 32 developing countries run between 2012 and 2015, the report concludes that being young and female serve as a double strike for those seeking to find productive employment.