GAD News Feed for February 6 - 12, 2016


February 6 - 12, 2016

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PS/February 12, 2016/ The Freeman/ Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon

Women advocates join OBR revolution

CEBU, Philippines - Hundreds of women advocates and students gathered at the Capitol grounds yesterday for the One Billion Rising Revolution against violence against women and children. Participants to the event led by Gabriela were urged to elect leaders in the coming elections who would actively campaign to end all forms of violence against women and children.

PS/February 11, 2016/ The Freeman/ Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon

Labor groups back passage of 100-day maternity leave bill

CEBU - Various labor groups welcomed the passage of the bill that pushes for a 100-day maternity leave in the public and private sectors. "We welcome this long overdue proposal. At least the mother could nurture well their newborn child for the first three months or so and this will give the expectant mother a well prepared delivery," said Art Barrit, spokesperson of the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines.

PDI/February 11, 2016/ News

Female checkpoint cops no surprise in Olongapo

OLONGAPO CITY—Motorists were greeted by the rare sight of a team of policewomen inspecting vehicles at checkpoints here, following the start of the national campaign for the May 9 elections on Tuesday. “This is the first time that a team of female cops was assigned to man some of the checkpoints in the city,” said Insp. Vivianne Reyes, who leads the team. “We are expecting motorists to be a bit surprised,” she said.

MB/February 11, 2016/ World/AP

UAE picks woman to be first ‘happiness’ minister


Forget the negative headlines pouring from the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates thinks it’s time to focus on something brighter instead. The prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, took to Twitter on Wednesday, February 10, to announce a new Cabinet that includes the country’s first-ever “minister of state for happiness.”

BM/February 11, 2016/ Features

Most people don’t think a gender-pay gap at work exists


It will take 118 years to close the gender-pay gap in the workplace, the World Economic Forum predicted last year. Despite its documented existence, however, most American workers don’t notice the difference between what men and women make, new research shows.

BM/February 11, 2016/ Features/ Cai U. Ordinario

Neda mulls over creation of oversight committee on SDG implementation

The national government is mulling over the creation of another interagency committee that will focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).

MB/February 10, 2016/ National/ Ellalyn De Vera

Number of unemployed Pinoys down to 9.1M – SWS


The number of unemployed Filipinos has decreased by about 900,000 individuals in the last quarter of 2015, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results released on Tuesday … The rate of unemployed Filipinos also decreased among men and women. Joblessness among men and women went down to 13.8 percent and 31.4 percent, respectively (from 15.9 percent and 33.9 percent, respectively).

PS/February 9, 2016/ The Freeman/ Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon/FPL

Bets urged: Look after women, children’s rights

CEBU, Philippines - Organizers of “One Billion Rising Revolution” are urging all candidates to make women and children’s rights as part of their platform of government. Leny Ocaciones, chairperson of Gabriela Cebu, lead convenor of the OBR Cebu Campaign, said incidence of violence against women and children has increased drastically.

PDI/February 8, 2016/ News/ Julliane Love De Jesus

Why a woman in Roxas’ turf can’t vote freely


ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Passers-by cannot help but notice the beaming smile of the 50-year-old female vendor in front of the ancestral house of the family of Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas in Roxas City. She was visibly uncomfortable under her umbrella as strong winds and rain battered Baybay Beach. But she appeared to be in high spirits. When approached and asked her if she was rooting for her fellow Capizeño for presidency, her smile morphed into a frown. The vendor, who refused to be named for fear of reprisal, said she cannot just vote for a candidate she supports. “Depende pa sa may-ari ng lupa namin kung sino ang kandidato na kakampihan niya. ’Yon ang iboboto namin kasi hindi sa amin ang lupa,” she said.

MB/February 7, 2016/ World/Reuters

Britons vote Thatcher most influential woman of past 200 years


London — Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is the most influential woman of the past 200 years, according to a survey of Britons published on Tuesday which showed men place a higher value on political influence than women do.

TS/February 6, 2016/ Lifestyle

Zonta ladies turn shopping into a worthy cause

One of the activities that most – if not all – women enjoy is shopping. But what if this activity is also imbued with a noteworthy cause? This is exactly what the ladies of the Zonta Club of Makati and Environs did recently at Crate & Barrel Aura, where they turned shopping into a fundraising event with the ultimate goal of giving back.  During the event, Crate & Barrel SM Aura Premier Store gave discounts for the benefit of Zonta Club of Makati and Environs’ Psychological Center for Sexually Abused Children.  “Among our many goals, Zonta Club aims to promote gender equally, education, and skills training for our nation’s women,” says ZCME president Rosie Go.  “Equally important to Zonta is ensuring these women’s health and safety.  Our club tirelessly empowers women through service and advocacy,” she adds.

PS/February 6, 2016/ The Freeman/ Jean Marvette A. Demecillo/NSA

Group orienting night high school students on reproductive health

CEBU - To increase awareness on reproductive health among the youth, representatives of a Manila-based organization are in Cebu City conducting forums for night high school students. Yesterday, The Forum for Family Planning Development Inc. was attended by 1,000 students of Abellana National School. The first to undergo the forum were the students from Zapatera Night High School.

MB/February 6, 2016/ Metro/ Roy Mabasa

Aquino chosen one of UN Champions for Gender Equality


President Aquino was chosen as one of the IMPACT Champions for the United Nations’ (UN) HeForShe Movement for his commitment to make gender equality an institutional priority of his government. Aquino joins a group of nine other Heads of States as the UN’s Champions for Gender Equality.

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PIA/ February 12, 2016

Albay joins global call to end violence against women

LEGAZPI CITY– Hundreds of Albayanos gathered today to join the 1 Billion Rising global campaign to end violence against women converging at the Bicol University grounds early morning for a “Walk for Justice” towards Peñaranda Park, where the symbolic rites was held. The provincial government of Albay led the celebration together with employees and representatives from various government agencies, non-government organizations, academe and other stakeholders to help create awareness and to urge the community to be one in the cause to end violence against women.

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UN Women/ February 12, 2016

Egyptian women are key to driving Egypt's growth

During the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session of 2016, a special discussion on 9 February featured a briefing on how UN Women is helping transform the lives of Egyptian women. –

IPS News/ February 12, 2016/ Naimul Haq

Women’s Empowerment in Bangladesh

RANGAMATI, Bangladesh - On a gloomy weather in a hilly suburb in Tarabonia, three women keep themselves busy stitching clothes. The informal shop-cum tailoring outlet is the only one of its kind in the neighbourhood and so the shop has a good record of sales of apparels. Minu Bai Marma, a 27 year-old housewife who runs the rented shop, gives a smile and attends to her regular customers. Customers keep ordering for new dresses, especially before festivals and Minu and her husband earn a fairly good amount of profits to run the family.

The Guardian/ February 12, 2016/ Rowena Mason

Gender pay gap reporting for big firms to start in 2018

Female employees will have to wait another two years to find out if they are paid less than their male counterparts as the government unveiled plans for a league table ranking large firms by gender pay gap from 2018.

BBC News/ February 12, 2016

Women write better code, study suggests

Computer code written by women has a higher approval rating than that written by men - but only if their gender is not identifiable, new research suggests. The US researchers analysed nearly 1.4 million users of the open source program-sharing service Github.

The Washington Post/ February 11, 2016/  Emily Beaulieu, et al.

Here’s a list of smart women political scientists. They know stuff, too.

Women Also Know Stuff. Does that sound obvious? It’s not, alas. We’re a group of political scientists who started that website when, as we consumed media reports on politics, we noted a gaping absence of … well, women.

The Atlantic/ February 11, 2016/ Gillian B. White

What’s Really Behind Why Women Earn Less Than Men?

Though headway has been made in bringing women’s wages more in line with men’s in the past several decades, that convergence seems to have stalled in more recent years. To help determine why,  Francine D. Blau and Lawrence M. Kahn, the authors of a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research parse data on wages and occupations from 1980 to 2010. They find that as more women attended and graduated college and headed into the working world, education and professional experience levels stopped playing a significant role in the the difference between men and women’s wages. Whatever remains of the discrepancy can’t be explained by women not having basic skills and credentials. So what does explain it?

UN Women/ February 10, 2016

Executive Board discusses humanitarian response and Flagship Programme Initiatives at its First Regular Session of 2016

Convening for the first time in 2016, the UN Women Executive Board engaged in an interactive session that comprised of a strong focus on the entities operations in the field. Member States expressed their highest appreciation of the sustainable impact UN Women’s work is having on the ground. Regarding the operational response in Egypt and the work in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, UN Women was praised on its exemplary commitment, dedication and respect in supporting national development aspirations.

UN Women/ February 10, 2016

Women and girls imperative to science and technology agenda

Can you imagine an entire day without access to your mobile phone, laptop, or even to the internet? In our rapidly changing world, could you function without having technology at your fingertips?

UN Women/ February 9, 2016

In Guinea, a cooperative empowers rural women

In the Katfoura village on the Tristao Islands in Guinea, one civil society organization is providing rural women with new opportunities to generate income and improve community life.

The New York Times/ February 9, 2016/ Daniel Victor

Women in Company Leadership Tied to Stronger Profits, Study Says

Companies pondering the incentives for increased gender diversity in their executive ranks may need to look no further than the bottom line. Having women in the highest corporate offices is correlated with increased profitability, according to a new study of nearly 22,000 publicly traded companies in 91 countries.

ILO/ February 9, 2016/ Azita Berar Awad

Young and female: A double “strike” for women entering the workforce

For decades promoting gender equality and empowering women has been on the development agenda. We know that empowering women, and particularly young women, to make their own choices for an active participation in the economy makes a difference on so many fronts. The research shows an abundance of positive links. And yet it’s clear that another generation of young women remains outside the reach of what should be their full economic and self-empowerment potential.

The Atlantic/ February 9, 2016/ Bourree Lam

A Site Where Women Can Review Their Employers' Female-Friendliness

Corporate websites can do a good job indicating the way companies want themselves to be seen, but it can be tough to get trustworthy firsthand information about their workplace culture. Glassdoor has patched up a good portion of this information gap, but there’s still a shortfall of intel for women who are curious about how female-friendly a prospective employer is.

IPS News/ February 8, 2016/ Lakshmi Puri

Women and Girls Imperative to Science & Technology Agenda

UNITED NATIONS - Can you imagine an entire day without access to your mobile phone, laptop, or even to the internet? In our rapidly changing world, could you function without having technology at your fingertips? Unfathomable for most of us, but across the world—especially for many in developing countries–using and accessing technology is not readily available, and certainly not a privileged choice. This is particularly true for women and girls.

The New York Times/ February 6, 2016/ Javier C. Hernandez

Wanted in China: More Male Teachers, to Make Boys Men

FUZHOU, China — The history class began with a lesson on being manly. Lin Wei, 27, one of a handful of male sixth-grade teachers at a primary school here, has made a habit of telling stories about warlords who threw witches into rivers and soldiers who outsmarted Japanese troops. “Men have special duties,” he said. “They have to be brave, protect women and take responsibility for wrongdoing.”


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ADB/ February 2016

Women’s Leadership and Corporate Governance

This paper reviews the concept, theory, and international evidence on gender diversity and its relation to financial performance.