GAD News Feed for February 13 - 19, 2016


February 13 - 19, 2016

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PS/February 19, 2016/  Headlines/ Janvic Mateo, et al.

Safeguards sought on LGBT rights

MANILA - Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Francis Escudero is urging the government to take steps in safeguarding the rights and welfare of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by passing the anti-discrimination bill.

PS/February 18, 2016/  Lifestyle/ Joey Concepcion

Women Entrepreneurs for all

Today is the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit at the World Trade Center. You still have a chance to listen to and learn from the inspiring and empowering talks of Filipina entrepreneurs and icons. Join us as we empower more Pinays to become womenpreneurs.

BW/February 18, 2016/  Labor/ ADB

Few female execs found in boards of Asian firms

ASIAN COMPANIES tend to have fewer women on corporate boards than their European counterparts, but the link between diversity and profit is not clear, and mandating quotas -- as is done in Europe -- would not likely be effective in Asia, according to a new study by the Asian Development Bank.

PS/February 16, 2016/  Pilipino Star Ngayon/ Doris Franche-Borja

DPWH naalarma sa pagtaas ng insidente ng prostitusyon sa construction site

MANILA - Nababahala ngayon si Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson sa umano’y pagtaas ng insidente ng prostitusyon sa mga lugar malapit sa mga construction site, hindi lamang ng mga proyekto ng pamahalaan kundi maging sa pribadong sektor.

PDI/February 16, 2016/  Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

The rights of the child

THE PHILIPPINES has been ranked 58th in the world on how effectively children can use the courts to defend their rights, a global study conducted by Child Rights International Network (CRIN) reveals.

PS/February 15, 2016/  Opinion/ Lila Ramos Shahani

Divorce: Do any of the candidates favor it?

“Welcome to the Philippines, home to philandering politicians, millions of ‘illegitimate’ children, and marital laws that make Italy look liberal.” So began a column—aptly entitled “The Last Country in the World Where Divorce is Illegal”—in Foreign Policy in January of last year.

PS/February 15, 2016/  Lifestyle/ Joey Concepcion

8 reasons why you should attend the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

With the theme, “Building Innovative and Inclusive Enterprises,” we are having the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on Thursday, Feb. 18. This has been an annual tradition of Go Negosyo to recognize women and their capacity to be catalysts for change and progress. For the past seven years we’ve been holding a summit specially designed to inspire and empower more aspiring Pinays to become entrepreneurs by showcasing inspiring stories of champion Filipina entrepreneurs.

PDI/February 15, 2016/  Business/ Raul J. Palabrica

Gender discrimination

AFTER 18 long years, the legality of a strike by 24 pilots of Philippine Airlines (PAL) in 1998 was resolved by the Supreme Court. The high court ruled that, except for one lady pilot, Gladys Jadie, the rest of the strikers were validly dismissed from the company for failure to comply with the return-to-work order issued by the Department of Labor. Since Jadie was, at the time of the strike, nine months pregnant and on maternity leave she cannot be considered to have defied the order.

BM/February 15, 2016/  The Millennials/ Oliver Samson

Young artists paint for women empowerment and friendship

THE rich colors of the world spring abundantly from the hearts of these young individuals, recreating what could be said as God’s perfect works in human strokes.

TS/February 13, 2016/  Opinion/ Elizabeth Angsioco

Women and the 2016 elections

We have reached that point when women running for the highest government positions are no longer looked at as aberrations. After all, the Philippines has had two women presidents, a feat that very few countries can equal, a respectable number of senators, representatives, and Cabinet secretaries. This is good because it appears that the image of a leader has evolved to the extent that significant public offices are not anymore considered as exclusively men’s turf.

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UN Women/ February 17, 2016

Women’s Situation Room to contribute to the electoral process in Uganda

The official opening of the Uganda Women’s Situation Room was held on 15 February 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala. The Women’s Situation Room is an early warning and rapid response mechanism against violence arising before, during and after elections. Uganda’s presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for 18 February and elections for local government councils will run until 15 March.

UN Women/ February 16, 2016

Strengthening the capacity of networks of women with disabilities on humanitarian action

Women leaders with disabilities from the Network of African Women with Disabilities (NAWWD) representing 10 African countries, and refugee women with disabilities met in Nairobi, Kenya from 11-12 February to participate in the workshop "Enhancing the Network's Humanitarian Advocacy at Regional and Global Events".