GAD News Feed for February 27 - March 4, 2016


February 27 – March 4, 2016

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PS/March 4, 2016/ The Freeman/ Mylen P. Manto

Cases of violence against women and children increased in 2015

CEBU - Cases of violence against women and children in Cebu City increased by 20 percent in 2015 as compared to the previous year. However, Senior Inspector Arieza Otida, chief of the Women’s and Children Protection Center of the Cebu City Police Office,  said the increase in the number is because women and children already know where to run to in case they suffer any form of violence.

PDI/March 4, 2016/  World/ AP

US military beginning to recruit women for combat jobs


WASHINGTON — New plans show the US military services are already beginning to recruit women for combat jobs, including as Navy commandos, and could see them serving in previously male-only Army and Marine Corps infantry units by this fall.

MT/March 4, 2016/  World/ AFP

Black belt Lina empowers fellow Jordanian women

AMMAN: Taekwondo black belt Lina Khalifeh started teaching self-defense to Jordanian friends in her parents’ basement in 2010 after one of them confided that her father and brother hit her—never expecting it would lead to an invitation to the White House. Word about her classes quickly spread and two years later, overwhelmed by the demand, Khalifeh opened the country’s first women-only martial arts center.

BM/March 4, 2016/  Business

Philippines ranks third in gender parity in Asia Pacific for 10 years now

Despite more women than men in Asia Pacific having tertiary education, there still exists a large gender gap that hinders women from achieving their full economic potential, be it through participation in the work force or presence in leadership positions, according to the latest MasterCard Index of Women’s Advancement.

PS/March 3, 2016/ News/ Paolo Romero

Leni: Next president should appoint more women to Cabinet

Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo proposed yesterday that the next administration should be even more aggressive in appointing women to Cabinet posts and other key positions in government. Robredo cited the 2015 Gender Gap Report where the Philippines ranked 7th in the world. The country also earned the No. 1 spot in Asia.

PDI/March 3, 2016/  News/ Jeannette I. Andrade

NAIA cop sued by lady guard for sexual harassment


MANILA — A policeman assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 was suspended and charged after a female security guard accused him of touching her breast. But PO3 Jerome Albores of the Philippine National Police’s Aviation Security Group (PNP-Avsegroup) maintained that what happened was an accident.

MT/March 3, 2016/  News/ Anthony Vargas

253 New PNPA graduates to join police force

SOME 253 young men and women will join the ranks of the Philippine National Police (PNP) after their graduation from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) “Masundayaw Class of 2016” on March 10 at Camp Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite. PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said the new batch is composed of 234 male and 19 female graduates.

BW/March 3, 2016/  Labor/ Reuters

Poorer retirement for US women -- report

NEW YORK -- Women in the United States are 80% more likely than men to fall into poverty once they retire because they earned less than men on the job, took time off for their families, and tend to live longer, researchers have found.

TS/March 2, 2016/ Main stories/ Rio N. Araja

RH law violations rampant; probe set

THE Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday expressed alarm over violations of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act in Sorsogon and Manila. At a news conference, Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit spearheaded the launch of a national inquiry on reproductive health to run from March until the first week of May.

PS/March 2, 2016/ Headlines/

Pia Lee-Brago

UN wants disaster reduction programs to focus on women

MANILA – Women and girls should be the focus of disaster risk reduction as they often bear the brunt of climate change, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said yesterday.

PS/March 2, 2016/ The Freeman/ Mylen P. Manto/FPL

Police mark women’s month

CEBU - Policewomen gathered yesterday at the Police Regional Office-7 for the opening of the Women’s Month. The celebration started at 6 a.m. with a parade and zumba at the regional police headquarters’ grounds. It was followed by the selection of Miss Sportsfest wherein Police Officer 1 Christy Sampuang, of Lapu-Lapu City Police Office, won.

PS/March 2, 2016/ Nation/

Michael Punongbayan

DSWD official charged with sexual harassment

MANILA – The Office of the Ombudsman filed sexual harassment charges against an official of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Tacloban, Leyte with the Sandiganbayan yesterday. In a two-page complaint, the anti-graft agency accused assistant regional director Jaime Padillo Eclavea of making sexual advances on a job applicant in 2011.

PDI/March 2, 2016/ Lifestyle/

Annelle Tayao-Juego

Poverty, abuse of women among issues that keep Gabriela going


The persistence of issues like poverty and violence is what drives militant group Gabriela Women’s Party to continue fighting for women’s rights, the group said as the country celebrates National Women’s Month, which is observed every March.

PDI/March 2, 2016/ Lifestyle


Free admission to National Museum for women this March


Admission to the National Museum of the Philippines and some of its sites throughout the country is free to all female visitors for the whole month of March, dubbed as “National Women’s Month.”

MT/March 2, 2016/  World

One-third of working women in Japan sexually harassed – survey

TOKYO: One-third of Japanese working women have experienced sexual harassment at their place of employment, though nearly two-thirds of these women suffer in silence, a survey has showed.

MT/March 2, 2016/  World

Pakistani murders sisters in latest ‘honor killings’ – police

LAHORE, Pakistan: Pakistani police were Wednesday hunting a man who shot dead both his sisters in an apparent “honor killing”, days after a Pakistani director won an Oscar for a documentary on such murders.

TS/March 1, 2016/ Main stories/ Maricel Cruz

Over his alleged womanizing Gabriela criticizes Duterte

THE Gabriela Women’s Party on Monday reiterated its stance against womanizing even as one of its representatives in Congress urged the voters not to vote for a leader who has flaunted his womanizing ways. Gabriela party-list Rep. Emmi de Jesus issued the statement following fellow Gabriela party-list member Luz Ilagan’s defense of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte over the accusations he is a womanizer.

MT/March 1, 2016/  World

HRW slams Afghan ‘virginity tests’ as sexual abuse

KABUL: Human Rights Watch has slammed “virginity exams” conducted on Afghan women and girls accused of so-called moral crimes, saying the invasive tests by government doctors were tantamount to sexual assault.

MB/March 1, 2016/  World/ AFP

Sex in Central Africa — survival for some, shame for UN


While on the lookout for scraps of food or a little money at a Congolese peacekeepers base, an 18-year-old woman was raped by three men … Barely a month goes by without the United Nations revealing a fresh sex scandal allegation involving its blue helmet peacekeepers and civilians.

Since the start of the UN peacekeeping mandate in September 2014, 42 suspected cases of sexual attacks and abuse have been reported, and French investigators too are looking into rape charges against forces stationed in the former colony.

BW/March 1, 2016/ Art & Leisure

Museum hosts women artisan trade fair

IN CELEBRATION of Women’s Month, Yuchengco Museum will host the GREAT WOMEN Trade Exchange from March 10 to 12. The artisan product fair features the works of 15 selected female designers, manufacturers, and women-led companies. Among the items to be sold are fine apparel, fashion accessories, home accessories and decor, and handwoven textiles. The fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

TS/February 29, 2016/ Business/ Gabrielle H. Binaday

WB appoints female country director

The World Bank on Monday appointed Mara Warwick, an Australian national, as the first female country director in the Philippines. The bank said Warwick’s appointment took effect on March 1, as she replaced former country director Motoo Konishi who retired in December 2015, after  35  years  of  service at  the  World  Bank.

TS/February 29, 2016/ Main stories

Women’s groups back Duterte’s candidacy

DAVAO CITY—Women from various fields and interests have declared their support for the presidential bid of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, his camp said Sunday. Around 300 women leaders gathered in Davao City Saturday to launch ForwarRD Women or Forum of Women for Action with Rody Duterte, a loose movement of women with members who are lawyers, educators, activists, children and women’s rights advocates, and non-government organization workers.

TS/February 29, 2016/ Main stories/ Rio N. Araja

5 female solons push for House bill on 100-day maternity leave

Five female lawmakers have called on their colleagues to   press for the approval of House Bill 6399 granting a maternity leave of 100 days with pay. Representatives Emmi de Jesus and Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela, and Lani Mercado of Cavite, along with former President Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga, are seeking the refinements in Republic Act 8282 through the House measure.

MT/February 29, 2016/ World/ Al Jazeera

Teen pregnancy up in PH – UN

TEENAGE pregnancy rates across the world have declined in the last two decades except in the Philippines, according to a new survey. The report by the United Nations said the Philippines topped the regional list of Asian countries that continued to have the greatest number of teenage pregnancies. It said that one in 10 young Filipino women—between 15 and 19 years of age—is already a mother.

PDI/February 29, 2016/ News/ Aries Joseph Hegina

Gabriela reiterates: Duterte’s womanizing ‘an affront to women’s rights’


The Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) on Monday has reiterated its stance against womanizing after one of its party-list representatives said that voters should “look beyond” the womanizing ways of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and instead “focus” on his track record. In a statement, GWP national chairperson and Congresswoman Emmi de Jesus said that they have already reached out to Rep. Luz Ilagan and have resolved to correct the latter’s statements saying that the mayor’s philandering was only part of the media hype against Duterte.

MB/ February 29, 2016/  News/ Philippine National Police

Duterte to push pro-women programs, reforms if elected


PDP-LABAN standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte vowed to carry out pro-women programs and reforms if elected president in this year’s polls. “This is easy, I just need the money to do these. I assure you that if given the chance to sit in Malacañang, I will stop corruption, get all the resources needed so that the needs of our women will be addressed,” Duterte said during a women’s forum held in Davao City Saturday night.

BW/ February 28, 2016/  World/ AFP

Over 1,000 Yazidi women, girls seek healing in Germany after ‘hell’ with IS

GENEVA -- One eight year old was repeatedly sold and raped, while another girl set herself on fire to make herself less attractive to her jihadist captors.

These are only two of the more than 1,400 horror stories German doctor Jan Ilhan Kizilhan has heard firsthand from Yazidi women and girls once enslaved by Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Iraq. “They have been through hell,” he told AFP in an interview in Geneva.

MT/ February 27, 2016/  Regions/ Gaby B. Keith

Baguio CELEBRATES Women’s Month

BAGUIO CITY: Women’s Month celebration here will kick-off on Monday, with a simultaneous flag raising and program and on March 1, a kapihan forum will be held at Baguio City Multi-Purpose Hall with theme, “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama Sa Agenda” (include Women in the Agenda). It resonates the call for gender-balance in leadership and decision making positions in the public and private sector; inclusion of women’s concerns in leadership platforms and the government’s development agenda; and capacitating and preparing women and girls to reach their ambitions.