GAD News Feed for March 5 - 11, 2016


March 5 - 11, 2016

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TS/March 12, 2016/ World News/ AFP

South Sudan’s policy of rape for wage hit

GENEVA—South Sudan has encouraged fighters to rape women in place of wages, while children have been burnt alive, the United Nations said, calling it one of the world’s most “horrendous” human rights situations.

PS/March 12, 2016/ World/ Edith M. Lederer

UN adopts 1st resolution tackling sexual abuse by UN troops

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council on Friday approved its first-ever resolution tackling the escalating problem of sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeepers who act as predators when sent to protect vulnerable civilians in some of the world's most volatile areas.

PS/March 11, 2016/ Lifestyle/ Samantha Lee

How to tell if we still need women’s month

MANILA, Philippines - 23 reasons why equality is still a long way ahead.

1. Go to the beach. Wear a bikini. If men throw inappropriate comments your way, we still need women’s month …

16. Go to the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Website. Discover that what your government is fighting for this month is to provide free MRT rides to women  from 7-9 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. Tell yourself that being a woman is a 24-hour job. We still need women’s month.

17. Go to the same website. Discover that the theme for this year’s women’s month is “Pakanan ni Juana, isama sa agenda!” Get surprised that women still need to fight to be included in our nation’s policies. We still need women’s month.

PDI/March 11, 2016/ News/ Julliane Love De Jesus

Robredo wants mandatory pregnancy test lifted before employment of sales ladies


Liberal Party vice presidential bet Leni Robredo urged mall and shop owners to give fair treatment to the female members of the workforce by lifting the mandatory pregnancy test when hiring sales ladies.

PS/March 10, 2016/ Nation/ Joanne Rae M. Ramirez

A Woman’s Day


Legarda: Philippines can lead global fight to achieve gender equality

In observance of International Women’s Day, Sen. Loren Legarda said on Tuesday that the Philippines can lead the global  effort to achieve gender equality and women empowerment.

PS/March 10, 2016/ The Freeman/ Cherry Piquero-Ballescas

Women and earth

The month of March celebrates both women and earth. March reminds us all about the importance, the value of taking care of our women and our earth. Both are irreplaceable. Both are important for life, for all.

PS/March 10, 2016/ The Freeman/ Romelinda 'Girlie' Garces

Women and men in GAD

Perhaps our country has come to age in gender awareness. The then oppressed women are empowered through various programs from government and non-government organizations.  They know their rights, they are better equipped with livelihood skills, and their confidence is obvious in their assertive manner.

PS/March 10, 2016/ The Freeman/ Ligaya Rabago-Visaya

Regard for women

Women are being portrayed as a weaker gender, taking a passive role. As if like second class citizens, they are being regarded as lesser mortals. There are still prevailing labels and perceptions that are supposed to be part of history. This is despite the fact that they have already proven their worth in a male-dominated world.

PS/March 10, 2016/ Opinion/ Domini M. Torrevillas

Trafficking in persons an ‘appalling reality’

“The move to combat trafficking in persons has seen remarkable progress in recent years as manifested by its integration in the policy agenda  in the global and domestic arena,” Jesus I. Yabes, Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs said at the launch  of the book ATIP: Anti-Trafficking in Persons: Issues and Responses  at the Department of Foreign Affairs Tuesday.

PDI/March 10, 2016/ Editorial

Women’s champions

The headline was doubly disturbing, coming as it did at the start of Women’s Month: A woman died a few days after a man posing as an Internet technician bludgeoned her and her year-old son with a hammer before fleeing with valuables. The baby died on the way to the hospital, and his mother was found to have been raped before being left to die in the family home in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The assailant remains at large … With men as the main perpetrators of VAW, a new organization called MOVE becomes, well, a moving development. MOVE stands for Men Opposed to VAW Everywhere, and is composed of men committed to end this scourge by speaking out against it, recruiting other men to fight it, and forming partnerships with other groups and government agencies to establish a resource network that can help women affected by it.

MB/March 10, 2016/ News/ MB Online

3 out of 5 women experience sexual harassment at least once in their lifetime


Three out of five women respondents in a UN-commission story experienced sexual harassment at least, once, in their lifetime. Most of these women are between the ages of 18-24 years old and majority of the type of sexual harassment received is verbal in nature such as wolf whistling, catcalling or lascivious language. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women or UN Women commissioned a study on the safety perception and prevalence of sexual harassment in two barangays of Quezon City, Barangays Payatas and Bagong Silangan. The study was undertaken by the Social Weather Stations among 800 respondents in February 2016.

BW/March 10, 2016/  Labor/ Bloomberg

Companies in India move to retain women in the work force

COMPANIES IN INDIA, especially multinationals and tech firms, are rolling out these initiatives to keep women from dropping out of the work force when they get married or have children. As India’s government also prepares to extend mandatory paid maternity leave to six-and-a-half months -- among the longest such periods in the world -- a number of companies are preemptively extending them, too.

TS/March 9, 2016/ Main Stories/ John Paolo Bencito

Aquino hit over Filipinas’ suffering

THE plight of Filipina women workers worsened under the Aquino administration with those in the countryside suffering the brunt of his anti-women policies, the economic research group IBON Foundation said as it marked International Women’s Day on Tuesday.

PS/March 9, 2016/ Business/ Avic Caparas

Women in the workplace: Flexibility more than gender equality

As we celebrated the International Women’s Week, I pledge less for gender parity and more for greater flexibility for women at work. I am not a fan of gender equality statistics. I focus on the process more than the outcome in percentages.

PS/March 9, 2016/ Headlines/ Mayen Jaymalin

Women at greater risk for violence at home – WHO

MANILA – Women and girls from countries in the Western Pacific Region, including the Philippines, are at a greater risk of falling victim to domestic violence inflicted by someone familiar to them, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday.

PDI/March 9, 2016/  News/ DJ Yap

Women’s desks of police stations need more funds, says Robredo


MORE funds should be funneled to the women’s and children’s desks of police stations to better address the needs of battered women, Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo said on International Women’s Day on Tuesday. “To address the problems (of battered women), we need to give additional training to (police) personnel assigned to the women and children’s desks with the help of experts,” said the Camarines Sur congresswoman who cited her experiences lawyering for victims of violence against women (VAW) in her hometown of Naga City.

PDI/March 9, 2016/  News/ Kristine Felisse Mangunay

‘Toast to generations of successful women’

BE STRONG-WILLED and independent, but also caring and loving. So did Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, president and chief executive officer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), counsel women during a forum titled “Raising a toast to generations of successful women” on Tuesday. The forum, hosted by Citibank to celebrate International Women’s Day, also had as speakers PDI chair Marixi Prieto and her daughter, PDI columnist Tessa Prieto-Valdes.

PDI/March 9, 2016/  News

Real men wear high heels, women dance

BAGUIO CITY—Real men wore heels and proved they were willing to walk their talk of sharing women’s causes to celebrate International Women’s Day in this city on Tuesday. For the third edition of “In Her Shoes,” a yearly campaign by the National Youth Commission to highlight women’s issues, the police chief of La Trinidad town walked in high heels, while members of militant women’s groups, students, teachers and sidewalk vendors danced to the theme song of the One Billion Rising Revolution before joining a unity march down Session Road.

PDI/March 9, 2016/ Regions/ Nestor P. Burgos Jr.

Cases of rape, battering of women, kids double; thousands join rally vs sexual violence

ILOILO CITY— An advocacy group for women and children’s welfare has reported that cases of violence against women and children are on the rise in the Philippines. On the average, “one woman or child is raped every 53 minutes; one woman is battered every 16 minutes,” the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), states in its report. The CWR report, which was posted on its website, showed that the number of recorded rape cases in the country nearly doubled from 5,132 in 2010 to 9,875 in 2014.

PDI/March 9, 2016/ World

5 role models for International Women’s Day

Women across the globe observed International Women’s Day Tuesday (March 8), rejoicing in the thought that their strength and decades of struggle are aptly given recognition and celebrated. Women nowadays strive to dominate in the realm of the arts, media, science, and academics, fields that were once dominated by males. In politics, new faces of women empowerment surfaced by the dawn of the millennium, and their influences are being felt today.

PDI/March 9, 2016/ News

Showcase on women entrepreneurs at SM exhibit

SOME $42 billion to $47 billion or P2.3 trillion are lost annually in the Asia-Pacific region, including the Philippines, due to women’s limited access to employment opportunities, according to the International Labor Organization.

PDI/March 9, 2016/ News/ Nash B. Maulana

All-female team of disaster response volunteers formed

COTABATO CITY—An all-female team of volunteers has been formed and trained here as the main operational unit of the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, officials said. Mayor Japal Guiani Jr. said members of All-Lady Emergency Response Team (Alert) would respond to emergency situations and move disaster victims to safety for first aid and hospital treatment.

MT/March 9, 2016/  News/ Nelson S. Badilla

Male workers better paid than women – Ibon

Filipino women continue to suffer discrimination in the workplace, getting lower pay than their male counterparts, according to Ibon Foundation. The gap on the monthly income of male and female workers under the Aquino administration “has only created further job insecurity and poor quality work and intensified the exploitation that women workers in the country face today,” Ibon Foundation, said.

MB/March 9, 2016/  National/ Roy Mabasa

Australia extends support to Filipina entrepreneurs

Australia will extend further its support to Filipina entrepreneurs by announcing additional grants to women-led micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines with funding of up to 175,000 Australian dollars or approximately P5.8 million.

MB/March 9, 2016/  National/ Judge Maria Zoraida S. Zabat Mazon

21st annual lady judges’ convention slated today at Manila Hotel


The Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA) will open today its 21st Annual Convention-Seminar at the historical Manila Hotel with the theme: “Philippine Women Judges: Dispensing Justice with a Gender Perspective.” Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro, concurrent president of the PWJA and the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) will officially open the ceremony that will end on Friday, March 11, 2016.

MB/March 9, 2016/  News/ AP

On day celebrating women, reminder of lingering gender gap


International Women’s Day on Tuesday celebrated women and their accomplishments, but it also offered a stark reminder of the gender divides in rights, representation and pay. The day carried the theme “Pledge for Parity” — a phrase and hashtag born out of the World Economic Forum’s recent projection that the progress on achieving global gender parity is slowing. Google’s home page on Tuesday featured a video of women and girls dreaming and doing big things. Twitter and Facebook feeds filled with quotes from inspirational women and calls to action.

BW/March 9, 2016/  Economy/ Carmelito Q. Francisco

Davao regional council proposes P106.4-billion outlay for next year

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao Regional Development Council (RDC) has proposed a P106.43-billion budget for 2017 to bankroll the programs and projects of national government agencies in the region, including government-owned and -controlled corporations and state academic institutions.

PS/March 8, 2016/ Opinion/ Amanda Gorely

Breaking down barriers

Since arriving in the Philippines some two months ago I have met some inspiring women in many different walks of life. This includes prominent women in government and business, barangay leaders working to improve the livelihoods and resilience of their communities and mothers rebuilding the lives of their families in Tacloban.

PS/March 8, 2016/ Opinion/ Domini M. Torrevillas

Meralco’s ‘orange tags’

(re: women’s “dignity kits” article)

On another front, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says thumbs up to a Department of Health (DOH) order that women’s “dignity kits” must be distributed during disasters and emergencies. The kit must contain 22 items of women’s personal care, including, bath soap, laundry soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, panties, brassiere, sanitary napkins, shampoo, face towel, bath towel, slippers, tissue roll, cotton balls, and a malong. Also in the kit are a pail, whistle, solar lamp with charger, alcohol, dipper, comb, and chamber pot.

PS/March 8, 2016/ Opinion/ Editorial

Step it up for gender equality

Of the five candidates for the presidency, two are women. The fate of one of them now waits for a ruling from the Supreme Court, which is headed by a woman. At the Philippine Military Academy and Philippine National Police Academy, women are among the top 10 in the graduating classes.

PS/March 8, 2016/ Headlines/ Mayen Jaymalin

Access to family planning services still low

MANILA - Family planning and related health care services remain inaccessible to many women nationwide almost four years after the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) law, the Commission on Population (PopCom) reported yesterday.

PDI/March 8, 2016/ News/ Marc Jayson Cayabyab

Binay vows to fight social media violence vs women


Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday vowed to expand women’s rights by amending the law to include violence against women on social media. In his speech during the Quezon Provincial Women’s Month Celebration at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City, Binay said he would push for amendments to the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004 to penalize incidents of violence against women in social media and the Internet.

PDI/March 8, 2016/ Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

Gender and trash in the elections

TODAY BEING International Women’s Day, it’s worth noting that the fact that two women are running for president and another woman is running for vice president of this country is no longer worth noting. Women seeking public office are no longer all that unique or unusual. Perhaps after having two women presidents, Filipinos see women as truly part of the political landscape, no longer mere tokens or symbols of political correctness, or consorts, decorative and fancy.

MT/March 8, 2016/  News/ Anthony Vargas

Women officers making in roads in PNP

SEVERAL female police officers are now on the frontline of select units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) where they are currently assigned, the Manila Times learned on Tuesday. These female officers serve as the face and voice of the police units where they are assigned, PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said.

MB/March 8, 2016/ Headlines/ Artemio Dumlao

Ybanag, Bolinao girl top 2016 PMA class

FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City, Philippines – As the world celebrates International Women’s Day today, the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) is honoring a female graduate who has emerged among the top 10 in her class this year. Graduating salutatorian is Christine Mae Naungayan Calima, 21, from Bolinao, Pangasinan. Seven other female cadets are graduating from the nation’s premier military school.

MB/March 8, 2016/ World/ AP

Time for woman UN chief

STOCKHOLM (AP) – The United Nations’ lead official on climate change says the next UN leader should be a woman, but she has no plans to seek the job. Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, says a female candidate should succeed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when he finishes his second term this year.

MB/March 8, 2016/  National/ Hannah Torregoza

Appoint more women in key gov’t posts – Drilon


Senate President Franklin Drilon said the next administration should appoint more women in key government posts, particularly in the area of social services. Speaking at the International Women’s Day event held in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan yesterday, the Senate leader said the next president should ensure that more women would be given a Cabinet position or leadership in any government institution.

MB/March 8, 2016/ National/ Charissa Luci

More bills on women’s issues await approval


Celebrating the International Women’s Day today, March 8, woman lawmakers have vowed to pursue women’s welfare by addressing the issue on leadership platforms and on the government’s development agenda. As Congress is on recess, Bulacan Rep. Linabelle Ruth R. Villarica, who heads the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality, said the Lower Chamber began the Women’s Month celebration with the traditional hoisting of the flag yesterday.

MB/March 8, 2016/  World

Women must be part of political process in Syria


United Nations – The UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on Monday sent a message, before the International Women’s Day, saying that women must be part of the political process in Syria, where a lot of women and girls suffered from the ongoing conflict in the Middle East country, a UN spokesman told reporters here. De Mistura sent the message after meeting many Syrian women and seeing how they have been affected by Syria’s five-year war, which broke out in March 2011, Farhan Haq, the deputy UN spokesman, said at a daily news briefing here.

BW/March 8, 2016/  Top story/ V. V. Saulon

Philippines among those with most women in senior posts

THE PHILIPPINES has among the highest proportion of women in senior leadership roles in Asia Pacific and globally, according to results of a survey covering 36 developed and emerging economies.

BW/March 8, 2016/  Nation/ Sambhav Rakyan

Gender-based pay gap remains challenge for working women in Asia-Pacific region

A NATION’S competitive advantage depends on many factors, but arguably, the most important is having a fair society, and an effective barometer of fairness is how it encourages, nurtures, and rewards female talent.

BM/March 8, 2016/ Nation/ Jonathan L. Mayuga

Women workers, youth worse off under Aquino—groups

PRESIDENT Aquino’s daang matuwid  mantra, according to the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), failed to improve the living condition of women workers. In a statement issued on International Women’s Day on March 8, KMU said women are, in fact, worse off today than they were six years ago.

PS/March 7, 2016/ Nation/ Michael Punongbayan

COA vows protection for women auditors

MANILA - Recognizing the important role of women in government, the Commission on Audit (COA) has vowed to continue protecting women auditors as they perform their sworn duty to safeguard public funds. COA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo led the launching of activities for the Women’s Month celebration.

PS/March 7, 2016/ The Freeman/ Jean Marvette A. Demecillo

Women’s group supports BOPK

CEBU- A women’s group has declared its support to the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan by signing a covenant with the political group led by former congressman Tomas Osmeña. The Kalipunan Ng Mga Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) and BOPK committed to promote and advance the total well-being of all women in the City of Cebu. The signing of the covenant was made in line with the Women’s Month celebration.

PS/March 7, 2016/ The Freeman/ Mylen P. Manto

BFP-7 to launch all-female firefighters

CEBU - Expect an all-female squad of firefighters in Metro Cebu in the days to come after the Bureau of Fire Protection-7’s launching this week of the “Berang Bisdak.” Fire Officer 3 Wendell Villanueva said there will be two teams of female firefighters that will be formally launched by the BFP-7 through the initiative of regional director Fire Senior Superintendent Ismael Codilla.

PDI/March 7, 2016/  News/ Vincent Cabreza

Pangasinense is lone female in PMA 2016 Top 10


FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City, Philippines — Cadet First Class Christine Mae Calima of Bolinao, Pangasinan is the only female cadet to make the top ten in the 2016 graduating class of the Philippine Military Academy. Calima ranked second in the list which was announced on Monday (Mar. 7) in the week when the Philippines celebrates Women’s Month. Cadet First Class Kristian Daeve Abiqui of San Pablo, Isabela topped PMA Gabay Laya Class of 2016.

MT/March 7, 2016/  News/ Francis Earl A. Cueto

Women get free MRT, LRT rides today

IN line with today’s celebration of the International Women’s Day, all women will get free rides on MRT and LRT-2 from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. Also, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) partnered with the Office of the Ombudsman to provide 50 percent discount on the application fee for Ombudsman Clearance for today (Tuesday) at the central office and at all regional offices nationwide. Similarly, the National Museum is giving all female visitors free admission throughout the month.

MB/March 7, 2016/  Business/ Madelaine B. Miraflor

PH has most number of senior leadership roles held by women


Among other Asia Pacific countries, Philippines has the most number of women trusted with senior leadership roles by companies, something that could make the economy easily adapt to a rapidly changing global business environment. A global survey by Grant Thornton revealed that the Philippines emerged as the top country with the highest number of senior leadership roles held by women in the Asia Pacific. Its latest annual survey of 5,520 businesses in 36 economies highlights how, in the Philippines, 39 percent of businesses have women in senior management, recording the highest in the region.

MB/March 7, 2016/  News/ PNA

Women to get free MRT, LRT rides on Int’l Women’s Day


The Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) and Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT-2) will give free rides to female passengers on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in line with the commemoration of the International Women’s Day. The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) said that the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will be offering free rides for women from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

MB/March 7, 2016/  Business/ Madeleine B. Miraflor

PH slowly losing gender disparity in employment and leadership


Philippines is slowly losing gender gap, even ranking third in leading the reins towards gender parity in Asia Pacific for the 10th consecutive year, according to the latest MasterCard Index of Women’s Advancement.

MB/March 7, 2016/  News/ Charissa Luci

Women concerns included in legislative mill

In celebrating the International Women’s Day today, March 8, women lawmakers have vowed to pursue and promote women’s welfare and interest by addressing women’s concerns in leadership platforms and in the government’s development agenda. Bulacan Rep. Linabelle Ruth R. Villarica, who heads the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality, said the Lower Chamber will begin the Women’s Day celebration with the traditional hoisting of the Philippine flag at 8:45 a.m. as Congress is on a long recess. This year’s theme is entitled Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda!

MB/March 7, 2016/  Business

AMOSUP commits to protect health of PH women seaferers


The Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) recently conducted a health survey on Filipino  women seafarers to improve health information and services available to women working at sea. AMOSUP’s Chairman and President Dr. Conrado F. Oca, a doctor of medicine, said the survey was devised by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), together with  Seamen’s Hospital Society (SHS),  International Maritime Health Association  (IMHA),  and International Seafarers’ Welfare  Association Network (ISWAN).

BW/March 7, 2016/  Nation/ Carmencita A. Carillo

Significance of Mutya ng Davao questioned

DAVAO CITY -- Women advocates who consider the holding of beauty pageants where women are put on display as derogatory are challenging organizers and concerned groups to reveal the positive effects of these pageants to women.

BM/March 7, 2016/  Nation/ Marilou Guieb

‘Turnback,’ female cadet top PMA Class of 2016

A CADET who was turned back from his original class owing to illness and a female cadet were named the top graduates of the Philippine Military Academy’s (PMA) Gabay-Laya Class of 2016.

BM/March 7, 2016/  Business/ Jonathan L. Mayuga

KMP: Women workers suffer brunt of inequities in agriculture industry


MORE than half of women in agriculture receive no pay, and those who do receive 15 percent less than their male counterparts, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) said.

BM/March 7, 2016/  Economy/ Cai Ordinario

Every $1 family-planning investment can cut govt expenditure by $2 to $6

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimates that for every dollar spent for family planning, countries can save $2 to $6 in government expenditures. In a blog post, ADB Senior Social Development Specialist Susann Roth said these savings can be spent on other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In peso terms, this means for every $1 investment in family planning—equivalent to P46.96 as of Friday’s close—the government can save P93.92 to P281.76.

BM/March 7, 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.

TS/March 6, 2016/ The Freeman/ Miriam Garcia Desacada

Rape case vs. government doctor downgraded to child abuse: CHR commits help for 13-year-old victim

TACLOBAN CITY — The Commission on Human Rights and other human rights advocate group here are now closely monitoring the case against a government physician, after the City Prosecutor’s Office downgraded the non-bailable crime of rape into a bailable charge of child abuse.

PS/March 6, 2016/ Headlines/ Rhodina Villanueva

‘One woman or child is raped every 53 minutes’

MANILA - Every 53 minutes, a woman or a child is raped, with seven in 10 victims of rape being children. Every 16 minutes, a woman is battered. This is the plight of women and children in the country, according to a study by the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), a research and training institution for women.

PS/March 6, 2016/ Lifestyle/ Jeannie E. Javelosa

March is for Women

I was going through my stockroom looking for some images to inspire me for a collection of merchandise I wanted to design. I chanced upon my old paintings and graphic prints. The search was like uncovering an old part of me when I was an artist many, many moons back. I came across a number of my lithograph prints, which I created in the early ‘90s and realized how a consistent theme has been woven, not only in my art then but in the work and advocacies I do today.

PS/March 6, 2016/ Lifestyle/ Julie Cabatit-Alegre

UN Women: Frozen? No more!

MANILA - Alma (not her real name) had just settled on the seat inside a jeepney on her way home from work when she suddenly felt a hand inside her jeans. The man seated beside her pretended as if nothing was happening while he was molesting her. She was too shocked to react, and even the other passengers inside the jeepney did not do anything until the man left. She was frozen in fear and embarrassment.

PDI/March 6, 2016/ News/ Freddie G. Lazaro

CHR to ask women: Are you getting RH services?


ARE LOCAL governments providing reproductive health services in accordance with the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RH) Law? What barriers prevent women from accessing these services in their localities? These are some of the questions the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will be asking in its investigation into how the reproductive health law and services are being implemented in localities.

PDI/March 6, 2016/ Regions/ Charlie C. Señase

ARMM authorities eye measures to shield women from election violence


COTABATO CITY – Local government units and security forces in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Saturday vowed to protect women from threats and intimidation during the campaign period toward the May 9 elections.

MB/March 6, 2016/  Provincial/ Freddie G. Lazaro

Ilocos Norte kicks-off Women’s Month celebration

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos — The provincial government of Ilocos Norte, through its Gender and Development (GAD) office, begins its series of activities for the month-long celebration of Women’s Month in the province on Monday (March 7, 2016).

MB/March 6, 2016/  Featured story/ Rap Torres

Pia Wurtzbach joins fight to end violence against women


Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach joined the fight to end violence against women during the March in March event held in New York City on March 5, 2016. Organized by the United Nations Women for Peace Association (UNWFPA), the March in March event is the 4th annual #IWalk4Women rally aimed to raise awareness on violence and its effects on women worldwide.

MB/March 6, 2016/  National/ Jaimie R. Aberia

Women in gov’t service increasing, but rate is slow


Through the years, the number of women participating in the field of governance has increased, but for the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the growth “has been slow and the proportion of women to men is still far from equal.” “In recent years, the trend was that women occupy only less than one-third of third-level positions in the government, less than 20 percent in local government units, and more than one-third in the judiciary,” PCW said. Figures from the commission show an increase in the number of females who ran for the Senate in the 2007 and 2010 elections.

MT/March 5, 2016/  World/ PNA

UN chief calls for women empowerment

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a message to mark the upcoming International Women’s Day on March 8, has called for empowerment of women as “agents of change” to address pressing problems. In poor parts of the world today, women still risk death in the process of giving life and girls are attacked on their way to school, Ban said.

MB/March 5, 2016/  Provincial/ Ali G. Macabalang

Focus on ‘hijab’ wearing on Women’s Day


Cotabato City – Advocates of the wearing of the traditional Muslim hijab will observe International Women’s Day on March 8 in Marawi City with some activities lined up, including a “Run for Heart and Peace” along major streets of the country’s lone Islamic City.