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March 12 - 18, 2016

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PDI/March 17, 2016/ Editorial

Women in uniform

The honor roll citing women for topping their class at the Philippine Military Academy is long and almost expected, despite the PMA being a male enclave. From April 1993 when the PMA accepted its first batch of female cadets, women have proved their mettle and shown themselves equal to their male colleagues when it came to written exams, physical and neuropsychiatric tests, and prequalification interviews conducted at the AFP Medical Center. The only difference in the requirements, according to a PMA official, is the extra 2 inches in height expected of male applicants.

PDI/March 17, 2016/ Global Nation/AFP

Only 1 woman on UN Security Council–from the United States


UNITED NATIONS — The number of women diplomats at the United Nations has always been low and for the last 70 years only a few have gotten seats on the Security Council. In 2014 there were a record six, in 2015 there were four, and today there is only one woman on the council, US Ambassador Samantha Power.

MB/March 17, 2016/ National/ Francis T. Wakefield

Women’s rights advocates back Leni, three senatorial bets


The largest network of reproductive health and women’s rights advocates  is supporting the vice presidential bid of Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo and three senatorial candidates. Former Health Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral, the convenor of the Purple Ribbon for RH said aside from Robredo, their group is also supporting senatorial candidates Risa Hontiveros and Leila de Lima, both of the Liberal party and Walden Bello.

PDI/March 16, 2016/ Business/ Linda B. Bolido

Women need better protection against toxic chemicals

TO MARK International Women’s Day, a report titled “Women and Chemicals” seeks greater protection for women as consumers and workers against hazardous chemicals. It calls for more political action for better health protection.

PDI/March 16, 2016/ Opinion

Wearing high heels teaches men nothing about being a woman


Every time, we celebrate Women’s Rights Day, there is always a group of men showing their solidarity with women by walking in high heels. This may be symbolic of putting themselves in the shoes of women. But wearing high heels have nothing to do with being a woman.

PDI/March 16, 2016/ Opinion/ Cielito F. Habito

More women in high places

THERE’S AN old “Pugad Baboy” comic strip of questionable taste that has young feminist Tiny throwing a question at chauvinist hippie Bab: “Give me one thing that men can do that women can’t.” While Bab’s answer was amusing, if witty (“Can 12 women pee into one bed pan all at the same time?”), the absurdity of it illustrates that for most practical purposes, anything a man can do, a woman can do as well. And women are expected to do it all while doing something men can’t—and no, it’s not walking around in high heels.

MB/March 16, 2016/ Business

Empowering the Filipina in the workforce with ‘Ahon Pinay’


​In celebration of National Women’s Month, Ariel lends it support to the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in its drive to empower women with “Ahon Pinay,” an advocacy program to be launched on March 16 at the Manila Hotel. Ahon Pinay is an advocacy that celebrates the modern-day heroine in every Filipina, aiming to eliminate boundaries in gender professional capabilities and to open dialogue on issues women face in their respective industries.  Part of PCW’s objectives is to include women’s concerns in leadership platforms and the government’s development agenda.

MT/March 15, 2016/  World

University of London honors Pinay peace consultant

LONDON: Lawyer Armi Beatriz Bayot, member of the legal team of the Philippine government’s negotiating panel for talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), has been awarded the Georg Schwarzenberger Prize in International Law 2016 by the University of London system for her excellent work in the field of Public International Law.

MB/March 15, 2016/ Opinions and Editorials/ Florangel Rosario Braid

Women’s political participation

From its 9th ranking globally in gender equality in 2014, the Philippines moved up two notches in 2015 to be No. 7 among 145 countries. In the Asia-Pacific region, we now rank rank No. 1. As we celebrate International Women’s Day this year, we of course welcome this news, but at the same time should perhaps stop and reflect on what can be done to make this success sustainable. Maybe, a closer examination of the various areas of our economic and political life would show certain gaps – gaps in job positions, wages and leadership level, and gaps in political participation.

MB/March 15, 2016/ World/ AFP

UN study: 90 percent of domestic workers have no labor protection


Around 90 percent of the world’s 67 million domestic workers have no access to social security protection, with migrants left particularly vulnerable, the International Labor Organization said. Domestic work is largely “undervalued and unprotected,” the UN labor agency said in a new report … The report noted that women were by a wide margin the most affected, accounting for 80 percent of all domestic workers globally.

MB/March 15, 2016/ World/ AP

Gender equality eyed by 2013

United Nations – The head of UN Women says world leaders attending an annual meeting on the status of women have a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to improve the lives of women and girls. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says that implementing sustainable development goals endorsed by UN member states last year is crucial to advancing gender equality.

BM/March 15, 2016/ Business/ Leony Garcia

Coca-Cola Phils., DOLE empower women OFWs via entrepreneurship

In celebration of National Women’s Month and to help curb women migration in the country, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Coca-Cola Philippines launched last Saturday the Women Entrepreneurs Reintegrated and Economically Active at Home (Women REACH) Program at Tesda Women’s Center in Taguig City.

PDI/March 14, 2016/  News/ Jovic Yee

Special lane for women opened by PCSO in ‘women’s month’


MANILA — Women seeking medical assistance from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) can expect faster processing of their requests as the charity agency has set up a special lane for them as part of its support to the National Women’s Month.

PDI/March 14, 2016/  News/ Maila Ager

Osmeña: PH might be 1st country headed by 2 women


Reelectionist Senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III raised the possibility on Monday that the country might be the first in the world to have two women leaders. Osmeña was referring to Senator Grace Poe, who topped the latest Social Weather Stations’ (SWS) presidential survey, and Camarines Sur Representative Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, who closed in on her top rivals in the vice presidential race based on the same survey.

PDI/March 14, 2016/  News/ Lucia P. Tangi

Women sea officers challenge sexism aboard ships

ONE DAY at sea, marine engineer Monique Arrojado found herself alone with the Danish captain of the international cargo vessel on which she worked. “There is something in you. I really like you,” the captain bluntly told Arrojado, then 22 and a fourth engineer, in his office.

PDI/March 14, 2016/  News/ Gabriel Cardinoza

Female cadet is PMA ‘goat’

FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City—The graduating class of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) had many stories to tell—one was that the class “goat,” or the graduate at the bottom of academic performance, was again a female.

For the PMA Class of 2016, called Gabay Laya (Freedom’s Guide), the unusual honor fell on newly commissioned Army 2nd Lt. Jean Carla Bermudez.

BM/March 14, 2016/ Opinon/ Edgardo Angara

The other half holding up the sky

March is National Women’s Month, celebrating the vital role women play in nation-building.  This year’s theme is promoting a more gender-balanced and -sensitive society by getting women to participate more actively in mainstream activities. In fact, women have long played proactive roles in the affairs of the Philippines. Led by the social activist first lady, Aurora Aragon Quezon, the 1937 plebiscite successfully gave Filipino women the right to vote and run for public office. We became among the first nations in the Asia-Pacific region to adopt universal suffrage.

BM/March 14, 2016/ Life/ AP

Girls keep out: Female video gamers face vile abuse, threats

NEW YORK—Nico Deyo, a 33-year-old e-commerce specialist from Milwaukee, used to enjoy mixing it up with players from around the world in the popular online fantasy game “World of Warcraft.” Then a stalker began harassing her on the game’s forums, impersonating her in the game and, later, sending her barrages of Twitter messages, some threatening her with graphic rape and murder.

BM/March 14, 2016/ Features

Why Gender Balance Can’t Wait

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2015 addresses the worldwide imbalance in gender equality and what it means for the future. In some areas, the news is good. Political representation has improved in the 10 years covered in the study. Half of the world’s countries have or have had a female head of state. And once women attain leadership roles, the number of women serving in senior positions rises. Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon, the country’s first female head of state, has already achieved gender balance in her Cabinet.

PS/March 13, 2016/  Headlines/ Rhodina Villanueva

Bets urged: Ensure RH Law implementation

MANILA – Reproductive health advocates yesterday challenged national and local candidates to ensure meaningful implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law.

PDI/March 13, 2016/  Global Nation/ Tina G. Santos

Women OFWs get assist to remain in PH


Returning women OFWs may finally settle back home without the need to look for another job overseas, thanks to a partnership between the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and a beverage company to reintegrate the migrant workers into the country’s economy.

PDI/March 13, 2016/  Technology/ China Daily/Asia News Network

WHO approves China-made female condom

A condom for females, produced by a Chinese company, has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund, allowing worldwide distribution of another safe and effective form of contraception.

MB/March 13, 2016/ Metro/ Vanne Elaine Terrazola

1/3 of DENR employees are women

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said 33 percent, or one-third of the agency’s employees, are women. Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje in a statement said it is fitting to recognize the important role of women in society and nation-building. Paje said that of the 798 management positions at the DENR, 269 of them are held by women. This is 251 percent higher from the 107 positions occupied by women recorded in 2008, according to the environment chief. He also noted that “80 percent of assistant bureau director positions are now occupied by women, and 37 percent of the division chiefs are women.”

MB/March 13, 2016/ News

Lagarde urges Asia to take bigger role in guiding global economy


Asia needs to take a leadership role in the global economy that reflects the continent’s growing clout, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde said. “Asian officials should keep monetary policy supportive, while using fiscal policy to boost growth and macro-prudential measures to protect financial stability,” Lagarde said in a speech Saturday in New Delhi. “Adopting structural reforms to boost competitiveness, growth and jobs will be key,” she added.

BW/March 13, 2016/ Opinion/ Amelia H. C. Ylagan

Woman on top

How curious to see the macho Chief of Police teetering on ladies’ high heels, gingerly negotiating a kilometer-march (more a pained prance) down Main Street, at the head of a procession of his policemen, also balancing on six-inch stilettos. It was not funny. What was it for?

TS/March 12, 2016/ Lifestyle/ Tatum Ancheta

Celebrating strong characters that are Women

While stuck in traffic, my friend and I were talking about having kids and I asked her, “If you finally give birth to one, would you like a boy or a girl?” “Of course I’d want a girl,” she says, and I sat by the passenger seat ready to argue. For me, my choice would be to give birth to a boy. I’ve always believed that women have a harder time growing up, and I wouldn’t want my kid to go through some scary experiences I went through as a girl and as a woman. Plus, I would feel better sleeping at night knowing my boy is better at protecting himself against the bad elements in this world.

TS/March 12, 2016/ Lifestyle

Quezon City celebrates National Women’s Month

United Nations Women organization is a global champion for women and girls, created for the purpose of promoting gender equality and empowering women all over the world, in the process also accelerating progress as the needs of women are met. The organization’s dedication in upholding women’s rights and women-focused advocacies gave birth to the Safe Cities Global Initiative covering 24 cities globally.  In the Philippines, Quezon City is the pilot city for the implementation of the program.

PS/March 12, 2016/ The Freeman/ Judy Flores Partlow

Women's month observance; Bishop Cortes wants more push promoting equal rights for women

DUMAGUETE CITY - Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete said there is now a need to strongly promote women's rights in a society and address the unequal rights between men and women. Bishop Cortes issued his statement in relation to Tuesday's International Women's Rights Day celebration.

PDI/March 12, 2016/ News/ Jodee A. Agoncillo

QC survey shows extent of sexual harassment—and silence that follows


“MISS, can I have kiss?” “Hi, sexy!” “Ang laki naman (They’re so big).” For “Jenny” of Quezon City, hearing these catcalls from strangers on the street made her daily walk to school a traumatizing ordeal. Just to avoid them, the student now takes a longer route to her campus. There are many, many more Jennys where she lives. A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted in barangays Bagong Silangan and Payatas, Quezon City, showed that “3 of 5 women”—or 60 percent of the respondents—were victims of sexual harassment in public spaces at one point in their lives. Fifteen percent said they experienced harassment at least once a week last year.

PDI/March 12, 2016/ World/ AP

UN adopts 1st resolution tackling sexual abuse by peacekeepers


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

PDI/March 12, 2016/ Opinion/ Mahar Mangahas

Women’s joblessness, etc.

To mark International Women’s Day last March 8, this piece reviews gender patterns found in the responses to some core indicators of the quarterly national Social Weather Surveys. The figures cited here are simple averages of the four surveys of 2015—i.e., using the combined sample of 4,800 persons for the entire year, rather than any one quarterly sample of 1,200.  This simplifies, as well as strengthens, the presentation. Women are twice as jobless as men. The most blatant disadvantage of women, compared to men, is the risk of not having a job. This is seen in all the surveys ever since SWS began tracking joblessness in 1993. In 2015 as a whole, the jobless rate of adult women was 31 percent—double the 15 percent jobless of adult men.

MT/March 12, 2016/  World

Top female YouTube stars appointed as UN ‘Change Ambassadors’

SAN BRUNO, CA: To mark International Women’s Day, YouTube has championed the diverse community of women on the platform through a global production program across the YouTube Spaces that empowers women both in front of and behind the camera, and a new year-long partnership with the United Nations to appoint top YouTube female creators as the first Change Ambassadors to the UN’s Sustainable development action campaign.

MT/March 12, 2016/  Opinions/ Fr. Shay Cullen

The march for children’s and women’s rights

JESSICA MARY with 30 other recovering child survivors of sexual abuse and human trafficking marched down the streets of Olongapo City on International Women’s Day. They carried a banner that declared “Olongapo City Home of the Most Empowered Women in the World for Human Rights.” The teenagers had the courage and commitment to take to the streets and declare that they were survivors with a cause. As Jessica said in Tagalog, “We join the march so other children will not suffer abuse like us.”

MB/March 12, 2016/  Latest News/ AP

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.

MB/March 12, 2016/  National/ Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Poll says 3 of 5 PH women, victims of street harassment


Catcalling, provocative gestures, and other forms of sexual harassment have nagged most Filipinas in streets and public spaces, so revealed a United Nations (UN)-commissioned survey recently. A Social Weather Stations (SWS) study released the other day concluded that three out of five women in the country, or 60 percent, have been victimized by sexual harassment in public places at least once in their lives, with 88 percent of them aged 18 to 24.

MB/March 12, 2016/  Opinions and Editorials/ Former Senator Edgardo J. Angara

The other half holding up the sky


March is National Women’s Month, celebrating the vital role women play in nation-building. This year’s theme is promoting a more gender-balanced and -sensitive society by getting women to participate more actively in mainstream activities. In fact, women have long played proactive roles in the affairs of the Philippines. Led by the social activist First Lady, Aurora Aragon Quezon, the 1937 plebiscite successfully gave Filipino women the right to vote and run for public office. We became among the first nations in the Asia-Pacific region to adopt universal suffrage.

MB/March 12, 2016/ Latest News/ Leslie Ann Aquino

Women overseas Filipino workers now have an option when they return home


The Department of Labor and Employment and Coca-Cola Philippines has launched a program called Women Entrepreneurs Reintegrated and Economically Active at Home (WOMEN REACH), to help women OFWs explore possible economic opportunities when they come home. This is to also help curb the social cost of women migration.

MB/March 12, 2016/  Latest News/ Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce

Health advocates to future leaders: Implement RH Law


Future leaders were urged by reproductive health advocates to implement the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, stressing that strong political will would be the key in implementing such law. Advocates of Reproductive Health , Manila Bulletin

Advocates of Reproductive Health at the Supreme Court in Baguio City (MB File Photo/ JJ Landingin)

According to Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) Executive Director Romeo C. Dongeto, the strong political will of the leaders is needed in implementing a law which faces relentless challenge from anti-RH forces, including the Catholic Church.

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UN Women/ March 18, 2016

Gender equality must be at the core of humanitarian action says international community

At CSW60, government representatives, civil society groups and high-level UN officials highlighted the centrality of gender equality in humanitarian action and urged world leaders to make concrete commitments at the World Humanitarian Summit in May. March 17, 2016/ Davinci Maru

The gender mix: More women voters, still more men in power

In traditional societies, the home remains the primary domain of women. They are often relegated to supposedly feminine roles as child-bearers and housekeepers, or as all-around nurturer of families. Exactly 79 years ago, on April 30, 1937, Filipino women gained the right to vote and to run for public office. But it was 30 years earlier or in 1907 when Filipino men of some education and property claimed that right.Starting 2004, a new trend has emerged – that of the number of women outpacing the men in the league of registered voters.During the 2004 general elections, there were 17,014,643 registered female voters and 16,495,449 male voters, for a gap of 3.1 percent.

PIA/ March 16, 2016/ Venus G. Villanueva

Women urged to fight for their rights, interest

KALIBO, Aklan --  It is high time for women to place themselves at the forefront and participate in decision making and be leaders in their own right. This, in essence, was the main message of Aklan Vice Governor Gabrielle Calizo-Quimpo in her talk during Aklan’s Opening Salvo of the Women’s Month celebration here on March 8 held at the lobby of the Provincial Capitol Building. Calizo-Quimpo emphasized in her talk that it is important for women to be at the forefront of decision-making to push the interests of women in the agenda.

PIA/ March 14, 2016/ Leonard T. Pineda

Empower women, students told

ILOILO CITY --- Over 400 students and teachers from Barroc National High School (BNHS) in Tigbauan, Iloilo participated in the forum on gender and development (GAD) and women empowerment held Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The forum spearheaded by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-6 Iloilo Information Center aimed to elevate the level of awareness among students on gender issues and concerns.

Rappler/ March 13, 2016/ Rhaydz Barcia

Bicol honors female cops as PH marks Women's Month

LEGAZPI – As the country marks National Women's Month, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office in Bicol paid tribute to its female officers for their contributions to the police force.

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Morocco hosts one of the largest gatherings of Arab women parliamentarians for a gender-balanced policy agenda

Women parliamentarians from the Arab States region unite to make a difference for sustainable development. While the Arab States region is at a crucial point of transition in history, gender equality and inclusion must be on the top of the region’s priorities.

IPS/March 17, 2016/ Tharanga Yakupitiyage

Not Enough Women At the Peace Table, Say Arab Activists

UNITED NATIONS - “When it comes to peace talks, women have a special stake,” said Gloria Steinem while discussing current peace talks in the Middle East. Steinem, a prominent activist, joined the 60th annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) as part of Donor Direct Action, an NGO connecting women’s rights activists to donors.

CNN/March 17, 2016/ Carina Storrs

Women live longer, but not as well as men, in their golden years, study finds

Although women continue to have a longer life expectancy than men, they are now living worse and suffering more disabilities in their golden years, a new study finds. Researchers compared data from studies of people 65 and older and enrolled in Medicare that were done in 1982, 2004 and 2011. The studies surveyed participants about whether a disability kept them carrying out various daily activities, and then followed the participants in the years following the survey to determine their mortality rate.

Women News/March 16, 2016/ Alana Chloe Esposito

Three Women on Short List to Take Over Helm at the U.N.

(WOMENSENEWS)—Along one wall in the visitor's lobby of the United Nations hang the portraits of eight men, including Ban Ki-moon, the current secretary-general, who have presided over the institution since it was founded in 1945. A new portrait is due to appear on that wall soon and there is a pretty good chance it will bear the visage of a woman.

UN Women/March 16, 2016

Picturing gender equality in Viet Nam through comics and cartoons

“My cartoon portrays inequality in the working environment, where gender is never an official criteria but it secretly has influence over chances of recruitment and promotion”, said Ms. Nguyen Vu Xuan Lan, the first prize winner of the “Comic and Cartoon Contest: Gender Equality – Picture it!”, and a 25-year-old English teacher.

UN Women/March 16, 2016

Business leaders, UN Member States and civil society agree: Gender equality critical to economic development

(New York)  Recognizing gender equality as a fundamental human right, central to driving the global economy and achieving the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), business leaders joined UN Member States and civil society organizations at the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Annual Event. It focused on the multiplier effect of empowering women and girls in advancing all development issues and the enormous opportunity for business to lead on promoting gender equality.

UN Women/March 15, 2016

Press release: UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment holds inaugural meeting

(New York) The inaugural meeting of the first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment kicked off today during the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Operating under the aegis of the UN Secretary-General, it intends to put women’s economic empowerment at the top of the international agenda, including by defining actions to speed up progress under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A global consultation will take place during the continuation of the meeting on 16 March.

UN Women/March 15, 2016

Ten Member States take stock of their progress towards CSW57 Agreed Conclusions

At CSW60, for the first time, 10 Member States submitted voluntary reviews of their progress towards the historic Agreed Conclusions from the fifty-seventh session of the CSW (2013), which focused on ending violence against women. On 15 March 2016, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Estonia, Japan, Romania, Sweden, Tunisia and Turkey presented their own self-assessments of how far they’ve come. Five of these countries signed on to UN Women’s Commit initiative, launched in 2013, pledging to undertake specific measures to address and prevent violence against women and girls. And eight of these countries have joined UN Women’s more recent Step It Up initiative, making national commitments to close the gender equality gap in a range of areas, some of which relate specifically to ending violence against women.

UN Women/March 14, 2016

Youth leaders call for “big leap” for gender equality at first CSW Youth Forum

Proving that young women and young men are a force to be reckoned with, participants in the first-ever Youth Forum at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) embraced their active engagement in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and in CSW60, the single-largest intergovernmental gathering on women and girls.

The Guardian/March 14, 2016/ Liz Ford

Activists call on world leaders to make gender equality pledge a reality

World leaders must back up their pledge to end gender inequality with concrete commitments on how they plan to empower women, said activists preparing for the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Voice of America/ March 12, 2016/ Hean Socheata

Cambodian Women Empowered in Farming Sector

PHNOM PENH—Cambodian authorities and analysts are highlighting the role that Cambodian women play in the country's important agricultural sector, especially as the nation’s economic conditions continue to force many men to seek work overseas. Some 75 percent of Cambodia’s women are employed in agriculture, according to the World Bank.

IPS/March 12, 2016/ Abbas Nasir

Women at the Helm

(Dawn, Pakistan) - If a string of recent events have sparked a bit of optimism among the observers of the country`s politics and students of its rather tragic history it is indeed a welcome development. When such columnists and writers, who had been forced by decades of depression due to an endless downward spiral into being no more than prophets of doom and gloom, begin to see and acknowledge signs of change it appears a safe bet to believe something positive is afoot.