GAD News Feed for March 26 – April 1, 2016


March 26 – April 1, 2016

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PS/April 1, 2016/ The Freeman/ Michael Vencynth H. Braga

Robredo, Leila solicit support from women

CEBU, Philippines - The annual gathering of women in Cebu province turned into an opportunity for female candidates to ask for support in the May 9 general elections. Former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Camarines Sur third district Representative Leni Robredo were invited as resource speakers during the 16th Women’s Congress at the Capitol Social Hall yesterday. Both are running for senator and vice president, respectively, under the Liberal Party. Robredo, however, was not able to attend the event yesterday and sent her eldest daughter, Aika, in her stead.

MB/April 1, 2016/ Opinions and Editorials/ AFP

How Japan’s first dressmaking school changed women’s lives


Tokyo, Japan — Born out of a drive to make Western-style clothing accessible, Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College unleashed a sartorial and social revolution among Japanese women after it opened nearly a century ago. And while its current 21-story concrete structure in the heart of Tokyo’s business district doesn’t scream high-fashion, it is the place to be for anyone aspiring to work in Japan’s design industry. Dressed in head-turning outfits, Bunka students – young, confident, and largely female – make no attempt to blend in with the hordes of suited salarymen marching to work.

BM/April 1, 2016/ Opinion/ Jemain Diaz De Rivera

Women making their mark in PHL history

March is Women’s Role in History Month as provided by Proclamation 227, s. 1988. Women today are making their mark in history, in the competitive Philippine business community and the dynamic Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry having a 2016 forecast of $25 billion in revenues and 1.3 million direct employees.

PDI/March 31, 2016/ Regions/ Julie Alipala

AFP probes Marine sergeant for slur on Zamboanga City women

ZAMBOANGA CITY — A Marine sergeant — a key member of the country’s Dragon Boat team that won the gold in the 2014 World Cup in China — is now under investigation for allegedly using such derogatory words on Zamboanga women as “prostitute,” “flirt,” and “social climber,” which appeared on a Facebook account bearing his name and photos. Sergeant Nelson dela Noche had since apologized for the posts and claimed his account had been hacked. Dela Noche’s account had since been deactivated.

MT/March 31, 2016/ World/AFP

Vietnam names first chairwoman of National Assembly

HANOI: Communist Vietnam named a woman for the first time to the influential role of chairperson in its rubber stamp National Assembly Thursday—the country’s fourth most powerful position—state media said.

MB/March 31, 2016/ Provincial/ Jun Aguirre

Human trafficking survivors willing victims — PSWDO


PSWDO head, Evangeline Gallega, said the recently-rescued 24 human trafficking victims on this island will not file a complaint in court. Gallega said those rescued can be “considered victims for their refusal to file the necessary legal complaints after further investigation found that they were also working as prostitutes in a night club.

BW/March 31, 2016/ Labor/ Irene E. de Pater

Why women have not advanced in careers

FILIPINO WOMEN have always enjoyed greater equality and status than their counterparts elsewhere in Asia. A report by the International Labor Organization shows the Philippines to be the only Asian country to rank within the global top 10 for countries with high numbers of women in managerial positions.

BW/March 31, 2016/ World/ AFP

Vietnam names first chairwoman of lawmaking National Assembly

HANOI -- Communist Vietnam named a woman for the first time to the influential role of chairperson in its rubber stamp National Assembly on Thursday -- the country’s fourth most powerful position -- state media said.

PS/March 30, 2016/ The Freeman/ May B. Miasco

Women leading Cebu’s print media recognized

CEBU - Gone are the days when women had less involvement in the society – ladies, in fact, are dominating the editorial operations of newspaper dailies in Cebu City, an official from the Cebu Citizen Press Council reported. Currently, women sit as editors-in-chief of the five major publications based in the city including The FREEMAN. “Five dailies are led by women. In the past, it was men-dominated but today, we’ve come a long way,” said Cherry Lim, assistant executive director of CCPC.

MT/March 30, 2016/ News/ Nelson S. Badilla

DSWD saves 250,000 women from predators

More than 250,000 women who were victims of violence, physical and sexual abuse, exploitation, illegal recruitment, human trafficking and armed conflict were assisted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) last year.

MB/March 30, 2016/ Opinions and Editorials

March is National Women’s Heart Health month


IN observance of National Women’s Heart Health Month this year, the Philippine Heart Association, Inc. (PHA) Council on Women’s Heart Health has once again intensified its awareness campaign for women’s cardiovascular well-being to provide women with tools for them to take appropriate action in the prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). The celebration of National Women’s Heart Health Month is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1675 issued on November 20, 2008. The proclamation was in response to the high incidence of CVD, which in 2008 was “the number one killer of women in the Philippines, claiming more women’s lives than all forms of cancer combined.”

MT/March 29, 2016/ News/ Iza Iglesias

Voters prefer bets with family planning agenda

Eight out of 10 voters believe that candidates should include family planning in their programs, a recent Pulse Asia survey showed. The poll conducted from February 15 to 20 among 1,800 registered voters across the country revealed high public preference for family planning.

PS/March 28, 2016/ Lifestyle/ Earl Rommel Digo

Walong Filipina gives back ‘For Love of Norma’

MANILA – The decade of the Eighties continuing to the Nineties has witnessed the flourishing of a significant number of women and women artists in particular, who have dealt with social themes. Some, such as artist Imelda Cajipe-Endaya, have taken up the theme of protest against woman’s traditional and prevailing oppression, and as such, have been closely linked with social realists. There are others, such as sculptress Julie Lluch, an artist noted for being uncompromising with her art; many of her sculptures in the round depict human aspirations and emotions. Still others, such as historian and National Historical Commission of the Philippines commissioner Fe Mangahas, a prolific writer, have situated woman in historical narrative and her contemporary participation in the revolutionary process.

PDI/March 28, 2016/ Business/ Ma. Aurora D. Geotina Garcia

Why financing women entrepreneurs can turn around economy

MARCH being International Women’s Month, I have chosen to write about a topic that has been discussed lengthily in both international and local fora. Several studies noted that while women-owned enterprises comprised a major part of formal SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in emerging markets, these businesses were observed to exhibit slower growth rates than those owned by men. A major reason for this is the women’s difficulties in securing financing.

MB/March 28, 2016/ Opinions and Editorials

Women’s Role in History Month

Presidential Proclamation No. 227 issued on March 17, 1988, declared March as Women’s Role in History Month (WRHM). Presidential Proclamation No. 224 had earlier declared the first week of March of every year as Women’s Week and March 8 as International Women’s Rights and International Peace Day.

BM/March 28, 2016/ Opinion/ Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II

PCSO celebrates Women’s Month

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) joined the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in observing March as National Women’s Month by implementing initiatives that give women special access to PCSO services.

BM/March 28, 2016/ Top News/ Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco

All systems go for reproductive-health initiative

Health Secretary Janette Garin on Wednesday declared all systems go for the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law, despite a P1-billion cut in the Department of Health’s (DOH) budget.

BM/March 28, 2016/ Life

Digital skills help narrow the workplace gender gap, Accenture research finds

DIGITALLY savvy women are helping to close the gender gap in the workplace, a study by Accenture Inc. revealed. “Digital fluency, the extent to which people embrace and use digital technologies to become more knowledgeable, connected and effective, plays a key role in helping women achieve gender equality and level the playing field,” the multinational business-process outsourcing firm said in a statement.   Titled “Getting to Equal: How Digital is Helping Close the Gender Gap at Work,” the study “provides empirical proof that women are using digital skills to gain an edge in preparing for work, finding work and advancing at work,” Accenture said. The research found that in the Philippines 87 percent of millennial and Generation X women surveyed aspire to be in leadership positions—the highest in the report.

PDI/March 27, 2016/ Business

Malaysian firms offering longer maternity leave to attract female workers

PETALING JAYA — Most companies in Malaysia give their female employees the standard 60-day paid maternity leave, but there are some that are now moving to offer longer leave benefits to attract female workers.

MB/March 26, 2016/ Opinions and Editorials

Improving the status of the girl child


Proclamation No. 759 on March 6, 1996, declared every fourth week of March as “Protection and Gender-fair Treatment of the Girl Child Week,” primarily to provide every girl who is below 18 years of age with equal opportunities and adequate protection to prepare her for nation-building and community development. This year’s observance falls on March 21-27, 2016, led by Council for the Welfare of Children and Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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PIA/ April 1, 2016

CDA reminds mainstreaming of gender equality and development in coops

BAGUIO CITY - Gender equality and development should be mainstreamed into cooperative development plans. Director Fe Caingles of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) stressed this to the more than 900 officials and members of around 250 cooperatives from the different parts of the country attending the 2nd National GAD (Gender and Development) Summit at Crown Legacy Hotel, here on March 30 – 31.

PIA/ April 1, 2016

DOST-FNRI now a certified Mother-Baby Friendly workplace

MANILA - The Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) has been certified as a Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace by the Department of Health-National Capital Region recently.  The certification, which is in compliance to RA 10028 or the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009 and is valid for two years, means that FNRI would ensure the promotion and practice of breastfeeding by providing healthy and safe working conditions for women through the establishment of a lactation station or facility.

PIA/ March 31, 2016

DAR Agnor holds seminar on Integrating Work, Family, Personal Life

BUTUAN CITY- Employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte attended the Seminar on “Integrating Work, Family and Personal Life” held recently in one of the convention centers here. The seminar was part of the month-long activities in line with the National Womens’ Month  with the theme “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda!” organized by the Gender and Development (GAD) technical working group of this province in partnership with DAR Ladies Association (DARLA).

PIA/ March 31, 2016

DPWH Southern Leyte joins Women’s Month celebration

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Mar 31 (PIA) -- – The Department of Public Works and Highways Southern Leyte District Engineering Office (DPWH-SLDEO)  joined the 2016 National Women’s Month Celebration, this March, advocating women’s rights in support to the government’s Gender and Development (GAD) programs.

PIA/ March 30, 2016/ Amor Y. Saludar

'Media plays a role in women empowerment'

Cebu - Professional experts in their field and government representative agreed that positive change and progress in the status of women is also attributed to media.  In a recent Association of Government Information Officer-Philippine Information Agency (AGIO-PIA 7) forum on the “Role of Media in Women Empowerment”, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-7) regional information officer Leah Quintana, Cebu Citizen Press Council assistant executive director Cherry Lim, and Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas legal counsel Atty. Cynthia Barte all agreed that there are many powerful women who now stand for their rights.

PIA/ March 30, 2016

Indigenous women represent Philippines in global leadership school

MANILA - Sixteen women from across the Cordillera Administrative   Region and Mindanao are representing the Philippines in the Global Leadership School of Indigenous Women spearheaded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Indigenous Women Forum (IIWF-FIMI).

PIA/ March 30, 2016/ Marcelo B. Lihgawon

Ifugao women urged to be wise and empowered

LAGAWE, Ifugao - Ifugao women are encouraged to be wise and empowered for a better life, family and community. “An empowered woman knows what is evil and good and should choose the good one. The foundation of wisdom is not beauty, intelligence, wealth and status in life but wisdom is following the right path”, Irene Prudenciano, chief executive officer of the Alfonso Lista Multi-purpose Cooperative,  told the Ifugao women’s organizations.

PIA/ March 27, 2016/ Ferliza Calizar-Contratista

Feature: Different women, same struggle

CEBU CITY-- Maricel (not her real name) woke up early that day.  She had to leave earliest while her common-law husband is still asleep, else she might earn herself another absence from work. She had enough reasons to be absent, looking at her swollen right eye, no longer black, lighter now, like “ube” purple.  Thanks to those ice cubes she managed to save after the entire ice bucket landed on her face the night before.

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ThinkProgress/ April 1, 2016/ Laurel Raymond

Masculine Stereotype Of STEM Pushes Women Out Of The Field

Women remain persistently underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) positions — a gap that is a big concern among education advocates and is currently the target of a million-dollar diversity push by the National Science Foundation and the White House. Despite increased attention and new diversity initiatives, however, it remains a persistent problem. New research suggests a reason why: People think women lack the qualities necessary to be a good scientist.

IPS/ April 1, 2016/ Miriam Gathigah

Women Benefit From Simple Economic Ventures

GAZA, Mozambique - Angelina Chiziane starts her day by getting her husband ready for work in a small village in the southern province of Gaza, Mozambique, some 216 kilometers away from the capital, Maputo. She then makes the three kilometer journey to a nearby stream to fetch water and firewood and by the time she gets back home, her two children will be up and ready to be fed.

UN/ March 31, 2016

Yemen: year of conflict puts 3.4 million women of reproductive age at risk, UN reports

A year of conflict in Yemen has left an estimated 3.4 million women of reproductive age between 15 and 49 years in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has reported, expressing growing concern about the situation.

The Washington Post/ March 30, 2016/ Jena McGregor

This staggering chart shows how few minority women hold executive positions

These days, we get a steady drumbeat of reminders about the yawning gender gap at the top of many of this country's institutions: Fewer than five percent of the CEOs of companies in the S&P 500 are women. In the current U.S. Congress, women hold just 20 Senate seats and 84 in the House of Representatives.

UN Women/ March 30, 2016

Breaking the cycle of human trafficking in Albania

Linda* was 16 years old when her neighbour lured her away from her tiny impoverished village in southern Albania. For years, she had yearned for the opportunity to escape her violent father’s wrath and to help her younger siblings financially.

UNIDO/ March 30, 2016

Bahrain hosts forum of businesswomen

MANAMA– An international forum of businesswomen ended today in the capital of Bahrain. The three-day forum was attended by some 200 women entrepreneurs, including from Africa, Europe, and the Arab Region, as well as from China, Turkey and the United States, and included an exhibition, a conference and bilateral meetings.

WEF/ March 29, 2016/ Alice Truong

Women are 'unable to enter' the tech industry, report finds

Across most industries, there’s a notable gender disparity at the very top. But in some sectors, including tech, it’s hard for women to even get a foot in the door. A report from McKinsey released Tuesday (March 22) finds that women are “unable to enter” the technology, energy and basic materials, and automotive and industrial manufacturing industries. In technology, 37% of women make up entry-level roles, and only a fraction go on to advance to the C-suite. According to the firm, women hold 15% of tech’s chief officer titles.

UN Women/ March 28, 2016

UN Secretary-General and World Bank Director visit UN Women centre in Za’atari refugee camp

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim visited Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp on 27 March, accompanied by a delegation of senior UN officials. The delegation first stopped by one of the women centres run by UN Women, known as the “Oases”, underlining the United Nations’ commitment to respond to the needs and aspirations of women and girls in humanitarian assistance.

Fortune/ March 27, 2016/ Ritu Anand

What It Will Take to Keep More Women in the Corporate World

There is an infinite amount of studies that show young women who enter the working world are full of ambition and confidence. However, as women progress in their careers, various situations and circumstances test their confidence, which must be addressed if their potential is to be realized. This usually happens during three distinct timeframes of a women’s career.