GAD News Feed for April 2 - 8, 2016


April 2 - 8, 2016

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MT/April 8, 2016/ News/ AFP

Facing violence, Mexican women learn to fight

ECATEPEC, Mexico: The slender, 24-year-old Mexican female nurse faces off with a much bigger gun-toting man, twists his hand to snatch the weapon, points it at her attacker and pulls the trigger.

PS/April 8, 2016/ Headlines/ Iris Gonzales

2 Pinays make Forbes power list

MANILA, Philippines - Two Chinese-Filipino businesswomen, the SM Group’s Teresita Sy-Coson and Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. (RRHI) president and chief operating officer Robina Gokongwei-Pe, made it to Forbes magazine’s 2016 list of 50 most powerful women in Asia. The 2016 list of 50 Power BusinessWomen had 27 newcomers while several well-known names have dropped off, which Forbes attributed to global economic angst. “The list acknowledges the inroads women are making in the business world,” Forbes said.

PDI/April 7, 2016/ Business/ Doris Dumlao-Abadilla

Sy-Coson, Gokongwei-Pe among Asia’s powerful biz women – Forbes

THE SM Group’s Teresita Sy-Coson and Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. chief Robina Gokongwei-Pe landed on Forbes Magazine’s 2016 list of 50 most powerful businesswomen in Asia. In a press statement on Thursday, Forbes Magazine said it recognized powerful businesswomen in Asia who were “shaking things up across diverse industries” in its 5th annual “Asia’s Power Businesswomen” list.

BM/April 7, 2016/ Opinion/ Boots Geotina-Garcia

Financial access for women entrepreneurs: Why we need it, how it works

Several studies have noted that while women-owned enterprises comprise a major part of formal small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets, these SMEs were observed to exhibit slower growth rates than businesses owned by men. The major reason? Difficulty in securing financing for their businesses. In the 2014 report of the Apec Business Advisory Council, the recommendation was made “to identify and remove barriers to women’s participation in high-growth potential sectors to support the growth of SMEs.”

PDI/April 6, 2016/ Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

Rape is a war crime

History was made recently at the International Criminal Court (ICC) when former Congolese vice president Jean Pierre Bemba was found guilty of murder, rape and pillaging during the 2002-2003 conflict in the Central African Republic. Observers said the decision was historic for two reasons. First, it marks the first time that the ICC has found a commander guilty for actions committed by his troops, under the concept of command responsibility. Second, and more significant, the verdict “marks the first ICC conviction for rape and gender-based violence.” Before this, the use of sexual violence was considered part and parcel of the general “fog of war.”

PS/April 4, 2016/ Sports/ Bill Velasco

Women fight for equality

Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic beat a hasty turnaround and apologized profusely for comments made against women’s equality in sports. After a hail of criticism, including a browbeating from women’s number one Serena Williams, Djokovic met with tennis legends Chris Evert and Billie Jean King, and explained that he is for equality in all aspects of the sport. King, a staunch advocate for women’s rights for over half a century, famously beat retired men’s professional player Bobby Riggs in the televised “Battle of the Sexes” in the 1970’s. This also came on the heels of protests over pay inequality by the US women’s soccer team and other women’s sports groups, which has rekindled this discussion.

MT/April 4, 2016/ News/ AFP

First woman leader takes charge in Indian Kashmir

JAMMU, India: Mehbooba Mufti was sworn in on Monday as Indian-administered Kashmir’s first woman leader, taking over from her father nearly three months after he died in office.

TS/April 3, 2016/ Opinion/ Parfait Onanga-Anyanga

The fight against sexual exploitation

A few days ago, I woke up to yet another horrible allegation against peacekeepers serving in the UN Mission in Central African Republic, the peacekeeping operation that I lead. I read that peacekeepers had allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl in a small town located in the remote central regions of this massive country. As I began to react to this deeply shocking news, we learned of another series of new allegations dating back to 2014 and 2015, brought to my attention by colleagues from Unicef and UNHCR.

PDI/April 3, 2016/ Lifestyle/ Eric S. Caruncho

An unending celebration of remarkable women


It’s easy to forget, despite the name, that Silverlens Galleries started out as a space for photography when it opened in 2004. Today it’s better known as one of the movers and shakers on the leading edge of the contemporary Philippine art scene, a haven for artists such as Gabby Barredo, Maria Taniguchi and Gary-Ross Pastrana, who refuse to be limited to a single medium or style. The celebration of Women’s Month provided a unique opportunity to revisit Silverlens’ roots with “Filipinas,” an exhibit of photographic portraits of 30 remarkable women whose pioneering work has shaped Philippine culture and society.

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News article brief/URL access April 8, 2016/ Renee Juliene Karunungan

Call her 'pokpok', hit her boobs: How they silence a woman

After actively campaigning against presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte, outspoken advocate, Renee Karunungan, reflects on the nature of online harassment aimed at silencing women. This is how they silence a woman: first they tell you to shut up — because you are a woman and have nothing important to say.

PIA/ April 7, 2016

DILG, PUP partner to combat violence against women

PASIG CITY - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has partnered with the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) to train barangays in handling cases on violence against women (VAW). The DILG and PUP, a government educational institution, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as partner agencies in the provision of capacity building for all barangay officials and Barangay VAW Desk Persons in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

PIA/ April 5, 2016/ Mary May A. Abellon

ZNPPO celebrates Women’s Month

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) – The Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office (ZNPPO) has joined the entire nation in celebrating National Women’s Month with a theme “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda.” The celebration started with a motorcade on Monday, March 28, 2016 around the city’s main streets to Camp Hamac, Barangay Sicayab, Dipolog City. Thereafter, a short program was conducted to formally open the activity followed by sports competition.

PIA/ April 4, 2016/ Venus G. Villanueva

Feature: Women are road workers too in Aklan

KALIBO, Aklan (PIA6) --  In Aklan, women are proving that they can also do a certain job that men traditionally were tasked to do. This job can be likened to that of “camineros”, men who, years and years ago, were hired by the government to do maintenance works along major highways – clearing roadsides of obstructions and garbage, filling potholes with gravel (roads then were not concreted yet), or cutting tall cogon grasses and unsightly vegetation.

PIA/ April 4, 2016/ Easter Anne D. Doza

DAR women employees taught how to protect themselves

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL (PIA6) - - The Provincial Office of Department of Agrarian Reform – Negros Occidental 1 women employees were briefed on safety and protection as part of the Women’s Month celebration. The DAR-North office in full woman force of its lady employees and led by Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Teresita Mabunay were given tips, guidelines and positive responses against harassment and oppression or maltreatment.

PIA/ April 4, 2016

Sarangani bags health, family planning award

ALABEL, Sarangani (PIA) -- The Provincial Health Office here has once again bagged the award for Best in Local Health Initiatives in Family Planning Program in the Region XII during the latest implementation review. The province runs three major sustainable initiatives – Paaral para sa Sarangan, Tutok Buntis, Resiliency Program for Barangay Health Workers -- which were the bases for the award.

PIA/ April 3, 2016

Women advocates to victims of VAWC: “You’re not alone”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (PIA)---  Women advocates here have jointly called on other women who are victims of domestic abuse to come out in the open stressing that they’re not alone. Atty. Psyche Rizsavi Fontanilla-Mamadra, litigation private practitioner and staunch advocate of women empowerment prodded women not to be afraid as there are a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other cause-oriented groups/individuals willing to help them.

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UN Women/ April 8, 2016/ Ginette Azcona

Expert’s take: SDGs monitoring for women and girls—are we ready for the ride?

On 25 September 2015, governments from around the world agreed to embark on a 15-year journey together, which if successful would result in a far better world. A world where poverty and hunger in all their forms and dimensions are eradicated, where our planet is healed and protected, where gender equality is achieved and where all human beings can enjoy safe and prosperous lives. The destination envisioned by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is clear, ambitious and desirable. But how do we get there?

UNIDO/ April 7, 2016

What if more women were involved in foreign policy and international relations?

Women leaders in foreign policy and international relations was the topic addressed by Professor Federiga Bindi during an awareness-raising seminar held in Vienna on 4 April, organized by the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Bindi opened the session with an energetic presentation that emphasized the slow pace at which women are taking leading roles in international relations, which she contrasted with pointers on how some women such as Arianna Huffington, J.K. Rowling and ZHANG Xin, and have "broken through" to the powerful top-spots in other areas, despite the bleak odds.

The Guardian/ April 7, 2016/ Mayra Buvinic

Leaving women out of development statistics just doesn't add up

We have a sexist data crisis: information we depend on to make social and economic policy, and to monitor progress, is unable to reflect the reality of the lives of women and girls.

UN Women/ April 5, 2016

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women issues annual Call for Proposals

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women invites civil society organizations and governments to apply for funding through the 20th grant cycle (2016). The deadline for submitting concept notes is 4 May 2016, 23:59 EDT (GMT–4).

Since its creation, the UN Trust Fund has awarded USD 116 million to 426 initiatives in 136 countries and territories. Its current portfolio consists of 111 grants in 76 countries and territories totaling USD 57 million.

ILO/ April 5, 2016

ILO welcomes call for stronger efforts to promote decent work and inclusive growth

GENEVA (ILO News) – The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, has welcomed a call by the Federal Chancellor of Germany and the Head of international organizations  to strengthen efforts to promote decent work and inclusive growth “drawing on the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda ”, with a special emphasis on better implementation of labour, social and environmental standards.

UN Women/ April 4, 2016

The work that makes work possible

Whether it’s childcare, elder care, or self-care, caregiving plays a central role in keeping America’s economy going. As baby boomers continue to age and Millennials continue to become parents, America’s care needs are only increasing. In fact, caregiving is projected to be the largest occupation in the U.S. by 2020, with care-sector jobs growing five times faster than other large job sectors. Sixty per cent of families do not have a stay-at-home parent, and almost 70 per cent of mothers and over 90 per cent of fathers are in the workforce.

UN Women/ April 4, 2016

Engaging men to prevent violence against women and girls in Viet Nam

Twenty-six year old Tran Van Chuong frequently awoke to the sounds of his neighbour being beaten by her husband. Their arguments would start quietly but escalate quickly as his neighbour turned to physical brutality, leaving his wife sprained and scraped. This was not an uncommon problem in their urban community in Da Nang, a major central Viet Nam port city of one million people.

ILO/ April 4, 2016

ILO: Domestic workers should have the right to rest

GENEVA (ILO News) – More than half of domestic workers worldwide still do not have any legal right to weekly limits on working hours. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is now advocating to ensure the right to sufficient rest for domestic workers.