GAD News Feed for April 9 - 15, 2016


April 9 - 15, 2016

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MT/April 14, 2016/ News/ AFP

ICC verdict may help end cruelty of rape in war zones

THE HAGUE: Rights activists Tuesday hailed a landmark war crimes verdict that found former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty for rampant sexual abuses by his troops, saying the ruling could help stop rape as a weapon of war. While many activists were critical that it has taken so long for gender-based and sexual violence to be the main focus of a trial in an international courtroom, they welcomed the verdict delivered at the International Criminal Court on Monday.

MB/April 13, 2016/ Panorama/ Zac Sarian

Strictly for Women Only

An all-female farming cooperative in Ilocos Norte shows good business sense

In December 1995, 20 years ago, a group of struggling but very determined women farmers in Solsona, Ilocos Norte decided to form a multipurpose cooperative headed by Anita Benito. They called it Nasalukag Women’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative with just P5,000 starting capital.

MB/April 13, 2016/ World/ AP

Obama stresses equal pay for women

US President Barack Obama said he looks forward to a time when girls are “astonished” that women once made less than men and a female had never occupied the Oval Office. Obama and other Democrats on Tuesday (April 12, 2016) seized on Equal Pay Day, a symbolic event marking how much longer it takes a woman to earn as much as a man. Women still make on average 79 cents for every dollar men are paid.

BW/April 13, 2016/ World/ AFP

UN holds first-ever hearings to pick world’s top diplomat, next leader

CANDIDATES VYING to become the next UN secretary-general fielded questions on Tuesday,on global crises -- from climate change to Middle East conflict -- during the first-ever hearings to choose the world’s top diplomat … Bulgaria’s Irina Bokova, who heads the UN cultural agency UNESCO, said the United Nations should do more to combat violence against women and stressed the importance of gender equality. Seen as Moscow’s preferred candidate, the 63-year-old ex-foreign minister is considered a strong contender in the race that could see the first woman chosen as secretary-general and the first eastern European.

BM/April 13, 2016/ World/ AP

Women-only car services fill a niche, but are they legal?

BOSTON—Ride-hailing companies catering exclusively to women are cropping up and raising thorny legal questions, namely: Are they discriminatory? In Massachusetts, Chariot for Women is promising to launch a service featuring female drivers picking up only women and children. Drivers will even have to say a “safe word” before a ride starts.

BM/April 12, 2016/ Business

Villar Sipag celebrates Women’s Month with trainings for women

To celebrate Women’s Month, the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Sipag) conducted three livelihood trainings for women at the Villar Sipag Farm House in Barangay San Nicolas 1, Bacoor, Cavite. “It has always been our advocacy to empower women and enable them to play a key role not only in caring for their families but also in the larger goal of nation-building,” said Sen. Cynthia Villar, Villar Sipag director.

MT/April 10, 2016/ News

Richard Yap joins the fight against domestic violence

Richard Yap stepped up his fight against domestic violence by accepting the ambassadorship for Avon’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence (SOADV) campaign for the se­cond consecutive year.

MT/April 10, 2016/ News

Living at home with inequality

The New Yorker’s recent restrained and beautiful article “The Cost of Caring” follows the life of Emma, a smart, persevering Filipino woman as she is forced to leave behind her job crafting health policy for the Philippine government, in order to work abroad as a maid. As do so many, she leaves her children to care for others’ children. “In the seventies and eighties,” the article notes, “most OFWs were men, who worked in merchant shipping or construction, but since the nineties migration has become increasingly female, both in the Philippines and throughout the world. Mothers and daughters leave their families so that they can do the type of ‘women’s work’ – caring for the young, the elderly, and the infirm – that females in affluent countries no longer want to do or have time to do.”

PS/April 10, 2016/ Nation/ Roel Pareño

Basulta election bets sign covenant for gender equality

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Candidates from the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (Basulta) converged here and signed a covenant Saturday to ensure gender equality and protection to women during the May 9 elections. The covenant signing came following the forum conducted by Commissioner Rowena Amelia Guanzon of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on gender and development (GAD) and election-related violence where some of the victims are women.



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PIA/ April 14, 2016/ Lilibeth French

Capitol-assisted entrepreneurs display products

ILOILO CITY - - Some 19 entrepreneurs assisted by the provincial government of Iloilo have put on display their products at the 115th Semana sang Iloilo Agri-Trade Fair 2016 at the Capitol Grounds until Saturday, April 16. Dr. Ildefonso Toledo, Chief of the Provincial Agriculture Office said among the featured products of this year’s agri-trade fair in celebration of the province’s founding anniversary are the processed products of the entrepreneurs, mostly women, assisted by the provincial government and the Department of Science and Technology in terms of labeling and packaging.

PIA/ April 13, 2016/ Ninfa B. Quirante

Women group find a new meaning in life after Yolanda

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar—A women’s group from San Antonio, Basey, Samar swept by the fury of Typhoon Yolanda found a new meaning in life as they survived its wrath. Rowena Cabunalda and Eufemia Culibar are just two from those who have survived the greatest storm of all time, but this time, through well meaning government agencies like BFAR, DTI and TESDA with the great help too of JICA, they have become entrepreneurs. PIA chanced upon these women selling their food products under the sweltering heat of the sun.

PIA/ April 13, 2016

DTI Surigao Norte conducts packaging, labelling training for seaweed-based food products in Taganaan

TAGANA-AN, Surigao del Norte – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial office conducted a one-day training on Packaging and Labelling for seaweed-based food products to Taganaan Women Federated Association (TAWFA) on April 5, 2016 held at the Municipal Function Room, here.

PIA/ April 12, 2016

News Feature: Teenage pregnancy is double jeopardy

One pressing public issue of today’s generation is adolescent or teenage pregnancy. Teenage pregnancy creates a double burden for a young woman, as the nutritional requirement of her growing body competes with that of the growing fetus. Untimely pregnancy creates a negative consequence for the mother and newborn.

PIA/ April 12, 2016

News Feature: POPCOM: Pregnancies lead to death

BUTUAN CITY - The Commission on Population (PopCom) recently released its report that in the country, mothers are dying due to pregnancy-related causes. During the recently conducted regional dissemination forum on the Sixth State of the Philippine Population Report (SPPR 6) here, it showed that maternal deaths of the country are as high as 120 because of various factors.

PIA/ April 11, 2016

1 in 4 Filipino pregnant mothers is nutritionally at risk - FNRI survey reveals

A healthy pregnancy results to a healthy baby. Good nutrition during pregnancy and the window of opportunity for preventing child undernutrition from conception to two years are the focus of much attention and awareness recently. The 2013 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) showed that about 1 in 4 pregnant mothers or 24.8% are nutritionally-at-risk. Of these, 37.2% teen mothers below 20 years old are at highest risk.

PIA/ April 11, 2016/ Miriam P. Aquino

SMEs, DOST personnel acquire baking skills

SAN FERNANDO CITY– A total of 35 small entrepreneurs and personnel from the Department of Science and Technology were provided training on baking breads, cakes, and pastries through the Achievers Food and Bakery Ingredients Corporation. Raquel M. Espiritu, Provincial Science and Technology Director of La Union, said the training is designed to enhance better baking process and skills especially among the small business bakery owners, and widen their creativity on recipes to cope up with the demands of constantly growing market … This year was attended by small bakery owners and bakers together with DOST personnel on March 30 at the La Union Science and Technology Center as part of the Women’s Month activity of the DOST in partnership with Achiever’s Corp.

PIA/ April 9, 2016

FNRI-DOST now a Certified “Mother-baby friendly Workplace”

In compliance to RA 10028: Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, the Department of Health-National Capital Region awarded the Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) the certification as “Mother-baby Friendly Workplace” recently. The DOH certification granted is the first among the DOST agencies. The certification is valid for two years.



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UN Women/ April 15, 2016

Gender Violence Bill presented in Uruguay

Uruguay’s Council of Ministers has just approved a Government bill that aims "to guarantee women a life free of gender-based violence." The bill, which will now go to the Senate, not only defines gender violence and how it manifests itself but would also bring about a change to current criminal law and create an institutional response system as well as specialized courts.

IPS/ April 15, 2016/ Lyndal Rowlands

Will the UN’s new leader stand for the powerful or the powerless?

UNITED NATIONS- After hundreds of questions were posed to nine candidates vying for the role of United Nations Secretary-General this week, a lasting question remains; will the UN’s new leader stand for the powerful or the powerless?

UN Women/ April 12, 2016

UN Women civil society partners in Ecuador tell their stories

What does it take for a woman in Ecuador to become a women’s rights activist? How is her life different as a result? What motivated her to become politically active? And what are some of the challenges and contradictions she faces?

UN Women/ April 12, 2016

Women police climb the ranks across Africa

At 8 years of age, Sadatu Reeves came across photographs of women police officers in a magazine her father brought home from abroad. The empowered images sparked a deep-seated desire to don her own uniform.

IPS/ April 12, 2016/ Nilima Jahan

Stepping Out of the Cocoon

(The Daily Star, Bangladesh) - To encourage more young women into community media and journalism, and to work for the development of rural communities, in 2013, Bangladesh NGO’s Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC), in partnership with Free Press Unlimited (FPU), launched a three month fellowship programme entitled “Youth women in Media and Journalism”. In the programme, an experienced mentor trains the attendees how to produce news, reports, features, case study and human profiles.

IPS/ April 11, 2016/ Hajrah Mumtaz

Sliding Scale

(Dawn, Pakistan) - That Pakistan is a hostile terrain for women is widely known. The vast majority of the poor have little choice but to carry on with life as best as they can, holding out in the hope that the state and its set of laws, law enforcement and justice systems will be able to protect their freedoms and dignity.

Quartz/ April 9, 2016/ Lynsey Chutel

A female chief in Malawi is breaking up child marriages and sending kids back to school

In a country with one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, Chief Theresa Kachindamoto is dismantling child marriage—about 850 unions in three years, according to Al Jazeera and more than 300 in one month, according to UN Women.

CATW/April 6, 2016

France Passes Historic Abolitionist Legislation

New York - The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women commends the French Assembly's passage today of a historic human rights law to combat what it calls the "prostitutional system" and to provide assistance to prostituted individuals. The law repeals all forms of criminalization of persons who sell sexual acts while penalizing buyers of sex, also known as "johns."





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World Bank/ April 15, 2016

World Development Indicators 2016

The WDI team aims to produce a curated set of indicators relevant to the changing needs of the development community. The new edition includes indicators to help measure the 169 targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - these build on the 8 goals and 18 targets of the Millennium Development Goals we focused on in previous editions, but are far wider in scope and far more ambitious. A complementary Sustainable Development Goals data dashboard provides an interactive presentation of the indicators we have in the WDI database that are related to each goal.