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Sept. 20-26, 2014

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MST/September 26, 2014/Opinion/Bloomberg

Emma Watson has the last word on feminism

It should be startling that actress Emma Watson’s speech on feminism at the United Nations this week generated interest, let alone controversy. The Harry Potter star made a passionate plea for gender equality. In the process, she reminded us that not everyone likes the idea.

MT/September 25, 2014 /Latest News/AFP

Malaysia must stop abuse of transgenders: rights group

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s transgender population faces systematic repression, harassment and mistreatment, and the government must immediately repeal laws that criminalize their lifestyles, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

MST/September 25, 2014 /Opinion/Jenny Ortuoste

The culture of rape in Philippine fashion

Writer Karen Kunawicz’s Facebook post a few days ago of a sweatshirt she found at the SM Megamall Department Store’s boys’ section went viral almost immediately.

MB/September 25, 2014 /Entertainment news/AP

Rape joke on Fox cartoons draws attention

NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox network isn’t responding to suggestions that it edit its upcoming crossover episode of “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” to remove a joke where the punch line is “your sister’s being raped.”

BW/September 25, 2014 /Labor/Reuters

Japanese women fight ‘maternity harassment’

TOKYO -- When Sayaka Osakabe returned to work after a second miscarriage, one of the first questions her boss asked was whether she was having sex again. Despite various laws guaranteeing equal opportunity and a near parity of sexes attending university, Japanese women have yet to gain an equal footing in the workplace.

BM/September 25, 2014/Opinion/Tito G. Valiente

Women on a leash

PEOPLE are talking about a woman on a leash. People are talking about actor Coco Martin, fully clothed and looking smug, holding that leash, with a female Caucasian at the end of it writhing and contorting her way to eternal damnation and admiration.

PDI/September 24, 2014/Headlines/ Eugenia Duran-Apostol

Questions military intel asked women journalists

Editor’s Note: Starting Sept. 21, the 42nd anniversary of the proclamation of martial law by President Ferdinand Marcos, we have been running a series of articles to remember one of the darkest chapters in Philippine history. The articles are necessarily commemorations and more so a celebration of and a thanksgiving for the courage of the men and women who endured unspeakable pain and loss to overcome the Marcos dictatorship and regain our freedoms. These are some of their stories.

MB/September 24, 2014 /Metro/Hannah Torregoza

Pia deplores insensitive clothing ads, fashion shows

Sen. Pilar “Pia” Cayetano yesterday urged local clothing retailers to exercise utmost social responsibility in its fashion shows and advertisements and be gender-sensitive in their businesses.

MB/September 24, 2014 /Agriculture/Zac Sarian

Women active in Cordillera coffee industry

If you are invited to a coffee industry tour in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), you will readily notice that women are about the most active players in developing a viable coffee industry in the area.

BM/September 24, 2014 /Opinion/Susie Bugante

How is the SSS maternity benefit computed?

SEVERAL people I know have approached me recently to ask how to compute for the Social Security System’s (SSS) maternity benefit. It seems that there is a spate of childbirths among my friends and acquaintances. Thus, for the benefit of everyone, I am using this space to discuss once more how the maternity benefit is computed.

PDI/September 23, 2014/Entertainment


Emma Watson calls on all men to join fight for gender equality, feminism


MANILA, Philippines—Harry Potter star and UN Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson called on men and boys to join the fight in gender equality and feminism.

PDI/September 23, 2014/Entertainment/

Aries Joseph Hegina

Gabriela to file House resolution vs ‘anti-women’ T-shirt, Bench fashion show


MANILA, Philippines―Representatives from a women’s party-list plan to file a resolution in the House of Representatives to condemn the sale of a t-shirt allegedly promoting rape in a giant shopping mall chain and a scene in a fashion show where a male actor pulled a female model on a leash.

BW/September 23, 2014 /Nation/AFP

SM Supermalls withdraws T-shirt that makes fun of rape after provoking social media outrage

A photo of the dark blue T-shirt with the slogan: “It’s not rape. It’s a snuggle with a struggle”, was posted by writer Karen Kunawicz on her Facebook page on Monday and quickly went viral.

MB/September 23, 2014 /Opinions and Editorials/AP

Awareness: UN to recruit men to fight for women’s equality

United Nations— The United Nations agency promoting equality for women is launching a global campaign to get 100,000 men and boys involved in the fight to achieve gender equality.

MB/September 23, 2014 /National/Charissa Luci

Passage of divorce bill pushed

Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi de Jesus batted for the passage of House Bill 4408, which seeks to liberate couples from irreconcilable marriages as she welcomed the directive of Pope Francis to theologians and canon lawyers to review the supposed harsh annulment rules.

MT/September 22, 2014 /Latest News/MCT

Islamic State recruits women to ‘have kids and cook’

Months after declaring an Islamic caliphate, the Islamic State, which has seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq, is seeking to address a need of any viable nation: women.

MT/September 22, 2014 /Breaking News/AFP

Indonesian Aceh proposes 100 lashes for gay sex

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: Gay sex could be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane in Indonesia’s staunchly conservative Aceh province if parliament passes a draft law that critics say violates basic human rights.

MST/September 22, 2014/Opinion/Bloomberg

How many rape reports are false?

How many women falsely accuse men of rape? A lot of statistics are floating around the Internet: Two percent, say many feminists, the same as other crimes. Twenty-five percent, say other groups who quarrel with the feminists on many issues, or maybe 40 percent. Here’s the real answer: We don’t know. Anyone who insists that we do know should be corrected or ignored.

PS/September 20, 2014 /World/AP

Army opens Ranger school to women

WASHINGTON — The Army is opening the door for women to go to Ranger school, in one of the first steps toward allowing women to begin moving into more grueling combat jobs.

MST/September 20, 2014/Opinions/Elizabeth Angsioco

RH struggle goes on

I went to the memorial event to celebrate the legacy of the late Department of Health (DoH) Secretary Alberto Romualdez, “Doc Quasi” to most of us. It was a reunion of RH advocates. We all have been touched by his passion for and dedication to our cause. The memorial lecturer was another former DoH Secretary, and a leading light in the RH movement, Dr. Esperanza Cabral. Sec. Espie’s lecture, “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Care: Vision vs. Reality and How to Bridge the Gap” is too important to not share with the public. I am, however, unable to show the tables and graphs she used here.

MST/September 20, 2014 /MST Sports

St. Andrews to admit women members

LONDON—The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews on Thursday voted to allow women members for the first time in its 260-year history. The R&A’s 2,400 members were allowed to take part in the vote, which was passed by a margin of 85 percent in favor to 15 percent against.

MB/September 21, 2014 /Opinions and Editorials/Ignacio Bunye

Protecting our women and children against violence (2)

In a previous article, we reported about the progress of SAGIP, a project initiated in 1998 by the Zonta Club of Muntinlupa and Environs in collaboration with the City Government of Muntinlupa.


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UN Women/September 25, 2014

UfM Secretariat and UN Women join forces to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Euro-Mediterranean region

The Secretary General of the UfM, Fathallah Sijilmassi, and the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, signed a partnership agreement to work closer and undertake joint initiatives to effectively contribute towards women’s socio-economic empowerment in the region.

IPS/September 25, 2014/Ashfaq Yusufzai

Where Women Don’t Work

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Saleema Bibi graduated from medical school 15 years ago – but to this day, the 40-year-old resident of Peshawar, capital of Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, has never been able to practice as a professional.

IPS/September 25, 2014/Fabiana Frayssinet

Comprehensive Sex Education: A Pending Task in Latin America

BUENOS AIRES, Sep 25 2014 (IPS) - In most Latin American countries schools now provide sex education, but with a focus that is generally restricted to the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases – an approach that has not brought about significant modifications in the behaviour of adolescents, especially among the poor.

The World Bank/September 24, 2014/Garam Dexter

Monitoring Legal Pathways to End Violence Against Women

Did you know 25% of economies covered by the 2014 Women, Business and the Law pilot indicator on protecting women from violence have no laws in place on domestic violence?  The Women, Business and the Law dataset and report provide a breakdown of the legal framework affecting women’s ability to contribute to entrepreneurial and economic activity in 143 economies.

UN Women/September 24, 2014

Voices of indigenous women and girls in the post-2015 agenda

As world leaders gather for the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly in New York, all sights are set on the development of the post-2015 agenda. A high-level panel discussion today, against the backdrop of the first-ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (22-23 September), reaffirmed the need to include indigenous women in these international processes and renew commitment to achieving the Beijing Declaration and Lima Plan of Action.*

The Economic Times/September 24, 2014

Microsoft to train 1 million women under tech initiative

NEW DELHI: Software giant Microsoft, under its initiative to bring more women into the Indian IT industry, along with partners will train and mentor 1 million women in the next 12 months.

The Guardian/September 23, 2014/Ben Child

Film industry perpetuates gender discrimination, says UN-backed study

Report finds ‘deep-seated discrimination and pervasive stereotyping of women and girls’, including blanket under-representation and widespread hypersexualisation

FAO/September 23, 2014

Understanding customs and people's lives: Gender and land in the Western Balkans

This FAO-World Bank film addresses the challenges to increasing female land ownership in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia). Although sound legal frameworks protecting women's rights to own property are in place throughout the region, longstanding customs and traditions continue to favor male property ownership. A joint FAO-World Bank project in the region produced gender-disaggregated data on land ownership for each country, indicating low levels of female ownership. Armed with their new data, country gender teams set about working to reverse the trend in pilot communities. the below FAO-WB videos.

IPS/September 22, 2014/Robert Kibet

Kenya’s Ogiek Women Conquer Cultural Barriers to Support their Families

NAKURU COUNTY, Kenya, - Just two years ago, Mary Ondolo, a 50-year-old mother of nine from Kenya’s marginalised, hunter-gatherer community, the Ogiek, used to live in a grass thatched, mud house. She’d been living there for decades.

UN Women/September 20, 2014

Press release: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson calls out to men and boys to join HeForShe campaign


New York—In her new role as UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, British actor Emma Watson will call on men and boys worldwide to join the movement for gender equality today. The actor who built an immense global fan-base through her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter series is co-hosting a UN Women special event for the HeForShe campaign from the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The event aims to kick-start a global solidarity movement in support of women's rights and full equality between women and men.