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Sept. 6 – 12, 2014

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PS/September 12, 2014 /Headlines/Christina Mendez

Tokyo holds first World Assembly for Women Today

TOKYO – Female political and business leaders from over 25 countries will gather here today for the first World Assembly for Women in Tokyo (WAW! Tokyo 2014) organized by the Japanese government to further promote women’s political and economic empowerment … Sen. Loren Legarda is the lone representative from the Philippines in the high level international symposium. She is expected to share the Philippine experience in fighting for women’s rights and closing the gender gap.

BM/September 12, 2014 /Top news/Bloomberg

IMF’s Lagarde says women need help to save Japan’s economy

PRIME Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is “working flat out” to lure and keep women in the labor force, though current efforts aren’t sufficient to generate the economic growth the country needs, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said.

BM/September 12, 2014 /World/AP

Unicef: 46 percent of South Asia girls marry by 18

UNITED NATIONS —Nearly half of girls in South Asia marry before their 18th birthday, as children in the region continue paying the price of persistent inequality, according to a Unicef report released on Thursday.

PS/September 11, 2014 /Headlines/Helen Flores

Women’s welfare priority in Japan development aid

TOKYO – Promoting women’s welfare remains among the top priorities of Japan in extending official development assistance (ODA) to developing nations, an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said here yesterday.

MB/September 11, 2014 /Opinions and Editorials

Analysis: Asia-Pacific women politicians push for ending gender inequality

Manila (PNA) — Women parliamentarians from 21 Asia-Pacific countries on Saturday highlighted the ending of gender inequality, sexual and reproductive health (SRHR) as major priorities in achieving equitable and social development.

PS/September 10, 2014 /The Freeman/Michael Vencynth H. Braga

Region 7 has highest number of rape cases

CEBU, Philippines - Central Visayas is among the regions in the country identified to have the most number of rape cases. The Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center recorded in 2013 a total of 5,493 rape cases that involved women and child victims or an approximate of one reported rape incident every 96 minutes.

PDI/September 10, 2014 /Opinion/Rina Jimenez-David

Those prewedding seminars

The recommendations for the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law presented by the women’s health NGO Likhaan, outlined in part in yesterday’s column, also contains a portion devoted to the role of civil society organizations (CSOs).

PDI/September 9, 2014 /Opinion/Rina Jimenez-David

Implementing the RH Law

One would think, given that the law on “responsible parenthood and reproductive health” (RPRH) has not only been passed but also passed muster (with some exceptions) with the Supreme Court, that all would now be hunky-dory when it comes to implementing it.

MB/September 9, 2014 /Metro/Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren

60 lady enforcers to help manage EDSA traffic

Women Power! A team of lady traffic auxiliaries has taken up the challenge and will prove that managing the vehicular traffic along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), the country’s busiest thoroughfare, is not just a man’s job.

MT/September 8, 2014 2014/World/AFP

UN-funded African troops raped vulnerable Somalis

NAIROBI: Internationally-funded African Union troops in war-torn and impoverished Somalia have raped women and girls as young as 12 and traded food aid for sex, Human Rights Watch said in a damning report on Monday.

MB/September 8, 2014 /Opinions and Editorials/AP

News report: S. Korean women face eviction at US base

Pyeongtaek, South Korea— More than 70 aging women live in a squalid neighborhood between the rear gate of the US Army garrison here and half a dozen seedy nightclubs. Near the front gate, glossy illustrations posted in real-estate offices show the dream homes that may one day replace their one-room shacks.

MT/September 7, 2014 /World/AFP

Hurdles in Japan bid to give women top posts

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s appointment of a record number of women to his cabinet highlights efforts to power the economy by boosting the female workforce — but he faces myriad challenges turning that vision into reality.

MB/September 7, 2014 /Opinions and Editorials/Ignacio Bunye

Protecting our women and children against violence

When Congress enacted into law the Anti-Violence against Women and Children Act of 2004, our legislators declared that “the State values the dignity of women and children and guarantees full respect for human rights.”



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ILO/September 12, 2014

ILO at OATUU Women Conference in Kenyas


NAIROBI (ILO News) – The ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Africa, Aeneas Chapinga Chuma, will address the OATUU Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss ways and means of organizing informal economy workers and promoting equality for women and men in the world of work.

UN Women/September 11, 2014

UN Women launches online hub for businesses to support women’s economic empowerment

Nairobi — UN Women has launched an online business platform for entrepreneurs and business enterprises to exchange strategies and initiatives in support of women’s economic empowerment. The new hub is part of the organization’s commitment to connect and encourage a global network of gender-responsive businesses and to support women-led enterprises … The new hub will be hosted on UN Women’s Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment.

UN Women/September 11, 2014/Elizabeth Nyamayaro

Media advisory: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson to co-host a special event for the HeForShe campaign

(New York) British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson will co-host a special event for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign on 20 September 2014, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The event aims to kick-start one of the largest solidarity movements of the 21st century for the achievement of gender equality calling upon one half of humanity in support of the other half for the benefit of all.

NiemanReports/September 11, 2014/Anna Griffin

Where Are the Women?

At a time when women head fewer major U.S. newspapers than they did 10 years ago, there is a place where women run not only some of the nation’s leading papers but the major public TV station and private TV and radio stations, too. In fact, some media leaders and members of the public even feel journalism here needs more men.

IPS/September 11, 2014/Joan Erakit

How Niger’s Traditional Leaders are Promoting Maternal Health

BANDE, Niger, Sep 11 2014 (IPS) - It is a long, 14-hour drive from Niger’s capital city Niamey to the village of Bande. And the ride is a dreary one as the roadside is bare. The occasional, lone goat herder is spotted every few kilometres and the sightings become a cause of both confusion and excitement since there aren’t any trees, or watering holes in sight.

ILO/September 11, 2014/Sophy Fisher

ILO Director-General welcomes G20's "ambitious" commitments to promote decent jobs

Guy Ryder has welcomed commitments made by the G20 Ministers to tackle the global jobs crisis with a package of measures to support the creation of decent jobs that can lift working families out of poverty and drive sustainable development.

UNFPA/September 11, 2014

Pregnant women forced to flee escalating crisis in Iraq

DUHOK, Iraq – With hostilities nearing her village in northern Iraq, 30-year-old Khawla had little choice but to flee – while she was eight months pregnant.

Forbes/September 11, 2014/Candida Brush

The Power of Investing in Women Entrepreneurs

The data is in! Investing in women entrepreneurs results in new jobs, revenues and contributions to communities, according to our report, Investing in the Power of Women: a Progress Report on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program.

UN Women/September 10, 2014

New study to examine women’s role in peace and security over the past 15 years

New York — At a special event at United Nations headquarters today, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates and UN Women announced the launch of a global study to review progress and challenges since the Security Council adopted resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, in 2000. A landmark legal and political framework, the resolution acknowledges the importance of women’s participation and the inclusion of gender perspectives in peace negotiations, humanitarian planning, peacekeeping operations, post-conflict peacebuilding and governance.

UN Women/September 10, 2014

Innovative women-led enterprises win SEED Gender Equality Awards

Three women-led social and environmental enterprises have been presented with the 2014 SEED Gender Equality Award for leading the way in tackling sustainable development challenges while promoting gender equality, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.

UN Women/September 8, 2014

Comprehensive approach to end child, early and forced marriage needed

New York — “Child marriage violates girls’ rights and undermines girls’ and young women’s independence and autonomy,” said John Hendra, UN Women Deputy Executive Director of Policy and Programme, at an informal panel discussion on “Child, Early and Forced Marriage Worldwide, including the Elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda”.

IPS/September 8, 2014/Pavol Stracansky

New Anti-Discrimination Law Could Worsen Situation for Georgia’s LGBT Community

TBILISI, Sep 8 2014 (IPS) - Georgia’s LGBT community is sceptical that recently-introduced anti-discrimination legislation hailed by some rights groups as a bold step forward for the former Soviet state will improve their lives any time soon.

Time/September 6, 2014/Aryn Baker

How ISIS Is Recruiting Women From Around the World

Women have always played a role in war, if not in actual combat then in the vital areas of intelligence gathering, medical care, food preparation and support. ISIS’s vicious campaign to carve out a state ruled by a fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic law is no different, though its strict laws prohibiting mixing between genders has limited women’s presence on the front lines. Instead, women are drawn — or recruited — into vital support roles through effective social-media campaigns that promise devout jihadist husbands, a home in a true Islamic state and the opportunity to devote their lives to their religion and their God.





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Goldman Sachs/2014

Investing in the Power of Women: Progress Report on the 10,000 Women Initiative,

A new report by Babson College on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative has found that training and education for women entrepreneurs positively affect emerging economies by increasing revenues and creating jobs, expanding women’s contributions to their communities, and informing their leadership styles.


Princeton Univ. Press/2014

Why Gender Matters in Economics/Mukesh Eswaran

Gender matters in economics—for even with today’s technology, fertility choices, market opportunities, and improved social norms, economic outcomes for women remain markedly worse than for men … Mukesh Eswaran examines how women’s behavioral responses in economic situations and their bargaining power within the household differ from those of men. Eswaran then delves into the far-reaching consequences of these differences in both market and nonmarket domains. The author considers how women may be discriminated against in labor and credit markets, how their family and market circumstances interact, and how globalization has influenced their lives.