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MST/September 5, 2014 2014/World news/AFP

UN: 1 in 10 girls sexually abused

WASHINGTON—Around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20, a new UN report has found.

PS/September 4, 2014 2014/Nation/Mike Frialde

MMDA deploys 60 women enforcers to discipline EDSA motorists

MANILA, Philippines - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has deployed a team of 60 women traffic enforcers to enforce traffic discipline on motorists along EDSA.

MST/September 3, 2014 2014/Entertainment/AFP

Should naked photo hacking be considered a sex crime?

LOS ANGELES, September 3, 2014 (AFP) - Already hounded by paparazzi on their doorsteps, celebrities face a new battle to protect their privacy from hackers willing to splash their most intimate behind-closed-doors photos online.

MB/September 3, 2014 2014/World/AP

Japan PM selects 5 women for new Cabinet

TokyoJapan’s prime minister picked a record-matching five women for his Cabinet Wednesday, sending the strongest message yet about his determination to revive the economy by getting women on board as workers and leaders.

MB/September 3, 2014 2014/Opinions and Editorials/AP

Analysis: EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs

Brussels, Belgium — Don’t be fooled by Angela Merkel. The German chancellor may be the most powerful leader in the European Union, but she hardly paints a true picture of the place of women in EU politics.

BM/September 3, 2014 2014/Regions/PNA

Iloilo tribesmen oppose construction of Jalaur Dam

ILOILO CITY—Amid the din of the crowd that gathered at the town plaza in Calinog, Iloilo, on Tuesday, the voices of women belonging to one of Western Visayas’s tribes, Panay-Bukidnon, rose above everyone else … Cynthia Deduro, executive director of the Panay-Guimaras Indigenous People’s Network, an organization working for the protection and preservation of culture and interest of the Tumandok tribe in Panay and Guimaras, echoed the sentiment of the Panay-Bukidnon tribe.

MT/September 2, 2014 2014/News/PNA

DSWD opposes lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility in new Criminal Code

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) said Tuesday that they strongly oppose the lowering of the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) from 15 years old to 13 as provided in the New Criminal Code – Book I.

BW/September 2, 2014 2014/Economy/B.C.P. Balaoing

Steady rise in underemployment noted in the last 8 years -- PSA

Data posted on the PSA-Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) Web site showed that underemployed individuals in the country numbered 7.3 million in 2013 … Broken down by gender, more men were underemployed than women from 2006-2013, with seven in 10 underemployed persons being men. Underemployment among men was at its lowest in 2013 at 68.6% and at its highest in 2008 at 70.2%.

BM/September 2, 2014 2014/Regions/Ashley Manabat

Macabebe women weave water lilies into mats for livelihood

MACABEBE, Pampanga—Ever since the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991, flooding have become worse in this bucolic town on the banks of the Pampanga River … Municipal Councilor Bembong Balgan said about 33 women are now benefiting from the water lily livelihood project. She said the Department of Social Welfare and Development buys the mats from the women for P150 each.

MST/September 1, 2014 2014/Entertainment/Joel E. Zurbano

Wife says Derek Ramsay violated RA 9262

THE estranged wife of Filipino-British actor-model Derek Ramsay Jr. accused her husband of committing violence against her and their 11-year old son with physical, psychological and other abuses for several years.

MB/September 1, 2014 2014/Provincial/Nonoy E. Lacson

Zamboanga’s grandstand of rape and broken dreams

Zamboanga City — Yet another young girl was sexually abused at the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Complex (JFEMC), here, where thousands continue to take shelter after the failed Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) siege nearly a year ago.

BW/September 1, 2014 2014/Nation/Carmencita A. Carillo

Davao City police chief relieved after wife files charges

DAVAO CITY -- Sr. Supt. Vicente Danao, the city police chief who is facing charges for grave misconduct and physical injuries filed by his wife, has been relieved from his position effective Sept. 1.

MB/August 30, 2014 2014/Provincial/Freddie C. Velez

Girl Scouts of Bulacan reshaping a better nation

Calumpit, Bulacan — Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado hailed this weekend the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP)-Bulacan Council for staying vibrant in their endeavors in helping shape a better nation by guiding girls to realize the ideals of womanhood.

MST/August 30, 2014 2014/Opinion/Elizabeth Angsioco

Menarche, sex, and aging

So, what’s wrong with Mommy D. having a relationship with a younger man? Laughter. And what’s wrong with Mommy D. having a sex life? Even more, and louder laughter. These questions were part of my processing of a session I facilitated during the seminar on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) my organization recently did with Payatas women.

BM/August 30, 2014 2014/Economy/Jonathan L. Mayuga

New WB project seen to benefit 2 million farmers and fishermen

THE World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Saturday approved a loan and the grant of a financing package for rural infrastructure, small business and livelihood projects that will benefit around 2 million Filipino farmers and fishermen … Almost half of the targeted 2 mil­lion farmers and fishermen who will benefit from the project are women. PRDP will also indirectly benefit an estimated 22 million people that which include 10 million women.



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IPS News/September 4, 2014/Ida Karlsson

Human Rights and Gender Equality Vague in Post-2015 Agenda

BRUSSELS, Sep 4 2014 (IPS) - With the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda currently under discussion, civil society actors in Europe are calling for a firmer stance on human rights and gender equality, including control of assets by women.

IPS News/September 4, 2014/Marianela Jarroud

Women – the Pillar of the Social Struggle in Chile’s Patagonia Region

COYHAIQUE, Chile (IPS) - In few places in Chile are women the pillars of community, grassroots rural and environmental movements as they are in the southern wilderness region of Patagonia. It is a social role that history forced them to assume in this remote part of the country.

UN Women/September 3, 2014

Women as everyday peacebuilders critical to nation-building

New York — In the aftermath of conflict, studies have shown that women play a key role in rebuilding their nations. The roles that women often assume during conflict– as combatants, political or economic actors providing for their families or activists engaged in community reconciliation – must be recognized, say experts, and supported in the post-conflict period. However, too often, women’s daily peacebuilding stories remain untold.

The Irish Times/September 3, 2014/Tim O’Brien

Progress in gender equality, diversity and anti-bullying for Defence Forces

Good progress has been made by the defence forces in introducing policies which respect gender equality, diversity and anti-bullying strategies, according to a key report to be launched this morning.

UN Women/September 3, 2014

Women’s Empowerment Principles Gain Strength as 800 Companies Commit to Gender Equality at the Highest Level

New York — More than 800 CEOs representing a global group of leading corporations from all sectors and regions have made a public commitment to support the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women, which is now the largest voluntary corporate platform to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.