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PDI/August 22, 2014 2014/Nation/Matikas Santos

Child death rate now lower, but maternal mortality up


MANILA, Philippines – Giving birth is regarded as one of the most wonderful experiences in life. However it is also a risky time for both the mother and baby because it puts both their lives on the line.

PDI/August 22, 2014 2014/Editorial

Uncomforted women

When the Supreme Court once again dismissed the plea of the Filipino “comfort women” for formal redress for the abuse they suffered during World War II, it lost a golden moment to be on the right side of history.

MST/August 22, 2014 2014/Business/Boy P.

Anti-trafficking summits launched

While many of us grumble about the messy traffic situation in the streets, a more insidious kind of trafficking is destroying the lives of hundreds of thousands of Filipinos.

MST/August 22, 2014 2014/World news/AFP

Indian envoy’s ‘small gang rape’ remark sparks fury

NEW DELHI—The father of a student who died after being gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi spoke of his anger Friday after a senior minister referred to the infamous attack as a “small incident”.

BM/August 22, 2014 2014/Health & Fitness/Karl Angelo Dabu

Understanding femininity: How women deal with depression

WOMEN are emotionally-driven beings who are naturally extrovert, sensitive, and impulsive. These hormonally triggered characteristics have put them to dominate the mental illness statistics especially when it comes to depression.

MB/August 21, 2014 2014/Provincial/Malou M. Maza

Struggling women entrepreneurs emerge as winners

Mandaue City, Cebu – Three women entrepreneurs in this city have emerged as role models among micro-entrepreneurs in their barangays after winning in a competition celebrating perseverance, creativity and the struggle to rise above poverty through business ventures.

BW/August 21, 2014 2014/Nation/Maya M. Padillo

Davao Women’s Code in the spotlight after ‘hipon’ joke, other episodes

DAVAO CITY -- This city, a pioneer in having a set of local laws that are intended to protect women, has seen over the last three months controversial issues that seem to put its Women’s Code to the test.

MB/August 20, 2014 2014/Provincial/Nonoy Lacson

Fighting nuns

Zamboanga City – The Franciscan sisters of the Zamboanga Women’s Religious Association (ZAWRA) joined the fight against human trafficking in this city.

MB/August 20, 2014 2014/National/Charina Clarrise L. Echaluce

600,000 women to receive ‘Family Planning Implants’: DOH awaiting go signal to implement plan

The Department of Health (DOH) sees Family Planning Implant, a sub-dermal device which inhibits ovulation, as a new way to address the problem of population growth in the country which has breached the 100-million mark.

BM/August 20, 2014 2014/Economy/ Cai U. Ordinario

PHL still has a way to go to achieve MDGs

Less than 500 days until the deadline, the Philippines is still far from achieving its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) commitments, according to the latest report released by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) and the United Nations Development Programme … Data also showed that while the Philippines has a high probability of attaining the six indicators under Goal 3, on empowering women, the country has a low probability of achieving the indicator on the proportion of elective seats held by women.

BM/August 20, 2014 2014/World/Bloomberg

In developing world, birth is the most dangerous day of life

THE woman hung up her phone and delivered a baby into her yellow-and-orange skirt so quietly, it almost escaped the nurses’ notice.

PDI/August 19, 2014 2014/Entertainment/Bayani San Diego, Jr.

‘Barber’s Tale:’ A tribute to strong women

“I wanted to make a film on women empowerment, in honor of my mom and all the strong women who had a profound influence on my life,” he said. Lead actress Eugene Domingo’s character Marilou is a tribute to his mentor, the late filmmaker Marilou Diaz-Abaya.

MT/August 19, 2014 2014/Expats & Diplomats

Taiwan’s effort in maintaining women’s rights

In order to maintain and enhance women’s rights and foster international dialogue, Taiwan has adopted the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Committee model and hosted the CEDAW Second national report meeting in June.

MB/August 19, 2014 2014/Provincial/Zaldy C. Comanda

Rape cases down in Cordillera, but more reporting abuses – PNP

La Trinidad, Benguet — The police’s Regional Women’s and Children’s Protection Desk (RWCPD) reported a decrease in the incidence of rape in the Cordillera Administrative Region, but a rise in reports of abuse cases against women and children in the first half of this year.

MB/August 19, 2014 2014/Business/JAL

56 firms vie for ASEAN Business Awards

A total of 56 companies are vying for the first ASEAN Business Awards Philippines. In a statement, ASEAN Business Advisory Council said about 66 percent of the companies belong to the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) segment while 34 percent are from large businesses … The categories include Large Businesses for Innovation, Corporate Excellence and ASEAN Centricity; and Small and Medium Enterprises for SME, Young Entrepreneurs and Women Leaders.

BM/August 19, 2014 2014/Economy/Cai U. Ordinario

PHL has to do more to close gender gap, Neda chief says

Despite being a leader in Asia and the Pacific in terms of closing the gender gap, the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said the Philippines still has a long way to achieving this goal.

PS/August 18, 2014 2014/The Freeman/Ehda M. Dagooc

Foundation for women mulled

CEBU, Philippines - Women leaders in Cebu plans to establish a foundation for women to help empower women entrepreneurs in the province.

MT/August 18, 2014 2014/Headlines/Catherine S. Valente

300,000 more Pinoys jobless – SWS survey

THE number of Filipinos without jobs rose in the second quarter of the year as pessimism on the prospects of finding employment next year also grew, according to a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) … By gender, joblessness among women rose by 2.1 points to 39.9 percent, the highest since the 42.5 percent recorded in August 2012, while joblessness among men fell 1.8 points to 14.7 percent, the lowest since the 14.3 percent recorded in June 2011.

PDI/August 18, 2014 2014/Nation/Jerome Aning

2 women top JBC nominees for Visayas Ombudsman


MANILA, Philippines — Two women topped the Judicial and Bar Council’s voting on Monday for nominees to succeed Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol, whose term expires on Thursday. Five nominees made it to the JBC shortlist, namely Geraldine Faith Econg, Carla Juris Narvios-Tanco, Paul Elmer Clemente, Vincent Gengos Jr. and Gilbert Kintanar.

MB/August 18, 2014 2014/Latest News/AP

Elderly ex-sex slaves want solace, help from pope

Seoul, South Korea (AP) — Lee Yong-soo hopes a meeting Monday with Pope Francis will provide some solace for the pain that still feels fresh more than seven decades after Japanese soldiers forced her into prostitution during World War II.

BW/August 18, 2014 2014/Nation/Carmencita A. Carillo

Comedian jokes Davao women are hipon, provokes Dutertes

DAVAO CITY -- Actor and author Ramon Bautista became the unwitting star in this year’s 29th Kadayawan Festival after joking that women here are “hipon.”

PDI/August 17, 2014 2014/Opinion/Rina Jimenez-David

When something happens

“May nangyari na (Something has already happened)” is the terse explanation given by a Filipino parent when queried why she (more frequently it is the mother) is marrying off her daughter. That “something” is usually sex, usually after the daughter “elopes” with her boyfriend or comes home after an unauthorized night out … Key to how a young woman survives the transition from girlhood to adolescence to womanhood, says Sister TD, is the “mother-daughter dyad,” their exchange of communication, information, values and confidences, and how these bear on the process of making life choices. In much of her research, says Sister TD, “the father is usually invisible or absent.”

MT/August 17, 2014 2014/Health news

PH may miss goal to cut baby deaths

WITH barely 500 days left until the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reach their conclusion, the Philippines looks set to miss on one of its most significant objectives—reducing preventable child deaths.



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IPS/August 20, 2014/Patricia Grogg

Caregiving Exacerbates the Burden for Women in Cuba

HAVANA, - Hortensia Ramírez feels like she needs more hands to care for her 78-year-old mother, who suffers from arteriosclerosis, do the housework, and make homemade baked goods which she sells to support her family.

IPS/August 20, 2014/Neeta Lal

India: Home to One in Three Child Brides

NEW DELHI, - Basanti Rani*, a 33-year-old farmers’ wife from the northern Indian state of Haryana, recently withdrew her 15-year-old daughter Paru from school in order to marry her off to a 40-year-old man.

ILO/August 20, 2014/Sophy Fisher

AEC offers major employment, wage and productivity benefits, if decisively managed

JAKARTA (ILO News) - The introduction of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 could generate 14 million additional jobs and improve the livelihoods of 600 million women and men living in the region, but only if decisive action is taken to manage it effectively, according to a new report.

The Guardian/August 19, 2014/Nicholas Watt

Mothers' names to be added to marriage registers in England & Wales

Mothers' names are to be added to marriage registers in England and Wales for the first time as the government addresses "another inequality in marriage" by introducing the first reforms to the system in more than 150 years, David Cameron has announced.




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ILO/August 19, 2014

ASEAN Community 2015: Managing integration for better jobs and shared prosperity

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), a single regional common market and production base, will become a reality in 2015 for the 600 million women and men of the 10 ASEAN Member States. This will lead to the freer flow of goods, services, investment and skilled labour in the region. New opportunities for growth and prosperity are likely to emerge, but the challenge is to ensure that growth is inclusive and prosperity is shared. The ILO and the Asian Development Bank, with support from the ASEAN Secretariat, have conducted a study on ASEAN Community 2015: Managing integration for better jobs and shared prosperity. The report examines the impact of the AEC on labour markets and offers evidence-based policy recommendations for better jobs and equitable growth, including strengthening regional cooperation, facilitating structural change, improving job quality, enhancing skills, boosting productivity and wages, and managing labour migration.