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August 9 - 15, 2014

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MT/August 15, 2014 2014/Business/Mayvelin U. Caraballo

Dev’t must not neglect gender needs – NEDA

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) urged regional agencies to strengthen their roles and ensure that programs and projects in their areas are not neglecting gender needs while working for the country’s development … Balisacan made the statement at the recently concluded 1st Regional Gender and Development Council (RGADC) Summit held in Quezon City on August 14.

MB/August 15, 2014 2014/Metro/Chito Chavez

Amendment to marital law pushed

Declaring the law on adultery and concubinage as already obsolete, the Quezon City Council passed on second reading a proposed resolution to criminally sanction any married person having sexual relationship with any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) or vice versa.

PDI/August 14, 2014 2014/Business/Jeannette I. Andrade

15,000 women to undergo business training under TESDA-Coke-Taguig City deal


MANILA, Philippines—Aiming to empower 15,000 women as entrepreneurs by the end of the year, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) inked a deal with Coca Cola Philippines and the Taguig City government for a three-month business training.

MT/August 14, 2014 2014/World/UN

‘Barbaric’ sexual violence perpetrated by IS

BAGHDAD: Two senior United Nations officials on Thursday condemned in the strongest terms the “barbaric acts” of sexual violence and “savage rapes” the armed group Islamic State (IS) has perpetrated on minorities in areas under its control.

MST/August 14, 2014 2014/Metro/Rey E. Requejo

Comfort women to bring case to UN

The 70 Filipino women abused during World War II will bring before the United Nations their bid to compel the government to support their demands for official apology and other reparations from the Japanese government after the Supreme Court ruled with finality its decision denying their petition.

MB/August 14, 2014 2014/Provincial/Mike U. Crismundo

Family planning meeting in Mindanao

Butuan City – All officials and staff of the Commission on Population (POPCOM) in Mindanao and the agency’s central office started the two-day mid-year assessment workshop on Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RP-FP) in Agusan del Norte yesterday, August 14.

BM/August 14, 2014 2014/Opinion/Luzviminda A. Villanueva

Helping women’s enterprises to ‘level up’

First of two parts


FROM 2007 to 2013 the Gender Response Economic Action for the Transformation of Women Project, or simply the GREAT Women Project, assisted government and nongovernment institutions in giving women’s microenterprises opportunities to “level up.

BM/August 14, 2014 2014/Regions/Cai U. Ordinario

RH interventions needed in Yolanda-affected areas


AS the government undertakes the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in Supertyphoon Yolanda areas, a study from the University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE) said it is also important to include interventions on gender-based violence (GBV) and reproductive health (RH).

BM/August 14, 2014 2014/Show

‘Barber’s tales’: An empowering story for women

IN Jun Lana’s Barber’s Tales, Eugene Domingo plays Marilou, a widow who bravely takes over her husband’s barber shop despite the mockery from the menfolk in their barrio. She finds unexpected support from women who, like her, have long yearned for their own self-liberation.

PDI/August 13, 2014 2014/Opinion/Rina Jimenez-David

Surrogacy and the law

Remember the story about the Australian couple who allegedly abandoned their son, diagnosed with Down Syndrome, with his surrogate mother in Thailand, while taking with them the boy’s twin sister?

MT/August 13, 2014 2014/Sports/Conrad M. Cariño

Admiring the warrior spirit of women

I really do not know if women should be called upon to do what men are used to doing dangerously, like fighting. For thousands of years, it was us, the men, who were called on to fight, and yes, real men should be ready to get their faces bruised or even take a bullet to protect their loved ones.

PDI/August 12, 2014 2014/Global Nations/Tarra Quismundo

SC junks anew ‘comfort women’s’ plea for Japan’s apology


MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court has upheld its 2010 ruling junking the petition of Filipino comfort women to compel the Philippine government to take up their cause of seeking a formal apology from the Japanese government for the abuse they endured during World War 2.

BM/August 11, 2014 2014/World/AP

Thai case casts spotlight on business of surrogacy

BANGKOK—For thousands of well-off childless couples, the dream of having a baby is often realized in places like Thailand and India. Ready to help them are young women who become paid surrogates, their wombs offered up as vessels that can safely carry the babies until they are born.

MT/August 10, 2014 2014/Business/Kim Bernardo-Lokin

Breaking the glass ceiling in the BPO world

Ask any woman and they’ll agree – it’s never easy breaking the glass ceiling. But every now and then, there comes one who does succeed in doing so, and when that happens, it becomes a gargantuan step for numerous others who dream of breaking their own glass ceilings as well. Meet Marife Zamora, the recently appointed chairman of Convergys Philippines Services Corporation.

MB/August 10, 2014 2014/Provincial/PNA

35 human trafficking victims rescued in Boracay

Iloilo City (PNA) – Police authorities have rescued 35 females, including a girl of minor age from various establishments here suspected to be dens of prostitution on the island paradise of Boracay.

BM/August 10, 2014 2014/Economy/Catherine N. Pillas

APEC meet to anchor local trade promotions in 2015

THE Department of Trade and Industry’s promotion arm is gearing up for 2015, outlining key strategies to boost the competitiveness of Philippine industries and products next year anchored on Manila’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting.

BM/August 9, 2014 2014/Green/Bloomberg

Women with chainsaw head to the hills

JUNKO OTSUKA quit her job in Tokyo and headed for the woods, swapping a computer for a bush cutter and her air-conditioned office for the side of a mountain.


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WMSU/August 7, 2014 2014/

WMSU hosts Breastfeeding expo 2014

“Breastfeeding is nature’s free vaccine… I congratulate WMSU for its involvement in advocating breastfeeding in the community,” stressed Dr. Rodelin M. Agbulos, City Health Officer as he commended Western Mindanao State University for being the first institution other than the City Health Office to conduct a breastfeeding fair in line with the celebration of the 22nd World Breastfeeding Week.



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ILO/August 15, 2014

Edging closer to justice: The journey of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon

One migrant domestic worker in Lebanon decided to fight the “kafala” system and escape her employers. She took her case to a Lebanese court, and, seven years on, has been rewarded by achieving a measure of justice, a feat that would have seemed impossible to achieve a mere decade ago.

IPS/August 15, 2014/Amy Fallon

East Africa Breaks the Silence on Menstruation to Keep Girls in School

KAMPALA, Aug 15 2014 (IPS) - When Peninah Mamayi got her period last January, she was scared, confused and embarrassed. But like thousands of other girls in the developing world who experience menarche having no idea what menstruation is, Mamayi, who lives with her sister-in-law in a village in Tororo, eastern Uganda, kept quiet.

IPS/August 14, 2014/Chau Ngo

Abuse of Older Women Overlooked and Underreported

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - A veteran women’s rights activist, Patricia Brownell was still taken aback by the prevalence of abuse against older women she discovered during dozens of conversations she and her colleagues had with victims.

UN Women/August 13, 2014

Photo essay: Could a girl like me become SG?

New York —It all started at her school. When UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Matheus Samsão Muthemba School in Polana Caniço, Maputo, Mozambique in May 2013, he fielded a bold question from bright-eyed grade 10 student Raquelina Fernando Langa. She asked if she as a girl could become Secretary-General and, if so, what she needed to do to achieve that goal. Impressed by the question, he invited Raquelina to come to UN Headquarters in New York as his special guest for a day.

IPS/August 13, 2014/ Catherine Wilson

Gender Equality Gains Traction with Pacific Island Leaders

SYDNEY (IPS) - A pledge by political leaders two years ago to accelerate efforts toward closing the gender gap in the Pacific Islands has been boosted with the announcement that three women will take the helm of the regional intergovernmental organisation, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, headquartered in Suva, Fiji.

CNN/August 12, 2014/Katie McLaughlin

5 things women couldn't do in the 1960s


(CNN) -- Can you imagine pregnancy being a fireable offense? How about job security hinging on your weight or the softness of your hands? What if you couldn't open a bank account or establish a line of credit unless you had a husband to cosign for you? What if you had the grades to attend a school like Princeton, but your gender kept you on the other side of those hallowed, ivy-covered halls?

WB/August 11, 2014

New Evidence Highlights What Works to Empower Girls and Young Women

Washington—Educating, empowering, and employing the largest-ever generation of young people is vital to ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity—the World Bank Group's twin corporate goals. New impact evaluation (IE) briefs by the World Bank Group (WBG), released ahead of International Youth Day 2014, shed new light on what works in development interventions targeting girls and young women, who still account for a disproportionate share of the world’s poor and face persistent inequalities at home, school, and work that help keep them and their families in poverty.

UN Women/August 11, 2014

Photo essay: Shaping the agenda, youth march forward

Today 1.8 billion adolescents make up the largest youth generation in history – and they are stirring nations and raising their voices! The challenges faced by young women and girls in particular are making headlines and spurring change around the world. As the UN marks International Youth Day on 12 August, throughout this month UN Women puts a spotlight on their struggles, strategies and achievements in a special In Focus package.

IPS/August 11, 2014

Progress 20 years on: Beijing+20 reviews are underway

In the nearly 20 years since 189 countries committed to the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – an agenda for women’s empowerment and blueprint for advancing women's rights around 12 critical areas of concern – countries have worked hard to meet those goals, but many acknowledge remaining gaps and challenges.