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July 26–August 1, 2014

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PDI/August 1, 2014 2014/Lifestyle/Maurice Arcache

3 women achievers hailed as ‘micropreneurs

When champions meet you can be totally sure you’re in for a great show … That’s exactly what happened when three of the country’s super champions of microfinance joined hands to launch the “12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA),” a nationwide search for “exemplary Pinoy microentrepreneurs” organized by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Citi Philippines and the biggies of the Microfinance Council of the Philippines (MCPI) … True enough, three women achievers, namely, Marylyn Cleto (regional awardee for Luzon), Regina Paller (regional awardee for Visayas) and Maria Gudilla Argabio (special awardee for agri micro-business), graced the launch to share how CMA transformed their lives and their communities.

MST/August 1, 2014 2014/Provinces/Dexter A. See

Rape cases surge in Cordillera

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet—Rape and violence against women and children doubled in the first six months this year the figure for 2013 and officials blamed on Thursday various factors, including pornography, drunkenness and influence of foreign cultures.

MB/August 1, 2014 2014/Opinions and Editorials

Information: No substitute for mother’s milk

The Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (MBFHI) is the Filipino adoption of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program started in 1991 by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding worldwide.

MB/August 1, 2014 2014/National/Mario Casayuran

Senate repeals law requiring widows to wait 301 days before remarrying

The Senate approved yesterday a bill seeking the repeal of an old law which penalizes widows who remarry within 301 days after the death of a husband.

MB/August 1, 2014 2014/Business/Myrna Velasco

Petilla orders probe on energy official’s offense

The Department of Energy (DOE) is not only pre-occupied sorting out measures to solve the worsening power supply crisis in the country, but it is also pursuing probe on one of its top officials who was tagged in an “ethical breach” against a subordinate employee … It was noted that the case filed against Energy Assistant Secretary Daniel A. Ariaso Sr. had been “sexual assault” allegedly committed against another DOE employee during out-of-town sorties in Leyte and Samar on June 20-23, 2014 … The investigation committee formed by Petilla on the sexual harassment case comprised of: Undersecretary Donato D. Marcos, Director Patrick T. Aquino, Atty. Myra Fiera Roa, Rosalina T. Rapi and Vivien Josephine Panes.

PS/July 31, 2014/Education and Home/Mayen Jaymalin

Women tech-voc grads now outnumber men

MANILA, Philippines - Technical-vocational education (tech-voc) is now fast becoming a women’s turf. More women than men are now taking up tech-voc courses, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) reported yesterday.

PDI/July 31, 2014/Cebu Daily News/Marian Z. Codilla

Ladies’ room off limits to Maki; complaint filed

With waist-length hair, smooth skin, and fine features, Maki Gingoyon can turn heads. The former Queen of Cebu 2010 titlist was almost accepted as a member of of a private gym in a Cebu city mall last Monday, but didn’t enroll when the manager said the ladies’ locker was off limits. The walk-in client said it was a “humiliating” experience to have to explain an ID card which stated “male” as gender.

MT/July 31, 2014/Top stories/Llanesca T. Panti

Govt pours P3.3B into RH law

The Aquino administration has proposed a P3.3-billion budget for the implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law.

MT/July 31, 2014/Top stories/Neil A. Alcober

Women workers starting to outdo male counterparts

FILIPINO women are starting to make inroads in various trades dominated by men, especially in sectors where skilled workers are most needed, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Director General Joel Villanueva said on Wednesday … Five of the Top 20 finalists in this year’s Tatak Tesda Video Making Contest were women who excelled in their chosen trade.

MB/July 31, 2014/World/AFP

Acid attacks on women cast pall of fear

Quetta, Pakistan — A recent spate of acid attacks in a region of Pakistan previously untouched by the crime has sparked an impassioned debate about rising Islamization that is forcing an increasing number of women to stay at home.

MB/July 31, 2014/National/Madel Sabater - Namit

DFA condemns rape of Filipina in Libya

Malacanang on Thursday condemned the heinous act done to a Filipina nurse who was abducted and raped in Libya.

BM/July 31, 2014/Opinion/Niña Terol-Zialcita

Women in power (2)


IN this kind of workplace, varying views could be a winning formula. Women can complement men by bringing their particular strengths into different levels of a project or an organization.

MB/July 29, 2014/World/AP

Female oppression

Washington (AP) – President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is “crippling” development in some countries, speaking out publicly Monday for the first time against female genital mutilation while encouraging young leaders from the continent to empower women.

PS/July 28, 2014/Metro/Helen Flores

1,700 cases of bullying reported

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) documented more than 1,700 cases of child abuse and bullying in school year 2013-2014 after Republic Act 10627, the Anti-Bullying Act, was passed last year. However, the DepEd said 60 percent of these cases have already been resolved. Education Secretary Armin Luistro said violence takes many forms – peer-to-peer bullying, gender-based discrimination, physical assault, psychological punishment, public ridicule, and sexual harassment.

BM/July 28, 2014/Nation/Jovee Marie N. dela Cruz

100-millionth baby should force govt to fully implement RH law–Lagman

THE birth of the 100-millionth Filipino baby should force the government to fully implement the reproductive-health (RH) law, a former lawmaker said on Monday.

BM/July 28, 2014/Economy/Cai U. Ordinario

PHL population to reach 142 million in 2045–PSA

SOME 50 million more Filipinos are projected to be added to the country’s bourgeoning population over a span of 35 years, according to the latest population projection released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Monday.

BM/July 27, 2014/Agri-Commodities/Noel T. Provido

Davao spices up rehabilitation of coconut plantations via chili production

CATEEL, Davao Oriental—A year and a half after Typhoon Pablo destroyed coconut plantations, the face of devastation is now replaced by mushrooming hot chili farms … Women were tapped in repacking in the latter location.

MB/July 26, 2014/Entertainment news/Mike Lim

The moves that backfired

Sexual harassment in the workplace is more common than many people think and it is considered a most difficult issue to tackle. Perpetrators are often much older and experienced than their victims. In most situations, too, they are in a position of power, making it near-impossible for their victims to complain.


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UNAIDS/August 1, 2014

UNAIDS welcomes Uganda's

Constitutional Court
decision to annul anti-homosexuality law


GENEVA, 1 August 2014—UNAIDS welcomes the decision of Uganda's

Constitutional Court
to overturn the law that called for a 14-year jail term for a first conviction, and imprisonment for life for 'aggravated homosexuality'. Challenged by 10 petitioners including civil society, parliamentarians and academics, the law was annulled by the Court over a lack of quorum when the bill was passed.


UN/July 30, 2014

On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, UN calls for action to eradicate scourge


30 July 2014 – Emphasizing that the practice of slavery still plagues modern society, the United Nations marked its first-ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons by calling on the international community to end impunity for perpetrators and help victims, especially women and children, who continue to be particularly vulnerable to the perfidious trade.

IPS News/July 31, 2014/Fabiola Ortiz


Transfers Drive
Human Development in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 31 2014 (IPS) - Every day, Celina Maria de Souza rises before dawn, and after taking four of her children to the nearby school she climbs down the 180 steps that separate her home on a steep hill from the flat part of this Brazilian city, to go to her job as a domestic. In the evening she makes the long trek back up.

UN Women/July 30, 2014

China’s ‘left-behind girls’ learn self-protection

Safe spaces for girls left by migrating parents have been set up and trainings are on-going for children, teachers, community leaders and public authorities to prevent sexual violence, supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.

UNODC/July 28, 2014

Giving hope to victims of human trafficking

Ahead of the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30 July), we hear the harrowing experiences of human trafficking survivors, as well as their stories of hope thanks to the work of grassroots organizations helping the victims of this despicable trade. Managed by UNODC, the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking supports on-the-ground humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims in a bid to help them start a new life free from slavery.

IPS News/July 28, 2014/Catherine Wilson

Outlawing Polygamy to Combat Gender Inequalities, Domestic Violence in Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) - New legislation recently passed in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea (PNG) outlawing polygamy has been welcomed by experts in the country as an initial step forward in the battle against high rates of domestic violence, gender inequality and the spread of AIDS.

APC/July 26, 2014/FF

End violence project: Two years and going strong

In its third year, APC’s End violence: Women´s rights and safety online project project has caught the eye of high-level policy makers as well as local activists. With support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS) and a strong alliance with partners in seven countries, many women around the world gained awareness on tech-related violence against women and skills to protect themselves and their organisations online.