GAD News Feeds - July 19 – 25, 2014


July 19–25, 2014

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PDI/July 25, 2014/World/AFP

Japan rejects UN watchdog’s call on ‘comfort women’


TOKYOJapan on Friday rejected a call by a UN watchdog to accept full blame for pressing Asian women into wartime sexual slavery in military brothels, saying it was not obligated to do so.

BM/July 25, 2014/Regions/Manuel T. Cayon

Maternal, infant deaths still high in Davao region

DAVAO CITY—Maternal and infant mortality in the Davao region remained a big headache for health authorities as the government struggles to combat these blight in the rush to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations (UN) next year.

MB/July 24, 2014/Provincial/Malu Cadelina Manar

Nutrition project benefits 7,000 poor households

Kidapawan City – At least 7,000 needy households in the three poorest towns in North Cotabato and Lanao del Sur benefited from a project that aims to reduce hunger and malnutrition … Also in treating malnutrition, the project has integrated disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, care for environment, and gender and cultural sensitivity.

BM/July 24, 2014/World/AP

Women business owners in US face gender gap, report says

NEW YORK—Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said on Wednesday.

MT/July 23, 2014/World/AFP

Worldwide female genital mutilation ban sought at ‘Girl Summit’

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation and child marriage as he launched the first UN-backed “Girl Summit” on issues that affect millions around the globe.

MB/July 23, 2014/Opinions and Editorials/AP

Report: Women go online to protest ‘everyday sexism’

London, United Kingdom — When Laura Bates was followed home one night by a man from her bus, she didn’t think much of it. Incidents like that just seemed to be part of living in London.

MB/July 23, 2014/National/Charina Clarrise L. Echaluce

Women’s group slams privatization of hospitals

Members of the Gabriela national alliance of women trooped to the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday to protest the privatization of at least three government hospitals – Philippine Orthopedic Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, and Philippine Children’s Medical Center.

MB/July 23, 2014/Opinions and Editorials/AP

Feature: Vietnam’s migrant women workers

Vu Hoi, Vietnam (AP) — When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid – earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet – Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children on top of his regular work as a farmer and carpenter.

MB/July 22, 2014/Provincial/ Cherry Mae D. Palicte

Briefing on social issues

Panabo City — The city government here, through its City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), has launched an information campaign to curb the rampancy of various forms of human rights abuse. The briefing in the barangay level tackled the Anti Bullying Act, child trafficking, child abuse, early teen pregnancy, parent-child relationship, youth and welfare code and violence against women and children (VAWC).

PS/July 21, 2014/PSN-Opinyon/Ben Tulfo

Pagdurusang tahimik’ (Sexual harassment)

MARAMING mga empleyadong nagtatrabaho sa mga pribado at gobyernong tanggapan ang nagdurusang tahimik sa pananamantala ng kanilang mga lider, namumuno, amo o “bossing.” Subalit, dahil sa kasalatan at tindi ng pangangaila-ngan sa trabaho, pinipili nalang nilang tumahimik at hindi magsalita. Napipilitang pumasok at magtrabaho sa kabila ng literal na pambabastos o sexual harassment ng kanilang mga itinuturing na boss.

PS/July 20, 2014/The Freeman/Gregg M. Rubio, FPL

Body created to look after women’s welfare in Liloan

CEBU, Philippines - The Municipality of Liloan has created a commission for the welfare of women. The Municipal Commission for the Welfare of Women will act as coordinator in the implementation of programs and activities for women.

MB/July 19, 2014/Metro/Aaron B. Recuenco

CIDG rescues 36 Pinays; Singaporean arrested

Police rescued 36 female victims of human trafficking in a raid in Las Piñas City Friday night where a Singaporean was arrested.

MB/July 19, 2014/Latest News/AFP

Plus-sized parking spaces for Chinese women drivers

Dalian, China - The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, signposted “Respectfully reserved for women”, and around 30 centimetres wider than normal.

BM/July 19, 2014/Opinion/Niña Terol-Zialcita

Women in power

GLOBALLY, women comprise only a fraction of decision-makers in the power and energy sector, perpetuating the notion that the power world is, indeed, a man’s world (pun intended).

BM/July 19, 2014/World/IPS

UN set to release new sustainable devt goals

UNITED NATIONS—The United Nations is set to release a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—perhaps 17 or more—to replace the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which will run out by the end of 2015.


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IPS News/July 23, 2014/Julia Holtz

Focus on Child Marriage, Genital Mutilation at All-Time High

WASHINGTON, Jul 23 2014 (IPS) - As Tuesday’s major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into marriage as children.

UN Women/July 21, 2014

Gender equality for the environment: An unfinished agenda

The first-ever United Nations Environment Assembly, that took place in Nairobi, Kenya, last month (23-27 June), came at a historic conjunction of events, as the international community discusses a new generation of Sustainable Development Goals and a post-2015 development agenda that will build on earlier successes and address gaps left over from the Millennium Development Goals.