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August 2 - 8, 2014

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PDI/August 8, 2014 2014/Opinion/Rina Jimenez-David

Meeting the ‘Pantawid’ women

DAVAO – We were a week early for the famous “Kadayawan” festival in this city, but we were here for another sort of celebration. The occasion was the “National Wrap-Up on the Implementation of Municipal Gender Action Plans,” a consultation among officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development working on the 4Ps (or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) beneficiaries, parent-leaders, municipal “links,” and community development officers who all happen to be members of Pilipina, the national women’s organization which I chair.

PDI/August 8, 2014 2014/Nation/Tetch Torres-Tupas

BJMP not fit for pregnant women, says spokesman


MANILA, Philippines–The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) isn’t fit for pregnant women, a spokesman for the facility said Friday.

MT/August 8, 2014 2014/Latest News/MCT

Saudi survey: ‘Flirtatious’ women to blame for sexual harassment

It seems in male-dominated Muslim powerhouses, women may not be entitled to mirth. First, a top Turkish official last month reproached women for laughing in public, deeming such expressions immodest and a sign of the country’s moral erosion.

MB/August 8, 2014 2014/Opinions and Editorials

Awareness: Promoting the rights of world’s indigenous peoples

During the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (1995-2004), the United Nations (UN) General Assembly proclaimed August 9 every year as International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. In 2004, the UN proclaimed a Second International Decade (2005-2014), as “A Decade for Action and Dignity” for indigenous peoples (IPs). The decade strengthens international cooperation for resolving problems faced by IPs in areas such as culture, education, health, human rights, the environment, and socio-economic development.

MB/August 8, 2014 2014/Opinions and Editorials

Information: August is family planning month

Family Planning Month is annually observed in August to raise awareness on the importance of the attainment of a better quality of life for mothers, fathers, children, and the family as a whole. The Department of Health (DOH) and the Commission on Population (Popcom) lead the efforts to raise awareness and access of people, especially in low-income communities, to resources related to family planning methods.

MT/August 7, 2014 2014/Latest news/AFP

Michelle Obama to African first ladies: ‘Fight for our girls’

WASHINGTON: US First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday called on her fellow presidential spouses from across Africa to “fight for our girls,” saying no girl should fear getting an education.

MB/August 7, 2014 2014/Latest news/AFP

India outrage over fashion shoot echoing gang-rape

An Indian fashion shoot sparked outrage and calls for legal action Wednesday for showing a woman being assaulted on a bus, echoing a fatal gang-rape that shocked the nation.

MT/August 5, 2014 2014/World/AFP

Japan to host ‘World Assembly for Women’

TOKYO: Japan will host a women-focused international meeting next month where prominent business and political figures are to discuss how to link female participation in the workforce with economic growth, officials said on Tuesday.

MT/August 5, 2014 2014/World/AFP

US summit pushes empowerment of women in Africa

WASHINGTON D.C.: A high-powered gathering at the US-Africa summit here on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) discussed the situation of women in Africa and the need to empower girls as the key to the region’s development.

MT/August 5, 2014 2014/Sports

DCNHS rules PSC Pinay National Volleyball tilt

Davao City National High School (DCNHS) trounced Tagum City Barangay Visayan Village (Tagum) to grab the championship of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Pinay National Volleyball League Davao City Leg held at the Almendras Gym on July 27 to 31 … Preparations are underway for the next leg of the tournament in General Santos City organized by Gender and Development Sports Commissioner Akiko Thomson-Guevara and managed by Philippine Volleyball Federation.

MT/August 5, 2014 2014/World/AFP

Malaysia to send envoy back to N.Zealand in sex case

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said on Tuesday it was “making arrangements” to send a diplomatic staffer back to New Zealand to face sexual assault charges in a case that provoked outrage when the accused was allowed to return home.

MB/August 5, 2014 2014/Latest news/AFP

Nigeria girl faces murder trial over forced marriage

GEZAWA, NIGERIA – A Nigerian court on Monday postponed the murder trial of a 14-year-old girl accused of poisoning the 35-year-old man she was forced to marry, a case that has thrown the spotlight on the influence of Islamic law in region.

MST/August 4, 2014 2014/Opinion/Sonia Mendoza

Breastfeeding, MDGs and Zero Waste

Ensuring breastfeeding is protected, promoted and supported is indeed a splendid goal with lifelong benefits for our children, mothers and the society. Making it thrive is the simplest and cheapest way for our nation to earn authentic “ganda” points in terms of achieving the various Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

PS/August 3, 2014 2014/Headlines/Mayen Jaymalin

More women-friendly worksites sought

MANILA, Philippines - With the feminization of the local construction and other male-dominated industries, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) on Thursday pushed for the adoption of more women-friendly worksites in the country.

PS/August 3, 2014 2014/Headlines/Jose Rodel Clapano

Pinay rape victim now with Phl embassy in Libya

MANILA, Philippines - The Filipino nurse reportedly abducted and gang raped in Tripoli is now under the custody of the Philippine embassy in Libya.

MB/August 3, 2014 2014/Panorama/Beth Day Romulo

Unconscious gender bias

We assume, in this age and time, that since it has already been proven that women can handle almost any sort of job that a man can, that bias against women in the job market no longer exists. But apparently, this is not the case. The battle for gender equality has not yet been completely won. Both men and women, for instance, prefer men as doctors, dentists, and lawyers. This “unconscious gender bias” is also reflected in the salaries paid to executives and in the concept of power.

MST/August 2, 2014 2014/Provinces/Vito Barcelo

Domestic contracts translated to dialects

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOE) has translated the service contracts of domestic helpers to 12 dialects to help households have better relationship with their kasambahays, a senior official said.

BM/August 2, 2014 2014/Regions/Rene Acosta

Thousands expected to take PMA entrance test

MORE than 10,000 examinees eyeing to enter the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) will flock on Saturday to 37 examination centers in the country, hoping to become junior officers in the military four years later … Based on the record of the PMA, a total of 12,195 examinees took the entrance exams last year, but only 11,978 were able to complete the test. Out of the number, however, only 1,450 composed of 952 males and 498 females or 11.8 percent successfully passed the examinations.

BM/August 2, 2014 2014/Faith/AP

Sudan woman who faced death over faith lands in US

PHILADELPHIA—A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, arrived in the United States on Thursday after a flight from Rome.


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UN/August 8, 2014

Northern Iraq: UN voices concern about civilians' safety, need for humanitarian aid


OHCHR has voiced concern at "very disturbing reports" about the treatment of women. In specific, Ms. Shamdasani said they were told of women being sold as sex slaves, and being punished for not adhering to misinterpretations of Islamic laws.

UN Women/August 8, 2014

Supporting the struggles of indigenous women everywhere

Indigenous women have long faced multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and violence, both as women and as indigenous peoples. In cities and villages and in their communities around the world these women struggle to overcome the myriad challenges they face daily.

IPS News/August 8, 2014/Amantha Perera

Women Warriors Take Environmental Protection into Their Own Hands

BALI, Aug 8 2014 (IPS) - Aleta Baun, an Indonesian environmental activist known in her community as Mama Aleta, has a penchant for wearing a colourful scarf on her head, but not for cosmetic reasons.

IPS News/August 8, 2014/Jeffrey Moyo

Zimbabwean Women Breathe New Life into Private Transport Sector

HARARE, Aug 8 2014 (IPS) - Mavis Gotora from Mabvuku high-density suburb, in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, walks up and down, as she persuades one passer-by after another to board the private taxi cab she drives.

IPS News/August 7, 2014/Aimable Twahirwa

Tech Entrepreneur Encourages Rwanda’s Young Women to Venture into ICT

KIGALI, Aug 7 2014 (IPS) - Akaliza Keza Gara is only 27, but she’s achieved much for women in Rwanda’s technology sector in just a short space of time.

UN/August 6, 2014

Japan's stance on 'comfort women' issue violates victims' rights – UN official


6 August 2014 – The United Nations human rights chief today expressed profound regret that Japan has not provided effective redress to victims of wartime sexual slavery leading back to the end of the Second World War.

Reuters/August 6, 2014/Lisa Anderson

France passes sweeping gender equality law


NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - France has passed a sweeping gender equality law that eases current restrictions on abortion, encourages paternity leave and promotes gender parity at home and in the workplace.

UN/August 4, 2014

UN promotes 'effective' breastfeeding, aims to cut on breast-milk substitutes


4 August 2014 – The United Nations children's agency today said it is working with governments, the private sector and local communities to make it easier for women to breastfeed their infants, and to end false marketing of breast milk substitutes.

Huffingtonpost/August 4, 2014/Christa Dowling

Gender Balance -- Where Do We Go From Here?

The question is often asked... where do we find a balance between work and home, between men and women working together? Much has been written and discussed about it, and many books have been published on this subject.

Forbes/August 4, 2014/David DiSalvo

As Countries Develop, Women Get Smarter Faster Than Men, Study Says


How the brains of men and women differ is a topic that fills bookshelves. Just as provocative is the question of whether the differences are predominantly hardwired or learned. On one side of the discussion is the argument from inherited biology; on the other is the argument from social and cultural influence. As with most debates involving nature and nurture, it’s far from clear whether biology or culture has the upper hand.

Times/August 3, 2014/Nolan Feeney

Study: Women More Likely to Be Lied to in Negotiations Than Men

Women who think they’re getting a worse deal in negotiations because of their gender have new scientific evidence to back up their suspicions.




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UN Women/May 2013

Breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls: UN report calls for urgent action

A joint UN study, launched during the XII Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, reveals that indigenous girls have a greater risk of experiencing violence and the multifaceted discrimination they face limits their ability to seek protection and recourse.