GAD News Feeds - July 5 – 11, 2014


July 5 –11, 2014

Philippine Commission on Women (PCW)


local news




News article brief

MB/July 11, 2014/Metro/Leslie Ann Aquino

CBCP releases guide for Catholic health workers

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has released a pastoral guide on the implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) law.

MB/July 10, 2014/Opinions and Editorials

Information: World Population Day

World Population Day is organized annually by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on July 11 to reaffirm the human right to plan a family. More than 200 countries, including the Philippines, as well as business groups, community organizations, and individuals join in the activities, and information campaign to bring about greater awareness of the importance of small families and living healthy lives.

BM/July 10, 2014/Regions/Joey Pavia

City of San Fernando, DSWD give livelihood assistance to moms

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Mayor Edwin Santiago and the Department of Social and Welfare and Development (DSWD) office in Central Luzon have awarded capital assistance amounting to P205,000 to woman organizations at Pampanga’s capital city.

BW/July 10, 2014/Arts & Leisure/Reuters

Hermione is goodwill ambassador

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations’ gender equality body UN Women on Tuesday appointed British actress Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter film series, as a goodwill ambassador to advocate for the empowerment of young women.

MST/July 9, 2014/Main stories/Sara Susanne D. Fabunan

UN: Big push needed for MDG to succeed

The Millennium Development Goals needs a final push from the international community to ensure its success in 2015, the United Nations said Tuesday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement that “millions of people’s lives” have improved because of “concerted global, regional, national and local efforts” to achieve MDGs.

MB/July 9, 2014/Opinions and Editorials

Awareness: Strengthening police-community partnership for peace, development

Police Community Relations (PCR) Month is being observed in July, in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 764. This year’s theme is, “Pinaigting na Samahan ng Mamamayan at Pulisya para sa Patuloy na Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran ng Sambayanan,” to foster a stronger police-community partnership and harness people’s participation in the various programs of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and National Police Commission, the lead agencies for the celebration … The 148,000 men and women of the PNP provide protection and security for the country through its regional, provincial, municipal, district and local police units, women and children’s desks, and tourism police units nationwide.

MB/July 9, 2014/National/Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.

Cebu priest stripped of ministerial duties for shaming single mom

Mandaue City, Cebu – The Redemptorist Congregation has suspended the ministerial duties of one of its priests who berated a single mom publicly for having a child out of wedlock during the child’s baptism Sunday.

BM/July 9, 2014/Nation/Cai U. Ordinario

‘Baby boom’ likely in disaster-hit areas—UNFPA

MONTHS after Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) ravaged the Visayas, experts from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) warned that a “baby boom” or a significant increase in babies being born, is likely to occur in these areas.

PS/July 8, 2014/The Freeman/Ehda M. Dagooc

Women empowerment program expands scope

CEBU, Philippines - The organizers of the "Women In Need Now Entrepreneurs and Role models" expands the scope of the project and now plans to involve the participation of Cebu province to provide a way for ordinary women to be empowered.

MB/July 8, 2014/Latest news

Pope: Bishops will be accountable for sex abuse

Vatican City (AP) – Pope Francis promised to hold bishops accountable for the protection of minors and begged forgiveness Monday from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors.

BW/July 8, 2014/Economy/MFEF

Much to be done in MDGs’ homestretch

THE CLOCK is ticking for a landmark global move to cut poverty and improve the lot of the world’s poorest, and while some targets have been achieved, much remains to be done until the concerted effort formally ends next year, according to the latest assessment the United Nations (UN) released on Monday … “There has been important progress across all goals, with some targets already having met well ahead of the 2015 deadline,” the report stated … Even as maternal mortality ratio dropped by 45% to 210 deaths per 100,000 live births last year from 380/100,000 in 1990, “much more needs to be done to provide care to pregnant women”;

MST/July 7, 2014/Provinces/Dexter A. See

Mixed reactions to ‘gay toilet’

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has reported mixed reactions during a public hearing from various sectors on a proposal to require business establishments in the province to provide separate toilets for the third sex.

MB/July 7, 2014/Latest news/AFP

More than 60 women, girls escape abductors in Nigeria

Maiduguri, Nigeria – More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources said Sunday, but more than 200 schoolgirls are still being held by the Islamists.

BM/July 7, 2014/Opinion/The BusinessMirror Editorial

Government incentives for call-center employees

THERE has been a bit of a clamor in the last years that the government financial incentives given to the outsourcing companies to locate in the Philippines should be shared with employees … This is a law that will directly benefit the nearly 1 million employees in this industry, of which more than 50 percent are women. The IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines sees the sector generating up to $26 billion in annual revenues by 2016.

PS/July 6, 2014/Starweek/Jeannie Javelosa

Women mean business

MANILA, Philippines - At the height of Yolanda’s catastrophic fury last year, Peggy Dulany-Rockefeller came to the Philippines to show her support for women’s empowerment as she continues to lead her philanthropic Synergos Institute against poverty and inequality on a global scale. At the core of inequality and poverty are women issues.

BM/July 6, 2014/Economy/Jay M. Rosas

MRDP pumps in P125M more for rural projects

DAVAO CITY—The Mindanao Rural Development Project (MRDP) is pouring P125 million in new livelihood projects in various provinces under its Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) component … Recent data also showed that the subprojects reached a total of 175,666 beneficiaries, with 24-percent indigenous people beneficiaries and 46-percent women beneficiaries.

BM/July 6, 2014/Elderly/Joey Pavia

City of San Fernando mayor decentralizes funds, power to improve services, businesses

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Mayor Edwin Santiago has prioritized the decentralization of funds to improve the delivery of basic services and empower the various sectors of the society, especially the marginalized: the poor, indigenous people, and the elderly … Santiago, former three-term vice mayor and and now mayor of Pampanga’s capital city, said he had also funded projects to “empower women” and other “seldom prioritized sectors of society.”

MB/July 5, 2014/Metro/Charissa Luci

Solon seeks audit of GAD budget

With the scheduled transmittal next month to Congress of the proposed national budget, a militant woman lawmaker is calling for an audit of Gender and Development (GAD) budget of all government agencies and local government units (LGUs).

MB/July 5, 2014/Opinions and Editorials /AFP

Report: US Navy gets its first four-star female admiral

Washington, DC, United States— The US Navy has promoted a woman to the rank of a four-star admiral for the first time in its 238-year history, a milestone for females in the American military.


international news


Online news source/Date/Writer


News article brief/URL access

UN Women/July 14, 2014/Sarah Parkes

ITU, UN Women announce new global awards for outstanding work in technology for gender equality

Geneva, 14 July 2014 – The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and UN Women are partnering to launch a new global technology award that recognizes outstanding contributions from women and men in leveraging the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to promote gender equality.

IPS News/July 10, 2014/Thalif Deen

Reproductive Rights to Take Centre Stage at U.N. Special Session

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 10 2014 (IPS) - As the United Nations continues negotiations on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for its post-2015 development agenda, population experts are hoping reproductive health will be given significant recognition in the final line-up of the goals later this year.

Woman Alone-UNCHR/July 9, 2014

Woman Alone: The fight for survival by Syria's refugee women


There are nearly 150,000 Syrian refugee women who are single-handedly providing for their families. Read their extraordinary stories of loss and resilience.

The Wall Street Journal/July 9, 2014/Asma Ghribi

Can Quotas on Female Board Members Improve Gender Equality in Business?

In 2003, Norway instituted a gender quota law, which mandated a 40% representation of each gender in the boards of publicly traded companies. A paper by Marianne Bertrand, Sandra E. Black, Sissel Jensen, and Adriana Lleras-Muney and published by the National Bureau of Economic Research examined the Norwegian model, which led to the enactment of similar regulations in many other European countries.

Forbes India/July 9, 2014/Yasser Bhatti

Gender Equality: Coming soon to Emerging Markets near you



The company should rely on its diverse workforce to innovate and improve the company's understanding of the diverse markets where they operate.

UN Women/July 8, 2014/Elizabeth Nyamayaro

UN Women announces Emma Watson as Goodwill Ambassador

UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, today announced the appointment of British Actress, Emma Watson, as Goodwill Ambassador.

UN Multimedia/July 7, 2014

Right to education still not a reality for many women and girls


Despite international consensus on the need for the elimination of discrimination against women in the field of education, an estimated 35 million girls are still unable to attain the education they require, according to the UN Human Rights chief.

UN /July 7, 2014

UN Millennium Goals 'scorecard' spotlights successes, gaps and path towards 'the future we want'


With the 2015 deadline for achieving the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) less that 550 days away, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched the final push towards the United Nations targets – many of which have been met or are within reach – and urged a strong, ambitious successor blueprint "that will leave no one behind."


online video resources 7, 2014

Video: MDG 3 - Women's Empowerment

Women in Nepal are getting a chance to learn skills in areas such as traditional weaving. Now they are leaving the comfort of their homes to set up their own small businesses to lift themselves out of poverty. With the help of IFAD, the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development, attitudes are changing across the nation as to what women can and cannot do. 7, 2014

Video: MDG 5 - Maternal Health


Video: MDG 5 - Maternal Health

Child marriage not only violates the human rights of girls, but also gravely threatens their lives, education, and future prospects. When girls are married, they are expected to begin childbearing while still children themselves, with pregnancy-related complications being a major cause of death for adolescent girls in the developing world. In Mozambique, a country with one of the highest rates of child marriage and maternal mortality in the world, efforts are underway to ensure all young girls enjoy their right to equality.