GAD News Feeds - June 28 – July 4, 2014


June 28 – July 4, 2014

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MT/July 4, 2014/Opinion/Rosalinda Tirona

Pts 2 and 3: Empowering women for peace and development

Part II: Conductive environment

1. An environment of peace means living a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature. Women have an essential role to play in the development of sustainable and ecologically sound consumption and production patterns and approaches to natural resource management … Part III: From culture of violence to culture of peace

1. Our mission is to transform this culture of violence into a culture of peace. Our goal is to create an alliance of women, children, and men committed to actualizing peace in our hearts, our families, our communities, and in our county.

MST/July 4, 2014/Opinion/Bloomberg

Tinder suit isn’t just about tech sexism

Tech-industry sexism is well-documented, yet the harassment and discrimination lawsuit brought by Whitney Wolfe against the mobile app company Tinder, its parent and majority shareholder IAC is especially poignant: Tinder is a dating app that owes its success partly to Wolfe’s marketing efforts targeting young women.

MB/July 4, 2014/Metro/Ma. Jerrylyn B. Damaso

Child-spacing method implantable

A new family planning method is being promoted by the Department of Health (DOH) to enable couples to space their children. Undersecretary Janette L. Garin led the launching of “DOH on Wheels: Kalusugang Pangkalahatan”, citing the implant would play a crucial role in maternal and child care at the grassroots level.

MB/July 4, 2014/Latest News/Elena L. Aben

PNP rescues human trafficking victims in Surigao

Philippine National Police (PNP) – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) operatives rescued 11 women who are victims of alleged human trafficking in the waters of Claver, Surigao Del Norte.

MB/July 4, 2014/Opinions and Editorials/Leilani S. Junio

Elderly persons also need protection from abuse

Manila, Philippines (PNA) — Like the country’s little boys and girls who need protection from child abuse, men and women in their senior age or twilight years also have to be protected from maltreatment by others.

MB/July 4, 2014/Provincial/PNA

‘DOH on Wheels’ launched in Leyte

PALO, Leyte (PNA) – The Department of Health (DOH) launched Tuesday at the Schistosomiasis Hospital here its “DOH on Wheels: Kalusugang Pangkalahatan,” a roadshow to popularize maternal and child survival and push for quality services for underserved households.

BM/July 4, 2014/Economy/Cai U. Ordinario

Fishermen, farmers remain poorest in PHL

Fishermen and farmers remain the poorest Filipinos, according to the latest data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Friday … “Also, five of the nine basic sectors consisting of fishermen, farmers, children, self-employed, unpaid family workers and women, have higher poverty incidence than the general population estimated at 25.2 percent in 2012,” the PSA added.

PDI/July 3, 2014/Global Nation

Filipina Women’s Network offering fellowship

SAN FRANCISCO, California — Filipina Women’s Network is recruiting fellows for the cycle year 2014-2015. The fellowship includes the opportunity to travel to the Philippines to participate in the planning and execution of the 11th Filipina Leadership Global Summit (October 5-8, 2014).

MT/July 3, 2014/News/ Bernice Camille V. Bauzon

PH, Australia sign pact vs human trafficking

The Philippines and Australia signed on Thursday a AUS$50-million subsidiary agreement on the Australia Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP) to further strengthen the country’s and Southeast Asia’s capability in combating human trafficking and prosecuting offenders.

BM/July 3, 2014/Opinion/Lexi Schulze

Making a mark on a global scale

ND Business and Professional Women (BPW) Makati is on the fast track of adding to that already impressive number, with its president, Jeannie Javelosa, at the helm of the Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project, a governance and capacity-development project that aims to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, particularly those involved in microenterprises.

BM/July 3, 2014/Top news/PNA

Singapore vows to take care of foreign workers

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower has made it clear that employment agencies in the city-state have to ensure the well-being of foreign domestic workers in their care, Channel NewsAsia reported on Wednesday.

MST/July 2, 2014/World news/AFP

Indian minister wants ban on bikini in beach

PANAJI—A minister in India’s resort state of Goa has drawn ridicule by saying women in bikinis should be banned from beaches and girls in short dresses should not visit pubs.

BM/July 2, 2014/Nation/Jovee Marie N. dela Cruz

Implement RH law–Lagman

Following the ruling of the Supreme Court favoring the controversial reproductive-health (RH) law, the principal author of the law has urged the executive department, particularly the Department of Health, to fully implement the measure.

PS/July 1, 2014/Nation/ John Unson

Execs eye approval of code to protect women in Maguindanao

MAGUINDANAO --- A proposed provincial gender and development code is expected to be approved by the provincial board after the Ramadan.

MT/July 1, 2014/News/ Jomar Canlas

RH Law constitutional, SC rules with finality

THE Supreme Court (SC) en banc has ruled with finality that the Reproductive Health (RH) Law is constitutional but declared some provisions unconstitutional.

MB/July 1, 2014/Metro/ Leslie Ann Aquino

Pro-life slams DOH-sponsored family plan ad

Pro-life Philippines has slammed a DOH-sponsored Family Planning advertisement being shown in television networks for brainwashing the people.

MB/July 1, 2014/Latest News/AP

Obama to expand safeguards for transgender workers

Washington (AP) – The White House is preparing an executive order offering transgender federal workers formal protection from discrimination at work, President Barack Obama announced Monday.

MST/July 1, 2014/World News/AFP

Korean comfort women invited to Pope’s mass

SEOUL—Korean women forced into sex slavery for Japanese troops during World War II have been invited to a mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis in Seoul in August, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

MB/July 1, 2014/Opinions and Editorials/Florangel Braid

A national treasure

Educator, legislator, diplomat, entrepreneur, environmentalist, women’s rights and cultural advocate, Dr. Helena Zoila Tirona Benitez Tita Helen to many – has given these roles a visionary perspective and her own unique standard of excellence … As the first elected Filipina chairperson of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, she paved the way for the enactment of the Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women which was subsequently adopted by the UN General Assembly and which provided the basis for the Draft Convention or CEDAW.

BM/July 1, 2014/Nation/Joel R. San Juan

Supreme Court affirms ruling on RH law

THE Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday denied all the motions for reconsideration (MRs) filed before it seeking the reversal of its ruling in April that upheld the constitutionality of the reproductive-health (RH) law but nullified some of its key provisions.

PS/June 30, 2014/Lifestyle/James Michael Lafferty

The war on women… in the workplace

MANILA, Philippines - As I sit typing this, anger is spewing out of every keystroke. Anger at my fellow man. Or “men,” I should say. In case nobody has noticed, there is an all-out war going on against women. All over the place. Don’t believe it? Well, you may want to remove your head from the sand and take a look around.

MB/June 30, 2014/National/Ellalyn De Vera

DSWD program helps Mindanao housewives get jobs in Saudi

At least 200 women-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will depart for Saudi Arabia for a two-year guaranteed overseas employment, particularly on housekeeping services, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

MB/June 29, 2014/Opinions and Editorials/Ignacio Bunye

Human trafficking in the Philippines

Almost buried in the avalanche of media reports about the pork barrel investigations was the recent release of a US State Department report on human trafficking worldwide … According to the State Department, more than 20 million worldwide have been victims of human trafficking. Meanwhile, the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that the human trafficking industry generates 32 billion dollars yearly, roughly half of which is generated in industrialized countries while approximately a third is generated in Asia.

BM/June 29, 2014/Opinion/The BusinessMirror Editorial

MDGs: Where are we now?

PRESIDENT Aquino’s recent speech in Iloilo City tickled his audience’s fancy by mentioning two things: a hint on the choice of his 2016 presidential candidate and the Philippines’s development goals … Employment as well, as primary education and gender equality posted very low outcomes Only Goal 6, which requires progress in eradicating diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria, posted remarkable outcomes (Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

PDI/June 28, 2014/Regions/Tonette Orejas

Women farmers lay claim to 80,000 ha for CARP


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—The Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK) has filed petitions for the issuance of notices of coverage (NOCs) for agrarian reform of more than 80,000 hectares of land nationwide in a bid to have these distributed to landless women farmers.


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IPS News/July 4, 2014/Stella Paul

Lack of Toilets Keeps Women Out of Politics

MALLAMPETA, India, Jul 4 2014 (IPS) - Nine months after she was elected head of her village council, 36-year-old Krupa Shanti has overseen some significant changes in this rural outpost of Mallampeta, 570 km away from Hyderabad, capital of the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

WEDO/July 3, 2014

Gender Equality in the Climate Investment Funds (CIF)

NEW YORK (July 3, 2014)-- On behalf of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance, WEDO’s Bridget Burns attended the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum, specifically sitting in the Observer seat of the Pilot Programme on Climate Resilience (PPCR), in addition to attending other meetings in Montego Bay, Jamaica during the period of June 21-28.

IPS News/July 2, 2014/Dennis Engbarth

Rights Experts Urge Action on Gender Equality in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Jul 2 2014 (IPS) - Prominent international human rights experts are calling on the Taiwan government to quickly enact a comprehensive anti-discrimination act, revamp the law on citizenship and take a wide range of other actions to curb gender discrimination.

IPS News/July 1, 2014/Ashfaq Yusufzai

Here Are the Real Victims of Pakistan’s War on the Taliban

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Three days ago, Rameela Bibi was the mother of a month-old baby boy. He died in her arms on Jun. 28, of a chest infection that he contracted when the family fled their home in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency, where a full-scale military offensive against the Taliban has forced nearly half a million people to flee.

IPS News/June 29, 2014/ Neeta Lal

Women’s Political Representation Lagging in India

NEW DELHI, Jun 29 2014 (IPS) - National outrage over women’s security in India – or the lack of it – is nothing new. From the gang rape of a young girl on a Delhi bus two years ago, to the recent rapes and lynching of two teenage cousins in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, gender-based violence has claimed headlines.


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India: Breaking Down Barriers To Girls' Education


United Nations - Young girls in India are struggling to get an education due to the lack of facilities and understanding about their monthly menstruation. Combined with a social stigma that has been handed down for generations, many girls feel too ashamed to go to school at all, with up to a quarter of schoolgirls in India leaving school when they reach puberty. The UN's Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, WSSCC is working with the Indian government to change the curriculum in India, and change the future of girls. 1, 2014

Nepal: Women Weavers Launch Businesses


United Nations - 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.