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Sept. 13 – 19, 2014

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PS/September 19, 2014 /Sports/AP

Harassment cases blight image of Asian Games

INCHEON, South Korea – A second sexual harassment case at the Asian Games was being investigated by South Korea police on Wednesday, two days before the opening ceremony.

MT/September 19, 2014 /Latest news/AFP

Thai PM ‘sorry’ for bikini remarks after UK tourist murders

BANGKOK: Thailand’s junta chief apologised Thursday for suggesting tourists in bikinis could be more vulnerable to attack, comments which caused an international outcry following the brutal murder of two British holidaymakers. Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who is also prime minister, on Wednesday drew condemnation after questioning the safety of female tourists in the kingdom in off-the-cuff comments to government officials.

“They think our country is beautiful and is safe so they can do whatever they want, they can wear bikinis and walk everywhere,” Prayut said.

But “can they be safe in bikinis… unless they are not beautiful?”

MB/September 19, 2014 /Opinions and Editorials

Philippine History: Josefa Llanes Escoda: National heroine, great social and civic leader

The nation observes on September 20, 2014 the 116th birth anniversary of Josefa Llanes Escoda, founder of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), Boys Town, and the National Federation of Women’s Clubs (NFWC). An advocate of women’s suffrage; she was an educator, social worker, and civic leader.

PS/September 18, 2014 /Entertainment

Pinay White House chef in CNN’s Leading Women

MANILA, Philippines - This month, CNN’s Leading Women meets Cristeta Comerford (photo), the White House executive chef.

PDI/September 17, 2014 /Opinion/Rina Jimenez-David

RPRH law is everyone’s mandate

Now that the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law has been passed and declared constitutional, can women look forward to the fulfillment of their right to optimum health, particularly in matters maternal?

MT/September 17, 2014 /Top stories/Bernice Camille V. Bauzon

Goldberg says Yolanda funds well accounted

UNITED States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg said Washington’s $142.5-million assistance to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda has been properly accounted for despite allegations of wrongdoing by some government officials … Currently, the agency is helping build 10 clinics, 165 classrooms and 1,000 sari-sari (variety) stores for the typhoon survivors. The US is also funding anti-human trafficking efforts “to make sure that in the process of dealing with the loss of jobs that women, children and boys do not get trafficked.”

MB/September 17, 2014 /Opinions and Editorials/AP

Plain view: IMF’s Lagarde says women vital for global recovery

Tokyo, Japan — Empowerment of women and equal opportunities are crucial for driving a stronger global economic recovery, and for revitalizing Japan, the head of the International Monetary Fund said Friday.

BM/September 17, 2014 /Top news/Bianca Cuaresma

PHL to remain top source of migrant workers in Asia

The Philippines will continue to be a source of migrant workers, in Asia particularly, as neighbor countries’ work force are expected to dwindle in numbers due to their highly aging population, an international investment bank said.

BM/September 17, 2014 /World/McClatchy News Tribune

UN: Death rate for children under 5 fell by 49 percent

GENEVA—In a break from the recent slate of doom-and-gloom reports of catastrophes, wars and destruction, a United Nations report released on Tuesday says the number of children under 5, who die each year fell by 49 percent between 1990 and 2013, from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, saving 17,000 lives every day.

PS/September 16, 2014 /Opinion/Domini M. Torrevillas

JDV bats for united alliance; Legarda on Filipino women

At the World Assembly for Women 2014 held in Tokyo, Japan last week, International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Legarde urged governments to “unleash the economic power of women” to boost sluggish global growth. Gender gaps in labor force participation exist all over the world  ranging from 12 percent in the developed economies to 50 percent in the Middle East and North Africa.

MT/September 16, 2014 /Nation/Jing Villamente

QC to honor outstanding villages

VILLAGES in Quezon City will be honored for their outstanding contribution to the city’s social, political, cultural and     economic growth during the “Husay Balangay” awards ceremony on September 21 at the Quezon Memorial Circle. The 10 categories to be contested are peace and order, disaster risk management, anti-drug abuse, solid waste management, nutrition, dengue prevention and control, legislation, peaceful settlement of cases, protection of children and gender development. The winners in each category will receive P100,000 (first),  P75,000 (second) and P50,000 (third)  plus plaques of appreciation.

PS/September 15, 2014 /Headlines/Helen Flores

Women involvement sought in disaster prevention

TOKYO – United Nations Development Program (UNDP) administrator Helen Clark has called on governments to tap more women to lead in disaster risk management, prevention and relief programs.

PS/September 14, 2014 /Campus/Patricia Lourdes Viray

Transgender student wants own identity in yearbook

MANILA, Philippines — A transgender student from Ateneo de Manila University started an online petition to allow transgender students to appear in the gender they identify with in their yearbook.

PS/September 14, 2014 /Headlines/Helen Flores

Protection of women during disasters sought

TOKYO – Sen. Loren Legarda has called for increased protection of women and girls during conflicts and disasters around the world. Legarda said it is important to make gender-sensitive and risk-sensitive development policies, plans and programs.

PS/September 14, 2014 /Allure/Babe Romualdez

Women in law

Women power dominated the Rainmakers Lounge of the Villaraza & Angangco CVCLaw Center at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig during the joint induction and oath taking of officers, trustees and committee members of the UP Women Lawyers’ Circle (WILOCI). The event also served as an opportunity to introduce new members of the group.

MB/September 14, 2014 /Panorama/Susan Ople

Technology vs trafficking

The hotel’s function room quickly filled up, astonishing my fellow organizers of the first-ever CSO Summit To Combat Human Trafficking on the topic: “Using Technology To Fight Trafficking.” Former domestic worker-turned IT company owner Myrna Padilla of Mynd Consulting declared,”It’s about time that we link technology in the fight against human trafficking.”

PS/September 13, 2014 /Headlines/Helen Flores

‘Unleash economic power of women’

TOKYO – International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde yesterday urged governments to “unleash the economic power of women” to boost sluggish global growth.

MST/September 13, 2014 /Lifestyle/Irish Joy D. Cayetano

Females have the Right Impression

Menchu B. Arandilla is one of the few female artists in Manila who has been very vocal about the issue of gender inequality when it comes to her field … Arandilla believes that succeeding in the artists’ world has nothing to do with gender although she acknowledges some factors that can be the reasons why there are few women artists.

MB/September 13, 2014 /Metro/PIA

Teen pregnancy

General Santos City (PIA) – Doctors from Region-12 office of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD-12) declared anew that teen pregnancy is “risky.”

MB/September 13, 2014 /Metro/PIA

Breastfeeding rooms

Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur (PIA) – The Esperanza Medicare Community Hospital (EMCH) in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, purposely opened two breastfeeding rooms for lactating mothers to ensure privacy as a way of significantly launching the exclusive breastfeeding dubbed “Tama, sapat at eksklusibo (TSEK) program” recently with the theme “Walang Mahalaga pa sa Gatas Ina.”

MB/September 13, 2014 /Metro/Charissa Luci

Solons pushing bill to curb suicide among youth

Alarmed by the declaration of the World Health Organization (WHO) that suicide is the second leading cause of death globally among young people aged 15 to 29, women lawmakers are pushing for the passage of a bill that would include “ life planning” course in the elementary and secondary education to address suicide among the youth.



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IPS/September 19, 2014/Thalif Deen

U.N. Urged to Reaffirm Reproductive Rights in Post-2015 Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 19 2014 (IPS) - The U.N.’s post-2015 development agenda has been described as the most far-reaching and comprehensive development-related endeavour ever undertaken by the world body. But where does population, family planning and sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) fit into the proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an integral part of that development agenda?

UN Women/September 18, 2014/Oisika Chakrabarti

Press release: Raising ambition for climate action, women lead the way

New York-On the eve of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, more than 130 women leaders will gather in New York to demonstrate their commitment to ambitious and gender-sensitive climate action.

IPS/September 18, 2014/ Suvendrini Kakuchi

Can ‘Womenomics’ Stem the Feminisation of Poverty in Japan?

TOKYO, Sep 18 2014 (IPS) - Fifty-four-year-old Marlyn Maeda, an unmarried freelance writer living in Tokyo who never held a permanent job, is now watching her dream of aging independently go up in smoke.

UN Womenwatch/September 17, 2014

World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

The first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be held on 22-23 September 2014. The meeting will be an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Reliefweb/September 17, 2014

Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from South Asia

This report documents the dynamics of violence against women in South Asia across the life cycle, from early childhood to old age. It explores the different types of violence that women may face throughout their lives, as well as the associated perpetrators (male and female), risk and protective factors for both victims and perpetrators, and interventions to address violence across all life cycle stages.

UN Women/September 16, 2014

Press Conference: Launch of the first-ever global study on gender images in popular films

The first-ever global study on female characters in popular films was commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, with support from UN Women and The Rockefeller Foundation and conducted by Stacy L. Smith and her research team at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. The investigation analyses popular films across the most profitable countries and territories internationally, including Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, United States, United Kingdom, as well as UK-US collaborations.

UN/September 16, 2014

Post-2015 development agenda takes centre stage as General Assembly's 69th session opens


The United Nations General Assembly opened its 69th annual session today with the body's new President declaring that it would be a historic opportunity to formulate a post-2015 development agenda that is transformative, brings tangible results in fighting poverty, and leads to improving lives of all people. "As I stand in this newly opened magnificent Assembly Hall, I cannot help but think that we are here at the dawn of a new day. Let us approach this pivotal 69th session with a sense of urgency, hope and greater cooperation," said the General Assembly President Sam Kahamba Kutesa in his opening address to the 193-Member States body.

IPS/September 16, 2014/ Karlos Zurutuza

Against All the Odds: Maternity and Mortality in Afghanistan

KABUL, Sep 16 2014 (IPS) - Nasrin Mohamadi, a mother of four, has promised herself never to set foot in an Afghan public hospital again. After her first experience in a maternity ward, she has lost all faith in the state’s healthcare system.

ILO/September 16, 2014

Quality apprenticeships “gold standard” to get youth into decent jobs

WINTERTHUR, Switzerland (ILO news) -- “Promoting quality apprenticeships is a top priority for the ILO, since they move youth into decent jobs and help enterprises to find the workforce they need for the future,” ILO Director- General Guy Ryder said at a high-level meeting on professional training in Winterthur, Switzerland.

Youtube/September 15, 2014

Women Ambassadors Make History on the Security Council


There are currently a record 6 women sitting on the 15-nation Security Council, making history at this venerable United Nations institution and sending a strong message about women's empowerment.

UN/September 15, 2014

FEATURE: Record number of women makes history at UN Security Council


The United Nations Security Council has long been a bastion for men selected to represent their countries on what many consider to be the Organization's most powerful body. But now, women ambassadors are filling over a third of the Council's 15 seats, making history at the venerable institution and sending out a strong message about women's empowerment.

UN Women/September 15, 2014

UN Women at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly


United Nations, New York — The sixty-ninth session of the UN General Assembly represents a unique opportunity to position gender equality and women's empowerment at the heart of the global agenda as it occurs at the conjunction of major historic processes: the deliberations on the post-2015 development framework and Sustainable Development Goals, the 20-year review and appraisal of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the 29th special session on the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the high-profile World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Preparations are also underway for the 15th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325, the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, as well as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC to be held in Paris in 2015.

UN Women/September 15, 2014

Engaging young people on democracy


One-fifth of the world's population today is made of young people between the ages of 15 and 25, and in many developing countries, the proportion is even higher. Youth have the highest stake today in ensuring their futures are sustainable. For this, their voices must be heard and taken into account at all decision-making fora.

UN Multimedia/September 15, 2014

Women parliamentary leaders address gender issues


Women Speakers represent less than 15 per cent of all Speakers of Parliament in the world, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). To tackle this inequality, senior women parliamentary leaders recently met in Geneva at the annual meeting of the IPU.

NYT/September 13, 2014/Tyler Cowen

Why the Economic Gender Gap Will Eventually Close

Debates over the supposed differences between men and women are a staple of pop culture. But two new books offer an economic look at the evidence, giving support to both pessimistic and optimistic perspectives on the direction of gender relations and the prospects for more fairness and equality.

NYT/September 13, 2014/Rana F. Sweis

In Jordan, Ever Younger Syrian Brides

MAFRAQ, Jordan — The bride-to-be was so young and shy, she spent her engagement party cloaked in a hooded robe that swallowed her slim figure but could not quite hide the ruffled pink dress her fiancé’s family had rented for her. As the Syrian women celebrating her coming wedding to an 18-year-old cousin chattered around her in the Zaatari refugee camp, she squirreled herself in a corner, perking up only when a photo or message from a friend popped up on her cellphone. The girl, Rahaf Yousef, is 13.