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Probe into RH law implementation starts April 1

Mar 31, 2016 - 12:22 PM

It is not enough that we have passed the RH Law; we must ensure that its provisions are carried out and that its promise of non judgmental and safe access to RH commodities and information is fulfilled

Where do VP bets stand on RH law, women?

Mar 29, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Of the 6 vice presidential candidates only two are against the reproductive health law

From Malacañang to the streets, women are demanding better lives

Mar 08, 2016 - 6:43 PM

Have things really improved for Filipino women?

WOMEN'S DAY. Members of the Gabriela Alliance of Filipino Women protest the government's 'labor export policy' – which they say is putting women further under poverty – at the Mendiola Peace Arch on March 8, Women's Day. All photos by Bea Orante

International Women's Day: A salute to women workers

Mar 08, 2016 - 9:39 AM

On March 8 we celebrate International Women’s Day highlighting the achievements of women Today however is also about women’s struggles

IN NUMBERS: Women in PH politics

Mar 01, 2016 - 8:04 PM

In the past 6 elections – from 1998 to 2013 – more men have participated and won than women

The day we woke up and smelled our haters

Feb 25, 2016 - 11:54 AM

I am so so proud of how far we ve all come individually and as a community I m proud when we no longer let people walk all over us

HATERS. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and their allies find the resolve to show pride in who they are after Manny Pacquiao's words. Image courtesy of Alejandro Edoria

Presidential bets on RH, divorce, and LGBT rights

Feb 25, 2016 - 11:00 AM

As the Philippines nears election day we take a look at how presidential bets view and plan to act on issues linked to gender equality

Why did Nike drop Pacquiao?

Feb 18, 2016 - 6:51 PM

This isn t the first time that the company has dropped athletes or expressed their stand on LGBT rights

Enrile to gays: Go to another planet

Feb 17, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile backs Manny Pacquiao s stand on same sex marriage and says the boxing champ will win a Senate seat without the votes of gay people

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Alma Moreno to Pacquiao: Religious beliefs not basis to insult others

Feb 17, 2016 - 12:35 PM

While she s against same sex marriage Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno says fellow UNA bet Manny Pacquiao is wrong in saying that gay couples are worse than animals

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE VIEWS. UNA's official candidates are dominated by those against legalizing same-sex marriage in the country

Boy Abunda to Manny Pacquiao: 'You do not own my humanity'

Feb 17, 2016 - 11:22 AM

I am not begging Manny Pacquiao for dignity I am not begging you for respect I am not begging you for my humanity because you do not own my humanity that s my birthright

BOY ABUNDA. The talk show host airs his views on Manny Pacquiao's comments on same-sex unions. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

WATCH: Pacquiao apologizes for calling gay couples more disgusting than animals

Feb 16, 2016 - 8:57 PM

Despite his apology Pacquiao clarifies he will not compromise his faith just to get votes

BACKTRACK? Manny Pacquiao says he remains steadfast in his belief that same-sex unions should not be allowed. Screengrab from Rappler interview

Teen pregnancy down in Asia-Pacific, except PH – report

Feb 03, 2016 - 1:13 PM

There s been little change in the number of teenage pregnancies in the Philippines says a UN agency

Ask LGBTs: Presidential candidates invited to 'reverse forum'

Feb 02, 2016 - 6:52 PM

For the 2016 elections the LGBT community is looking for a president who listens and is sincerely interested in advancing equal rights

LGBT VOTES. The LGBT Chamber of Commerce is advocating the advancement of equal rights during the 2016 elections as a matter of developing the country. Photo by Bea Orante/Rappler

PODCAST: Q and A with an annulment lawyer

Jan 23, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Got legal and practical questions on annulment?

Colmenares, Kapunan, Romualdez praised for stand on divorce, same-sex marriage

Jan 21, 2016 - 9:29 PM

Filipinos weigh in on the senatorial candidates views on thorny marriage issues

SENATE BETS. The candidates running for senate seats share their views on marriage issues with #TheLeaderIWant forum's audience.

5 #GenderIssues to ask in 2016

Jan 05, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Will gender equality advocates have something better to look forward to in 2016?

Paris climate talks: Why women?

Dec 09, 2015 - 5:05 AM

This week all eyes are on Paris as world leaders wrap up their motives to save the planet But will women s voices be heard in Paris?

[Dash of SAS] What to know about HIV in PH

Nov 24, 2015 - 6:22 PM

Charlie Sheen s recent revelation that he is living with HIV is bringing back the topic into the public conversation

Gay pride in a Lumad tribe

Nov 22, 2015 - 6:53 PM

A gay teacher in the Lumad community relates his journey from Mindanao to Manila and hopes for the future

A volunteer tells stories to the Lumad children.

'More women should be elected' – Lorna Kapunan

Nov 11, 2015 - 10:00 AM

The face of hunger is a woman’s face because it is the mother who has to make meager resources work says the senatorial aspirant

PODCAST: HIV epidemic in the PH

Nov 02, 2015 - 2:19 PM

In just 5 years the Philippines has reported over 20 000 new HIV infections

PH pushes for gender rights in climate negotiations

Oct 21, 2015 - 2:28 PM

The Philippines proposes that parties should be guided by gender equality and ensure the full and equal participation of women in all climate actions and decision making processes

WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE. Women contribute greatly to both national and household food security, and yet their efforts are left 'invisible and undervalued,' says the Food and Agriculture Organization. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler.com

Thoughts of a woman who had an abortion

Oct 03, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Yes we have had abortion We re trying to live like the rest of you normally and in peace But we don t deserve to be treated as outcasts of society

WATCH: Growing up as a Pinoy transman

Sep 23, 2015 - 2:34 PM

Deiniel a 22 year old Filipino transman shares how self discovery helps him go through life

Gender equality: Is it achievable in 15 years?

Sep 16, 2015 - 9:51 AM

The United Nations proposes a specific list of targets for achieving gender equality

On abortion, the Pope, priests should not dictate on women

Sep 04, 2015 - 12:36 PM

Calling abortion a sin does not help solve anything and most definitely giving priests the power to absolve women does absolutely nothing

CHARISMATIC PONTIFF. Pope Francis draws support after asking priests to forgive women who had abortions. File photo by Luca Zennaro/EPA/Pool

Empowering women, strengthening Tboli culture

Aug 15, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Jen Eko shows how a Tboli woman s passion to serve the tribe can help empower other women

[Dash of SAS] Why do some pro-life groups hate women so much?

Aug 14, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Did you know that Sorsogon has an executive order declaring itself a pro life city hence banning modern contraception?

Female, male, or both? We need to talk about intersex persons

Aug 09, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Do you know what the I stands for in LGBTQI?

I am a 'breastfeeding tatay'

Aug 08, 2015 - 9:15 PM

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month Here s an extraordinary story of a husband preparing to join his wife s breastfeeding journey

PH women and development beyond 2015

Aug 05, 2015 - 10:27 AM

With Millennium Development Goals expiring by the end of 2015 how will the battle for gender equality continue?

Same-sex couples denied marriage in QC, vows battle not over

Aug 03, 2015 - 2:46 PM

The move is in support of lawyer Jesus Falcis Supreme Court petition for marriage equality in the Philippines

The long road to an LGBT anti-discrimination law

Jul 29, 2015 - 11:36 AM

This is a story about the Filipino people s struggle for genuine equality and acceptance amid a culture of hate and holiness

Gender and Sexuality 101: Learn before you discriminate

Jul 22, 2015 - 2:08 PM

Do Filipinos really understand terms like sexual orientation gender identity sex and sexuality?

Photo taken during the 2013 UP Pride March. Photo from Buena Bernal/Rappler.com Photo taken during the 2013 UP Pride March. Photo from Buena Bernal/Rappler.com

Hard truths about disasters and women with disabilities

Jul 15, 2015 - 12:20 PM

Women with disabilities prove that discrimination exists in multiple layers cutting across class reproductive health and disaster response

World Population Day: Women, RH, and disasters

Jul 11, 2015 - 9:37 AM

Natural disasters have a strong impact on women and girls On top of this they suffer from another kind of disaster one that deprives them of their reproductive rights

Two women in love: From Pampanga to Manila and back

Jul 07, 2015 - 6:10 PM

An office romance brings two women to two cities They end up at the altar

Growing up Tboli and gay

Jul 07, 2015 - 10:27 AM

A young Tboli man shares how he rises above multiple layers of discrimination rooting from his identity class and sexuality

A year after the RH law, why the silence?

Jun 27, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Payal Shah senior legal adviser of the New York based Center for Reproductive Rights discusses UN committee findings that many Filipinas still have no access to contraceptives and services

Veejay Floresca: Lift Valkyrie’s ban on 'crossdressers'

Jun 22, 2015 - 8:19 PM

Top fashion designer and transgender rights advocate Veejay Floresca challenges a high end bar s no cross dressing policy after being denied entry

Veejay Floresca

Two men in love: Finding him via Facebook and God

Jun 19, 2015 - 10:32 AM

Two LGBT rights advocates share their journey across the interwebs the Ilocos sand dunes Manila and LA before finally suiting up in a pair of yellow Barong Tagalogs for their Holy Union

Dear god, why the love ban?

Jun 07, 2015 - 10:15 AM

Marriage equality is just among the LGBT movement s goals The main struggle however is for societies to finally free themselves from gender based discrimination

Bulabog: Gays among flowers

Jun 06, 2015 - 4:46 PM

PJ poses for the camera as the cat calling and taunting are drowned by applause and cheers from people amused by his show

BULABOG. PJ stands under an arch full of flowers as he prepares for a photo shoot. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Ever heard of menstruphobia and menstrual cups?

Jun 04, 2015 - 2:51 PM

Watch this short video on how menstrual cups can help women and girls

Why Caitlyn Jenner's story matters

Jun 04, 2015 - 1:09 PM

Transgender lives matter just like yours do Only when we get the legal and social recognition that we deserve will we stop sharing our stories

Screengrab from YouTube/Vanity Fair

Don't blame victims – Commission on Human Rights

Jun 02, 2015 - 4:44 PM

The CHR condemns sexual violence and victim blaming after a photo of a young abused woman made rounds online

Our sexuality is not a joke

Jun 02, 2015 - 3:14 PM

Tito Sotto Vic Sotto Paolo Ballesteros Jose Manalo are icons of comedy and patriarchy – the symbols of our broken discriminating society So help them God

PODCAST: Dating in the digital age

May 30, 2015 - 2:00 PM

On this week s episode a 20 something woman shares her insights about dating

Women, are your reproductive rights protected?

May 28, 2015 - 11:14 AM

On the International Day of Action for Women s Health advocates urge the Philippine government to address the country’s grave and systematic violations of women’s reproductive rights