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Want to tackle economic inequality? Start by meeting women's RH needs – UN

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The United Nations Population Fund's State of World Population 2017 focuses on reproductive health and rights in the age of inequality

Health experts push for PH policy on teenage pregnancy

Jul 11, 2017 - 5:05 PM

On World Population Day experts call on lawmakers to work towards the enactment of bills tackling the issue of teenage pregnancy in the Philippines

'Difficult time for women' under Duterte admin – Robredo

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:47 PM

It s as if we are transported back to the time where misogyny and bigotry is accepted says Vice President Leni Robredo

WOMEN'S DAY. Vice President Leni Robredo during a forum on women and democracy at Miriam's College on Wednesday, March 8. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Rappler Talk: VP Robredo on women's rights and the end to poverty

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:00 PM

On March 8 International Women’s Month Maria Ressa talks to Vice President Leni Robredo about what the government can do to invest in young girls today and end poverty by 2030

UNFPA: praktek sunat perempuan harus berakhir pada 2030

Feb 06, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Direktur Eksekutif UNFPA Babatunde Osotimehin mengatakan dampak dampak fisik dan trauma emosional yang dirasakan para korban dapat berlangsung seumur hidup

LOOK: What's inside DSWD's 'dignity kits' for flood victims?

Jan 19, 2017 - 9:43 AM

The provision of dignity kits is part of the DSWD s efforts to provide immediate assistance to more than 13 000 families affected by torrential rains in the Visayas and Mindanao

#SWOP2016: Empowering today's 10 year olds builds better societies

Oct 20, 2016 - 12:10 PM

UNFPA’s State of World Population 2016 report shows that empowering today’s 10 year old girls could yield huge demographic and economic dividends and build better societies

[Dash of SAS] Including minors in HIV response

Aug 01, 2016 - 1:25 PM

A recent DOH study on adolescent HIV estimates that there are 9 559 adolescents who have HIV but only 10 have been diagnosed Currently only 381 are enrolled on anti retroviral therapy

UN agency: Harnessing young girls' potential key for PH

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:45 PM

They hold enormous opportunity to transform the future of the Philippines but this can only happen if they have the right information and skills says UNFPA Country Director Klaus Beck

Over 1 in 10 teenage girls have already experienced giving birth, according to the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study in 2013.

Sex education in PH schools still lacking – UNFPA

Jul 09, 2016 - 9:50 AM

According to the latest report on the implementation of the RH law the education department has not yet developed the minimum standards of comprehensive sexuality education that schools should comply with

Less poverty if RH law implemented earlier – NEDA chief

Jul 08, 2016 - 2:39 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says poverty reduction in the Philippines has been really very slow since policymakers have not paid attention to population policy

RH LAW. According to young mother Mary Annly Rosete, due to lack of education, she got pregnant at a tender age of 14. She takes care of her 4 children with her husband, who earns a meager income of $3 a day. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

To avoid RH law delays, economic planning chief proposes Duterte EO

Jul 07, 2016 - 5:42 PM

NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia fears the effects of the TRO – maternal deaths teenage pregnancies and unwanted pregnancies – could become bigger social problems in the long run

[Dash of SAS] Pleasure points

Jun 17, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The Pleasure Project is on a relentless pursuit of pleasure in the name of accessible and appealing sex education

Filipino youth to next leaders: 'We want jobs, education, and healthcare'

May 05, 2016 - 10:01 AM

The voice of the youth must be at the heart of every conversation regarding their future

Image courtesy Nico Aquino / Rappler

Filipino youth to tackle SDGs, voter education

Apr 29, 2016 - 6:01 PM

Join Youth Vote Philippines and the United Nations Population Fund on Saturday April 30 at SM Aura in Taguig City

The country's next leaders should focus on the youth

Apr 28, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Reaping the fruits of a demographic dividend is not too late for the Philippines but it will not happen without investing in and involving the youth

The kids are having sex and they are not OK

Feb 11, 2016 - 10:50 AM

Studies show that more young people than ever before are sexually active but without proper sexual reproductive health information and access to contraception they are left banging in the dark

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

Scrapping of P1-B contraceptive budget enrages health groups

Jan 11, 2016 - 5:01 PM

Reproductive health rights activists say the budget cut will worsen increasing maternal deaths teen pregnancy and HIV infection rates

NO WINNERS. The removal of the budget for contraceptives negatively affects men and women from the poorest sectors, say advocates. Image courtesy of Ana Santos

Pia Cayetano looking into P1-B cut in contraceptives budget

Jan 07, 2016 - 9:35 PM

UPDATED The senator principal sponsor of the reproductive health law says the surprise removal of the amount from the health department budget is totally unacceptable

[Dash of SAS] Forbidding and punishing home births

Jan 06, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Prohibiting home births is seen as a way to curb maternal deaths But others say it is infringes on women’s right to choose

Gender-targeting and rethinking disaster response

Dec 09, 2015 - 4:00 PM

The United Nations Population Fund stresses the need for a more gender based approach to disaster response given that women and children are at the greatest risk during emergencies

UNFPA: Ending inequality road to building resiliency

Dec 04, 2015 - 5:56 PM

To build better and more sustainable communities after disasters the United Nations Population Fund believes gender inequality must be addressed

Focus aid efforts on women, girls in war zones – UN

Dec 04, 2015 - 12:26 AM

The United Nations Population Fund says millions of women and girls swept up in conflict need sexual and reproductive health services as a basic human right

CAUGHT IN CONFLICT. Women and children repatriated from Libya along with other Malians gather outside a civil protection agency in Bamako on December 2, 2015.  Photo by Habibou Kouyate/AFP

AS IT HAPPENED: State of World Population Report 2015 Launch

Dec 03, 2015 - 8:41 AM

Read the blog of the Philippine launch of the State of World Population Report 2015 held on December 3 2015

Beyond food and shelter: Protecting women and girls in times of crisis

Dec 01, 2015 - 4:00 PM

The world needs to act to make women and girls in conflict zones and disaster hit areas feel safe

MILF backs RH services in Bangsamoro

Sep 03, 2015 - 8:00 PM

The partnership between the MILF and the United Nations Population Fund aims to improve the delivery of reproductive health services in Mindanao

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

BKKBN siap hadapi situasi darurat dan bencana

Jul 06, 2015 - 7:40 PM

Di Indonesia 25 dari penduduk yang terkena dampak bencana adalah perempuan dalam usia subur 4 di antaranya sedang hamil

Penduduk di sekitar Gunung Sinabung yang terpaksa hidup dalam pengungsian pasca terjadinya letusan. Foto oleh: EPA

Bonus demografi, musibah atau anugerah?

May 01, 2015 - 3:07 PM

Bonus demografi akankah menjadi anugerah atau justru sebaliknya? Sebuah renungan untuk tenaga kerja Indonesia di Hari Buruh

Tantangan ekonomi Indonesia tahun 2015, meliputi mengurangi angka kemiskinan. Foto oleh Bay Ismoyo/AFP

When talking about sex is easy

Jul 30, 2014 - 3:42 PM

While the reproductive health law now mandates schools to teach sex education the government is also using other ways to bring the message closer to young Filipinos

Young, pregnant and poor

Apr 01, 2014 - 12:52 AM

For poor teenage mothers life is a roller coaster ride that just goes round and round

YOUNG AND PREGNANT. How do education, poverty, and pregnancy interplay in the Philippines? Photo by Joel Nito/AFP

Tent clinics in Guiuan

Jan 26, 2014 - 2:28 PM

The United Nations Population Fund estimates that some 200 000 pregnant women will need maternal and newborn healthcare services post Yolanda

MEDICAL ATTENTION. Women from Guiuan line up for health services. Photo from Ana Santos/Rappler

Abortion cases in PH rising: 'RH law would be life saver'

Jan 23, 2014 - 8:37 PM

The PH had 600 000 abortion cases in 2011 Local and international experts say those unwanted pregnancies could have been prevented by the RH law

PIONEER. Former UNFPA Executive Director Nafis Sadik says the agenda on reproductive and sexual and health rights must move forward and faster in the Asia Pacific region. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Repro health advocates tell court: No abortion at the forum

Jan 22, 2014 - 8:45 PM

Pasay court notes that anti reproductive health petitioners who seek to stop the conference filed their petition when the event had already opened

After the storm: Pregnant women need urgent care and attention

Nov 19, 2013 - 5:01 PM

Eastern Visayas the hardest hit region has about 57 000 pregnant women the second highest among 9 regions monitored by UNFPA

e-Learning for midwives

Jul 31, 2013 - 1:11 PM

Health officials and experts are optimistic about using technology based interventions to address healthcare gaps

Where girls die while trying to give life

Dec 10, 2012 - 7:57 PM

Peachy and Bibi are more than statistics They are more than survey results they are more than debates they are more than factories to produce OFWs

Cayetano to force Senate vote on RH

Nov 15, 2012 - 1:56 PM

Sen Pia Cayetano plans to move to end the period of amendments on the controversial Reproductive Health bill next week

UN warns of rise in child marriages

Oct 12, 2012 - 8:18 AM

The UN Population Fund says that despite efforts to rein in the practice the frequency of child marriages has been constant in the developing world

Urgent response needed to address teen pregnancy

Sep 15, 2012 - 12:20 PM

It’s time to have a national conversation about the issue of teen pregnancy a youth group says noting that in the region only the Philippines experiences a growing number of cases

The RH bill and hopes for a better life

Aug 29, 2012 - 6:54 PM

Filipinos must knock on the doors of their legislators to make sure the RH bill moves in both the House and the Senate

WHO on RH bill: No politics, just facts

Aug 03, 2012 - 6:21 PM

International health organizations stress the need to pass the RH bill for women and the youth