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[OPINION] Honoring the predecessors of the #HijaAko movement

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:29 PM

'We should recognize that the #HijaAko Movement is not merely a Filipinized incarnation of the #MeToo Movement, because it is organically built upon the pioneering initiatives of early activists...the comfort women'

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] If you want to empower women, pay them for their work

Jul 11, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'When brands use feminism and its ideals of equality, it needs to go beyond cherry picking the easy and trendy aspects of it like empowerment'

How to fight the pandemic: Women mayors don’t sugarcoat how deadly the virus is

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:00 AM

In the face of an unseen enemy, communication down to the grassroots is key, according to the mayors of Odiongan, Romblon; Tabaco, Albay; Barugo, Leyte; Oras, Eastern Samar

STRONG WOMEN. Mayors Krisel Lagman-Luistro, Trina Firmalo-Fabic, Vivian Alvarez and Macel Cumpio-Avestruz show how important it is to communicate with the public during a pandemic. Photos from LGU Barugo, Angat Bayi and Vivian Alvarez

PCW commissioner on media resigns over ABS-CBN shutdown

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:36 AM

'I cannot, in good conscience, continue my work as Commissioner knowing full well that the sector I represent is being attacked and treated unfairly,' says Noreen Capili

TAKING A STAND. PCW commissioner Noreen Capili resigns over the ABS-CBN shutdown. Photo from Noreen Capili Facebook

Ilocos Sur policewoman who mishandled molestation complaint relieved from duty

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:54 PM

Staff Sergeant Merly Joy Pascua reportedly didn't process the complaint filed by the 15-year-old girl from Cabugao town. The teenager was ambushed on her way home.

CABUGAO Police Station, Ilocos Sur. Screenshot from Google Maps

Johnny Depp says 'in no condition' to ever hurt Amber Heard

Jul 09, 2020 - 10:15 PM

'I was in no physical condition to push anyone,' says the actor

US actor Johnny Depp arrives on the third day of his libel trial against News Group Newspapers (NGN), at the High Court in London, on July 9, 2020. - Depp is suing the publishers of The Sun and the author of the article for the claims that called him a "wife-beater" in April 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Duterte replaces PH Commission on Women chairperson

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen PCW commissioner Sandra Montano for the top post in the commission

CHANGES IN PCW. Philippine Commission on Women Rhodora Bucoy is getting replaced. Malacañang photo

Allana Lim: Blazing a trail for Filipina ballers

Jul 06, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Allana Lim has helped open the eyes of scouts that Filipina players have what it takes to excel overseas

COUNTRY IN MIND. Allana Lim says she always wants to perform to the best of her abilities while playing abroad since she is representing the Philippines. Photo from fiba.basketball

UP Visayas fraternity under fire after leak of lewd messages

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Sister sorority UP Stella Juris says there is 'no place to justify nor tolerate any malicious conduct...allegedly committed by certain individuals who were identified as members of UP Scintilla Juris fraternity.'

Screenshots from Twitter account Manyaks of UPV

Jack Animam takes talents to Taiwan

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:04 PM

Gilas Women star Jack Animam joins Shih Hsin University in Taiwan's University Basketball Association

STAR TALENT. Philippine women's basketball star Jack Animam is set to play in Taiwan's University Basketball Association. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Bias against women driven by people who think it doesn't exist – study

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:39 AM

New research shows that managers who believe gender discrimination is a 'thing of the past' actually showed bias against women by suggesting a female job candidate be paid 8% less than a man

#StepUpUAP: Another school faces complaints of sexual harassment

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:46 PM

The University of Asia and the Pacific encourages victims of sexual harassment to come forward and file complaints with the Office of Student Mentoring, Guidance and Counseling

After #MCHSDoBetter goes viral, other schools urged to act on sexual harassment

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Students and alumni from different institutions who experienced alleged sexual misconduct from teachers want their voices and pleas for justice to be heard

Nowhere to run: Why some abused sex workers don’t want cops’ help

Jun 27, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Part 2: Even as sex workers or prostituted women claim they experience systematic abuse from the police, they are blamed when they are raped and told ‘it’s part of the job anyway’

In the fight vs COVID-19, these women mayors didn't take chances

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Mayors Trina Firmalo-Fabic of Odiongan, Romblon, and Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco, Albay, consult their constituents and get creative in their response to the health crisis

Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' is coming to Netflix in July

Jun 25, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Also: early seasons of 'Grey's Anatomy,' and 'On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets'

LITTLE WOMEN. The film stars Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen. Photo courtesy of Netflix

[OPINION] When religion blames the victim

Jun 23, 2020 - 12:57 PM

'In congregations around the Philippines, women are enjoined to be submissive to their husbands. The Filipino translation is more forceful: magpasakop sa asawa.'

Jennylyn Mercado, Gab Valenciano take stand against rape culture, victim blaming

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:03 PM

'Rape exists because of rapists' – end of argument

DLSU drops part-time teacher after Facebook post about sexual violence

Jun 16, 2020 - 3:45 PM

The now-deleted post implied Senator Risa Hontiveros should be sexually harassed by prisoners to change her mindset that men should be taught not to rape

Screenshot of Change.org petition and DLSU building photo from Wikimedia

South Africa's Ramaphosa slams surge in femicides as lockdown eases

Jun 15, 2020 - 9:24 PM

South Africa is ranked among countries with one of the highest levels of intimate partner violence in the world

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018, as the heads of the BRICS group -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- met in Johannesburg for an annual summit dominated by the risk of a US-led trade war. Five of the biggest emerging economies on July 26, stood by the multilateral system and vowed to strengthen economic cooperation in the face of US tariff threats and unilateralism. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Themba Hadebe

'Inviting the beast'? #HijaAko trends as women call out victim blaming

Jun 14, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Many on social media join Frankie Pangilinan in condemning the thinking that women's outfits are to blame for sexual assault

Police tell girls: Don't wear short clothes to prevent sex crimes

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:11 PM

'Kayo naman mga ghErlsz, wag kayo magsuot ng pagkaikli-ikling damit at pag naman nabastos ay magsusumbong din sa amin,' says a now-deleted Facebook post of a police station in Quezon Province

FASHION. Clothes on display at a mall in Metro Manila. File photo by Jill Tan Radovan/Rappler

JK Rowling says she is survivor of sexual assault, domestic abuse

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The 'Harry Potter' author reveals the information in a blog post to 'give context' to her controversial past comments about transgender women

Head of Korea 'comfort women' shelter found dead amid probe

Jun 07, 2020 - 12:41 PM

The 60-year-old woman is believed to have taken her own life, police say

[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: I can be transgender and Catholic at the same time

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:00 PM

We speak with Mela Habijan, who is both a trans woman and a Catholic. How does she reconcile the two?

[OPINION] Women's work and the coronavirus: Caring for care workers

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'By default, women are more likely to be in poorly paid jobs at the lowest ends of value chains without a chance at education or building skills. With a looming global depression, they are likely to be the first fired and last re-hired.'

LABOR. In many parts of the Philippines, taking care of children and the elderly, as well as doing household chores, is seen as women's tasks. Photo by John Regala/Oxfam

A fighter: PH team recalls Bea Luna's tough character before passing

May 28, 2020 - 5:53 PM

Bea Luna thought she would get cut from the team, but she wound up with a spot in the starting XI because of her hard work

AN ANGEL. National girls football team head coach Rachelle delos Reyes (left) remembers how passionate Bea Luna was about the sport before she died. Photo from Rachelle delos Reyes' Facebook

16-year-old PH youth football player dies

May 27, 2020 - 7:22 PM

Bea Luna, 16, records one international goal in her national team debut in 2019

TOO SOON. Bea Luna passes away at 16 years old with a maiden national team appearance in 2019. Photo from Philippine Football Federation

[OPINION] Katherine's death calls for women’s reproductive health in pandemic

May 20, 2020 - 3:49 PM

'Katherine was refused admission and care by 6 hospitals. She was declared dead on arrival by the time she arrived at the seventh hospital.'

DOST-PCHRD scholar is PH's finalist to the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2020

May 20, 2020 - 2:52 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Maria Ruth Pineda-Cortel of the University of Santo Tomas is chosen as the finalist for the ASEAN-U.S Science Prize for Women 2020 for her project on gestational diabetes

[OPINION] Gender equality in a post-pandemic world

May 13, 2020 - 1:09 PM

'A society that is open to see past the great gender divide and choose leaders based on their moral and professional record will tremendously benefit from it'

U.S. women's World Cup star Alex Morgan welcomes daughter

May 10, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'She made us wait longer than expected,' says football star Alex Morgan, who was due to give birth in April

HOTSHOT. Forward Alex Morgan (right) starred in Team USA's title defense in the 2019 Women's World Cup in France. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

During coronavirus lockdown: Abused women, children more vulnerable

May 09, 2020 - 4:38 PM

A drop in reported cases of abuse during the lockdown may not be good news as it could point to victims having a harder time reporting crimes to authorities

New U.S. school sexual assault rules enforce rights of accused

May 07, 2020 - 9:41 AM

The new regulations lay out a method for cross-examining the accuser. This approach has previously been deemed too traumatizing for presumed victims.

Photo from Shutterstock

Tip from Australian police lead to arrest of sex trafficker in Caloocan

May 06, 2020 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Police rescue 3 minors, all children of the suspect

ARRESTED. Authorities with a  41-year-old women accused of forcing her 3 chilldren, all minors, to perform sexual acts via webcam. She was arrested on May 4, 2020, in Caloocan City. Photo from IJM

[OPINION] Women are in the forefront of another battle

May 04, 2020 - 2:10 PM

'If you are a neighbor and you hear something that you gauge to be danger, then you have to call the authorities immediately'

Judge rules against U.S. women's soccer team in equal pay case

May 02, 2020 - 11:34 AM

The reigning world champions absorb a legal blow as their equal pay claim gets tossed out

ALL-STAR. US soccer stars Megan Rapinoe (left) and Alex Morgan celebrate after ruling the 2019 World Cup in France. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Rappler Talk: Women power – TOWNS protects our frontliners

May 02, 2020 - 10:26 AM

Rappler's Maria Ressa and ANCx's Ces Drilon talk to fellow TOWNS awardees about how the foundation was able to raise P60 million to purchase PPE sets for COVID-19 frontliners in hospitals all over the country

Bailed political prisoner stuck in Correctional amid pandemic

Apr 30, 2020 - 8:34 PM

Fifty-three-year-old health worker Miguela Ocampo Peniero was ordered released March 5 upon payment of bail for one case. Her lawyers explain to the court all other previous charges are either junked, or served.

CORRECTIONAL. Inmates at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City on March 4, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

As society opens, Saudi women surge into job market

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:42 PM

Change came for Saudi women in mid-2016 when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveils his 'Vision 2030' plan, aiming at diversifying the kingdom's economy and ending its addiction to oil

Heba, a 36-year-old woman, smokes a cigarette publicly at a coffee shop in north Riyadh on February 5, 2020. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

27 more female inmates test positive for coronavirus – BuCor

Apr 26, 2020 - 6:51 PM

The Bureau of Corrections says that they are 'well and asymptomatic'

India doctors fight to save sight of raped 7-year-old

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Police arrest a 21-year-old man over the assault in the central state of Madhya Pradesh

PROTESTING RAPE. Swati Maliwal (C), head of the Delhi government's Commission for Women, speaks during a protests against rape and violence against women in New Delhi on March 6, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

[OPINION] The pandemic's forgotten faces: The plight of Muslims, women, and other minorities

Apr 24, 2020 - 11:30 AM

'Plans and programs to address this pandemic should be evidence-based and sensitive to culture, conflict, and context'

18 more Correctional inmates, 1 health staff test positive for coronavirus

Apr 21, 2020 - 1:02 PM

The Board of Pardons and Parole is 'formulating interim guidelines' to urgently release old and sickly convicts – a regular course for the board

CORRECTIONAL. Inmates at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City on March 4, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Women suffer as lockdown worsens Latin America's 'domestic hell'

Apr 21, 2020 - 10:21 AM

In Mexico, it is estimated that around 200 women have been murdered since quarantine measures began

BARRED. Health workers wearing biosafety suits take the temperature of a woman during a checkup for the novel coronavirus at Nueva Floresta neighborhood in Cali, Colombia, on April 20, 2020. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Gilas Women star Jack Animam helping battle vs coronavirus

Apr 19, 2020 - 5:35 PM

'Being part of the national team does not mean that you only have to do your part on the court,' says Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Jack Animam

GIVING BACK. Jack Animam starts a fundraising drive for a hospital in her hometown of Malolos, Bulacan. Photo from UAAP

Elderly correctional inmate tests positive for coronavirus

Apr 18, 2020 - 7:27 PM

(UPDATED) The female inmate is 72 years old, has pneumonia and has been transferred to the Sta Ana Hospital in Manila

CORRECTIONAL. Inmates at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City on March 4, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

WNBA pays tribute to Gianna Bryant, 2 teammates

Apr 18, 2020 - 2:15 PM

‘It would have been a dream come true for her,’ says Vanessa Bryant after the WNBA made her daughter Gianna an honorary draft pick

GONE TOO SOON. Gianna Bryant showed the same passion for basketball as her father Kobe.

Liberty take Ionescu with first pick in WNBA draft

Apr 18, 2020 - 10:16 AM

After finishing near-bottom last season, the New York Liberty beef up their roster with one of the most decorated players in women's college basketball

PRIZED ROOKIE. Sabrina Ionescu holds several NCAA women’s basketball records. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Dispatch from El Salvador

Apr 11, 2020 - 2:00 PM

El Salvador has one of the highest rates of femicide or female murder in the world