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Japan to get its 1st female paratrooper

Mar 04, 2020 - 12:28 PM

The gender bar on women joining Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force was lifted in 2017, but requirements that women have the same physical fitness as men had effectively prevented women from joining

PIONEER. Sergeant Reina Hashiba becomes Japan's first female paratrooper after formally finished training on Wednesday and is set to join the Ground Self-Defense Force's 1st Airborne Brigade. Photo by Kyodo News

Breaking news and barriers: South Korea's first main female anchor

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:37 PM

Lee So-jeong, news anchor of South Korea's national public broadcaster 'News 9' bulletin, breaks a decades-old boys' club in a society that is technologically and economically advanced, but still culturally male-dominated

This picture taken on February 6, 2020 shows South Korean news anchor Lee So-jeong attending a rehearsal of a primetime newscast at KBS, South Korea's national public broadcaster, in Seoul. Five times a week, Lee So-jeong is beamed into living rooms across the country leading its "News 9" bulletin, after she shattered a decades-old glass ceiling in a society that is technologically and economically advanced, but still culturally male-dominated. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Fear of making decisions

Dec 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

There are irreparable costs

Unqualified GCTA returnees lose jobs, are detained for months

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Part 2: Even if many are not heinous crime convicts, former inmates turn themselves in to the Correctional Institution for Women out of fear of the President. Administrative lapses make them worry they won’t be home for Christmas.

Poll finds over 80% in Japan back female emperor

Oct 28, 2019 - 2:43 PM

The survey, conducted in the wake of last week's enthronement proclamation ceremony for Emperor Naruhito, found 81.9% favor Japan having a woman take the throne, with 13.5% opposed

EMPEROR. A photo from the Japanese Government shows His Majesty Emperor Naruhito as he gives his message during the Ceremony of the Enthronement of His Majesty at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan on October 22, 2019. Malacañang Photo

U.S. makes history with first all-female spacewalk

Oct 18, 2019 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) The mission was originally planned for earlier this year but had to be aborted due to a lack of properly fitting spacesuits, leading to allegations of sexism

FIRST. This undated combination photo obtained from NASA shows astronauts Christina Koch (L) and Jessica Meir. AFP PHOTO / NASA

Vatican moves to counter gender theory in education

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:34 AM

The Church is trying to promote 'dialogue on the question of gender in education,' Milan's Gonzague Institute professor Roberto Zappala says in a statement

St Peter's basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome.  Tiziana FABI / AFP

Female tanker truck drivers change gears in Ghana

May 04, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Ghana's Ladybird Logistics has a fleet of 21 drivers and claims to be 'the first company globally to employ only female drivers'

Rita Twenewaa, one of Ladybird Logistics' 21 female truck drivers, poses inside her vehicle in Takoradi, western Ghana, on April 3, 2019. Nearly eight percent of men in Ghana work in the transport and storage sector, according to government figures, compared to only 0.3 percent of women. In October 2018 Ladybird began delivering fuel on behalf of Zen Petroleum to supply the mines. The drivers, aged between 28 and 45, were all experienced and licensed to drive heavy-duty vehicles. Ladybird's all-women team drive heavy 47,000-litre trucks across the West African nation, delivering fuel to Ghana's famous goldmines.  CRISTINA ALDEHUELA / AFP

Leveling expectations between the sexes on Valentine's Day

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Romance' in female brains generally takes on the form of language, while in male brains, it largely, so to speak, rises and falls as an 'act'

Michelin boosts female chefs in 2019 food guide

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Eleven female-led restaurants have each been granted a prestigious spot in the 2019 Michelin guide to the best food in France

Home 'most dangerous place' for women – United Nations study

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:38 AM

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime calculates that of a total 87,000 female homicide cases worldwide in 2017, some 50,000 – or 58% – were committed by the victims' intimate partners or family members

Dear girls, here’s how you can empower yourself everyday

Sep 25, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Who run the world?

An all-female Marvel superhero TV series is in the works

Sep 20, 2018 - 6:18 PM

'Wonder Woman' screenplay writer Allan Heinberg will be one of the show's executive producers

Pinay athletes deliver 70% of PH medal haul

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:29 AM

POC president Ricky Vargas says he's impressed that 12 of the Philippines' 18 medals came from Filipina athletes in the 2018 Asian Games

GOLDEN GIRLS. Philippines' gold medal haul is led by Yuka Saso, the women's golf team, Margielyn Didal and Hidilyn Diaz. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

[OPINION] In defense of mothers and others

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Don't be fooled. Benevolent sexism lives on in silence and maintains the harm.

South Korea court gives former president 8 more years in prison

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The new penalty for disgraced South Korean president Park Geun-hye is on top of the 24-year sentence she is already serving for corruption and abuse of power

CONVICTED. This file photo taken on August 25, 2017 shows South Korean ousted leader Park Geun-hye (left) arriving at a court in Seoul. Photo by Kim Hong-ji /Pool/AFP

Duterte on women, Rappler’s awards, Weinstein surrenders | Evening wRap

May 25, 2018 - 8:14 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, April 16-22, 2018

Apr 22, 2018 - 1:14 PM

From a must-watch documentary on fake news to Albayalde's speech as incoming PNP chief to Cole Sprouse

Pressing for Freedom: Letters from the field

Mar 30, 2018 - 11:30 AM

These letters are written by female journalists for female journalists – although these messages are for anyone who cares about democratic politics

Trailblazers: The women of Philippine pro wrestling

Mar 27, 2018 - 1:00 PM

6 of the country's fearless female wrestlers talk about living their dreams and making history in the ring

Meet the women drivers of MRT3

Mar 11, 2018 - 11:54 AM

'Just show them that you can do it even if they say you can't 'just because you're a woman.' Nobody can stop you,' says one of the first female MRT drivers

WOMEN. Mannielene "Yen" Jose and Maria Virginia Manuel are the first women drivers of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Duterte on vagina remark, Senate orders Bautista arrest, Sheeran is best-selling artist | Midday wRap

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:23 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 27, 2018

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:20 AM

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Duterte defends 'shoot in the vagina' remark

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says this 'sarcasm' is directed at female rebels who bear children while still with the New People's Army

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the inauguration of the Armscor Shooting Range Davao Branch in Davao City on February 26, 2018. Malacañang photo

'You're a woman, what do you know about cars?'

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Maria Fe Perez-Agudo, head of the Philippine arm of Korean carmaker Hyundai, shares her experience of male bosses intimidating her

TOP EXEC. Hyundai Asia Resources Inc's Maria Fe Perez-Agudo. Agudo's photo courtesy Hyundai Philippines

LISTEN: Keith Urban releases feminist anthem

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:53 AM

'Female' is inspired by the abuse scandal that brought down Harvey Weinstein

Germany's top court requires legal option of 'third gender'

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:52 PM

Intersex is a broad term encompassing people who have sex traits, such as genitals or chromosomes, that do not entirely fit with typical binary notion of male and female

Testosterone a 'significant' boost for women athletes

Jul 04, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Hyperandrogenism is a condition that causes high natural levels of the male hormone testosterone in women

SIGNIFICANT BOOST. High levels of testosterone that are naturally produced by some elite female athletes give them a 'significant' competitive edge in athletics events. Dutee Chand, an Indian athlete with the condition, successfully challenged the IAAF regulations before the Court of Arbitration for Sports. File Photo by Manjunath Kiran / AFP

Defying stereotypes: Adeline Tuayon Sebastian thrives as basketball ref

Jul 03, 2017 - 12:18 PM

When a woman plays basketball she is often mistaken for being a lesbian but this female ref from Zamboanga acts no different from any other woman when she is refereeing a basketball game

GIRL POWER. Adeline Tuayon Sebastian is tearing down stereotypes as a female basketball referee. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Artist defends 'female Oblation' from plagiarism allegations

Jun 25, 2017 - 1:20 AM

UPLIFT is my own creation visual artist Ferdinand Cacnio says in response to observations that he copied the work of Dutch artist Elisabet Stienstra

ARTIST AND HIS WORK. Artist Ferdinand Cacnio stands beside his sculpture, 'Uplift,' which his batch donated to the UP. Photo from Ferdinand Cacnio's Facebook page

LOOK: 'Female Oblation' displayed in UP Diliman

Jun 24, 2017 - 4:41 PM

Visual artist Ferdinand Cacnio posts photos of this so called female Oblation with the hashtag UPLift

FEMALE OBLATION. The so-called female version of the iconic Oblation statue is now displayed at UP Diliman. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

[DASH of SAS] Whipping some sense into Tito Sotto

May 10, 2017 - 6:23 PM

This is what a man like you needs A man like you who doesn t know how to act when faced with a woman with a mind of her own and achievements that surpass your own

U.S doctor charged with genital mutilation on girls

Apr 14, 2017 - 9:15 AM

Prosecutors believe it is the first of its kind brought under the US federal law

FAST FACTS: Meet the women mistahs

Mar 11, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Republic Act 7192 or the Women in Development and Nation Building Act of 1992 opened the Philippine Military Academy The first batch graduated in 1997

2017 fellowship opportunities for female journalists through the IWMF

Jan 25, 2017 - 3:03 PM

The International Women s Media Foundation has released their 2017 programs for female journalists

Why the cutting of a woman's clitoris is so prevalent in Indonesia

Dec 05, 2016 - 5:53 PM

Female genital mutilations is a widespread practice in the 4th most populous nation in the world Here s why

WIDELY PRACTICED. Unicef says 200 million women and girls living today have undergone female genital mutilation.

Pakistan's mother-daughter boxing duo KO taboos

Oct 31, 2016 - 4:46 PM

Drawn to boxing thanks to Muhammad Ali a 19 year old Pakistani girl and her mother strive amid a deeply conservative society in hopes of one day winning gold in Olympic boxing

In this photograph taken on October 6, 2016, 19-year-old Pakistani boxer Razia Banu boxes during a practice session at the Pak Shaheen Boxing Club in Karachi. Behind her are photos of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who inspired her into boxing. ASIF HASSAN / AFP

Dela Rosa, Duterte, Drilon | 6PM wRap

Aug 11, 2016 - 8:13 PM

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Mongolian women wrestlers grapple with tradition

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Mongolian freestyle women wrestlers eye Rio Olympic medals but they are still forbidden from participating in their country s own traditional grappling festivals

CELEBRATED. Mongolia's Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg has become a recognizable figure back home after her London Olympics success. She is seen here celebrating with the national flag after defeating Canada's Martine Dugrenier in their Women's 63kg Freestyle bronze medal match during the 2012 Games. YURI CORTEZ / AFP

Margot Robbie plays thoroughly modern 'Jane' in new 'Tarzan' film

Jun 27, 2016 - 11:20 AM

I ve never wanted to play the damsel in distress and Jane is anything but Margot says of her role as Jane in the new film

[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

Rodrigo Duterte, Joma Sison, Louvre evacuation | 12PM wRap

Jun 03, 2016 - 12:38 PM

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WHO issues first guidelines on treating female genital mutilation victims

May 16, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Female genital mutilation is most prevalent in Africa – where it is practiced in some 30 countries despite widespread criminalization – as well as pockets of Asia and the Middle East

TREATING VICTIMS. The World Health Organization on Monday, May 16, released its first-ever guidelines on how medical professionals should treat victims of female genital mutilation. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

Pope Francis mulls opening door to female deacons in Church

May 13, 2016 - 1:10 AM

In off the cuff remarks the pontiff promises to examine whether women could enter the Catholic clergy as deacons

epa05299799 Pope Francis (L) blesses faithful during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, 11 May 2016. EPA/GIORGIO ONORATI

IN PHOTOS: Margarita Fores kicks off CNN show 'Culinary Journeys' season 2

May 12, 2016 - 3:17 PM

Asia s Best Female Chef 2016 and the woman behind restaurants like Cibo and Grace Park is featured in the CNN series

MARGARITA FORES. The Filipino chef is featured in the first episode of 'Culinary Journeys' season 2. Photo by Michelle Ayuyao

Saudi minister 'not satisfied' with female employment rate

May 04, 2016 - 1:00 AM

Labor Minister Mufarrej Al Haqbani says however that the driving ban for women is not one of the factors behind the level of female employment

epa05066146 Saudi women stand outside a polling station after casting their votes in the Kigdom's municipal elections, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 12 December 2015. For the first time Saudi women have been allowed to run and vote in the the country's municipal elections, regarded as a small but significant opening of the ultra conservative society to women. Though female candidates were not allowed to campaign and had to be accomapanied by a male guardian in order to be able to vote in the country where they are still not allowed by law to drive. The voting age was also lowered prior to the election from 21 to 18. EPA/AHMED YOSRI

Palaro's fastest female runner is also an academic achiever

Apr 19, 2016 - 9:00 PM

At just 13 years old Samantha Gem Limos is making an impact on the track and in the classroom

ACHIEVER. Samantha Gem Limos, 13, is a gold medalist for the 100-m dash at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa. She's a National Batang Pinoy record holder and is also an academic achiever. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: #Palaro2016's fastest female runner, chess, arnis & more

Apr 14, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Rappler photographer Roy Secretario captures the most candid moments showcasing athletes raw emotion at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa

FIGHT! Arnis player from BRAA Mark John Pajalla performs espada y daga individual. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Bicol honors female cops as PH marks Women's Month

Mar 13, 2016 - 4:40 PM

Bicol s female police officers are praised for being role models and persevering despite challenges

Meet the doctor fighting to restore clitorises and pleasure after female genital mutilation

Mar 10, 2016 - 3:02 PM

She is one of only a handful of surgeons who performs this surgery on women who have suffered female genital mutilation FGM or cutting

PLEASURE DOCTOR. Marci Bowers restores sexual feeling among victims of female genital mutilation. Photo from marcibowers.com