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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'

[OPINION] Being gay in an all-girl Catholic school

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:41 PM

'Having a support system is not as powerful as it sounds if the structure it resides in is hesitant to change'

Taiwan's 'conservative anarchist' transgender cabinet member

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:48 PM

Audrey Tang, Taiwan's digital minister and the world's first openly transgender cabinet member says, it is the experience of living through different identities that allows her to see multiple perspectives

This photo taken on June 11, 2020 shows Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang holding up a postcard of herself during an interview at the Executive Yuan in Taipei. Taiwan's digital minister is the world's first openly transgender cabinet member and has blazed a trail ever since she quit school aged 14. Sam Yeh / AFP

A lonely and dangerous lockdown for LGBTQ Indians

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:54 AM

'Right now, it is simply too dangerous to come out of the closet,' says Jo, digital editor for online forum Gaysi

Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017.  As the Australian vote on legalising same-sex marriage kicked off September 12, 2017 Australia's ruling and opposition parties vowed to work together to introduce laws against hate speech during the contentious postal vote on gay marriage. / AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS

Over half of women in PH, 4 other countries doing more household work due to pandemic

Jun 20, 2020 - 4:47 PM

Oxfam Philippines calls on fathers and men in households to step up by devoting at least 50 minutes every day to domestic chores

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

Anti-gay video backing Putin reforms causes stir

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:41 AM

This latest video is reminiscent of another clip released in 2018 urging Russians to re-elect Putin or live in a 'nightmare' future in which they are forced to co-habitate with gay men

[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'

POPCOM-NCR opens helpline for family planning, gender-based violence concerns

May 08, 2020 - 3:31 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The public is advised to call or text its official helpline numbers 09617432337 (Smart) and 09272998764 (Globe) or through messenger via POPCOM-NCR facebook account

[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: Bisexuals are super misunderstood

May 06, 2020 - 8:00 PM

We’re putting bisexuals in the spotlight! We talk to LGBT activist Vince Liban, who wants to debunk the many, many myths on being bi.

CHR launches online reporting portal for gender-based violence during lockdown

Apr 27, 2020 - 6:00 PM

'If you are, or if you know someone is being abused within your homes or communities, reach out to us,' says the Commission on Human Rights

Japan mayor under fire for 'women dawdle at shops' remark

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:27 PM

Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui tells reporters Thursday that men should be entrusted with grocery runs because women 'take a long time as they browse around and hesitate about this and that,' Kyodo news agency reports

[PODCAST] Making Space: Achieving equality for women in the workplace

Apr 01, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Why are there jobs 'for men' or 'for women'? Why are some strong female leaders 'too aggressive'? Rappler explores gender issues in the workplace with PBCWE executive director Julia Abad and WiTech founder Audrey Pe.

Gender gaps deeply ingrained in Japan society – U.N. official

Mar 06, 2020 - 12:26 PM

Izumi Nakamitsu says Japanese children are conditioned to accept gender boundaries as a natural part of society, adding that such norms have been internalized to a highly abnormal degree in the country

Izumi Nakamitsu Izumi Nakamitsu, under-secretary-general and high representative for disarmament affairsspeaks in an interview with Kyodo News on Feb. 18, 2020. (Kyodo)  zoom photo

PH ranks first in Asia for gender diversity in the workforce – report

Mar 03, 2020 - 1:14 PM

The Philippines has the most female industry leaders in Asia. But even at its best figure, women still do not make up more than a third of leadership roles across Asia.

U.S. museum targets gender gap by acquiring only works by women

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Maryland's Baltimore Museum of Art makes a 'radical' move to boost women's participation in the arts – a decision drawing both praise and skepticism

[OPINION] A victim of a voyeur, and the tragedies of filing a report

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'How can the victim of a practiced voyeur have a copy of the video? How can the victim have access to the perpetrator’s database, hard drive, memory, or cloud? Must they demand it from the voyeur?

[OPINION] I won’t wear KNPP clothing’s lewd shirts

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:42 AM

'If clothes reflect who we are, then what does it mean when we wear a shirt with a vulva?'

Philippines drops to No. 16 in Gender Gap Report 2020

Dec 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The World Economic Forum notes a considerable widening of the political empowerment gap in the Philippines

FEMALE WORKERS. Female laborers in the Philippines have long struggled for fair practice. File photo from AFP

Gender workplace equality 257 years away – WEF

Dec 17, 2019 - 12:59 PM

While women appear to be gradually closing the gender gap in areas such as politics, health and education, workplace inequality is not expected to be erased until the year 2276, says a report by the World Economic Forum

A Lebanese woman poses with her face painted with a red hand as she takes part in a march in Beirut on 07 December, 2019. The NGO Abaad joined forces with different feminist groups to help break the silence around crimes of harassment and sexual assault. ABAAD is an independent civil association that aims to achieve gender equality in the MENA region. (Photo credit should read "PATRICK BAZ/ABAAD/AFP-Services") PATRICK BAZ / ABAAD / AFP-Services

[OPINION] Why we fail as queer activists

Nov 23, 2019 - 8:36 PM

When we are asked to imagine a transwoman or a lesbian, we tend to think of a college student or office peers. We rarely picture a gay or trans farmer, or a lesbian indigenous person.

#RespetoNaman movement launches campaign vs gender-based violence

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The #RespetoNaman anniversary commemoration features an 18-day campaign to end violence against women by further educating Filipinos on gender-based violence issues

ENOUGH: SPARK! Executive Director Maica Teves announces #RespetoNaman’s 18-day campaign to end violence against women as part of the movement’s first anniversary of advocating for gender equality. Photo by Bianca Arreola

WATCH: Safe spaces extend to physical, online spaces following 'Bawal Bastos' law

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:13 AM

With newly signed implementing rules and regulations, legislators and the police back the Safe Spaces Act to penalize acts of sexual harassment, especially for women and LGBTQ+

FAST FACTS: How does the Safe Spaces Act protect you?

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Safe Spaces Act, now fully enforced, protects everyone from sexual harassment both in physical and online spaces, and not just by persons in authority

House bill seeks to protect husbands, same-sex partners from domestic abuse

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles wants to expand the coverage of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004

QC, SEAOIL Foundation, SPARK! launch development guide to good GAD governance

Oct 04, 2019 - 6:55 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Since its launch in 2017, LIPAD Pinay has engaged over 50 barangay leaders and empowered 160 women micro-entrepreneurs

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT. Women micro-entrepreneurs with QC Mayor Joy Belmonte and Maica Torres of SPARK! Philippines at LIPAD Pinay Replication Manual Launch on October 4. Photo courtesy of SPARK! Philippines.

Sotto: At least 15 senators oppose SOGIE equality bill

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says more than half of senators are against the SOGIE equality bill, but Senator Risa Hontiveros believes the measure has a 'strong fighting chance'

ANTI-SOGIE. A group of Christians from different sectors in the metropolis holds a protest rally in front of the senate building denouncing the passage of SOGIE bill on September 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#2030Now: Offline ‘safe spaces’ seen as solution to SOGIE misconceptions

Sep 28, 2019 - 7:37 PM

The winning group of the 2019 Social Good Summit gender equality huddle highlights the need to set up intimate discussions on SOGIE since conversations on social media may be alienating to some

DISCUSSIONS. Bianca Lacaba and Aella Potestades, participants of the 2019 Social Good Summit gender equality huddle, represented the winning group and highlighted the need to set up intimate discussions to break down misconceptions about SOGIE on September 21. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

[OPINION] Being pansexual is all about love – not pans

Sep 28, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Being pansexual is the version of me that exists without fear. It is the version of me that wasn't threatened into heterosexuality by a family, a society, or a religion.

#2030NOW: Advocates rethink gender and development in the Philippines

Sep 28, 2019 - 12:29 AM

Advocates talk about the importance of ending gender inequality during one of the Huddle sessions of the 2019 Social Good Summit

EQUALITY FOR ALL. Maica Teves of SPARK Philippines speaks at the 2019 Manila Social Good Summit gender equality huddle on September 21, 2019.

[OPINION] It's not a cockfight between farmers and queers

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:24 AM

For many critics, the SOGIE Equality Bill should take a back seat to address farmers’ welfare. But should we even be pitting issues against each other?

#2030Now: This is how you give women real political and social power

Sep 22, 2019 - 9:31 AM

Oxfam Pilipinas’ SHE projects envisions ‘a world where consent is valued, pleasure is acceptable, and sexual health and satisfaction are achieved’

SHE. Oxfam Philippines' SHE projects seeks to empower women and girls to secure reproductive health and rights in disadvantaged and conflict-affected regions in the Philippines.
 Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Challenges faced by SOGIE equality bill at the Senate

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Rappler talks to Senator Risa Hontiveros, lead author of the SOGIE equality bill at the Senate, on how she plans to fight misinformation on the measure

Advocates urge discussions on SOGIE 'from point of love and impartiality'

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:29 PM

Amid heated discussions on the SOGIE equality bill, a group of LGBTQ+ advocates and allies explore the power of empathy through proactive education

SOGIE advocates pose at #HumanizingSOGIE launch in Makati, Philippines (L-R): Propel Manila CEO JC Valenzuela, Propel Manila Creative Chief Raymund Sison, Quezon City Councilor Mayen Juico, Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman, Embassy of Canada in the Philippines Charge d' affaires Warren Mucci, Love is All We Need Founder Queenmelo Esguerra, SPARK! Philippines Executive Director Maica Teves. Photo by Jaia Yap/Rappler

[OPINION] 'A storm rages outside': The challenges of being transgender

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

I trusted that the friends I have would be accepting of me, and sure enough, they were. I wish I could say the same for my family, though.

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Humanizing SOGIE

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Is the Philippines an LGBT-friendly country? There is little acceptance in places where it matters the most: in schools, in government, and among families.

FALSE: SOGIE equality bill will 'undercut' freedoms, destroy family

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:24 PM

The bill seeks anti-discrimination on the basis of SOGIE, not infringement on religious liberties or parental authority

Is it dangerous or about love? Church groups split over SOGIE bill

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Koko Alviar of the Aglipayan Church says his faith teaches him to 'exist in a community of love.' Coalition of Concerned Families of the Philippines lawyer Lyndon Caña argues that gender identity is a mere 'feeling' and not a fact.

OPPOSE. Attorney Lyndon Cana of the Coalition of Concerned Families of the Philippines speaks at the Senate hearing to oppose the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Equality (SOGIE) bill on September 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto: 'If you are a man, you will never be a woman'

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III maintains that the SOGIE equality bill, in its current form, is not likely to get enough support in the Senate

OPPOSING? Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the SOGIE Equality bill may face opposition in the upper chamber. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Senate hearing on the SOGIE equality bill

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Watch the Senate hearing on the SOGIE equality bill live on Rappler

A look at SOGIE anti-discrimination laws around the world

Aug 31, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Anti-discrimination laws aid in protecting members of the LGBTQ+ community as it strives towards achieving equality for all

PRIDE. Thousands were gathered at Taipei's Gay Pride parade on October 27 – the biggest in Asia – ahead of a landmark vote next month on LGBT rights on the island. Photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

[OPINION] Why the word 'pansexual' makes me feel safe

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Some people would ask me: 'Why not just identify as bisexual? That's pretty much the same thing, right?' It's not.

Eddie Villanueva claims SOGIE bill 'threatens' freedoms of non-LGBTQ+

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:30 PM

'What happens to a Christian like me...if we are to be threatened by punishment every time we share our Bible-based beliefs on matters of transgenders and homosexuals?' asks Brother Eddie Villanueva

ANTI-SOGIE EQUALITY. CIBAC Representative and Brother Eddie Villanueva, founder of the Jesus Is Lord Church, is among the conservative members of the 18th Congress. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TIMELINE: SOGIE equality in the Philippines

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:56 AM

The fight for equality and anti-discrimination for the LGBTQ+ community is one that has known almost two decades of legal struggle

"They're lucky they're more free now, unlike us before when we had to hide", said Ruel Mendiola, who imitates actress Cherry Pie Picache.

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] G7 to discuss how to make gender inequality history

Aug 24, 2019 - 11:00 AM

‘We want the G7 countries to sign on [the Biarritz Partnership]…and choose one of the reforms…to champion, get it funded, and include a way to monitor progress’

[ANALYSIS] SOGIEnomics: Why fighting for LGBTQ+ rights makes economic sense

Aug 22, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Most Philippine companies cannot be said to be LGBTQ+-friendly

Sotto says SOGIE bill has 'no chance' of passing Senate

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the SOGIE equality bill stands no chance if 'it transgresses on academic freedom, religious freedom, and women’s rights'

ALREADY DEAD? Senate President Tito Sotto III says the SOGIE equality bill may stand no chance in the upper chamber this Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Who is the Filipino? The ABCs of LGTBQ+ and SOGIE

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM

We talk to Mela Habijan about terms, definitions, and why recognition matters

U.S. women footballers' equal pay lawsuit to go to trial in 2020

Aug 20, 2019 - 1:58 PM

'We have every confidence that these world champion athletes will get what they legally deserve – nothing less than equal pay and working conditions,' says the US women's football spokesperson

ON THE MOVE. US women's football star Megan Rapinoe and her team dedicate their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup win to their fight for equal pay. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

[OPINION] On toilets and transgender rights

Aug 17, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Why build toilets with different categories when our toilets at home are not even categorized according to gender identity?