women and children - updates

Rappler's latest stories on women and children


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

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

House passes bill imposing stiffer penalties vs child abuse

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:50 PM

An overwhelming 228 legislators vote in favor of stiffening the punishment for child abusers

House approves bill protecting women, children vs electronic violence

Feb 04, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas says the passage of the measure will give women and children an 'increased chance' to combat all forms of abuse

House OKs on 2nd reading bill protecting women, children vs electronic abuse

Jan 28, 2020 - 7:47 PM

Violators stand to face jail time up to 6 to 12 years and a fine between P300,000 to P500,000

How the women of Marawi weave hope through textiles

May 23, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Sinagtala is not about its textiles but the stories of its female weavers who persevere despite all odds

Cops catch mother selling her own children for sexual exploitation

Apr 27, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The suspect reportedly asked for P15,000 for each child to take part in a sexual 'show'

RESCUE OPERATION. Cops and social workers save children from being sold for sexual exploitation. Photo by International Justice Mission

'Til divorce do us part?' PH struggles to marry religion and reality

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 PM

While there has been growing support for the passage of the divorce law, there is still no assurance from legislators that this would happen anytime soon

Accused of sexism, Duterte vows to fight for women's rights

Nov 26, 2017 - 12:53 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte creates 'a culture of violence that endangers women and children,' says the activist group Akbayan Women

WITH THE PEOPLE. Duterte listening to a Davao City resident in his office. Photo by Davao City Government

Cybersex traders nabbed in Manila

Oct 20, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Police catch the suspects offering P9,000 to a 17-year-old girl in exchange for sex during a sting operation

SEXUAL ABUSE. Two Filipino cybersex traders are arrested in the US FBI's cross-country operation.

Woman nabbed in Bohol for using girls in cybersex

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Authorities rescue 4 girls among them two minors who were forced to perform livestreamed sexual acts for foreigners

Ex-SexBomb dancer petitions SC to make landmark ruling for women

Mar 17, 2017 - 8:11 PM

Harassment cases are abuses in a different form says the Gabriela Women s Party

LANDMARK CASE. Sugar Mercado (in white), former member of dance group Sexbomb, files a petition before the Supreme Court on March 17, 2017 seeking to declare cases against her as a form of abuse against women. Photo by Gabriela Women's Party

Davao's policies on women clash with Duterte's macho lingo

Apr 23, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The presidential candidate approved a city ordinance which includes protections for women but some argue his words and actions violate his own orders

US launches app to prevent violence against Indonesian women and children

Apr 21, 2016 - 8:29 PM

The HELP mobile application offers and consolidates resources from civil society groups

HELP APP. The app has various features to help women prevent or report violence. Photo by Zachary Lee

India court jails 3 for rape of Japanese tourist

Sep 05, 2015 - 12:12 AM

India introduced tough laws against sex offenders in the wake of the nation wide protests including setting up of hundreds of special courts to prosecute sexual violence cases

PROTESTS. Activists from various women's rights organisation hold placards as they stage a silent demonstration against sexual assault and rapes on women. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

Angelina Jolie urges justice for Myanmar's sexual violence victims

Jul 31, 2015 - 11:44 PM

The Hollywood actress comes to Myanmar upon the invitation of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi

8 Malala shooting suspects acquitted still in custody – Pakistan officials

Jun 06, 2015 - 9:28 PM

The eight who were acquitted are still being held in various jails and an internment centre a police official says

AFP file photo

Eight Malala shooting suspects acquitted

Jun 05, 2015 - 11:33 PM

A senior security official in Mingora insists the court had sentenced all 10 men to life imprisonment accusing the police of lying

The challenges of maternal health in PH

May 14, 2015 - 6:57 PM

Poor unemployed mothers struggle to find ways of putting a meal on their table is constant and their health and that of their children take the back seat

A Filipino mother and her child eat their lunch while waiting for their ship back to their provinces in Port Area, Manila, Philippines on 07 January 2010. Slightly fewer Filipinos look forward to 2010 with hope after experiencing a series of tragedies in 2009, among them epic floods in Metro Manila and Luzon, a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed. The survey, conducted from 05 to 10 December 2009, found that while nine out of 10 Filipinos were hopeful, the rate was lower than in the previous three years. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Rape cases involving minors rise in Dapitan

Mar 27, 2015 - 6:51 PM

As of January 9 cases of rape involving minors have already been reported to the police – almost equal to the annual average in the last 3 years

In ASEAN, women empowerment low on priority list

Mar 08, 2015 - 11:45 AM

Civil societies in Southeast Asia question why ASEAN member countries are able to find compromise when it comes to economic and political issues but refuse to give up sovereignty when it comes to human rights

LOW ON LIST. Social-cultural issues like women empowerment are behind political and economic issues when it comes to priorities of ASEAN member states. File photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

ASEAN countries slow in funding women empowerment

Mar 06, 2015 - 11:04 AM

Despite the establishment of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children member states have dragged their feet in donating money to the commission stalling its projects and work plan

SLOW-MOVING. The ACWC is unable to complete their projects that would help women in ASEAN due to lack of funding. File photo

Violence against women: Sex, power, abuse

Mar 05, 2015 - 5:05 PM

How big of a problem is violence against women in the Philippines? Why should it concern you?

Sex slavery pushes Iraq ISIS victims to suicide – Amnesty

Dec 23, 2014 - 9:02 AM

The Islamic State jihadist group targets women and girls from Iraq s Yazidi religious minority

Rappler reporter receives ASEAN reporting fellowship

Dec 09, 2014 - 4:20 PM

Natashya Gutierrez will investigate the effectiveness of the ASEAN Committee on the Protection of Women and Children in promoting women s rights in the region

DOJ wants action plan vs trafficking to strife-torn Syria

Nov 12, 2014 - 7:10 PM

Reports reach the justice department that underground migration is happening with Filipinos wanting to get househelp work falling prey to the hands of syndicates

IN PHOTOS: Alone #AfterYolanda

Nov 08, 2014 - 6:52 PM

Unicef says 66 children lost one or both parents in the disaster – and they’re still struggling to cope with the memory of what happened that day

Remembering the rape of Rosario Baluyot

Jun 14, 2014 - 7:48 PM

Rosario died from a severe infection in her cervix in May 1987 Parts of an electronic vibrator were stuck inside her vagina for over 7 months

IBP volunteer-lawyers help fight abuse of women, children

May 28, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Over 85 lawyers are set to undergo training in the handling of cases of violence against women and children They will provide free legal assistance to the Department of Social Welfare and Development

NBI female agents: Women helping women

May 21, 2014 - 9:13 AM

Gender has never been an issue says a female NBI agent What s important is what the bureau as an institution can do for the nation

Auralyn Pascual

Lend a hand: Help kids reach their 5th birthday

Apr 05, 2014 - 5:20 PM

Not all children can make it to their 5th birthday The lack of access to basic needs such as food water and medicine lowers their chances of surviving

LEND A HAND. Help kids reach their 5th birthday, through good nutrition, proper hygiene, and education. Screengrab from World Vision's short film

Violence against women: Goodbye to Jesus

Jul 27, 2013 - 2:26 PM

While Associate Justice Marvic Leonen upholds the constitutionality of the Violence Against Women and Children Act he says the future may include the recognition of battered men

Creating women-friendly spaces

Nov 30, 2012 - 1:14 PM

To file a case of gender based violence complainants had to narrate their stories over and over But growing sensitivity to victims is gradually changing all this