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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'

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

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

[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.'

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

'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

[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

[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.'

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

[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'

[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'

[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

[ANALYSIS] Tackling the disproportionate impact of disasters on women

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:26 PM

'One report finds that women and children are 14 times more likely to die in a disaster compared to men, and prevailing traditional gender roles seem to be the culprit'

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Dear PNP, this is how you write a rape prevention ad

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Telling women not to dress a certain way, drink too much, or walk in a dark alley alone at night is just pointless'

Pakistani Women's Day marchers hit with stones, sticks

Mar 09, 2020 - 9:19 AM

In Pakistani society, women are shot, stabbed, stoned, set alight, and strangled for damaging a family's 'honor'

THINK PINK. Supporters of the Pakistani Islamic political party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) hold placards as they march during a rally to mark the International Women's Day in Lahore on March 8, 2020. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

[OPINION] The gender power gap

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'How a society treats the female half of its population is a significant indicator of how it will treat others. Even in peaceful societies, many women are in deadly danger in their own homes.'

9 in 10 of all people hold bias against women

Mar 06, 2020 - 11:36 AM

One of the report's most chilling findings: 28% of people believe it is okay for a man to beat his wife

HARD WORK. Jesmina Saguran and other Palawan indigenous women are busy building vertical support for the crawling yam vines. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

Indian students stripped for menstruation checks

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:18 AM

Menstruating women students must stay in an isolated basement area and keep away from the kitchen and the place of worship

NO TAX. On April 10, 2018 Indian employees at the Myna Mahila Foundation prepare sanitary pads at their office in Mumbai. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

India moves to allow abortions up to 24 weeks

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:48 AM

'This is important because there are cases where the girl concerned doesn't realize she is pregnant in the first 5 months and has to go to court,' says senior minister Prakash Javadekar

[OPINION] Standing with women leaders in ending violence, building peace

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Poverty has a female face. Women shoulder almost all of the unpaid care work and are hit worst when decent public services are hard to access.

Groups push for stronger legal protection for the environment

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:49 AM

The rights of nature seeks to provide legal rights to the environment and recognize it as a rights-bearing entity

NATURE HAS RIGHTS. The groups call for the recognition and passage of 'Rights of Nature Law' on July 22, 2019. Photo by Kale Luaton, PMPI

[OPINION] The choice to be childless: Being the woman I used to fear and despise

Jun 29, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'A woman has to want [a child] for herself.... Otherwise, how horrible it would be to bring forth a child into the world only to regret it,' says Lot Ramirez

Trudeau announces landmark investments in women's sexual health rights

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:48 PM

(UPDATED) The financial commitment puts Canada on the map as the world's leading donor to comprehensive sexual reproductive health rights

TRUDEAU. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his government would raise its funding to support maternal and newborn health around the world. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Women's rights groups to hold united action against misogyny on March 8

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:28 PM

(UPDATED) In an 'unprecedented coming together of women,' advocates will gather for a united women's action against misogyny on March 8 at La Madre Filipina Statue in Rizal Park, Manila

EMPOWERED. Women advocates pose to stand against misogyny in a press conference held at St. Scholastica’s Archives Museum College on March 6. Photo by Maria Gabriela Aquino

Saudi defends app allowing men to monitor women relatives

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:15 AM

Critics argue that Absher, a free app, enables abuse against Saudi Arabian women and girls by allowing men to track their movements

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport 'fears death if repatriated'

Jan 07, 2019 - 12:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she is trying to flee her family, who subjected her to physical and psychological abuse

A picture shows a general view from a Thai Airways plane as it taxis at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok on November 5, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD (Photo by ROMEO GACAD / AFP)

Painful gynecology stories unleash #MeToo tide in the Balkans

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Croatian MP Ivana Nincevic-Lesandric's emotional account of an agonizing treatment she received after a miscarriage leads other women to speak up, too

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Daniela Drandic is a member of the parents advocacy group RODA (Parents in Action), which launched an action to warn against painful gyaecological procedures and abusive comments from medical staff provoking a tide of #MeToo testimonies across the Balkans, Photo by Stringer/AFP

What happened after I wrote articles on abortion

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:21 PM

In the Philippines, where abortion is illegal, an investigative piece on abortion triggers a slew of surprising emails

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Why Pia Cayetano's defense of Duterte is personal

Oct 28, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Her refusal to again denounce President Duterte's reprehensible language and constant debasement of women was not only disappointing, it was disgusting

Secret service: Underground doctors induce safe abortions

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Conclusion: A group of medical doctors in the Philippines risk careers to help women, in the belief that it is their duty to ensure the mental and physical well-being of their patients

How backstreet abortionists terminate 7-month pregnancies

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Part 2: The methods used by backstreet abortionists in the Philippines are barbaric, as told by women who experienced it themselves

Filipinas buy, sell, rate abortions in online forum

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:59 PM

In the Philippines, abortion is illegal and deeply stigmatized, leaving desperate women with no choice but to seek unsafe options online

Police in Angono on the rack for anti-rape advice

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:21 PM

'Clothes don't cause rape, rapists do,' Senator Risa Hontiveros responds in a statement

TRAIN law abuses women – rights group

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Women's rights group Oriang says poor women suffer the most under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law

Saudis detain women's advocates ahead of driving ban lift

May 19, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Those arrested are facing accusations such as making 'suspicious contact with foreign parties', providing financial support to 'hostile elements abroad', and recruiting government workers

Top Spain academics vow to boycott all-male panel discussions

May 16, 2018 - 11:39 PM

The manifesto reads: 'The members of this list publicly pledge not to participate as speakers in any academic event or round table of more than two speakers where there is not at least one woman as an expert'

UNPRECEDENTED. File photo of 3 women attending the massive one day strike to defend women's rights on International Women's Day in Barcelona, on March 8, 2018. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Saudi Arabia says driving ban on women to be lifted June 24

May 08, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen as the force behind the lifting of the ban

WOMEN DRIVERS. A Saudi woman practices driving in Riyadh ahead of the lifting of a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia in the summer. Photo by Yousef Doubisi/AFP

Robredo urges Filipinas to unite against harassment

Mar 25, 2018 - 3:11 PM

'Filipinas may be facing tumultuous times, but this is also our time to shine,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

WOMEN. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks in Legazpi City for the One Billion Rising activity of the city that aims to raise awareness and eradicate violence against women. Photo from Office of the Vice President

INFOGRAPHIC: How companies can unlock gender equality in the workplace

Mar 18, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Socioeconomic and educational factors are not the only barriers that can hold back employees. Company cultures that do not foster diversity and equality can hold back workers as well.

Ex-New Zealand PM urges young women to uphold their rights

Mar 18, 2018 - 4:18 PM

'You have to be prepared to persevere over a very long period of time,' says former New Zealand prime minister and UNDP administrator Helen Clark

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Former New Zealand PM and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark talks to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa about leadership and empowerment. Screenshot from Rappler video

Change in company culture is key to gender equality in the workplace – study

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:43 PM

'No matter what a woman does, even if so much effort is made, if the workplace culture is not conducive [to equality], your effort is limited,' says Ambe Tierro, senior manager of the Accenture Philippines’ Advanced Technology Center

Robredo: Respect for women, gender equality begin at home

Mar 08, 2018 - 12:25 PM

‘We seriously need to appreciate those hands that rock the cradle and wash the dishes,’ says Vice President Leni Robredo on International Women’s Day

'RESPECT FOR WOMEN'. Vice President Leni Robredo urges parents to teach their children the value of respecting women during Procter and Gamble’s Women’s Symposium on International Women's Day, March 8, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Roque: Duterte 'serious' about promoting women's rights

Mar 02, 2018 - 5:22 PM

On the second day of Women's Month, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque insists, 'The President does not promote violence against women'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club, Inc. (CFBCI) at the Manila Hotel on February 19, 2018, insists that he has been doing what he can to fulfill his campaign promises. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sister Act: U.S. women stampede toward elected office

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:09 AM

Twice as many women are on track to run for Congress in 2018 compared to 2016

PLANNING TO RUN. Lindsay Brown, a woman who wants to run for Congress, speaks during an interview with AFP at the her house on February 20, 2018, in Clark, New Jersey. Kena Betancour/AFP

[Two Pronged] Should I leave my husband?

Feb 25, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Emma asks our columnists if it's time for her to leave her abusive husband

Pope urges end to violence against women

Jan 21, 2018 - 8:59 AM

'I'm calling on you to fight against this source of suffering including legislation and a culture that rejects every type of violence'

POPE IN PERU. Pope Francis waves to the crowd inside the Cathedral of Trujillo during his visit to the Peruvian city of Trujillo, on January 20, 2018. Vincenzo Pinto/Pool/AFP

‘Posisyon o paninindigan?’: Robredo's most memorable quotes in 2017

Dec 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo has so far refused to become opposition leader, but this past year she has made strong statements against policies of the Duterte administration

STORY OF HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the launch of Istorya ng Pag-Asa at Assumption Iloilo, Iloilo City on November 15. Photo by OVP