WATCH: She For She Women's Forum

May 18, 2017 - 8:32 AM

The French embassy in Manila organizes a forum for women Watch it on Rappler

LGBTQ activists: We are tolerated but not accepted in the Philippines

May 17, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The LGBTQ community says there is a lack of protections for them in schools and workplaces and stereotypes against them persist

PRIDE. The Philippines holds an annual Pride March, calling on the government to protect LGBT rights. File photo from Buena Bernal/Rappler

Feminists slam Duterte, Pia Cayetano for 'enabling' misogyny

May 17, 2017 - 1:56 PM

We cannot allow women who pretend to be for women and then enable misogynists in positions of power Hello Pia Cayetano and hello other women’s groups that are in alliance with this President says Meggan Evangelista of Babaylanes Incorporated

DUTERTE-CAYETANO? The popular Davao City mayor meets with senators Alan Peter and Pia Cayetano on September 29, 2015 in Davao City. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

The role of social media in women empowerment

May 17, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Social media has swiftly and widely spread feminism ideologies Hashtags and online campaigns have given women around the world a voice Social media has shed light on women’s issues not covered by mainstream media

Women empowerment not about competing with men – Robredo

May 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Sometimes it is about collaboration rather than leading Sometimes it is about following and encouraging others to follow as well says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo gives a speech during the She for She: A Forum on Women's Solidarity on theme of sharing values and human rights, particularly on women's rights, held at the Century Mall in Makati May 16, 2017. (Photo by OVP)

'I am a nun but I am pro-RH law' – Sr Mary John Mananzan

May 16, 2017 - 4:45 PM

At a forum that seeks to unite women Sr Mary John Mananzan hits critics of the reproductive health law – including bishops

Hontiveros urges women to unite vs 'growing culture of misogyny' in PH

May 16, 2017 - 4:22 PM

It s when we allow one two or 3 offhand remarks to pass and say he didn t mean it that we give another power over us says Senator Risa Hontiveros at the She for She forum

MISOGYNY. Senator Risa Hontiveros hits the culture of misogyny in the male-dominated politics of the Philippines.

Ashraf Sinclair: Maskulinitas mengawal, bukan menundukkan feminisme

Apr 24, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Ashraf Sinclair akan menjadi salah satu pembicara di Resonation konferensi pemberdayaan perempuan pada Sabtu 29 April

FAMILY MAN. Aktor dan investor, Ashraf Sinclair, akan berbagi kisahnya tentang peran pria dalam emansipasi wanita di Resonation, pada 29 April 2017. Foto dari Resonation

A Kagay-anon’s leadership journey to empower the youth

Apr 16, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Kagay anon youth leader Ernesto Neri believes in the importance of enabling the youth to engage in local governance and nation building

YOUTH LEADER. Ernesto Neri's definition of becoming a man for others for the greater glory of God equates to advocating for social good.

Empowering women: Because women can and women will

Apr 06, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Filipinas learn to embrace themselves and their capabilities during the 2nd BDJ Women s Summit

WATCH: Empowering housewives through social enterprises

Apr 02, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Student organization Enactus UPLB helps the housewives of Bayan ni Juan in Calauan Laguna with running small scale businesses

ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTION. Members of Enactus UPLB helps enable progress through entrepreneurial action. All photos from Kevin Cuevas

Lady official: Unmarried Duterte can joke about extramarital affairs

Mar 31, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Female government officials defend the President and ask fellow women to have a forgiving heart when it comes to the Chief Executive s sexist remarks

DEFENDING DUTERTE. DILG Undersecretary Emily Padilla defends President Duterte from critics who say he should not be making jokes about adultery. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

WATCH: 'Myths are only labels'

Mar 26, 2017 - 6:44 PM

Here is a spoken word poem which emphasizes that there are no limits to what women can achieve

How do you empower more women?

Mar 13, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Join the 2nd BDJ Women’s Summit to find out

Duterte, the 'benevolent sexist'?

Mar 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM

With the recent celebration of International Women s Day it s time to ask: Has President Duterte been good or bad for women empowerment?

Duterte: 'Women are heroes'

Mar 08, 2017 - 12:44 PM

On International Women s Day President Rodrigo Duterte thanks women for the critical role they play in Philippine society

DUTERTE AND WOMEN. President Rodrigo Duterte comforts the grieving mother of a soldier who died during clashes with the Abu Sayyaf on March 3, 2017. File photo by Marcelino Pascua/Presidential Photo

Women 'take over' the House of Representatives

Mar 06, 2017 - 9:45 PM

UPDATED Female lawmakers take the lead during the House session on Monday March 6 as the world celebrates International Women s Month

WOMEN RULE. Miss Universe 2016 Maxine Medina pose with female lawmakers during the session on March 6. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Your #WorthIt moments

Mar 02, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Be inspired to achieve your own milestones with these stories from people who ve made their own WorthIt moments

Miss Universe 2016: Empowered, self-confident, beautiful

Jan 29, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The Miss Universe pageant is slowly redefining beauty breaking stereotypes and truly celebrating diversity

LOOK: Maxine Medina's pearls for the Miss Universe National Gift Auction

Jan 23, 2017 - 8:43 PM

Proceeds from the gifts in the auction will go to Positive Action Foundation Philippines

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

Imposing vanity tax 'discriminatory’ vs women – Quimbo

Jan 11, 2017 - 5:25 PM

House Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo says excise tax is usually imposed on luxury items or those that pose health risks neither of which apply on beauty products and services

NO TO VANITY TAX. Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo does not think the DOF should impose excise taxes on beauty products and services. Photo by Rappler

#ShareLove: Volunteer group feeds Manila's homeless on Christmas Eve

Dec 25, 2016 - 2:59 PM

The volunteer non profit Food for Empowerment in Emergencies and Disasters feeds 1 000 homeless in Manila and gives them relief packs for Christmas

SPIRIT OF GIVING. FEED and Bike Scouts volunteers prepare meals for the homeless of Manila. Photo by Arlit Janry Parlero/ Rappler

Robredo to Filipino women: Feminism about 'building bridges'

Aug 23, 2016 - 7:20 PM

The more inclusive governance becomes the more empowered citizens feel the less we need despots and celebrated heroes also says the Vice President

INFLUENTIAL FILIPINA. Leni Robredo addresses Filipina women leaders from the Diaspora. Photo by Office of the Vice President

Robredo honored as 'outstanding woman' in Southeast Asia

Aug 02, 2016 - 10:26 AM

This gives us a message that Filipino women are being recognized not only in Thailand but also in the community of ASEAN nations says Vice President Leni Robredo a recipient of Thailand s Honorary Outstanding Women Award in Southeast Asia

Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Poverty pushes young Filipino to fight for the environment

Jun 11, 2016 - 10:13 AM

Arnel Alipao believes that more than being vulnerable in times of disasters children are capable of helping society minimize the effects of climate change

TREE PLANTING. Arnel  Alipao, along with other student leaders, plants trees. All photos from World Vision

Dear President Duterte: What future awaits farmers?

May 23, 2016 - 1:10 PM

An expatriate asks about the future of farmers and organic agriculture in the Philippines

Photo by Patrick Taylor / Hybrid

Comelec, Binay congratulates Duterte, Pope Francis | 12PM wRap

May 13, 2016 - 12:06 PM

Watch Rappler s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Alan Cayetano, Duterte’s economic plan, Joma Sison | 6PM wRap

May 12, 2016 - 7:21 PM

Watch Rappler s 6PM newscast with Maria Ressa

LIVE BLOG: BDJ Women's Summit

Apr 15, 2016 - 10:43 PM

Guest speakers included Amina Rasul Bernardo Myrza Sison Ana P Santos and more Read the event’s highlights through the live blog held last Saturday April 16

For the unsung heroes at the polls

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:00 PM

When you cast your vote on May 9 thank the women who will protect it

Ateneo de Manila calls off student council elections

Apr 13, 2016 - 4:41 PM

UPDATED While there will be no General Elections for 2016 a plebiscite will be held on the new Constitution; and if ratified Special Elections shall then take place

Bello, Kapunan priorities: Youth empowerment, education

Apr 06, 2016 - 7:17 PM

Senatorial candidates Walden Bello and Lorna Kapunan zero in on correcting structures which put the youth at a disadvantage

Ahon, Pinay! Uplifting women and recognizing their roles in society

Apr 04, 2016 - 9:13 PM

The Philippine Commission on Women Ariel and other organizations celebrated Women’s Month

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#AhonPinay: Light of your life, light of our world

Apr 04, 2016 - 5:43 PM

Let’s start recognizing women for their contributions in and out of the home

Screen grab from Official Ariel Philippines YouTube channel

From Malacañang to the streets, women are demanding better lives

Mar 08, 2016 - 6:43 PM

Have things really improved for Filipino women?

WOMEN'S DAY. Members of the Gabriela Alliance of Filipino Women protest the government's 'labor export policy' – which they say is putting women further under poverty – at the Mendiola Peace Arch on March 8, Women's Day. All photos by Bea Orante

Empower young girls through football, sports – Pia Cayetano

Feb 06, 2016 - 1:38 PM

For the senator girls are inspired to grow in confidence and ability when they have successful models

WOMEN'S FOOTBALL. Senator Pia Cayetano says building grassroots football for girls will improve Philippine women's football and empower young girls to reach their goals. Photo by Bea Orante/Rappler

Masterminding Fil-Am political empowerment

Jan 16, 2016 - 10:14 PM

I was angered when I saw the 2010 Census and that San Mateo County s population was composed of 52 racial minorities and the members of the SMC Board of Supervisors were 100 white says Guy Guerrero

How agriculture saved a former US soldier

Dec 22, 2015 - 5:00 PM

I found my humanity when I gave up the conveniences of modern life I see people who have nothing in terms of material yet they are the happiest people says Patrick Taylor about the farmers of Mindanao

HYBRID. Former US soldier Patrick Taylor works the fields of Mindanao. Photo from Patrick Taylor

Paris climate talks: Why women?

Dec 09, 2015 - 5:05 AM

This week all eyes are on Paris as world leaders wrap up their motives to save the planet But will women s voices be heard in Paris?

Ako, babaeng Hanunuo

Dec 02, 2015 - 3:00 PM

The burden to feed and care for children while also caring for nature is carried by the Hanunuo Mangyan women in Oriental Mindoro

Women candidates: Make psych tests for annulment cheaper

Nov 28, 2015 - 5:26 PM

So ‘yung binubugbog nang binugbog ng asawa who wants out of the marriage already titiisin na lang na kasal pa rin siya kasi wala naman siyang P100 000 says vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo

HARD BREAK-UP. In a country that bans divorce, annulment is one available option for Filipino couples who want to end their marriage. But it comes with a hefty price.

Women candidates: Employment will empower Pinays

Nov 26, 2015 - 8:14 PM

Si nanay ang nag aaruga sa bawat isa Pero si nanay ay may mga sariling pangarap din senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros says

WOMEN IN GOV'T. From left to right: Iloilo District 4 representative candidate Mitch Monfort-Bautista, senatorial candidates Princess Jacel Kiram and Toots Ople, broadcaster and forum moderator Ces Drilon, Senate bets Lorna Kapunan and Risa Hontiveros, and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Chile president: No such thing as a superwoman

Nov 18, 2015 - 9:44 AM

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet turns personal and talks about women s struggles in a forum at the Miriam College in the Philippines

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet speaks during a dialogue with women's groups and young women leaders in Miriam College, Quezon City. The dialogue is part of her State visit in Manila and the APEC Leader's meeting. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chile president Bachelet to Filipino women: Work, love, laugh

Nov 17, 2015 - 5:48 PM

Using metaphors jokes and her colorful personal story Chilean President Michelle Bachelet commends Filipino women and urges them to close the gender gap

'I'M HAPPY.' Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says attending a women's forum at Miriam College makes her happy. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chief Justice Sereno to women: Don't regret family time

Nov 14, 2015 - 5:39 PM

The Philippines female chief justice says: Those who told me I will regret the decision to spend time with my family can t say that anymore Because I m Chief Justice

'NO REGRETS.' Philippine Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says she does not regret foregoing a 'stellar law firm career' to spend more time with her two children.

'More women should be elected' – Lorna Kapunan

Nov 11, 2015 - 10:00 AM

The face of hunger is a woman’s face because it is the mother who has to make meager resources work says the senatorial aspirant

Michelle Obama wants 'honest conversation' on girls' education

Nov 04, 2015 - 8:54 PM

UPDATED For US First Lady Michelle Obama it s also about attitude and beliefs It s about whether parents think their daughters are worthy of an education as their son

GENDER EQUALITY AND EDUCATION. US First Lady Michelle Obama delivers an impassioned speech about girls' education in Qatar. File photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Will De Lima be Senate's next Miriam Santiago?

Oct 15, 2015 - 5:38 PM

De Lima says of Santiago: There is only one Miriam Defensor Santiago and she cannot be replaced But I will attempt to learn from the veteran of political battles

'CANDIDATE LEILA.' Former justice secretary Leila de Lima delivers her first speech as a candidate at the Philippine Judges Association conference at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay on October 15, 2015. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Listening matters: On not treating the poor as mere 'beneficiaries'

Oct 09, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Empowerment requires not only a healthy body and an educated mind but also a high dose of self confidence which is hampered when we consider individuals as mere beneficiaries

Why we need to empower the youth of Basilan

Sep 17, 2015 - 5:00 PM

What we want is to feel that other Filipinos recognize our presence acknowledge us because we are part of this country too Listen to what we have to say and respond to our calls for help

FOR PEACE. Basilan youth show their support for Gaza through a prayer vigil. Photo courtesy of Yarah Musa