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Grassroots groups to hold a night of music for peasant women

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:54 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The event will be held on October 16 at Jerome's Bar, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City

Why women, including feminists, are still attracted to 'benevolently sexist' men

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Does benevolent sexism always undermine women? It might depend on context.

SIGNAL. What sort of signal does holding a door for a woman send? KOLOTAILO LIDIIA

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 16-22, 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Watch the 'Give Up Tomorrow' documentary, highlights of the Trump-Putin summit, and the report on Pacquiao's heart ailment

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: 5 reasons why we should be feminists

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:58 PM

This week, Leloy Claudio talks about the reasons why men and women should embrace feminism

The President is a misogynist. Now what?

Jun 06, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The President is never going to change. Sexism, for him, is a default. It's time for us to recognize, if we haven't already, that this country has put machismo in power. But we can change this.

8 incredible things women do for the world

Mar 10, 2018 - 10:30 AM

We have tons of stories on amazing, inspiring women, and here are just a few of them

Belle de Jour founder on bringing men into the feminist conversation

Mar 08, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Darlyn Ty and her team are helping women achieve their goals and break gender roles

From 'fragrant' Filipinas to shooting vaginas: Duterte's top 6 sexist remarks

Feb 14, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Being the father of the nation has not changed President Rodrigo Duterte when it comes to using misogynistic language

Are beauty pageants sexist or a celebration of femininity?

Jan 28, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Pageant advocates respond to criticisms of sexism by insisting beauty contests empower women in more ways than one

The Philippines' beauty pageant obsession: Who benefits?

Jan 27, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Rappler explores the country's fixation with beauty pageants, and the debate on whether they are harmful or helpful to women

'Feminism' is US dictionary 'Word of the Year'

Dec 13, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Merriam-Webster bestows the 'Word of the Year' honor on the word or term with the sharpest spike in look-ups over the previous year.

Real talk: That billboard date proposal is creepy AF

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:59 AM

This kind of emotional blackmail removes women s agency

Indonesian Muslim women engage with feminism

Jun 02, 2017 - 8:28 PM

Many Muslim women and men have fought for liberation justice and freedom but some still question if feminism and Islam are aligned

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

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)

[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

In Indonesia, female Muslim clerics discuss polygamy, the hijab, and gender equality

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:15 AM

Indonesia s first congress of female clerics or ulama was held in Cirebon West Java with attendees discussing several controversial topics

Hundreds of female Muslim clerics attend the International Seminar on Women Ulama in Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia, Tuesday (25/4). Photo by Yuli Saputra/Rappler

[Dash of SAS] To the girl who was told by Pia Cayetano 'Boys will be boys'

Mar 28, 2017 - 11:51 AM

While we try to lead lives as a modern Filipino woman reality is that even our President says things that do not respect women How can we act in a society that perpetuates and tolerates this? asks the girl

After Women’s March Jakarta, here are 10 ways feminists can stay active

Mar 09, 2017 - 5:01 PM

One of the Women s March organizers gives tips on how to stay involved and how to keep the momentum going in your daily lives

NO TO VIOLENCE. 'However we dress, wherever you go, yes means yes and no means no.' Photo by Diego Mahameru Batara/Rappler

Forget the rivalry: Why women should help each other

Mar 08, 2017 - 12:24 PM

The more we bring down other women the longer it will take until we get the equality we desire

Social media influencer gets flak for 'ignorant' comments on Jakarta Women's March

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:36 PM

Management consultant Irfan Prawiradinata accused the Indonesian Women s March of copycatting the American movement and questioned its purpose before later apologizing

WOMEN'S MARCH. Salah satu peserta aksi Women's March di depan Istana Negara membawa poster bertuliskan "Laki-Laki Berkualitas Tidak Takut Ekualitas" pada Sabtu, 4 Maret. Foto oleh Ursula Florene/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Creative posters, sea of pink at Indonesia Women's March

Mar 06, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Creative posters high spirits song and dance made up Indonesia s women s march which advocated for gender equality

NO TO VIOLENCE. 'However we dress, wherever you go, yes means yes and no means no.' Photo by Diego Mahameru Batara/Rappler

Indonesia stages its own Women's March in call for equality

Mar 05, 2017 - 5:31 PM

Participants dressed in purple and pink carried posters proudly declaring themselves feminists decrying sexual abuse and violence against women and calling for an end to gender discrimination

HEAR US ROAR. Protesters carried signs calling for gender equality. Photo by Diego Batara Mahameru/Rappler

In Indonesia, a bright future ahead for female gamers

Jan 30, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Indonesia is ahead of nearby nations like Singapore Laos and Cambodia in the ratio of women to men in the STEM workplace – and is only poised to welcome more women into the industry

WOMEN IN STEM. Indonesia has more women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics than other neighboring countries. File photo by AFP

Of marriage, morality and misogyny

Nov 28, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Why a double standard exists in Philippine politics and society

Robredo to speak at 12th annual Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Deauville, France

Nov 04, 2016 - 1:21 PM

The Global Meeting taking place from November 30 to December 2 in Deauville France will host more than 1 250 delegates from more than 70 countries

[Dash of SAS] Marriage is not an achievement

Sep 22, 2016 - 2:45 PM

There is this persistent notion that getting hitched is an achievement It s not and here s why

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

Why it is not okay to catcall women

Jun 02, 2016 - 10:29 PM

Here s what your action says: you do not respect me

Sex happens, so stop the slut-shaming

May 31, 2016 - 12:08 PM

I refuse to be blamed for and be put down because of my sexual activities The consent I ve given in the past were of my own accord I refuse to feel ashamed just because others can’t understand

Indonesia has a rape culture problem

May 31, 2016 - 11:51 AM

I am a sexual violence survivor myself and it took me years to finally realize that what happened to me was wrong and that it was not my fault

Drunk and woke up naked: Was I raped?

May 29, 2016 - 2:38 PM

She blacked out from alcohol and woke up in her hotel room the next morning with blood everywhere

Facebook apologizes for banning 'undesirable' plus-sized model

May 24, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The social network says sorry after initially telling an event organizer that the image of the model violated advertising guidelines

Feminism beyond the jargon

Mar 31, 2016 - 8:57 PM

To be called a feminist has become a taunt – a rabid woman an Amazon an angry female and a host of other insults The feminist cliché

Nikki Luna's empowering statement shirts from Human

Mar 28, 2016 - 2:28 PM

Artist Nikki Luna s shirts aren t your typical statement shirts They invite action as well as reaction

Patriarchy, Manny Pacquiao and Madonna

Mar 22, 2016 - 8:30 PM

It s time to unlearn patriarchy We should never call a home at peace when there is no democracy inside the house

Taylor Swift, Beyonce: When celebrity feminism goes wrong

Mar 02, 2016 - 3:48 PM

The underlying message is still the same: that a woman must be sexy to be heard above the media noise – even when she is talking about feminism

BAD BLOOD. Taylor Swift says that she didn't want everyone saying 'Bad Blood' was about an ex that she was already on better terms with. Taylor is pictured above at the MTV Video Music Awards. File photo by Paul Buck/EPA

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

LP, this is the hour of your test

Oct 04, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Women and the many decent men who advocate for gender equality need to demand for the dismantling of the machismo that pervades our politics

Sex, gender and SOGIE

Sep 21, 2015 - 12:30 PM

We need to end the gender system and that means our feminist goals are inextricably linked to LGBT liberation

Facebook makes male and female icons the same size

Jul 16, 2015 - 3:36 PM

Have you noticed this subtle but powerful change on Facebook?

Sweden 'feminist' policy sparks major Saudi spat

Mar 25, 2015 - 12:18 PM

Sweden is seeking to quell an unprecedented diplomatic spat over human rights with Saudi Arabia which has seen ambassadors recalled and arms sales cancelled

SAUDI OUTPOST. An exterior view of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Stockholm, Sweden, 11 March 2015. Nora Lorek/EPA

Why Nicki Minaj is my feminist icon

Mar 16, 2015 - 9:59 AM

Nicki Minaj represents a feminism that is oft frowned upon because she is brash and unashamedly sexual Does this make her any less a feminist than Emma Watson?

China detains feminists ahead of Int'l Women's Day

Mar 07, 2015 - 11:22 PM

One of the activists is popular for staging demonstrations in men s lavatories to call for an increase in the number of public toilets for women

Chinese authorities round up activists, wary of any protest that could turn into dissent against the Communist Party. The move comes as the annual meeting of the NPC, China's legislature, is underway in Beijing. File photo by EPA/Rolex de la Pena

A feminist agnostic wears the veil

Feb 23, 2015 - 9:45 AM

We show our unity when we hold on to our differences and yet learn to traverse the long distances between us

#PugadBaboy: 50 Shades of Grey Area

Feb 17, 2015 - 5:00 AM