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Myanmar’s first LGBT pride boat parade sets sail

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Some 600 revellers party under a blazing sun as the discreet community slowly emerges into the limelight in a country where gay sex remains illegal

PRIDE. Members of the Myanmar's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community sit while they take part in the Yangon Pride festival in Yangon on January 26, 2019. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

House OKs bill criminalizing catcalling, street harassment

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:06 PM

The bill would impose hefty fines and jail time for those caught sexually harassing others in public or online

NO TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT. Lawmakers back a bill that would punish catcalling and other forms of street and online harassment. Illustration by Rappler

[OPINION] Women in legislature: Do they really matter?

Jan 14, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Let's do away with the stereotype that women will never be as good as men in the political arena

Fake news, real women: Disinformation gone macho

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:52 AM

When disinformation is weaponized against women, misogyny rears its ugly head

El Salvador posts highest rate of women murdered in Latin America

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:41 PM

Femicide 'has a scope in El Salvador that is seen nowhere else in the region,' says the Gender Equality Observatory report of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

[ANALYSIS] Women, women, women in economics: Where are you?

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We need to eliminate barriers to women in economics from entry level to leadership roles

How to end misogyny: A call to real action for news organizations

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:23 AM

An epic ‘manel’, sexist jokes about breasts, and on-stage sexual harassment at the World News Congress in Portugal put the gap between acknowledging gender inequality and actually empowering women into stark relief. In response, senior international news professionals write this open letter.

Power in Her Story: Women publishing books for women

May 19, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Power in Her Story, a women-centered publishing house, releases its first book. 'I Love my Body,' to teach kids that they own their body. It is written by women's rights advocate Nikki Luna and illustrated by Julienne Dadivas

PH leads Asia Pacific on gender equality in work

May 18, 2018 - 5:33 PM

By reinforcing opportunities for higher-income women and extending them to poorer women, the Philippines could add $40 billion to its annual GDP in 2025

The Philippines leads the Asia Pacific region in terms of gender equality in work, a study found. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Ateneo de Manila sets up all-gender restrooms in Loyola Schools campus

Mar 24, 2018 - 10:59 PM

This is in line with efforts 'to create an environment of inclusivity,' says the Office of the Associate Dean for Student and Administrative Services

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.

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: PH leaders' words make gender discrimination worse

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:37 PM

'This is what the youth see and hear. So the notion that women are not equal to men is reinforced,' says the Vice President

GENDER EQUALITY. The Vice President talks about the fight for gender equality in the context of today's politics. File photo by OVP

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

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

Robredo urges men to speak up vs misogyny, bigotry

Nov 07, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says society needs 'evolved, kind, brave' men who are willing to help empower women

Photo by OVP

Only 5 countries close gender gap in education, health – WEF

Nov 04, 2017 - 1:34 PM

The Philippines reopens its gender gap in health and survival this year, but maintains its gender equality in educational attainment

HEALTH ACCESS. A total of 34 out of 144 countries studied by the World Economic Forum have closed the gender gap on health and survival. Photo by Shutterstock

Global gender gap widened for the first time in a decade – report

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:15 AM

68% of the world’s gender gap has been closed in 2016, says the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report

GENDER GAP. The 2017 Global Gender Gap report says the world has closed 68% of the gender parity gap.

PH slides to 10th spot of Global Gender Gap report for 2017

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:04 AM

Despite the drop, the Philippines remains the most gender equal country in Asia

GENDER GAP. Philippines remains to be in the top 10 most gender equal countries in the world.

Norway moves to pay equality for women's, men's football teams

Oct 09, 2017 - 9:55 PM

Norway's elite female footballers will now earn as much as their male counterparts when they play for the national team in a ground-breaking move for gender equality in sports

EQUALITY. In keeping with Norway's reputation as one of the world's most gender equal nations, a new agreement has been brokered between the Norwegian football federation and the players' association (Niso) that sees the former almost double the amount given to the women's team. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Turkey police break up Gay Pride protest in Istanbul

Jun 26, 2017 - 12:35 AM

UPDATED It is the 3rd year in a row that the parade for LGBT rights has been banned by Turkish authorities

A plain-clothes police officer kicks a member of a group of LGBT rights activist as Turkish police prevent them from going ahead with a Gay Pride annual parade on June 25, 2017 in Istanbul, a day after it was banned by the city governor's office. Police fired rubber bullets at a group of around 40 activists, an AFP journalist reported, a day after the city governor's office banned the parade citing safety and public order concerns. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

'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.

Near all-male panel in South Korea's presidential race

May 08, 2017 - 9:26 AM

Analysts say the near all male panel of candidates for South Korea s presidency demonstrates the enduringly patriarchal nature of Korean society

SOUTH KOREA'S CHOICES. In a photo taken on May 4, 2017 a woman walks past campaign posters for South Korean presidential candidates in a residential neighborhood in Seoul. Ed Jones/AFP

Looking ahead: Gender equality, universal healthcare in ADB's priority list

May 07, 2017 - 11:48 AM

Here are 5 issues the Asian Development Bank is prioritizing as it crafts its long term strategy for 2030

ADB CHIEF. Asian Development Bank (ADB) chief Takehiko Nakao on November 24, 2016. Noel Celis/AFP/File

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

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

Gender-neutral toilets to be built in LPU Manila

Mar 18, 2017 - 6:03 PM

For advocates installing gender neutral toilets in the Lyceum of the Philippines University is a step towards protecting the rights of the LGBT community in the campus

SOGIE. The Lyceum of the Philippines University-Manila approves the creation of its first gender-neutral restroom, a unisex public toilet that caters to people of any gender or gender identity.

LGBT advocates lead charge for anti-discrimination bill

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Representatives Emmeline Aglipay Villar Kaka Bag ao and Geraldine Roman sponsor the proposed SOGIE Equality Act for 2nd reading in the House

EQUALITY CHAMPS. SOGIE Equality Act co-authors and Representatives Kaka Bag-ao and Geraldine Roman listen as House women and gender equality chairperson Emmeline Aglipay Villar sponsors the bill on 2nd reading. Photo from Bag'ao's office

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?

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

Transgender students decry 'dangerous' Trump decision

Feb 24, 2017 - 11:20 AM

They warn there is a higher risk that transgender youth would be exposed to violence after the Trump administration overturned Obama era federal protections

People take part in rally outside the Stonewall Inn, a landmark of the gay rights movement, on February 23, 2017 in the Greenwich Village area of New York City, demanding to maintain protection for transgender and gender non-conforming people. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR

Closing the gender gap in economic opportunities

Feb 02, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Filipinas are not just outnumbered by their male counterparts in the labor force; a bigger share of employed women in the country work in jobs lacking decent working conditions

Women Who Code Manila: Yes, girls can code

Jan 22, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Women Who Code Manila aims to inspire women to excel in technology careers and to promote diversity in the tech industry

WOMEN IN TECH SCENE. Members of the Women Who Code Manila during its launch at Bitspace Makati on January 20, 2017. Photo from Women Who Code Manila

House panel OKs 100-day paid maternity leave

Oct 28, 2016 - 7:59 PM

House Bill 4113 also seeks to allow soon to be mothers to seek an additional 30 day leave without pay

FOR MOTHERS. House Bill Number 4113 hurdles the House committee on women and gender equality.

Roman: 'Sky will not fall' if same-sex civil union bill is passed

Oct 04, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman a transwoman says it s about time for the Philippines to recognize the rights of same sex couples

LGBT RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman is also a co-author of the anti-discrimination bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Female business execs rising in PH – Credit Suisse

Oct 02, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The global financial giant s latest report on gender diversity in corporate boardrooms shows the Philippines is second worldwide in terms of having women in senior management roles

Pope 'opens door' to female deacons with new panel

Aug 03, 2016 - 8:42 AM

The 13 member commission made up of 7 men and 6 women will examine the question with a particular focus on the history of women having played this role in the early years of the Church

THE VATICAN. A general view of St. Peter's Square during Pope Francis's general audience, Vatican City, September 30, 2015. Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

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

#PugadBaboy: Lady Directors

Jun 24, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Gabriela clarifies stand: Catcalling 'demeans women'

Jun 05, 2016 - 4:50 PM

As the highest official of the country we hope President Rodrigo Duterte will help educate the general public on the respect of women s rights says Gabriela

Robredo: Supporting Duterte also means giving 'other perspectives'

Jun 03, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The vice president elect also cites the need for constant vigilance and circumspection as she points out that Duterte s statements and actions are taken as an indicator of official policy

Melinda Gates donates $80 million to close gender data gap

May 18, 2016 - 3:21 PM

She says the funding would allow the collection of data in areas such as time use unpaid work and economic empowerment

GENDER GAP. Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates, participates in the 4th Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, 17 May 2016, where she annonced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will donate 80 million US dollars to the work of collecting data on the world's women. Photo by Liselotte Sabroe/EPA

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

May 13, 2016 - 12:06 PM

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

May 12, 2016 - 7:21 PM

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