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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

They're victims too: Advocacy group calls for prevention of sexual abuses on boys

Feb 16, 2020 - 1:44 PM

'We need to balance the good work we do with girls with good work to do equally for boys,' says Zenaida Rosales of the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse

Parkland survivors remember friends 2 years after mass shooting

Feb 15, 2020 - 2:19 PM

Families attend ceremonies near the site of the massacre in Parkland, Florida, as they observe a minute of silence at 10:17 am for the 17 victims

(FILE) Flowers, candles and mementos sit outside one of the makeshift memorials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 27, 2018. Photo by Rhona Wise/AFP

40 killed in attacks in restive central Mali

Feb 15, 2020 - 8:38 AM

(UPDATED) Authorities say most of the deaths were caused by inter-ethnic violence in the deeply troubled region

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

Italy street art batters faces of famous women

Jan 17, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Italian artist AleXsandro Palombo says he wants 'to illustrate the drama that affects millions of women throughout the world... with the aim of denouncing, raising awareness and obtaining a real response'

POP ART. A woman watches 'Just because I am a Woman', a new series of works by Italian pop artist and activist aleXsandro Palombo, depicting some of the women protagonists of world politics as victims of gender violence. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

2 killed in Texas shooting

Dec 29, 2019 - 9:16 AM

A group of Hispanic men working on set for a music video in Houston, Texas is attacked by still-unidentified shooters

Prison clashes leave 36 dead in Honduras

Dec 23, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The killings come shortly after President Juan Orlando Hernandez ordered the army and the police to take control of the country's 27 prisons

Anti-Asian assaults a 'neglected' problem in France

Dec 21, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Because France bans statistics on ethnicity, there is no official data on assaults against Asian French, but campaigners say they have begun to see a pattern

RACIST VIOLENCE. Asian French violence is reportedly on the rise according to activists. File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Russian Patriarch warns against 'dangerous' domestic abuse bill

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:07 PM

The Patriarch, a 73-year-old monk who has led the Church for a decade, says the bill targeting domestic violence is an attempt to 'legalise outside forces interfering in family life,' which he called a 'sacred space'

PATRIARCH KIRILL. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, to commemorate the day of Saints Cyril and Methodius at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 24, 2019. File photo by Mikhael Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Abused Russian sisters who killed father face murder trial

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:32 PM

Three Russian sisters – Krestina, Angelina and Maria Khachaturyan – stab their father Mikhail to death in July 2018 after suffering years of beatings and sexual assault. They were 17, 18 and 19 at the time.

THE KHACHATURYAN SISTERS. Demonstrators holding a placard with images of three Khachaturyan sisters, accused of murdering their father, protest against violence towards women in Moscow on November 25, 2019. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Thousands rally worldwide against abuse of women

Nov 26, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Demonstrators on November 25 gather in countries as diverse as Guatemala, Russia, Sudan and Turkey to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

STOPPING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. A woman holds a placard reading 'Violence at home goes beyond, Stop sexism' during a demonstration to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Madrid on November 25, 2019. Photo by Oscar del Pozo/AFP

Tens of thousands march in France, Italy to protest femicide

Nov 24, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Central Paris is awash with purple — the color adopted for the campaign — with some protesters holding up placards bearing the image of a relative or friend killed

'ALL OF US.' People take part in a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

#RespetoNaman movement launches campaign vs gender-based violence

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The #RespetoNaman anniversary commemoration features an 18-day campaign to end violence against women by further educating Filipinos on gender-based violence issues

ENOUGH: SPARK! Executive Director Maica Teves announces #RespetoNaman’s 18-day campaign to end violence against women as part of the movement’s first anniversary of advocating for gender equality. Photo by Bianca Arreola

'White terror': Hong Kong's China critics beaten in targeted attacks

Oct 24, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The term 'white terror' is used to describe multiple periods of political persecution throughout history, but in Hong Kong it is borrowed from nearby Taiwan

ATTACKS. Blood is seen on a street as a video journalist is filming, where Jimmy Sham, convener of the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), was assaulted by people wielding hammers in the Mongkok district of Kowloon in Hong Kong on October 16, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

6 killed in Mali attack on pro-government forces

Oct 19, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Four more people are missing after the attack in strife-torn northeastern Mali

U.P. community remembers death of Jennifer Laude, calls for passage of SOGIE bill

Oct 12, 2019 - 10:10 PM

'Justice for all trans lives! Stop killing us! SOGIE Equality now!'

The UP community calls for justice for the death of Jennifer Laude and appeals to Senate to pass the SOGIE Equality bill. Photo by Christian Carlo Acilo/Rappler

Turkey femicide trial opens after viral video

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:46 PM

The killing of 38-year-old Emine Bulut sparks outrage across Turkey and reignites the debate over mounting violence against women in the country

House bill seeks to protect husbands, same-sex partners from domestic abuse

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles wants to expand the coverage of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004

Sparing the rod: Netizens debate physical punishment at home

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:37 PM

'A little spanking here and there is necessary if it's called for,' admits one commenter

U.P. frat member dies after latest hazing exposé

Sep 29, 2019 - 11:51 AM

UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan appeals to the public to stop posting and forwarding social media messages related to the student's death

Gatchalian calls for suspension of U.P. frat in latest hazing incident

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:54 PM

Aside from hazing, the fraternity also stands accused of having lewd conversations about women from a sister sorority

SUSPEND SIGMA RHO. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is calling for the suspension of the entire UP Sigma Rho fraternity after reported hazing within the brotherhood.

U.P. community condemns frat-related violence, impunity over leaked chat

Sep 27, 2019 - 7:02 PM

The University of the Philippines Diliman Student Council has put one of its councilors under preventive suspension for alleged involvement in the hazing activity

Student groups from the University of the Philippines Diliman hold a mobilization protest against fraternity-related violence on Thursday, September 25. Photo by Jaia Yap/Rappler

Harry and Meghan join South Africa's fight against gender violence

Sep 24, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex join campaigners in Cape Town fighting South Africa's stratospheric rates of violence against women on the first stage of a 10-day swing through southern Africa

Prince Harry (R), Duke of Sussex and Meghan (C), Duchess of Sussex visit the District Six museum in Cape Town on the first afternoon of their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in South Africa on September 23, launching their first official family visit in the coastal city of Cape Town. HENK KRUGER / POOL / AFP

Syd Hartha speaks out on alleged abuse by father

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:33 PM

The daughter of Eraserheads guitarist Marcus Adoro opens up about her experience of being abused

SYD HARTHA. The singer opens up about being abused by the man she's been told is her father. Screenshot from Instagram.com/syd.hartha

6 police wounded in Philadelphia shooting

Aug 15, 2019 - 8:01 AM

The incident comes after two mass shootings in the US earlier this month – one in Dayton and the other in El Paso – left a total of 31 people dead

ILES) In this file photo taken on December 3, 2017, shows the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Six police officers were wounded in a shooting in the US city of Philadelphia on August 14, 2019, after reportedly responding to drug activity, a department spokesman said. "SIX (6) PPD Officers shot - at area hospitals with non life threatening injuries. Additional officers also receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries," Philadelphia police Sergeant Eric Gripp tweeted. "Suspect is still firing," Gripp wrote around 6:20 pm local time (22:20 GMT). Eric BARADAT / AFP

Mexico march demands justice for girls allegedly raped by police

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:38 AM

Shouting 'Justice!', around 250 people, mostly women, take to the streets to protest the lack of punishment in the two cases, the latest to trigger outrage over the high rate of violence against women and girls in Mexico

A group of activists take part in a protest called by civil organizations against the police, after four police officers had been accused of raping a minor las t weekend in their patrol car in the Azcapotzalco neighborhood, in front of the Ministry of Public Security in Mexico City on August 12, 2019.  ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP

Murder, 'gay-hunters' strike terror in Russia's LGBT community

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:33 AM

The Pila group promises 'very dangerous and cruel little gifts' to a number of Russia's gay activists

YELENA GRIGORYEVA. In this file photo taken on October 28, 2018 police officers detain LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva at a rally in support of the defendants involved in the New Greatness case in Saint Petersburg. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

Trump condemns racism, white supremacy after U.S. mass shootings

Aug 05, 2019 - 9:21 PM

(UPDATED) In his brief address, the US President makes no mention of two ideas he tweeted hours earlier: tightening background checks for gun buyers and linking gun control reform to changes in immigration law

REFORMS. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

9 killed in Ohio shooting, assailant dead – police

Aug 04, 2019 - 4:33 PM

(UPDATED) At least 16 others are injured, says the Dayton police department. It comes just hours after a separate mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters in tourist district

Aug 03, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Protesters remain unyielding, vowing to hold multiple occupations and rallies in the coming days, despite authorities' hardening stance

MORE PROTESTS. Police fire tear gas during a protest in Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong on August 3, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

China calls for swift punishment of Hong Kong violence

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:24 PM

In an editorial, state-run China Daily newspaper signals Beijing's growing concern, saying that 'what is happening in Hong Kong is no longer the airing of real or imagined grievances'

DEFIANCE. Protesters face off with police (bottom) during a demonstration against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong on July 28, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Girls must be protected from sexual violence at school – UNICEF chief

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:37 AM

UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore says, we 'have a real responsibility to keep violence out of schools... by other students but also by their teachers'

Araullo High School grade 7 students attend the orientation as part of the dry run for the new school year of 2019-2020 at their campus in Manila on Friday, May 31. Photo by Ben Nabong

UK demands probe into Hong Kong police action

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also suspends export licenses for crowd control equipment of Hong Kong police force

Police cover graffiti sprayed on a wall by protesters outside the police headquarters in Hong Kong on June 22, 2019. Hong Kong police on June 22 slammed anti-government protesters for besieging their headquarters, calling the demonstration "illegal and irrational" as they vowed to pursue the ringleaders. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Syria flare-up kills 35 fighters, 10 civilians

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The flare-up comes as Russian-backed regime forces tried to retake two villages seized by jihadists and allied rebels earlier in June

CONFLICT. A picture taken with a drone on June 14, 2019, shows damaged and destroyed buildings in the town of Ihsim, in Syria's Idlib region. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Sudan forces arrest protest leaders after deadly crackdown

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:48 PM

Just days prior, men in military fatigues cracked down on Sudanese protesters, leaving dozens dead

OUTCRY. Sudanese protesters gesture and chant slogans outside Khartoum's army headquarters on June 3, 2019 after security forces broke up a weeks-long sit-in. Photo by Ebrahim Hamid/AFP

Sudan military scraps transition deal after deadly crackdown

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan announces in a televised statement the plan has been ditched and an election will take place under 'regional and international supervision'

SUDAN MILITARY. A grab from a broadcast on Sudan TV on April 13, 2019 shows Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdulrahman, new chief of Sudan's ruling military council, in the capital Khartoum. AFP PHOTO / HO / SUDAN TV

13 dead as Sudan military rulers break up sit-in

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:16 PM

The military council has denied multiple reports of their forces violently dispersing the sit-in in front of army headquarters

Police search for motive in Virginia Beach shooting

Jun 02, 2019 - 9:14 AM

This is the 150th mass shooting – with 4 or more people shot or killed – in the United States in 2019, says the Washington-based Gun Violence Archive

VIRGINIA SHOOTING. Kristal Davis, sister-in-law to shooting victim Ryan Keith Cox, embraces Mary Owens outside of the crime scene at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on June 1, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Slain Negros Occidental official tops councilor race

May 15, 2019 - 6:02 PM

He should be serving his 3rd term as councilor of the small town of Moises Padilla, but Michael Garcia was killed in an ambush on April 25

PROCLAIMED. Moises Padilla election officer Jesus Gaston (left) proclaims the winning slate of Vice Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo (2nd from left) on May 14, 2019. Contributed Photo

Armed men ransack Cebu barangay hall, assault workers during polls

May 13, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Cebu Provincial Police say the suspects were looking for money

Armed men ransack Cebu barangay hall, assault workers during polling hours. Photo from Tommy Osmeña Facebook page

Stoning incident mars voting in Bangued, Abra

May 13, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Fights inside voting precincts are reported in election hot spot Abra

COMPLAINT.  File photo of former Bangued, Abra mayor Ryan Luna. Photo from the Facebook page of Bangued, Abra LGU

At least 20 killed in election-related violence since December 2018

May 13, 2019 - 10:39 AM

The Commission on Elections has recorded 43 incidents of election-related violence as of May 12

CRIME SCENE. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz are shot dead just under a waiting shed after completing a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photo from Bicol Police

Masked men monitored intimidating voters in Cebu City’s upland barangays

May 13, 2019 - 3:11 AM

(UPDATED) ‘Residents reported men on motorcycles leaving notes, telling the residents they’re being monitored, and that if they go to vote, the men will return for them’

Candidate for La Union town councilor hurt in ambush

May 04, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Rogelio 'Roger' Concepcion is a cousin of slain Balaoan town vice mayor Al-Fred Concepcion

CAMPAIGN MODE. Rogelio Concepcion, candidate for Balaoan councilor, campaigns in his town. Photo from the Facebook page of Nadine Concepcion

Two teenagers arrested after killing Northern Ireland journalist

Apr 20, 2019 - 3:59 PM

(UPDATED) Detectives hunting the gunman has released footage of the unrest, hoping that the community would help trace her killers

JOURNALIST. A handout picture released by Jess Lowe Photography on April 19, 2019 and taken on May 19, 2017 shows journalist and author Lyra McKee posing for a photograph in Belfast. Photo courtesy of Jess Lowe

Negros Occidental town councilor shot dead in front of family

Mar 31, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Police say reelectionist councilor Jolomar Hilario was shot dead in his residence in Moises Padilla town, Negros Occidental

KILLED. Councilor Jolomar Hilario is allegedly killed by communist insurgents inside his home. Photo from Hilario's Facebook page

Filipina who sheltered Snowden fled PH over sexual violence

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:51 AM

Get to know Vanessa Rodel, who obtained asylum status in Canada years after sheltering US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

'SNOWDEN REFUGEE.' Vanessa Rodel smiles during a media scrum after arriving with her daughter Keana at the Toronto airport on a flight from Hong Kong, in Toronto, Canada, March 25, 2019. Photo by Cole Burston/AFP

WATCH: UP athletes lead campaign to end violence against women

Mar 25, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The UP men’s basketball team and UP Pep Squad collaborate to battle violence against women, sexism and misogyny

AMBASSADORS. Members of the UP Fighting Maroons and the UP Pep Squad team up to promote safer campuses for women, the LGBTQ, and other vulnerable groups. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler