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Jul 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

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VIRAL: UST student tweets how she was physically abused

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:30 PM

On Twitter, she accuses her ex-boyfriend of repeatedly beating her up

JM de Guzman on Barbie Imperial, Paul Salas: They can handle this

Jul 18, 2018 - 9:42 PM

JM believes that Barbie and Paul will settle the issue between themselves

Kung Paano Siya Nawala . Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Barbie Imperial hints of physical abuse in deleted tweets

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Though Paul Salas is not named in the posts, fans accuse the actor of hurting the 'Araw Gabi' actress

Photo by Precious del Valle/Rappler

'Til divorce do us part?' PH struggles to marry religion and reality

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 PM

While there has been growing support for the passage of the divorce law, there is still no assurance from legislators that this would happen anytime soon

[Dash of SAS] Mr. President, keep your foul mouth away from our vaginas

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Rodrigo Duterte is so scared of strong women that he doesn’t know what to do with them, except degrade, insult, and strip them of their character by reducing them to nothing more than body parts

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

HRW: Duterte's 'shoot women in vagina' remark violates int'l humanitarian law

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:38 PM

The Commission on Human Rights and Gabriela Women's Party say President Rodrigo Duterte's latest lewd remark 'openly encourages violence against women'

SHOOT THEM. President Rodrigo Duterte criticizes female rebels for joining the armed conflict when they should be home taking care of their families. Malacañang file photo

The week in photos: November 25-December 1, 2017

Dec 02, 2017 - 2:31 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Pope Francis takes a ride in a rickshaw during the second day of his visit to Bangladesh, in Dhaka on December 1, 2017.Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar on November 30 for the second stage of a visit that has been overshadowed by the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO

UN Women urges people to report sexual harassment cases

Nov 26, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Many women experience sexual harassment, from catcalling to severe sexual misconduct. Advocates say they must fight and speak up.

STOP VAW. UN Women's Chang Jordan talked to Rappler about ending sexual harassment in the Philippines.

France's Macron vows to combat 'shameful' violence against women

Nov 26, 2017 - 8:38 AM

Rallies are held from Brazil to Kosovo to mark the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

FOR WOMEN. (From L) President of the association Femmes Solidaires Sabine Salmon, doctor and writer Patrick Pelloux, humorist Florence Foresti, Junior Minister for Gender Equality Marlene Schiappa and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) attend the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on November 25, 2017 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Ludovic Marin/Pool/AFP

Accused of sexism, Duterte vows to fight for women's rights

Nov 26, 2017 - 12:53 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte creates 'a culture of violence that endangers women and children,' says the activist group Akbayan Women

WITH THE PEOPLE. Duterte listening to a Davao City resident in his office. Photo by Davao City Government

WATCH: This museum shows the horrors of being a woman

Nov 25, 2017 - 10:28 PM

This 'experiential museum' hopes to make its visitors reflect on what they can do as individuals to fight violence against women (VAW)

Plight of raped wives, pimped daughters shown in new museum

Nov 25, 2017 - 1:51 PM

The experiential museum takes its audience to 4 different scenes illustrating how women are abused at home, in the workplace, on the streets, and online

The week in photos: November 18-24, 2017

Nov 25, 2017 - 9:50 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Models celebrate during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Mexican girls fight violence with boys' own game – football

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:35 PM

A football club for Mazahua girls and young women uses the sport to empower them in a country where machismo runs deep and violence against women is rampant

BEAUTIFUL GAME. Ivette Anayancy Monroy (center) of the Mazahua soccer team vies for the ball during the match against "Hadas B" team at the Mexican Women Soccer league, Premier category, in San Felipe del Progreso, Mexican state on October 29, 2017. Photo by Omar Torres/AFP

Contestants turn Miss Peru pageant into protest

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:51 PM

Instead of giving their body measurements, the 23 finalists give statistics on violence against women

MISS PERU. Contestants share a moment backstage at the pageant where they turned the spotlight on violence against women. Screengrab from

CHR to Duterte: Rape is never a joke

May 28, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Women especially those poor and vulnerable who bear the brunt of the ongoing violence on the ground are not objects of ridicule either says the Commission on Human Rights

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SC acquits rape convict, says act was 'consensual'

May 06, 2017 - 4:58 PM

The mere presence of abrasions and contusions on her did not preclude the giving of her consent to the sexual intercourse for abrasions and contusions could also be suffered during voluntary submission of the partners to each other s lust the High Court says

Bong Alvarez arrested in Baguio for injuring live-in partner

Apr 24, 2017 - 7:24 PM

The basketball player s girlfriend Mary Ann Dungca Ting sustained injuries in different parts of her body according to the Baguio police blotter

ARRESTED. Former basketball star Bong Alvarez has once again been arrested for an incident involving drinking and violence. Photo from Alvarez's Facebook

Ex-SexBomb dancer petitions SC to make landmark ruling for women

Mar 17, 2017 - 8:11 PM

Harassment cases are abuses in a different form says the Gabriela Women s Party

LANDMARK CASE. Sugar Mercado (in white), former member of dance group Sexbomb, files a petition before the Supreme Court on March 17, 2017 seeking to declare cases against her as a form of abuse against women. Photo by Gabriela Women's Party

CHR to Duterte: Don't use humor to justify sexual harassment

Dec 07, 2016 - 3:10 PM

The Commission on Human Rights also urges the public not to tolerate the growing culture of violence

Bicol landmark turns orange for campaign to end violence vs women

Nov 27, 2016 - 12:42 AM

The Cagsawa Ruins in Albay take on the color of hope in support of the Orange Your Icon campaign

CAGSAWA RUINS TURNS ORANGE. Using special lighting, local authorities turn the famous Albay landmark orange in support of the campaign to fight violence against women. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Pakistan passes long-awaited anti-honor killing legislation

Oct 06, 2016 - 11:59 PM

The amendments on the National Assembly website mandate judges to sentence someone who kills in the name of honor to life imprisonment even if they have been forgiven

#EveryWoman: No to slut-shaming in Philippine Congress

Sep 30, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Every woman should be concerned when something like that is used to shame women

PODCAST: Domestic violence in Denmark

Sep 11, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Sex and Sensibilities was in Denmark for a Women’s Forum to discuss how Filipino immigrant women may be especially vulnerable to intimate partner violence

Woman murdered after calling her sexual partner 'King Kong' in bed

Jul 16, 2016 - 4:23 PM

Another woman is killed in a separate incident for refusing a second round of sexual intercourse

That thingy called rape culture

Jun 23, 2016 - 3:00 PM

It s a battle of all humans against a culture that encourages some to be inhumane

The many faces of sexual harassment in PH

Jun 04, 2016 - 10:00 AM

How do you know if you are being sexually harassed? Where do you draw the line? Here s what you need to know

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

Indonesian teens jailed for gang rape, murder of 14-year-old

May 10, 2016 - 5:05 PM

The girl is said to have been raped more than once by each of the boys before they killed her

Why we should care about the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl

May 03, 2016 - 1:33 PM

Why did no one know? Why isn’t the nation outraged by what happened to YY? Are women’s rapes and murders simply not interesting enough?

Davao's policies on women clash with Duterte's macho lingo

Apr 23, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The presidential candidate approved a city ordinance which includes protections for women but some argue his words and actions violate his own orders

[Dash of SAS]: The D joke

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Why does an objection to joking about a deplorable act of sexual violence even have to be explained?

US launches app to prevent violence against Indonesian women and children

Apr 21, 2016 - 8:29 PM

The HELP mobile application offers and consolidates resources from civil society groups

HELP APP. The app has various features to help women prevent or report violence. Photo by Zachary Lee

Gabriela to Duterte: Apologize, rape is no laughing matter

Apr 17, 2016 - 12:30 PM

We challenge him to use his campaign to promote issues that will elevate the condition of women and their families

The streets that haunt Filipino women

Mar 08, 2016 - 10:22 AM

In Quezon City alone 3 in 5 women are sexually harassed at least once in their lifetime as of February 2016 What counts as sexual harassment in the streets and how do you take action?

STREET HARASSMENT. Have you ever walked down the street and experienced verbal, physical, or sexual harassment?

UN, gov't agencies hold events, provide services for 2016 Women's Month

Mar 02, 2016 - 4:03 PM

This year s theme for the international observance is Planet 50 50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality

Neglect of comfort women 'criminal' – Eve Ensler

Feb 10, 2016 - 11:19 AM

The author of The Vagina Monologues and co founder of the One Billion Rising protest movement gives voice to Filipina comfort women

COMFORT WOMEN. The surviving comfort women show origami cranes symbolizing peace and to remind Aquino of the number of missed opportunities he had to help them seek justice. Photo by Jene-Anne Pangue/Rappler

5 #GenderIssues to ask in 2016

Jan 05, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Will gender equality advocates have something better to look forward to in 2016?

Dear daddy: Protect me please

Dec 27, 2015 - 8:32 AM

An unborn girl has a message for her dad Here’s what she had to say

Japanese who paid for sex with 12,000 women in PH convicted

Dec 25, 2015 - 6:40 PM

The action is despicable and vicious as the suspect took advantage of the economic plight of young girls in the Philippines says the judge

#FreeFromFear: UN campaign seeks safer PH cities for women

Dec 11, 2015 - 4:21 PM

Women are often harassed on the streets and a UN organization hopes to change that

PERSONAL STORIES. Women write their experiences of sexual harassment which are then shared online as part of the #FreefromFear campaign. Photo from the UN Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme

Pakistan woman 'set on fire for refusing marriage proposal'

Oct 23, 2015 - 9:30 PM

The incident took place in a remote village of Multan district in central Punjab province and police have arrested the 24 year old suspect

India court jails 3 for rape of Japanese tourist

Sep 05, 2015 - 12:12 AM

India introduced tough laws against sex offenders in the wake of the nation wide protests including setting up of hundreds of special courts to prosecute sexual violence cases

PROTESTS. Activists from various women's rights organisation hold placards as they stage a silent demonstration against sexual assault and rapes on women. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

Angelina Jolie urges justice for Myanmar's sexual violence victims

Jul 31, 2015 - 11:44 PM

The Hollywood actress comes to Myanmar upon the invitation of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi

8 Malala shooting suspects acquitted still in custody – Pakistan officials

Jun 06, 2015 - 9:28 PM

The eight who were acquitted are still being held in various jails and an internment centre a police official says

AFP file photo

Eight Malala shooting suspects acquitted

Jun 05, 2015 - 11:33 PM

A senior security official in Mingora insists the court had sentenced all 10 men to life imprisonment accusing the police of lying

Don't blame victims – Commission on Human Rights

Jun 02, 2015 - 4:44 PM

The CHR condemns sexual violence and victim blaming after a photo of a young abused woman made rounds online

Four sentenced to death over mob killing of Afghan woman

May 07, 2015 - 12:15 AM

The attack came after an amulet seller whom she had reportedly castigated for peddling superstition falsely accused her of burning the Koran