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#BilangBabae: Roundtable discussion on women and the elections

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Watch the roundtable discussion on reporting women and the elections on Monday, March 18

Finals rematch: Motivated FEU eyes upset vs La Salle

Mar 15, 2019 - 4:56 PM

As FEU gears up for defending champion La Salle, the Lady Tamaraws hope to ride on a recent confidence booster

PRIDE. FEU middle blocker Celine Domingo focuses on UAAP first before thinking about national team duties. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Dream come true: Isa Molde returns to PH team

Mar 11, 2019 - 11:37 PM

The University of the Philippines standout accepts the role as team captain of the national Under-23 squad

BIGGER RESPONSIBILITY. Isa Molde accepts the role as the team captain of the national Under-23 squad. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rape jokes? These women aren't laughing

Mar 10, 2019 - 6:16 PM

On International Women's Day, Filipinas band together to call for empowerment

In conservative Mauritania, confronting sexual violence laws

Mar 09, 2019 - 10:29 PM

Women in Mauritania are fighting an uphill battle to see tougher penalties for sexual violence and discrimination in a conservative state where criminal law is derived from Sharia

A picture shows the feet of the daughter of Zahra (not her real name) in the office of the president of the Association of Women Heads of Family (AFCF) in Nouakchott on January 28, 2019. Zahra related how a neighbour snatched her five-year-old daughter from her home while she was sleeping, and then raped the girl. Feminists in Mauritania are fighting an uphill battle to see tougher penalties for sexual violence and discrimination in a conservative state where criminal law is derived from Sharia. Women's groups have helped to draft legislation to combat gender-based violence, calling for stiffer penalties for rape, criminalisation of sexual harassment and the creation of specific courts to handle sexual violence.  SEYLLOU / AFP

The week in photos: March 2-8, 2019

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:34 PM

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

FESTIVAL PREPS. A Nepali sadhu (Hindu holy man) applies face paint near the Pashupatinath temple during the Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu on March 4, 2019. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Catriona Gray's open letter on International Women's Day: Get tested for HIV/AIDS

Mar 09, 2019 - 3:21 PM

'HIV is just a status: it doesn’t define you as a woman, more so as a person,' says Catriona

2018 Catriona Gray pays a courtesy call to Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Maria Tan

Violence against women an 'epidemic' in PH – expert

Mar 08, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Sylvia Claudio, dean of the University of the Philippines' College of Social Work and Community Development, says one way to address violence against women is to start tackling the issue at home

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. Data as of 2017 showed at least 1 in 20 women aged 15 to 49 said they experienced some form of sexual violence.

[OPINION] This is what we want for our women

Mar 08, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Much remains to be done before the Philippines can truly claim to have attained Sustainable Development Goal 5 – to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Why were Fajardo, Dy left out of PH women's volleyball pool?

Mar 08, 2019 - 6:18 PM

Kim Fajardo and Kim Kianna Dy may be notably missing from the national volleyball pool, but coach Shaq delos Santos says the door remains open for their comeback

SIDELINED. Kim Dy (left) and Kim Fajardo remain doubtful for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photos from the 2018 Asian Games media pool

Robredo urges women: Be fearless in fighting for what is right

Mar 08, 2019 - 5:45 PM

'This is not the time to hide behind the curtains and let fear cave us into silence,' Vice President Leni Robredo says on International Women's Day

WOMEN'S DAY. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a keynote address at the International Women's Day Summit 2019 held at Samsung Hall at SM Aura Premier in Taguig City on Friday, March 8, 2019. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

SEA Games 2019: Valdez, Santiago banner PH volleyball pool

Mar 08, 2019 - 12:19 PM

The 2019 SEA Games buildup gets going as Philippine volleyball forms a 22-strong women’s training pool

MAINSTAY. Volleyball phenomAlyssa Valdez stays in the national team. Photo by Asian Games PH media pool

Russians splurge on flowers for International Women's Day

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:27 AM

A legacy of the Soviet era, March 8 is widely celebrated and a public holiday in Russia.

A woman walks next to a tulip stand at a flower market set up in a luxury department store in central Moscow on March 7, 2019, a day before International Women's Day.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Woo mankind, woman!

Mar 07, 2019 - 3:42 PM

This women’s month, tune in to this playlist and channel the queen within you

Women's rights groups to hold united action against misogyny on March 8

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:28 PM

(UPDATED) In an 'unprecedented coming together of women,' advocates will gather for a united women's action against misogyny on March 8 at La Madre Filipina Statue in Rizal Park, Manila

EMPOWERED. Women advocates pose to stand against misogyny in a press conference held at St. Scholastica’s Archives Museum College on March 6. Photo by Maria Gabriela Aquino

All-women small press fair to be held at CCP

Mar 06, 2019 - 2:19 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The event features women creators who will sell and showcase their books, zines, stickers, illustrations, comics, and accessories, and meet their readers

Fil-Hawaiian spiker Kalei Mau now a Filipino citizen

Mar 05, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Kalei Mau is now eligible to represent the Philippines as part of the national women's volleyball team

REINFORCEMENT. 6-foot-2 Kalei Mau dreams of wearing the flag's colors on her chest. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Ateneo's Kat Tolentino named UAAP Player of the Week

Feb 25, 2019 - 6:06 PM

The UAAP's leading scorer unloads a combined 41 points in the Ateneo Lady Eagles' back-to-back wins

TAKING CHARGE. Kat Tolentino shows way for the Ateneo Lady Eagles with her lethal attacking. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo draws momentum from 'don't count us out' mentality

Feb 24, 2019 - 10:19 PM

'People will really count them out, but I believe in them,' says Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro

TRUST. The Ateneo Lady Eagles trust in their capabilities to pull though a tough match against FEU.  Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: UST Golden Tigresses step up their swag game

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:26 PM

The UST Golden Tigresses show on-court swag just to pump each other up

SWAG. The UST Golden Tigresses show their swag to boost their confidence. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo thwarts FEU in 5-set thriller

Feb 24, 2019 - 7:13 PM

(UPDATED) The Lady Eagles rally from two sets down to stun the Lady Tamaraw in a rematch of last season's semis showdown

SEASONED DUO. Ateneo veterans Kat Tolentino and Bea de Leon put up a defensive wall against FEU rookie Lycha Ebon. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

La Salle's Cobb relishes 'easier' role this season

Feb 23, 2019 - 8:45 PM

'Everyone is becoming a go-to guy,' says setter Michelle Cobb, noting she has many attacking options in this season's La Salle team

IMPROVING. Michelle Cobb relishes having many attacking options in this season's La Salle team. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

La Salle takes slice of lead with conquest of Adamson

Feb 23, 2019 - 5:46 PM

(UPDATED) Reigning champion La Salle gets to share the top spot with UP after a straight-set win over Adamson

UNRIVALED. Michelle Cobb and the La Salle Lady Spikers come out in full control against the Lady Falcons. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Abused' Saudi sisters trapped in Hong Kong risk deportation

Feb 23, 2019 - 4:17 PM

The pair, who have adopted the aliases Reem and Rawan, says: 'Either we will be killed because they want to clear (the) shame we brought as women who left by their own, or they will force us to marry... our cousins'

ESCAPE. Saudi sisters Rawan (in yellow), 18, and Reem, 20, (both using adopted aliases) speak during an interview with AFP in Hong Kong on February 22, 2019. Photo by  Anthony Wallace/AFP

Shorthanded NU routs UE for 1st win

Feb 23, 2019 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) Despite losing setter Joyme Cagande to injury, a 10-woman NU squad still earns its first win over UE in straight sets

BREAKTHROUGH. The NU Lady Bulldogs bounce back from an opening-day loss. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NU's Joyme Cagande 'likely' out of UAAP Season 81

Feb 23, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The former UAAP juniors three-time best setter is diagnosed with high-grade ACL

UNFORTUNATE. Joyme Cagande picks up an ACL injury during her UAAP seniors debut. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

La Salle looks to continue hot start as NU, UE shoot for 1st win

Feb 22, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The reigning champions aim for back-to-back victories against the Adamson Lady Falcons in the UAAP women's volleyball tournament

CONQUEST. The De La Salle Lady Spikers are on a winning momentum when they face the Adamson Lady Falcons. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo's Bea de Leon still gets 'veteran jitters'

Feb 18, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Even senior player Bea de Leon admits that playing in Sunday's Ateneo-La Salle season opener still made her nervous

POOR START. Bea de Leon admits that the Ateneo Lady Eagles were off to a poor start.  Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Worth the wait: La Salle's Luna earns starting spot

Feb 18, 2019 - 8:22 AM

May Luna surprisingly gets to start for the Lady Spikers after 4 years with champion mentor Ramil de Jesus

DESERVING. La Salle’s May Luna gets rewarded after years of hard work and patience. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UST overcomes late Adamson challenge

Feb 17, 2019 - 4:33 PM

(UPDATED) The UST Golden Tigresses blow a two-set lead but manage to arrest the Adamson Lady Falcons' late surge

FULL CONTROL. Sisi Rondina takes charge in the UST Tigresses' opening-day campaign. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FEU rookie Lycha Ebon proves worthy of Pons' number

Feb 17, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Young sensation Lycha Ebon ignores doubters and shows why she can be FEU's next volleyball queen

PROMISING. Lycha Ebon proves why she deserves the No. 2 jersey as the Player of the Game in her UAAP debut. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Saudi defends app allowing men to monitor women relatives

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:15 AM

Critics argue that Absher, a free app, enables abuse against Saudi Arabian women and girls by allowing men to track their movements

UAAP Season 81 Volleyball: Schedule, team standings and updates

Feb 16, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Bookmark this page for updates in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball competition

FEU rallies to defeat young NU team

Feb 16, 2019 - 6:54 PM

(UPDATED) The veteran FEU team flashes its championship experience over the rookie-laden NU Lady Bulldogs

VETERAN. The FEU Lady Tamaraws introduce the young NU team to the collegiate scene. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UP Lady Maroons escape UE in UAAP volley season opener

Feb 16, 2019 - 4:35 PM

(UPDATED) The Lady Maroons pull off a thrilling win over the Lady Warriors right in the opening game of the UAAP Season 81 volleyball competition

SURVIVAL. Isa Molde and the UP Lady Maroons outlast the gritty Lady Warriors in 5 sets. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: La Salle Lady Spikers return to make history

Feb 14, 2019 - 11:19 AM

La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus tries to work his magic again as the young Lady Spikers target a UAAP four-peat

VOLLEYBALL QUEENS. Desiree Cheng captains the young rebuilding De La Salle Lady Spikers squad. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: Nothing less than a title slot for FEU Lady Tamaraws

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:13 PM

After last season’s return stint to the Finals, the FEU Lady Tamaraws continue to set their sights on a record 30th UAAP women's title

STEPPING UP. Heather Guinoo is expected to fill in the big shoes left by Bernadeth Pons. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: Ateneo Lady Eagles eye grand comeback

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:48 PM

After missing the title round last season, the Ateneo Lady Eagles believe they have the tools to reclaim the crown

CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE. Bea de Leon hopes that she can end her UAAP career the same way she started it – with a championship. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: Young NU Lady Bulldogs dare to challenge league vets

Feb 10, 2019 - 9:01 PM

National University remains dauntless even as the Lady Bulldogs parade many new faces

CAPTAIN. Audrey Paran leads a rookie-laden team in Season 81. File photo by Michael Gatpandan

WATCH: U.P. Lady Maroons out to live up UAAP hype

Feb 09, 2019 - 7:59 PM

After copping two breakthrough preseason crowns, the UP Lady Maroons vie to prove they're for real

FOCUS. The UP Lady Maroons take it one game at a time this season. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: Adamson Lady Falcons put themselves to the test

Feb 09, 2019 - 1:25 PM

The Adamson Lady Falcons can't wait to flash their peak form and see their hard work pay off in the UAAP

STEPPING UP. Bernadette Flora (left) and Eli Soyud are among those called by Air Padda to step up to the challenge. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: It's the UST Golden Tigresses' turn to shine

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The UST Golden Tigresses may just stun the UAAP field with their hunger to go all the way this season

FINAL FLIGHT. High-flying Sisi Rondina hopes to leave UST with an indoor championship in her UAAP career. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: UE Lady Warriors aim higher in UAAP Season 81

Feb 06, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Will the UE Lady Warriors surprise the competition this season?

NEW LEADER. Kath Arado continues to anchor the UE Lady Warriors' defense. File Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Eya Laure thrilled to be in Valdez’s future teammates wishlist

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:29 PM

UST’s star rookie Eya Laure is already highly coveted among the pros even if she has yet to debut in the UAAP women's volleyball tournament

FUTURE DYNAMIC DUO? Eya Laure (left) and Alyssa Valdez can strengthen the Philippine women's volleyball team together. Photo from Eya Laure's Twitter and file photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler (Valdez)

Comelec aims for more PWD-friendly, gender-sensitive ads in 2019 elections

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The poll body also urges candidates and political parties to use environment-friendly materials in their campaign paraphernalia

Tryout standout: Kalei Mau dreams of PH volley team debut

Jan 30, 2019 - 7:33 PM

'My goal is to play the highest level of volleyball and I would be disappointed if I don’t achieve that,' says 6-foot-2 Fil-Am Kalei Mau

REINFORCEMENT. Kalei Mau's contributions will greatly help the national team prepare for the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Maraño brings energy to PH volley team's busy year

Jan 27, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Philippine volleyball braces for a busy 2019, but Aby Maraño hopes to juggle her club commitments and national team duties well

MOTIVATOR. Aby Maraño accepts her role as the team captain as she aims to motivate her team mates in the tough year ahead of them. Photo by Asian Games PH media pool

Queen calls for 'common ground' as Brexit divides Britain

Jan 25, 2019 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) Government ministers interpret the comments as broadly supportive of their desperate search for a compromise over Brexit

COMMON GROUND. In this file photo taken on June 21, 2017 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Houses of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. File photo by Carl Court/Pool/AFP

Nurse arrested after incapacitated U.S. woman gave birth

Jan 24, 2019 - 10:47 AM

Arizona police arrest a male nurse on suspicion of assaulting an incapacitated woman who gave birth at a long-term care facility

ARRESTED. This booking photo obtained January 23, 2019 courtesy of the Maricopa County Sheriff shows suspect Nathan Sutherland. Handout photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office/AFP

Women's March in the U.S. wants to maintain momentum despite rifts

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:33 PM

With controversies at the heart of the movement, there is one big question – how many people will answer the call for a #WomensWave?

Sharon Lin, 40, a doctor and mother of two who recently moved from California to New York, prepares a sign for the Women's March in New York at a workshop organized at a New York Public Library, with her son Hudson, 8, on January 15, 2019 in New York. As organizers of the Women's March gear up for their third major day of protest on January 20, 2019 across the United States, there is one big question -- how many people will answer the call for a #WomensWave? Two New Yorkers, who attended a sign-making workshop ahead of the big rally, talked to AFP about why they are marching again this year, despite controversies at the heart of the movement.  Catherine TRIOMPHE / AFP