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Nesthy Petecio strikes gold in women's world boxing

Oct 13, 2019 - 7:38 PM

Featherweight boxer Nesthy Petecio rules in the Women's World Boxing Championships to become the second Filipina world titlist

ON TOP. Nesthy Petecio (back row, second from left) becomes the latest boxer to bring glory to the Philippines. Photo from AIBA

UP snaps 3-year skid on Pesquera halfcourt buzzer-beater

Oct 12, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Pat Pesquera buries a halfcourt heave as the UP Lady Maroons score a breakthrough win in UAAP women’s basketball

CLUTCH. Pat Pesquera plays hero again for the UP Lady Maroons after 3 years. Photo release

Saudi rules women can join armed forces

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:38 PM

The move is the latest in a series of measures aimed at increasing the rights of women in the kingdom, even as rights groups accuse Riyadh of cracking down on women activists

Women's org launches pledge site for girl empowerment

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Teen pregnancy and mental health seminars, sports clubs, and capacity-building workshops are among the initiatives the public can pledge funds to

INVEST IN HER. Spark Philippines launches their pledge website for women-oriented initiatives on October 10. Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

Valdez, Laure lead 2019 SEA Games PH women's volleyball lineup

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Alyssa Valdez returns for her third straight SEA Games appearance as Eya Laure debuts in the regional meet

VETERAN PRESENCE. Alyssa Valdez represents the Philippines in the 2019 SEA Games hosted by the country. File photo by Asian Games PH media pool

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

Baron, Macandili bag ASEAN volleyball awards

Oct 06, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Former La Salle stalwarts Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili cop individual honors in the ASEAN Grand Prix

PRIDE. Majoy Baron (back row, right) wins another Best Blocker award while Dawn Macandili (back row, third from left) clinches the Best Libero award. Photo release

PH volleyball team bows to Indonesia, settles for 3rd

Oct 06, 2019 - 9:59 PM

The national women’s volleyball team fields a complete lineup yet still falls short against Indonesia

Shorthanded PH volleyball team folds to powerhouse Thailand

Oct 05, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Playing minus 4 key players, the Philippines bows to first-leg winner Thailand in straight sets

ASEAN Volleyball Grand Prix event

Sports wRap: Did Bo Perasol deserve his punishment?

Oct 05, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Rappler Sports hosts Agatha Uvero and Naveen Ganglani give their take on the wild UAAP action and other happenings in the Philippine sports scene

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

Alyssa Valdez back in top form for national team

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:42 PM

After recovering from an ankle injury, Alyssa Valdez quickly powers the Philippine women’s volleyball team

TEAM EFFORT. Alyssa Valdez says the entire team stepped up at the start of the Philippines’ second-leg campaign. File photo

Valdez returns as PH repeats over Vietnam in ASEAN Grand Prix

Oct 04, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The returning Alyssa Valdez shines as the Philippine women's volleyball team completes a sweep of Vietnam

GRAND RETURN. Alyssa Valdez returns from injury to lead the national team over Vietnam. Photo by Asian Games PH media pool

Pond’s launches community of women that encourages fellow women to face their hesitations and #SeeWhatHappens

Oct 04, 2019 - 9:15 AM

Pond’s girls Kathryn Bernardo, Heart Evangelista, Nadine Lustre, Gabbi Garcia, and Ylona Garcia are a part of it

UAAP beach volley: UST, La Salle secure Final Four slots

Sep 29, 2019 - 5:15 PM

UST and La Salle stay on course for another championship duel in women’s beach volleyball

STILL PERFECT. Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor keep the UST Tigresses unbeaten in 5 games. Photo release

NU Lady Bulldogs sweep first round

Sep 29, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Riding on a historic win streak, defending champion NU completes a 7-0 first-round sweep of women's basketball

UNSTOPPABLE. Jack Animam and the NU Lady Bulldogs prove too strong for the UE Lady Warriors. Photo release

Gilas Women score breakthrough win to cap off FIBA Asia Cup

Sep 28, 2019 - 2:35 AM

The Philippines topples host India to retain its place in Division A

ALL SMILES. Gilas Pilipinas Women will not go home without a win. Photo from fiba.basketball


#2030Now: #RespetoNaman campaign hopes to shine a light on gender-based violence

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:33 AM

'This campaign is not just about women.... It's about the entire nation. It's about calling for respect in so many different ways,' says SPARK! Program Manager Kassandra Barnes

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

Even without Valdez, PH shows promise in 2019 SEA Games campaign

Sep 23, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Even without volleyball phenom Alyssa Valdez, the Philippines topples world No. 37 Vietnam in the 1st ASEAN Grand Prix

STEPPING UP. The Philippine women's volleyball team steps up its 2019 Southeast Asian Games preparations. Photo from Aby Maraño's Instagram

#2030Now: This is how you give women real political and social power

Sep 22, 2019 - 9:31 AM

Oxfam Pilipinas’ SHE projects envisions ‘a world where consent is valued, pleasure is acceptable, and sexual health and satisfaction are achieved’

SHE. Oxfam Philippines' SHE projects seeks to empower women and girls to secure reproductive health and rights in disadvantaged and conflict-affected regions in the Philippines.
 Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

US World Cup star Morgan ruled out for rest of 2019 season

Sep 17, 2019 - 12:14 PM

'I'm disappointed I won't be able to compete with the Pride for the remainder of 2019 due to a knee injury I've been managing since the World Cup,' writes Alex Morgan on Instagram

PREMATURE EXIT. Alex Morgan is set to sit out for rest of the 2019 National Women's Soccer League season. Photo from Alex Morgan's Instagram

Milliam, Maneja to represent PH in WTA Future Stars

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Alexa Joy Milliam and Justine Hannah Maneja rule the Cebuana Lhuillier Girls' Tennis Challenge Under 14 and Under 16 Qualifying Tournament

UP-AND-COMING. Alexa Joy Milliam (left) and Justine Hannah Maneja will don the national colors in the WTA Future Stars. Contributed photo


Meet 'Mariang Pulis': Philippines' first all-women police station in Siquijor town

Sep 14, 2019 - 2:34 PM

Siquijor top cop Colonel Angela Rejano says the all-women police station in Maria town 'signals the time to move forward' in strengthening the role of women in Philippine law enforcement

ALL WOMEN. The Maria police station on Saturday, September 14. PNP photo

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

Petro Gazz Angels to represent PH in Taiwan tourney

Sep 11, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference winners hope to bring their champion form in their first international tourney

PROMISING. The Petro Gazz Angels are ready to step into the international stage. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

In 'Ms Monopoly,' women make more money than men

Sep 11, 2019 - 12:02 PM

The latest update of the classic board game features 'Ms Monopoly,' an advocate who invests in female entrepreneurs

NU Lady Bulldogs extend UAAP win streak to 82

Sep 07, 2019 - 1:11 PM

Rookie Camille Clarin drops 23 points to power the NU Lady Bulldogs past the Adamson Lady Falcons

YOUNG SENSATION. Camille Clarin leads the NU Lady Bulldogs to a 2-0 start. Photo release

Eya Laure, Jovelyn Gonzaga make SEA Grand Prix lineup

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:39 PM

The Philippine women's volleyball team fields a mix of veterans and young talents in the SEA Grand Prix for its 2019 Southeast Asian Games buildup

STANDOUT ROOKIE. Eya Laure is set to debut for the senior national women's volleyball team. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UAAP: NU trounces FEU, cruises to 81 straight wins

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:36 AM

In an early rematch of last year's finals, defending champion NU Lady Bulldogs dominate the FEU Lady Tamaraws anew in the season opener

PERFECT. Jack Animam leads the NU Lady Bulldogs' offense with 17 points. Photo from release

2019 SEA Games: Kalei Mau targets women's volleyball gold

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:23 PM

Fresh off a conference MVP stint, Kalei Mau believes the Philippine women's volleyball team can make it far in the 2019 SEA Games

WINNING IT ALL. Kalei Mau awaits her national team debut. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Gilas girl Fajardo relishes victory over China in FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:00 PM

'Having to play China for the third time, what were the odds to win against them?' recalls FIBA 3x3 U18 bronze medalist Ella Fajardo

PROMISING TALENT. New Jersey-based Filipina Ella Fajardo contributes to the Philippines' bronze medal finish in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 Under-18 Women's Asia Cup in Malaysia. Photo from FIBA

U.S. women footballers' equal pay lawsuit to go to trial in 2020

Aug 20, 2019 - 1:58 PM

'We have every confidence that these world champion athletes will get what they legally deserve – nothing less than equal pay and working conditions,' says the US women's football spokesperson

ON THE MOVE. US women's football star Megan Rapinoe and her team dedicate their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup win to their fight for equal pay. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

SPARK! Philippines to hold mental health talk series on women, LGBTQ+

Aug 16, 2019 - 6:26 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The series is specifically targeted towards women and the LGBTQ+ community who have suffered from mental health issues due to social factors

WATCH: Meet the new March sisters in the ‘Little Women’ trailer

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen, and Florence Pugh bring the beloved March sisters to life in Greta Gerwig's take on the classic novel

MARCH SISTERS. Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan, and Eliza Scanlen play the iconic sisters in Louisa May Alcott's classic coming-of-age novel. Screenshot from Facebook.com/LittleWomenMovie

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

Osaka returns to No. 1 in WTA rankings

Aug 12, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Naomi Osaka regains the top spot to end the seven-week reign of Ashleigh Barty as world No. 1

BACK ON TOP. Naomi Osaka holds a slim advantage over Ashleigh Barty in the world rankings. Photo from Twitter/@WTA


PH women's rugby tops 2019 7s Trophy Series

Aug 11, 2019 - 7:24 PM

The Philippine Lady Volcanoes get promoted to the top-tier Asia Rugby Women's Series

CHAMPIONS. The Philippine Lady Volcanoes go undefeated in the 2019 Asia Rugby Women's 7s Trophy Series. Photo from Philippine Rugby

Emily Ratajkowski bares body hair, pens essay on women's right to choose

Aug 09, 2019 - 8:13 PM

'Women should be able to represent themselves however they want,' writes the model

TAKING A STAND. Emily Ratajkowski shows off her body hair as she stresses the importance of a woman's right to choose in an essay for Harper's Bazaar. Screenshot from Instagram.com/emrata

PH women's rugby shoots for gold in 2019 Trophy Series

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:33 PM

'This year, we are looking to replicate that performance and go one step further,' says women's coach Chris Everingham

FOR THE GOLD. (from left to right) Happy Denuyo, Maia Sobejana, PRFU general manager Jake Letts, coach Chris Everingham, Lily Smythe and Rassiel Sales of Philippine Volcanoes grace the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum. Photo from release

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male 'guardian' approval

Aug 02, 2019 - 8:30 AM

(UPDATED) The landmark reform erodes the longstanding guardianship system that renders adult women as legal minors and allows their 'guardians' – husband, father and other male relatives – to exercise arbitrary authority over them

TRAVEL. Saudi Arabia will allow women to obtain passports and travel abroad without approval from a male 'guardian,' the government says on August 2, ending a longstanding restriction that drew heavy international criticism. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

U.S. coach Ellis resigns after second Women's World Cup win

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:04 AM

After steering Team USA to another World Cup crown, Jill Ellis steps down with an incredible 102-7-18 win-loss-draw record

ON TOP. Jill Ellis believes the US team will remain at the pinnacle of women's soccer. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Retooled Gilas women to pounce on elusive SEA Games gold

Jul 30, 2019 - 6:55 PM

With foreign exposure and Fil-Am reinforcement, the Gilas women's squad looks poised to clinch its 1st SEA Games gold

1ST GOLD. The Gilas women's team looks to bag the elusive SEA Games gold medal once and for all. File photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

Groups push for stronger legal protection for the environment

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:49 AM

The rights of nature seeks to provide legal rights to the environment and recognize it as a rights-bearing entity

NATURE HAS RIGHTS. The groups call for the recognition and passage of 'Rights of Nature Law' on July 22, 2019. Photo by Kale Luaton, PMPI

‘Boracay girls wait for you’: Duterte’s sexist remarks in SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:13 PM

After signing the Bawal Bastos law, President Rodrigo Duterte talks about his ‘smelly’ girlfriend and sunbathing girls waiting for foreigners in Boracay

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he deliver his speech during the State of the Nation Adress at House of Representatives in Quezon City on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras Rappler

Women subjected to shaming, harassment the most under Duterte gov't – expert

Jul 22, 2019 - 1:52 PM

'At no other time have women been subjected to shaming, humiliation, harassment, with immunity [and] impunity by a sitting president than now," says regional gender and governance adviser Socorro Reyes

For the directors of ‘Malamaya,’ sex is empowerment

Jul 17, 2019 - 6:28 PM

First-time directors Danica Sta. Lucia and Leilani Chavez bring a sexually-charged film that speaks of women empowerment

MALAMAYA. Sunshine Cruz and Enzo Pineda play lovers in the upcoming film. Screenshot from Facebook.com/CinemalayaOfficial

Panelo: Duterte 'never bastos,' you women should know that

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte 'will be the first one to obey' the Bawal Bastos law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the "Araw ng Pasasalamat" for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang Photo

U.S. World Cup champ feted with confetti, chants of 'equal pay'

Jul 11, 2019 - 3:23 PM

'This group is so resilient, is so tough, has such a sense of humor, is just so bad ass,' women's football captain Megan Rapinoe on Team USA

WONDER WOMEN. Megan Rapinoe (center) flashes her iconic goal-scoring pose as she celebrates with teammates (from left) Ashlyn Harris, Alex Morgan, and Allie Long. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Rapinoe: World Cup champions USA to snub White House invite

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:38 PM

'You're excluding me. You're excluding people that look like me. You're excluding people of color,' Team USA star Megan Rapinoe tells President Donald Trump

POWER PAIR. Team USA, bannered by Megan Rapinoe (left) and Alex Morgan, says it doesn’t want to lend the platform it 'worked so hard to build.' Photo by Franck Fife/AFP