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In Washington, women march against Trump as election looms

Jan 19, 2020 - 9:19 AM

The protesters of the annual Women's March strike a defiant note despite dwindling attendance numbers since 2017

MARCH AGAINST TRUMP. Demonstrators gather for the 4th annual Women's March in Washington, DC, on January 18, 2020. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

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

PH rises to world No. 11 in women's softball rankings

Jan 16, 2020 - 10:59 AM

The queens of Southeast Asian softball rank among the world's best

QUEENS. The Philippine Blu Girls reach new heights following their dominant run in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Little Women' director Greta Gerwig 'sad' at awards snub of female filmmakers

Jan 04, 2020 - 12:25 PM

'Of course, I'm disappointed. I love the film that we made and of course it's lovely to be honored,' Hollywood director Greta Gerwig says after being snubbed by this year's Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards

Writer Sylvia Mayuga dies

Dec 31, 2019 - 5:46 PM

The award-winning author had 3 National Book Awards to her name

AWARD-WINNING WRITER. Book author, write, and columnist Sylvia Mayuga dies at 77. Photo from Sylvia Mayuga's Facebook page

No skimpy bikinis: Bangladesh holds first bodybuilding contest for women

Dec 30, 2019 - 9:28 PM

The women bodybuilders keep their brawn under wraps to prevent controversy in the Muslim-majority nation

Women of the Eastern Caliphate: By blood and marriage

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:28 PM

(UPDATED) Part 2: Their men fight at the frontlines, but by blood and marriage, these women played a crucial role in the Marawi siege and the establishment of an ISIS caliphate in the Philippines

Finding love and jihad

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Many women are radicalized on Facebook, and an expert says they are now a permanent part of the jihadi structure

South Korean court dismisses 'comfort women' appeal against controversial deal

Dec 27, 2019 - 8:05 PM

In a unanimous decision, the Constitutional Court said 'it is difficult to conclude that it is possible for the deal to violate the victims' basic rights'

Women of the Eastern Caliphate: Hiding in plain sight

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Part 1: From hapless accomplices, women are becoming willing and enthusiastic actors in jihad

Jack Animam: ‘This is the year of women's basketball’

Dec 22, 2019 - 5:36 PM

‘I think this year is really redemption,’ says Gilas Women team standout Jack Animam, who wishes the Philippines will soon have a women’s basketball league

STELLAR YEAR. Jack Animam is part of the Gilas Women team that can bring in more support for women's basketball in the Philippines. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Emma Watson left notes in copies of 'Little Women' – and some of them will be hidden in the Philippines

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Keep your eyes peeled for stray copies of 'Little Women'

EMMA WATSON. The actress leaves notes in copies of Little Women that will be hidden all over the world. Screenshot from Instagram.com/emmawatson

Fear of making decisions

Dec 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

There are irreparable costs

Caterer who fed P13-per-meal to inmates named BuCor superintendent

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:57 AM

(UPDATED) Angelina Bautista, a retired jail senior inspector who used to cater prison meals budgeted at P39 per inmate in a day, is tapped as superintendent at the Correctional Institution for Women

Unqualified GCTA returnees lose jobs, are detained for months

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Part 2: Even if many are not heinous crime convicts, former inmates turn themselves in to the Correctional Institution for Women out of fear of the President. Administrative lapses make them worry they won’t be home for Christmas.

Gilas Women hope own pro league comes after historic SEA Games gold

Dec 14, 2019 - 8:29 PM

Gilas Pilipinas Women coach Pat Aquino says female basketball players will 'play as hard as they can' if given a chance to play in a professional league

UNBEATEN. Jack Animam and Gilas Pilipinas Women sweep the 2019 SEA Games to clinch their first gold medal. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Gilas Women crush Thailand for historic SEA Games gold

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Jack Animam, Janine Pontejos, and Afril Bernardino show the way as the Philippines rules women's basketball for the first time in SEA Games history

DOUBLE GOLD. Janine Pontejos wins her second gold medal in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


After missing NU 6-peat, Animam seeks history with Gilas Women

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:49 AM

Jack Animam vows to help Gilas Pilipinas Women capture their first 5-on-5 gold medal in the SEA Games

TRIUMPHANT DEBUT. Jack Animam and Gilas Pilipinas Women kick off their SEA Games campaign on the right foot. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Valdez takes benching in stride as PH drops SEA Games bronze match

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:04 PM

After the Philippine volleyball team's gut-wrenching loss, Alyssa Valdez says 'if it’s not our time, it’s not our time'

PH Women's Volleyball team's Alyssa Valdez in tears after losing to Indonesia in the battle for bronze match, in the 30th SEA Games Women's Volleyball on December 9, 2019. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Pinay boxers Gabuco, Petecio strike SEA Games golds

Dec 09, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Josie Gabuco and Nesthy Petecio enthrall the crowd as the Filipina boxers ace their final assignments

Josie Gabuco of the Philippines brings home the gold during the finals of the Women’s light Welter (64kg) boxing event of the 30th SEA Games at the PICC Forum on December 9, 2019.

Indonesia deals PH volleyball one last heartbreak in 5-set bronze finish

Dec 09, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The Philippines fails to close it out as Indonesia rallies to spoil the Filipina spikers' bid to end their 14-year medal drought

PAINFUL ENDING. Mylene Paat and the Philippine women's volleyball team end up winless in the regionl meet. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Gilas Women dethrone Malaysia, win away from historic SEA Games gold

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Led by Afril Bernardino, the Philippines comes from behind to assure itself of a silver-medal finish

INCHING CLOSER. Jack Animam and Gilas Pilipinas Women are one win away from making history. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Maraño praises Valdez for playing through stomach pains

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:43 AM

The Philippine women’s volleyball team rallies together to get its offense going as Alyssa Valdez sits out

GUTSY. Aby Maraño and the Filipina spikers put up a fight despite the odds. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Indonesia rallies past PH in women’s volleyball bronze preview match

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The Philippine women's volleyball team remains winless after bowing to Indonesia in a match serving as preview to their bronze medal duel

Filipina spiker Majoy Baron gets all fired up after scoring a point against the Indonesians. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: This Filipina beauty queen champions women empowerment, gender quality

Dec 06, 2019 - 9:09 PM

Resham Saeed, the Philippines' representative to Miss Supranational 2019, wants to be an inspiration to young girls

Till death do I stay single: South Korea's #NoMarriage women

Dec 06, 2019 - 6:48 PM

A growing number of South Korean women are banding together to reject rigid patriarchal norms and vowing never to wed, have children or even date and have sex

#NOMARRIAGE. This picture taken on October 10, 2019, shows South Korean woman Yoon Ji-hye posing during an interview with AFP at the Myungdong shopping district in Seoul. A growing number of South Korean women are banding together to reject rigid patriarchal norms and vowing never to wed, have children or even date and have sex. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP)

Gilas Women open SEA Games gold hunt with win over Indonesia

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The Philippines rallies from a seven-point deficit to trip Indonesia at the start of 2019 SEA Games women's basketball action

MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR. Kelli Hayes breaches double figures in scoring for Gilas Pilipinas Women. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Philippines goes down swinging in Thailand sweep loss

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:22 PM

Feeding off captain Aby Maraño’s fire, the Philippines comes out fighting before bowing to 11-time SEA Games women's volleyball champion Thailand

FIGHTING FORM. Philippine volleyball star Alyssa Valdez attacks the defense of powerhouse Thailand. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PH bows to Vietnam in SEA Games 2019 women’s volleyball debut

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The Philippine women's volleyball team falls short in the opener but not after dragging favored Vietnam to a five-set thriller

GALLANT FIGHT. Aby Maraño and the Philippine women's volleyball team give Vietnam a scare. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Sacrifice worth it for Bernardino, Gilas Women after SEA Games triumph

Dec 02, 2019 - 11:55 PM

Despite dealing with a sprained thumb, Afril Bernardino puts the team on her back as the Philippines strikes gold in 3x3 basketball

CHAMPION. Afril Bernardino (second from left) makes sure she will end the 2019 SEA Games 3x3 basketball competitions with a gold medal dangling from her neck. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Gilas Women survive Thailand to nail 3x3 SEA Games gold

Dec 02, 2019 - 4:33 PM

The win turns out to be a revenge of sorts for the Philippines, which absorbed its only loss in the 2019 SEA Games at the hands of Thailand

PROMISE FULFILLED. Jack Animam delivers on her promise to win a gold medal for the Philippines. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Gilas Women fall short of 3x3 prelims sweep in OT loss to Thailand

Dec 02, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Undefeated in their first 4 matches, Gilas Pilipinas Women fall short of their bid to keep a spotless record heading into the semifinals

REDEMPTION. Janine Pontejos and Gilas Pilipinas Women will try to bounce back in the semifinals. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


PH cyclists pedal to mountain bike sweep

Dec 02, 2019 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) James Derick Farr and Lea Denise Belgira complete a Philippine sweep of the 2019 SEA Games mountain bike downhill event

MUCH DESERVED. Cyclist James Derick Farr adds to the Philippines’ golden haul. Photo by Leigh Nald Cabildo/Rappler

Gilas Women sweep Day 1 for solo SEA Games 3x3 basketball lead

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Energized by a zealous crowd, Gilas Pilipinas Women topple Myanmar, Malaysia, and Indonesia

BACK ON DUTY. Jack Animam returns from an eye injury to help Gilas Pilipinas Women to a perfect start in 3x3 basketball. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


PH sepak takraw clinches double gold in SEA Games 2019 hoops events

Dec 01, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Philippine sepak takraw team sweeps the hoops event in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 teams nail SEA Games 2019 openers

Dec 01, 2019 - 12:59 PM

The Philippine men's team shrugs off a lethargic start against Indonesia, while the women's squad makes easy work of Myanmar

BULLY BALL. Jayson Perkins utilizes his size and heft to star for Gilas Pilipinas 3x3. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


HIGHLIGHTS: SEA Games 2019 3x3 Basketball

Dec 01, 2019 - 9:33 AM

Gilas Pilipinas teams aim for gold as 3x3 basketball debuts in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

Japan comfort women sue PH government at U.N. body

Nov 30, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Having exhausted all channels, including a suit at the Supreme Court, Filipino women raped and assaulted by Japanese soldiers in World War II run to the United Nations

[OPINION] Standing with women leaders in ending violence, building peace

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Poverty has a female face. Women shoulder almost all of the unpaid care work and are hit worst when decent public services are hard to access.

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

Gilas Women denied graceful exit after 78-point loss to China

Nov 17, 2019 - 1:41 PM

Gilas Pilipinas Women end up winless in 3 games in the FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament

LOPSIDED. Janine Pontejos and Gilas Pilipinas could not catch a break, suffering another blowout loss. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas Women drop Olympic hopes after 39-point loss to South Korea

Nov 16, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Gilas Pilipinas Women remain winless in the FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament, losing a combined 96 points in two games

BLOWN OUT. Afril Bernardino and Gilas Pilipinas suffer another lopsided loss, this time at the hands of South Korea. Photo from fiba.basketball


Fight for safe abortions is far from over, say experts

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:42 PM

According to experts, the overwhelming majority of unsafe abortions occur in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

WOMEN'S HEALTH. Director of the department of Reproductive Health and Research in WHO, Doctor Ian Askew, gives his remarks at the Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) on November 12, 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/UNFPA/AFP-Services

Military seeks dialogue after lawmakers slammed crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The military deny that they are cracking down on progressive groups, whom they call 'communist terrorists' and whose offices they have raided in recent weeks

WHAT CRACKDOWN? Military Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo invites supporters of progressive groups to discuss what he says are the threats they pose to democracy. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gilas Women quashed by New Zealand in FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying opener

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Gilas Pilipinas Women fail to recover from a 32-point halftime deficit as New Zealand gains a share of the lead in Group A with Korea

BADLY BEATEN. New Zealand proves too strong for Afril Bernardino and Gilas Pilipinas Women. Photo from fiba.basketball


US Women's World Cup champs certified as class in lawsuit

Nov 09, 2019 - 3:12 PM

'The failure to provide the WNT with equal working conditions is a real injury which affects each plaintiff in a personal and individual way,' says the ruling

EQUAL RIGHTS. The US women's national football team continues its fight for equal rights. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Military denies 'harassment' in arresting alleged communist rebels

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the search warrants issued by a Quezon City trial court judge prove there was probable cause against the suspects

NO HARASSMENT. Military spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo says the police and military personnel who recently arrested alleged communist rebels bore search warrants from a court judge. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

In House briefing, AFP, DND accuse Gabriela of being 'communist front'

Nov 05, 2019 - 7:35 PM

'Hindi krimen ang maging aktibista. Gabriela Women's Party strongly condemns this clear attempt to criminalize dissent and weaponize the law,' says Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas