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Opposition coalition, Isidro Lapeña, Meghan Markle | Evening wRap

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening wRap with Ralf Rivas

Swipe right for equality: Is Bumble really empowering women?

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:15 AM

On the dating app, women are required to message matches first. But is it as 'feminist' as it claims?

[OPINION] Women and violent extremism

May 27, 2018 - 1:00 PM

By empowering women, we, in turn, empower their communities and change the dynamics of these spaces, leading to the promotion of peace, tolerance, and respect

PH leads Asia Pacific on gender equality in work

May 18, 2018 - 5:33 PM

By reinforcing opportunities for higher-income women and extending them to poorer women, the Philippines could add $40 billion to its annual GDP in 2025

The Philippines leads the Asia Pacific region in terms of gender equality in work, a study found. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Japan MP under fire for saying single women a 'state burden'

May 12, 2018 - 9:49 PM

The lawmaker later retracts his remarks

What I've learned from the 'She Talks Asia' forum

Mar 29, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Yes, we have made steps in the right direction, but there's still a lot to be done when it comes to women's rights

7 women who run the show on Netflix

Mar 28, 2018 - 7:27 PM

From the screen to behind-the-scenes, women rule the TV industry

Rappler Talk Sports: Airess Padda on women empowerment in volleyball

Mar 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Being the only woman head coach among the schools in the UAAP, Padda will be dropping by the Rappler office to talk about how her role in PH sports can empower and inspire women, especially in volleyball

Robredo: Respect for women, gender equality begin at home

Mar 08, 2018 - 12:25 PM

‘We seriously need to appreciate those hands that rock the cradle and wash the dishes,’ says Vice President Leni Robredo on International Women’s Day

'RESPECT FOR WOMEN'. Vice President Leni Robredo urges parents to teach their children the value of respecting women during Procter and Gamble’s Women’s Symposium on International Women's Day, March 8, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Time's Up leader to head Grammy effort on women

Mar 07, 2018 - 12:43 PM

Tina Tchen, a chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama is named to head the effort after controversy over women's low representation at the music industry's latest awards

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Tina Tchen speaks onstage during the 30th Anniversary Celebrating Women Breakfast at Marriott Marquis Hotel on May 11, 2017 in New York City. Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The New York Women's Foundation /AFP

Are beauty pageants sexist or a celebration of femininity?

Jan 28, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Pageant advocates respond to criticisms of sexism by insisting beauty contests empower women in more ways than one

The Philippines' beauty pageant obsession: Who benefits?

Jan 27, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Rappler explores the country's fixation with beauty pageants, and the debate on whether they are harmful or helpful to women

‘Posisyon o paninindigan?’: Robredo's most memorable quotes in 2017

Dec 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo has so far refused to become opposition leader, but this past year she has made strong statements against policies of the Duterte administration

STORY OF HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the launch of Istorya ng Pag-Asa at Assumption Iloilo, Iloilo City on November 15. Photo by OVP

'Feminism' is US dictionary 'Word of the Year'

Dec 13, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Merriam-Webster bestows the 'Word of the Year' honor on the word or term with the sharpest spike in look-ups over the previous year.

Ivanka Trump a 'rockstar' in India, despite criticism

Nov 29, 2017 - 11:20 PM

US President Donald Trump's eldest daughter steals the show at the summit in Hyderabad, where Indian officials fete the 36-year-old presidential adviser with a grand reception usually reserved for heads of state

Suu Kyi pushes for more women in top business roles

Nov 12, 2017 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) But critics call Myanmar's de facto leader a hypocrite, amid sordid accounts of Rohingya women being raped in Myanmar

WHO RUN THE WORLD? Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi tells business leaders at the ASEAN Summit that women should be given more decision-making roles. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Robredo urges men to speak up vs misogyny, bigotry

Nov 07, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says society needs 'evolved, kind, brave' men who are willing to help empower women

Photo by OVP

Survivors of abuse empowered through self-defense lessons

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:03 AM

More than 70 girls from Marillac Hills, a DSWD shelter for abused women and children, and Barangay Old Balara learn basic self defense

EMPOWERMENT. Volunteer instructors from the Japanese Karate Association teach young girls basic self-defense. Photo courtesy of Mildred Fragante

WATCH: She For She Women's Forum

May 18, 2017 - 8:32 AM

The French embassy in Manila organizes a forum for women Watch it on Rappler

LGBTQ activists: We are tolerated but not accepted in the Philippines

May 17, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The LGBTQ community says there is a lack of protections for them in schools and workplaces and stereotypes against them persist

PRIDE. The Philippines holds an annual Pride March, calling on the government to protect LGBT rights. File photo from Buena Bernal/Rappler

Feminists slam Duterte, Pia Cayetano for 'enabling' misogyny

May 17, 2017 - 1:56 PM

We cannot allow women who pretend to be for women and then enable misogynists in positions of power Hello Pia Cayetano and hello other women’s groups that are in alliance with this President says Meggan Evangelista of Babaylanes Incorporated

DUTERTE-CAYETANO? The popular Davao City mayor meets with senators Alan Peter and Pia Cayetano on September 29, 2015 in Davao City. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

The role of social media in women empowerment

May 17, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Social media has swiftly and widely spread feminism ideologies Hashtags and online campaigns have given women around the world a voice Social media has shed light on women’s issues not covered by mainstream media

Women empowerment not about competing with men – Robredo

May 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Sometimes it is about collaboration rather than leading Sometimes it is about following and encouraging others to follow as well says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo gives a speech during the She for She: A Forum on Women's Solidarity on theme of sharing values and human rights, particularly on women's rights, held at the Century Mall in Makati May 16, 2017. (Photo by OVP)

'I am a nun but I am pro-RH law' – Sr Mary John Mananzan

May 16, 2017 - 4:45 PM

At a forum that seeks to unite women Sr Mary John Mananzan hits critics of the reproductive health law – including bishops

Hontiveros urges women to unite vs 'growing culture of misogyny' in PH

May 16, 2017 - 4:22 PM

It s when we allow one two or 3 offhand remarks to pass and say he didn t mean it that we give another power over us says Senator Risa Hontiveros at the She for She forum

MISOGYNY. Senator Risa Hontiveros hits the culture of misogyny in the male-dominated politics of the Philippines.

Ashraf Sinclair: Maskulinitas mengawal, bukan menundukkan feminisme

Apr 24, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Ashraf Sinclair akan menjadi salah satu pembicara di Resonation konferensi pemberdayaan perempuan pada Sabtu 29 April

FAMILY MAN. Aktor dan investor, Ashraf Sinclair, akan berbagi kisahnya tentang peran pria dalam emansipasi wanita di Resonation, pada 29 April 2017. Foto dari Resonation

Empowering women: Because women can and women will

Apr 06, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Filipinas learn to embrace themselves and their capabilities during the 2nd BDJ Women s Summit

WATCH: Empowering housewives through social enterprises

Apr 02, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Student organization Enactus UPLB helps the housewives of Bayan ni Juan in Calauan Laguna with running small scale businesses

ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTION. Members of Enactus UPLB helps enable progress through entrepreneurial action. All photos from Kevin Cuevas

Lady official: Unmarried Duterte can joke about extramarital affairs

Mar 31, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Female government officials defend the President and ask fellow women to have a forgiving heart when it comes to the Chief Executive s sexist remarks

DEFENDING DUTERTE. DILG Undersecretary Emily Padilla defends President Duterte from critics who say he should not be making jokes about adultery. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

WATCH: 'Myths are only labels'

Mar 26, 2017 - 6:44 PM

Here is a spoken word poem which emphasizes that there are no limits to what women can achieve

How do you empower more women?

Mar 13, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Join the 2nd BDJ Women’s Summit to find out

Duterte, the 'benevolent sexist'?

Mar 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM

With the recent celebration of International Women s Day it s time to ask: Has President Duterte been good or bad for women empowerment?

Duterte: 'Women are heroes'

Mar 08, 2017 - 12:44 PM

On International Women s Day President Rodrigo Duterte thanks women for the critical role they play in Philippine society

DUTERTE AND WOMEN. President Rodrigo Duterte comforts the grieving mother of a soldier who died during clashes with the Abu Sayyaf on March 3, 2017. File photo by Marcelino Pascua/Presidential Photo

Women 'take over' the House of Representatives

Mar 06, 2017 - 9:45 PM

UPDATED Female lawmakers take the lead during the House session on Monday March 6 as the world celebrates International Women s Month

WOMEN RULE. Miss Universe 2016 Maxine Medina pose with female lawmakers during the session on March 6. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Miss Universe 2016: Empowered, self-confident, beautiful

Jan 29, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The Miss Universe pageant is slowly redefining beauty breaking stereotypes and truly celebrating diversity

LOOK: Maxine Medina's pearls for the Miss Universe National Gift Auction

Jan 23, 2017 - 8:43 PM

Proceeds from the gifts in the auction will go to Positive Action Foundation Philippines

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

Imposing vanity tax 'discriminatory’ vs women – Quimbo

Jan 11, 2017 - 5:25 PM

House Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo says excise tax is usually imposed on luxury items or those that pose health risks neither of which apply on beauty products and services

NO TO VANITY TAX. Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo does not think the DOF should impose excise taxes on beauty products and services. Photo by Rappler

Robredo honored as 'outstanding woman' in Southeast Asia

Aug 02, 2016 - 10:26 AM

This gives us a message that Filipino women are being recognized not only in Thailand but also in the community of ASEAN nations says Vice President Leni Robredo a recipient of Thailand s Honorary Outstanding Women Award in Southeast Asia

Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Comelec, Binay congratulates Duterte, Pope Francis | 12PM wRap

May 13, 2016 - 12:06 PM

Watch Rappler s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Alan Cayetano, Duterte’s economic plan, Joma Sison | 6PM wRap

May 12, 2016 - 7:21 PM

Watch Rappler s 6PM newscast with Maria Ressa

LIVE BLOG: BDJ Women's Summit

Apr 15, 2016 - 10:43 PM

Guest speakers included Amina Rasul Bernardo Myrza Sison Ana P Santos and more Read the event’s highlights through the live blog held last Saturday April 16

For the unsung heroes at the polls

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:00 PM

When you cast your vote on May 9 thank the women who will protect it

Ahon, Pinay! Uplifting women and recognizing their roles in society

Apr 04, 2016 - 9:13 PM

The Philippine Commission on Women Ariel and other organizations celebrated Women’s Month

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#AhonPinay: Light of your life, light of our world

Apr 04, 2016 - 5:43 PM

Let’s start recognizing women for their contributions in and out of the home

Screen grab from Official Ariel Philippines YouTube channel

From Malacañang to the streets, women are demanding better lives

Mar 08, 2016 - 6:43 PM

Have things really improved for Filipino women?

WOMEN'S DAY. Members of the Gabriela Alliance of Filipino Women protest the government's 'labor export policy' – which they say is putting women further under poverty – at the Mendiola Peace Arch on March 8, Women's Day. All photos by Bea Orante

Empower young girls through football, sports – Pia Cayetano

Feb 06, 2016 - 1:38 PM

For the senator girls are inspired to grow in confidence and ability when they have successful models

WOMEN'S FOOTBALL. Senator Pia Cayetano says building grassroots football for girls will improve Philippine women's football and empower young girls to reach their goals. Photo by Bea Orante/Rappler

Paris climate talks: Why women?

Dec 09, 2015 - 5:05 AM

This week all eyes are on Paris as world leaders wrap up their motives to save the planet But will women s voices be heard in Paris?

Ako, babaeng Hanunuo

Dec 02, 2015 - 3:00 PM

The burden to feed and care for children while also caring for nature is carried by the Hanunuo Mangyan women in Oriental Mindoro

Women candidates: Make psych tests for annulment cheaper

Nov 28, 2015 - 5:26 PM

So ‘yung binubugbog nang binugbog ng asawa who wants out of the marriage already titiisin na lang na kasal pa rin siya kasi wala naman siyang P100 000 says vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo

HARD BREAK-UP. In a country that bans divorce, annulment is one available option for Filipino couples who want to end their marriage. But it comes with a hefty price.

Women candidates: Employment will empower Pinays

Nov 26, 2015 - 8:14 PM

Si nanay ang nag aaruga sa bawat isa Pero si nanay ay may mga sariling pangarap din senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros says

WOMEN IN GOV'T. From left to right: Iloilo District 4 representative candidate Mitch Monfort-Bautista, senatorial candidates Princess Jacel Kiram and Toots Ople, broadcaster and forum moderator Ces Drilon, Senate bets Lorna Kapunan and Risa Hontiveros, and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler