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[OPINION] Katherine's death calls for women’s reproductive health in pandemic

May 20, 2020 - 3:49 PM

'Katherine was refused admission and care by 6 hospitals. She was declared dead on arrival by the time she arrived at the seventh hospital.'

New U.S. school sexual assault rules enforce rights of accused

May 07, 2020 - 9:41 AM

The new regulations lay out a method for cross-examining the accuser. This approach has previously been deemed too traumatizing for presumed victims.

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[OPINION] Women are in the forefront of another battle

May 04, 2020 - 2:10 PM

'If you are a neighbor and you hear something that you gauge to be danger, then you have to call the authorities immediately'

[OPINION] The pandemic's forgotten faces: The plight of Muslims, women, and other minorities

Apr 24, 2020 - 11:30 AM

'Plans and programs to address this pandemic should be evidence-based and sensitive to culture, conflict, and context'

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Dispatch from El Salvador

Apr 11, 2020 - 2:00 PM

El Salvador has one of the highest rates of femicide or female murder in the world

[ANALYSIS] Tackling the disproportionate impact of disasters on women

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:26 PM

'One report finds that women and children are 14 times more likely to die in a disaster compared to men, and prevailing traditional gender roles seem to be the culprit'

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Dear PNP, this is how you write a rape prevention ad

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Telling women not to dress a certain way, drink too much, or walk in a dark alley alone at night is just pointless'

Pakistani Women's Day marchers hit with stones, sticks

Mar 09, 2020 - 9:19 AM

In Pakistani society, women are shot, stabbed, stoned, set alight, and strangled for damaging a family's 'honor'

THINK PINK. Supporters of the Pakistani Islamic political party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) hold placards as they march during a rally to mark the International Women's Day in Lahore on March 8, 2020. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

[OPINION] The gender power gap

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'How a society treats the female half of its population is a significant indicator of how it will treat others. Even in peaceful societies, many women are in deadly danger in their own homes.'

9 in 10 of all people hold bias against women

Mar 06, 2020 - 11:36 AM

One of the report's most chilling findings: 28% of people believe it is okay for a man to beat his wife

HARD WORK. Jesmina Saguran and other Palawan indigenous women are busy building vertical support for the crawling yam vines. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

Indian students stripped for menstruation checks

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:18 AM

Menstruating women students must stay in an isolated basement area and keep away from the kitchen and the place of worship

NO TAX. On April 10, 2018 Indian employees at the Myna Mahila Foundation prepare sanitary pads at their office in Mumbai. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

India moves to allow abortions up to 24 weeks

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:48 AM

'This is important because there are cases where the girl concerned doesn't realize she is pregnant in the first 5 months and has to go to court,' says senior minister Prakash Javadekar

[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.

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

[OPINION] The choice to be childless: Being the woman I used to fear and despise

Jun 29, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'A woman has to want [a child] for herself.... Otherwise, how horrible it would be to bring forth a child into the world only to regret it,' says Lot Ramirez

Trudeau announces landmark investments in women's sexual health rights

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:48 PM

(UPDATED) The financial commitment puts Canada on the map as the world's leading donor to comprehensive sexual reproductive health rights

TRUDEAU. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his government would raise its funding to support maternal and newborn health around the world. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

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

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

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport 'fears death if repatriated'

Jan 07, 2019 - 12:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she is trying to flee her family, who subjected her to physical and psychological abuse

A picture shows a general view from a Thai Airways plane as it taxis at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok on November 5, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD (Photo by ROMEO GACAD / AFP)

Painful gynecology stories unleash #MeToo tide in the Balkans

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Croatian MP Ivana Nincevic-Lesandric's emotional account of an agonizing treatment she received after a miscarriage leads other women to speak up, too

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Daniela Drandic is a member of the parents advocacy group RODA (Parents in Action), which launched an action to warn against painful gyaecological procedures and abusive comments from medical staff provoking a tide of #MeToo testimonies across the Balkans, Photo by Stringer/AFP

What happened after I wrote articles on abortion

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:21 PM

In the Philippines, where abortion is illegal, an investigative piece on abortion triggers a slew of surprising emails

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Why Pia Cayetano's defense of Duterte is personal

Oct 28, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Her refusal to again denounce President Duterte's reprehensible language and constant debasement of women was not only disappointing, it was disgusting

Secret service: Underground doctors induce safe abortions

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Conclusion: A group of medical doctors in the Philippines risk careers to help women, in the belief that it is their duty to ensure the mental and physical well-being of their patients

How backstreet abortionists terminate 7-month pregnancies

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Part 2: The methods used by backstreet abortionists in the Philippines are barbaric, as told by women who experienced it themselves

Filipinas buy, sell, rate abortions in online forum

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:59 PM

In the Philippines, abortion is illegal and deeply stigmatized, leaving desperate women with no choice but to seek unsafe options online

Police in Angono on the rack for anti-rape advice

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:21 PM

'Clothes don't cause rape, rapists do,' Senator Risa Hontiveros responds in a statement

TRAIN law abuses women – rights group

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Women's rights group Oriang says poor women suffer the most under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law

Saudis detain women's advocates ahead of driving ban lift

May 19, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Those arrested are facing accusations such as making 'suspicious contact with foreign parties', providing financial support to 'hostile elements abroad', and recruiting government workers

Top Spain academics vow to boycott all-male panel discussions

May 16, 2018 - 11:39 PM

The manifesto reads: 'The members of this list publicly pledge not to participate as speakers in any academic event or round table of more than two speakers where there is not at least one woman as an expert'

UNPRECEDENTED. File photo of 3 women attending the massive one day strike to defend women's rights on International Women's Day in Barcelona, on March 8, 2018. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Saudi Arabia says driving ban on women to be lifted June 24

May 08, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen as the force behind the lifting of the ban

WOMEN DRIVERS. A Saudi woman practices driving in Riyadh ahead of the lifting of a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia in the summer. Photo by Yousef Doubisi/AFP

Robredo urges Filipinas to unite against harassment

Mar 25, 2018 - 3:11 PM

'Filipinas may be facing tumultuous times, but this is also our time to shine,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

WOMEN. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks in Legazpi City for the One Billion Rising activity of the city that aims to raise awareness and eradicate violence against women. Photo from Office of the Vice President

INFOGRAPHIC: How companies can unlock gender equality in the workplace

Mar 18, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Socioeconomic and educational factors are not the only barriers that can hold back employees. Company cultures that do not foster diversity and equality can hold back workers as well.

Ex-New Zealand PM urges young women to uphold their rights

Mar 18, 2018 - 4:18 PM

'You have to be prepared to persevere over a very long period of time,' says former New Zealand prime minister and UNDP administrator Helen Clark

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Former New Zealand PM and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark talks to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa about leadership and empowerment. Screenshot from Rappler video

Change in company culture is key to gender equality in the workplace – study

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:43 PM

'No matter what a woman does, even if so much effort is made, if the workplace culture is not conducive [to equality], your effort is limited,' says Ambe Tierro, senior manager of the Accenture Philippines’ Advanced Technology Center

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

Roque: Duterte 'serious' about promoting women's rights

Mar 02, 2018 - 5:22 PM

On the second day of Women's Month, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque insists, 'The President does not promote violence against women'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club, Inc. (CFBCI) at the Manila Hotel on February 19, 2018, insists that he has been doing what he can to fulfill his campaign promises. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sister Act: U.S. women stampede toward elected office

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:09 AM

Twice as many women are on track to run for Congress in 2018 compared to 2016

PLANNING TO RUN. Lindsay Brown, a woman who wants to run for Congress, speaks during an interview with AFP at the her house on February 20, 2018, in Clark, New Jersey. Kena Betancour/AFP

[Two Pronged] Should I leave my husband?

Feb 25, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Emma asks our columnists if it's time for her to leave her abusive husband

Pope urges end to violence against women

Jan 21, 2018 - 8:59 AM

'I'm calling on you to fight against this source of suffering including legislation and a culture that rejects every type of violence'

POPE IN PERU. Pope Francis waves to the crowd inside the Cathedral of Trujillo during his visit to the Peruvian city of Trujillo, on January 20, 2018. Vincenzo Pinto/Pool/AFP

‘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

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

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

Saudis to open sports stadiums to women in reform push

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:32 AM

The announcement is in line with powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious reforms shaking up the kingdom

Saudi families sit in a stadium waving national flags, to attend an event in the capital Riyadh on September 23, 2017 commemorating the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom. The national day celebration coincides with a crucial time for Saudi Arabia, which is in a battle for regional influence with arch-rival Iran, bogged down in a controversial military intervention in neighbouring Yemen and at loggerheads with fellow US Gulf ally Qatar. / AFP PHOTO / Fayez Nureldine

[OPINION] Not just O'Reilly and Weinstein: Sexual violence a 'global pandemic'

Oct 26, 2017 - 2:38 PM

It’s important to acknowledge that this issue transcends national borders and class boundaries to touch the lives of roughly 33% of all women worldwide

ACCUSED ABUSER. This file photo taken on October 05, 2015 shows Harvey Weinstein posing during a photocall at the MIPCOM audiovisual trade fair in Cannes, southeastern France, on October 5, 2015.  Valery Hache/AFP

France plans instant fines for cat-calling women

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:25 PM

A cross-party task force composed of 5 MPs have been asked to work with police and magistrates to come up with a definition of harassment that can be enforced by officers in the street

Commuters wait by trains timetables at the Saint Lazare railway station early on March 9, 2016 in Paris. Matthieu Alexandre/AFP

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 25-October 1, 2017

Oct 01, 2017 - 12:16 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

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Saudi Arabia to finally allow women to drive

Sep 27, 2017 - 6:58 AM

(UPDATED) Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from next June, in a historic decision that makes the Gulf kingdom the last country in the world to permit women behind the wheel

ON THE WHEEL SOON. This file photo taken on October 26, 2014 shows a Saudi woman getting into a taxi at a mall in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Rape within the family: The Philippines' silent incest problem

Jun 06, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Incest rape happens far more often in the country than official data shows, but it remains to be an unspeakable secret within families – leaving girls to suffer repeated abuse for years inside their own homes

INCEST RAPE. Lori was just 7 years old when she was raped by her uncle for the first time. Photo by Dyl Tolentino

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?

[DASH of SAS] Muslim religious leaders affirm 'sublime status' of women

Nov 30, 2015 - 12:01 PM

Muslim religious leaders endorse new fatwa on early and forced marriage and also address the health and empowerment of Muslim girls