Tag Archives: Gender

[From the web] COVID19 crisis is not gender-neutral -WLB

COVID19 crisis is not gender-neutral

This document was prepared and documented by the Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc. (WLB) and four partner communities of WLB: (1) Ayta women in Cabangan, Zambales; (2) Post-Haiyan victim-survivors in Marabut, Samar; (3) Women farmers in Real, Nakar, Infanta, Quezon; and (4) Former overseas Filipino workers from Talisay, Negros Occidental.

(The following are information gathered in the period of March 15 to March 27, 2020.)

  1. Threats of COVID19 and possible military harassment to women leaders.
  2. “Mental load++” is too much for women, affecting their mental health and wellness
  3. Food versus personal hygiene expenses
  4. Women from the communities also shared that they opt to just drink hot water when they feel hungry.
  5. Economic insecurity is rampant, and the prevalence of multiple burdens in times of COVID19

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COVID19 CRISIS IS NOT GENDER-NEUTRAL

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[Video] Online Gender-based Violence in the Philippines -FMA

To report cases of online gender-based violence in the Philippines, go to ph.tbtt.apc.org or visit the page of Take Back the Tech Philippines (https://www.facebook.com/takebackthet…).

Visit the following FMA sites to know more about gender and ICT in the Philippines:

FMA Website: https://www.fma.ph
FMA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fmaph
Women’s Rights Online Philippines: https://www.facebook.com/WomensRights…

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[Event] Quezon City LGBT Pride March

Quezon City LGBT Pride March

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Rainbow Greeting!! In behalf of the QC Pride March Team (QCPM) with the support of the Quezon City government and the Quezon City Pride Council (QCPC), and in celebration of the 75th Jubilee anniversary of Quezon City, we invite you and your organization to celebrate the Quezon City LGBT Pride March!

QC PRIDE MARCH

With the theme, “EQUALITY. Walang Labis, Walang Kulang,” this year’s theme focuses on the assertion for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons. As we celebrate the gains achieved on LGBT rights throughout the years, there is still much work that needs to be done and thus, the need to continue asserting for equality and equity in society.
The QC LGBT Pride March 2014 celebration will be on Saturday, December 13, 2014 and will have the following events:

  • LGBT PRIDE PARADE – The Parade will start at Tomas Morato – Timog – East Avenue – Matalino Street and will end at the Quezon Memorial Circle where a short program will be held to culminate the event.
  • LGBT PRIDE ACCESSORIES – LGBT accessories, shirts, rainbow flags and other novelty products will be sold throughout the event. If you are an interested seller, please email the QC Pride team.
  • LGBT PRIDE FLOAT COMPETITION – all groups, organizations and local Barangays with a fabulous float using recycled materials are automatically included in the float competition. Top prize will get P 30, 000, P20, 000 and P10, 000 in cash!
  • QC LGBT RAINBOW Awards – Recognition will be given to selected individuals/groups who have asserted the promotion of LGBT rights in the Philippines.
  • DIVERSITY FASHION SHOW – if you want to showcase your clothing line, be a model for the night or, why not both? Then this is your event!

To join the celebration, you can register online at http://www.qcpridecouncil.com/p/qc-p.html OR send the accomplished reply form to qcpridemarch@gmail.com. We will email and send an SMS communication to confirm receipt of your registration.

You are also requested to send a representative to attend the Acquaintance/Orientation meeting on THURSDAY, Nov 20, 1-4 (final date & time) pm at the Bulwagang Amoranto, 3rd floor, Main building Quezon City Hall. This is also the time where groups will draw lots for the sequence of parade participants during the parade.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Dindi Tan at 0916.6114640 and/or email qcpridemarch@gmail.com.

Let’s celebrate LGBT Pride as we assert equality and acceptance!
Yours in Pride and Equality,
Ging Cristobal – Overall QC Pride Coordinator

Noted & Approved,
Soxie Topacio, Chairperson
Quezon City Pride Council

QC Pride March, “EQALITY: Walang labis, Walang kulang.”
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Online registration: http://www.qcpridecouncil.com/p/qc-p.html
Website: https://www.facebook.com/qcpridemarch

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[Petition] Take action for women workers’ rights and an end to gender-based violence at work! -International Labor Rights Forum

Take action for women workers’ rights and an end to gender-based violence at work!

Gender-based violence in the workplace is a pernicious and global labor and human rights violation that particularly impacts women, their well-being, and their participation in the economy and society.

Whether occurring at the actual place of work or on the way to and from work, it can take on multiple forms, including:

Physical abuse, including assault, battery, attempted murder and murder
Sexual violence including rape and sexual assault
Verbal abuse and threats of violence
Bullying
Psychological abuse and intimidation
Sexual harassment
Threats of violence
Economic and financial abuse
Stalking
Worldwide, 35% of women have experienced violence, and 40 to 50% of women experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at work.1

This global problem demands a global response. Trade unions are calling for a new international Convention on gender-based violence at the workplace, and are using their voice at the International Labour Organization’s Governing Body (ILO GB) to put the topic on the agenda of the International Labour Conference (ILC). The ILC is where international labour standards get negotiated and agreed upon by employers, governments and workers. A proposal is currently pending before the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to develop an international standard to guide governments and businesses on developing strong laws and policies to prevent and remedy the problem. Developing an international standard will promote global equality and foster safer workplaces.

You can take action now to support women workers’ rights and stand against gender-based violence at work, by urging Coca-Cola, Disney and Procter & Gamble — leaders in the United States Council for International Business — to support the call at the ILO Governing Board in November 2014 to put a standard-setting conversation on gender-based violence in the world of work on the agenda of the International Labour Conference.

Add your voice here.

Thank you,

Judy Gearhart
Executive Director
International Labor Rights Forum

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[Event] Forum: Women After the Storm -Oxfam

Forum: Women After the Storm -Oxfam

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[In the news] Punishment for discrimination vs race, belief, gender pushed in Senate -INQUIRER.net

Punishment for discrimination vs race, belief, gender pushed in Senate.
By Maila Ager, INQUIRER.net
April 18, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — A bill that seeks to prohibit and penalize discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, civil status, HIV status and other medical condition, among others, has been filed at the Senate.

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In filing Senate Bill 2122, neophyte Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV noted that while the Philippines was a signatory to numerous international agreements that seek to ensure respect for the human rights of all persons, some sectors continue to experience discrimination in schools, workplaces, public service, as well as commercial establishments.

“Unfortunately, reality has yet to catch up with the noble intetnions of these numerous laws and international agreements,” Aquino said in his explanatory note of the bill.

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[Press Release] Human rights group applauds transgender Filipina’s courage -GANDA Filipinas

Human rights group applauds transgender Filipina’s courage

Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) FIlipinas, a human rights organization that promotes the dignity and equality of transgender people in the Philippines and beyond, applauds the courage of Ms Mara La Torre, a transgender Filipina, who has filed, on 27 March 2014, a criminal complaint against her employer, a call center in Quezon City, for discrimination based on her gender identity before the Quezon City Office of the City Prosecutor.

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In spite of being informed that Ms La Torre identified as female, the company in question has insisted for Ms La Torre to use restroom and sleeping facilities at work based on the sex reflected in her birth certificate: male. Landmark judicial and legislative rulings around the world have already resolved that transgender people, or those who identify as a gender other than the one assigned to them at birth, should not suffer discrimination, harassment, abuse, bullying or any form of violence because of their gender identity. In May 2012, Argentina approved its Gender Identity Law which states that “all persons have a right a) to the recognition of their gender identity; b) to the free development of their person according to their gender identity; c) and to be treated according to their gender identity.” A year later in May 2013, a Hong Kong transsexual woman’s right to marry according to her gender identity was upheld by the Court of Final Appeal. Just this month, the New York City Department of Education issued guidelines “intended to help schools ensure a safe learning environment free of discrimination and harassment, and to promote the education and social integration of transgender students.”

These developments show increasing recognition of the need to protect the civil, political, economic and sociocultural rights of transgender people who comprise the most marginalized members of society. Research has shown that transgender communities around the world suffer from disproportionate rates of unemployment, harassment, suicide and physical violence. The insistence of Ms La Torre’s employer for her to use male facilities in the workplace is a form of violence against her person.

In view of Ms La Torre’s case, we, the members of GANDA Filipinas call for:

a) the immediate passage in Congress of House Bill 110 or the Anti-Discrimination Bill of 2014 which penalizes discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) and other status
b) the passage of a Gender Recognition Law in the Philippines that will recognize transgender Filipinos as people under the law in the gender they identify as
c) all businesses in the Philippines to adopt a clear human rights policy that recognizes their employees’ right to gender self-determination, and
d) the amendment of the 2002 anti-discrimination ordinance in Quezon City to expand protections based on gender identity and expression and other status

Contact person:

Ms Naomi Fontanos
Eexcutive Director
GANDA Filipinas
M: +639022697607

PRESS RELEASE
27 March 2014

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[Announcement] Miriam College-Women and Gender Institute (WAGI)! 2014 Summer Courses

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Greetings from Miriam College-Women and Gender Institute (WAGI)! WAGI is Miriam College’s advocacy center that promotes gender equality, women’s empowerment and gender-fair education. We offer a holistic perspective on women’s empowerment that is interlinked with democracy, human rights, social justice and value formation.

For the past 15 years, we have been offering certificate courses on women’s human rights, gender-fair education, migration and development, and most recently gender responsive budgeting and planning. These courses are open to all government agencies, academe, researchers, international development organizations and practitioners at the national/local and international levels.

We are pleased to invite you to our upcoming summer courses:

(1) International Women’s Human Rights and Governance (May 5-10, 2014)
(2) Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting Course (May 5 – 8, 2014)
(3) Gender Fair Education (May 12-16, 2014)
(4) Summer Institute on Migration (May 19-24)

Offering of these courses is one of WAGI’s unwavering support to the Philippine Government’s Commitment to CEDAW and in strengthening its advocacy work on gender and development.

In this light, we would appreciate if you or your representative(s) can attend any of our summer courses. We would also appreciate if you could endorse the courses to your colleagues. Attached is the flyer for more information as well as the registration form. For more queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at 4359229 or 5805400 local 3590 or email wagi@mc.edu.ph

We look forward to your positive response. Thank you very much.

Sincerely,
AURORA JAVATE-DE DIOS
Executive Director

Download REGISTRATION FORM 2014 REG FORM

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[Press Release] The ASEAN SOGIE Caucus’ Affirms ‘We Are #ASEANtoo’

The ASEAN SOGIE Caucus’ Affirms ‘We Are #ASEANtoo’ & Calls States And People to Support Inclusion of SOGIE in the ASEAN

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March 13, 2014 – The ASEAN SOGIE Caucus (ASC) yesterday launched its ‘We are #ASEANtoo’ campaign on its social media sites in the lead up to the ASEAN People’s Forum that will take place in Burma from 21 to 23 March 2014. The social media campaign calls online users to show their support for the inclusion of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression (SOGIE) in the ASEAN by using the hashtag #ASEANtoo as they send supportive tweets and Instagrams.

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In addition, the ASC released a summary of laws that discriminate against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans*, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) persons in the ASEAN. This is accompanied by online posters of the ASC’s recommendations to the ASEAN to promote and protect the rights of LGBTIQ persons. The posters can be found in eight major languages used in the ASEAN – Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Khmer, Malay, Tamil, Thai, and Vietnamese. The full recommendations can be found on the website.

“The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness regarding the ASC’s recommendations, which address some of the pressing issues concerning LGBTIQ persons in the ASEAN. The ASC calls the government of all ASEAN countries to repeal laws that discriminate against LGBTIQ persons and to comply with human rights standards, establish national level ASEAN mechanisms and review existing human rights instruments, and depathologize SOGIE,” said Hla Myat Tun, of Colors of Rainbow, Myanmar.

Chumaporn Taengkliang, Togetherness for Equality Action Group (TEA group), Thailand further added, “Each country in the ASEAN has laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity, contrary to their constitutions that guarantee fundamental rights and liberties for all. Meanwhile, state sanctioned violence continues unchecked. In such environments, we face barriers from fully enjoying our fundamental rights, accessing services, and living a fulfilling and meaningful life without fear, shame and guilt.”

“Many LGBTIQ persons are denied our right to health when SOGIE is still pathologized. To date, trangenderism or gender dysphoria is still listed as a form of mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Homosexuality, on the other hand, was removed from the DSM in 1986, but many continue to believe that it is a mental illness. The assumption that SOGIE is a mental illness leads to attempts to cure us. This violates our fundamental liberties and takes away our personal autonomy. In addition, corrective programmes have been proven ineffective, and actually negatively scar LGBTIQ persons,” explained Yulianus Rettoblaut the Chairperson of Indonesia Transwomen Communication Forum.

With this campaign, ASC aims to create a positive environment where diversity and choice are respected, where people can all co-exist in dignity and humanity.  In view of that, we call LGBTIQ persons and allies to post ‘selfies’ or photos of themselves with apps like Instagram, using the hashtag #ASEANtoo to show your support for the inclusion of SOGIE in the ASEAN.

The ASC will also host a series of ‘Queer tweets’ on the 13, 14 and 15th March 2014 with three different topics every day. We shall cover the basics on the first day, the trends and challenges on day two, finally, positive developments in relation to SOGIE in the ASEAN on day three.

ASC website: http://aseansogie.wordpress.com/

Media contacts:
thilaga sulathireh thilaga.sulathireh@gmail.com |Ging Cristobal gcristobal@iglhrc.org |Jean Chong jean@sayoni.com
Media release
March 13, 2014
For immediate release

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[From the web] BJMP Gears for Gender-responsive Jails -balayph.net

BJMP Gears for Gender-responsive Jails

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May 23, 2012

Amid the bureau’s intensified efforts in ensuring utmost jail security nationwide, it stays focused on working for a gender-sensitive jail management. A workshop on gender issues affecting jail management shall convene 20 officials of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) today at Olongapo City. The event is sponsored by Balay Rehabilitation Center, Inc., a non-government organization and long-time partner of the BJMP in its programs for the inmates’ welfare and development.

“We are working on strengthening our officers’ awareness and responsiveness to gender issues confronting BJMP”, said Jail Senior Superintendent Nida Gacutan-Ramos, Director for Inmates’ Welfare and Development (IWD) and acting chair of the bureau’s Gender Awareness and Development (GAD) Focal Point.

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[From the webn] Sex, gender and toilets -RAPPLER.com

Sex, gender and toilets.

by Sylvia Estrada Claudio, RAPPLER
March 27, 2012

We had a discussion about comfort rooms in our office recently. I know that office discussions about toilets are not a rare thing. Who uses, who cleans and who dirties toilets are often mixed up with issues of power and hierarchy.

My grasp of the norm is that you haven’t quite made it if you don’t have your own private bathroom in your workplace. Or, at the very least, your own key to a huge and well-appointed place shared only by a few  select humans.

Certainly, you have not made it if you clean your own bathroom, especially at work. I have also not met a woman who has not complained about the men who fail to raise the toilet seat and who splatter urine all over. While this generally applies to bathrooms at home, the cleaners at work complain about men in this way too. Enough women point to it as emblematic of male privilege in matters of the body.

In hierarchical societies, privileges of rank are finely stratified.

In the college where I teach, the Dean‘s office has its own bathroom, as befits our academic leader. The faculty wing has its male and female bathrooms where the few intrepid souls who are not faculty get stared down should they make the mistake of going there.

But our toilets are pretty basic – small spaces with inexpensive fixtures, tiles and cubicle partitions. Our faculty toilets often have basic soap and toilet paper. A few good souls sometimes bring in flowers and the occasional air freshener or incense stick. We do not have a woman who will clean and deodorize several times a day.

Our student/public bathrooms, made of the same work-a-day stuff, never have soap and toilet paper. These seem to me not as clean as the one’s in  the Dean’s office and the faculty wing.

Needless to say, toilets are not just about economic power. The bodily functions we undertake there are very intimate and involve the very same body parts that we normally relate most closely with sexuality. I can also recall movies that portrayed consensual sex in bathrooms, private or otherwise.

Sex and power – the stuff of patriarchy, all happening in toilets.

But this is not the end of it.

Intersex people

Sex-coding our toilets for men and women speaks about our society’s immense obsession with making sure that 2 sexes, and 2 sexes only, are in our emotional and cognitive horizon.

Read full article @ www.rappler.com

[Announcement] FRIDA organizes First Call for Proposals – www.fundsforngos.org

FRIDA organizes First Call for Proposals
By fundsforngos2, on December 25th, 2011

  The Young Feminist Fund mobilizes resources, funds and strengthens the participation and leadership of young feminist activists throughout the globe. FRIDA invites Proposals from groups led by young women and transgender youth under 30 years of age for grants of up to US Dollar 5,000.

The main aim of this FRIDA is to offer accessible, strategic and responsive funding for young feminist-led initiatives and to strengthen the capacity of young feminist organizations to both control their own resources and increase their social change impact.

Who Can Participate?

Informal and formal groups incorporated and led by young women or transgender youth (under 30 years) that are committed to:

  • Advancing and defending women’s human rights;
  • Improving the lives of young women/transgender youth at local, national, regional or international levels;
  • Inclusive organizing, collective action and movement building.
  • Informal and formal groups, networks, or collectives based in the Global South (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, The Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States).

Read more @ www.fundsforngos.org

[Announcement] Advocacy shirts from the Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality

Help promote gender equality! Help fund youth camps on gender issues, sexuality and prostitution! Get your advocacy shirts from the Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE-National Capital Region). All sizes at 250 Philippine Pesos (US$6)! We can ship orders.

Next shirts to come out soon will say —
1. Women are not commodities. Real men do not buy women.
2. Real men promote gender equality!
3. Men, their rights, and nothing more.  Women, their rights, and nothing less.

Shirts will be given at PhP200 to surviors and to YSAGE chapters who wish to sell so that they can earn PhP50 with each shirt sold.

Jean Enriquez
Executive Director, CATWAP
Tel:  63-2-4342149
http://www.catw-ap.org