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Women in politics

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If women comprise half of the population, an equitable situation in politics would be one where half of elective positions are occupied by women. But the actual figures in the Philippines show we’re a long way off from that equity.

Posted: September 5th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Gender and the media landscape

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When you read a newspaper, turn on the radio or switch on the TV set (or log on to the Internet or check your cell phone), does it ever occur to you to check for gender balance in the contents, the depiction of the characters, or the composition of the reporting staff and management?

Posted: March 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Should we mark IWD on March 8?

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March 8 has been celebrated as International Women’s Day since 1975, when the United Nations designated it as such in order to honor “women’s advancement” and to ensure that the “equality” that they had worked so hard for and achieved would be maintained in all aspects of life. Advancing equal rights meant that young girls could avoid child marriages and enjoy equal access to education, women could plan their families, and pregnant women would not be in danger of losing their jobs.

Posted: March 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bread and roses

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It’s the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day (IWD), an official holiday in many countries. There’s an interesting twist here: In China, Nepal and Madagascar, March 8 is a holiday only for women!

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No touch

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I was in a hotel elevator with another man, probably involved in maintenance. The elevator door opened and a bellboy stepped in, giving a side glance to the maintenance person. The elevator moved a few floors up, and when it opened, the bellboy, used a rolled newspaper that he had been holding to tap the other guy’s crotch—a bit like a monarch knighting someone except on the wrong part of the body—then stepped out.

Posted: March 5th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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