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Dehumanizing promotion with swimsuit-wearing women

If this is a commercial establishment’s way of spreading summer fun, I would like to burst its bubble right this minute. I’ve seen efforts to mark different events, seasons or occasions of the year with some bright marketing plans. Some are good but this particular summer bonanza celebration, using two “babes of summer” clad only in two-piece swimwear, is, I most respectfully say, really OFF.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Lupita’s beauty

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The speech of Lupita Nyong’o at the Oscars moved the entire audience and the rest of us on the planet who have access to TV and the Internet. The video went viral overnight.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Infrastructure and Filipino women

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QUEUING FOR WATER Women wait in line to fill their containers with water at a deep well pump in Barangay Batasan Hills, Quezon City.  RAFFY LERMA

The scarcity and poor quality of physical infrastructure in the Philippines are much lamented and with good reason.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Women make their move

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We don’t know who planned it, or even if it was planned at all. But we are seeing a timely, significant, and maybe even groundbreaking confluence of events this year and next year, which has at its heart the agreements and outcomes of an unprecedented series of international conferences in the 1990s and 2000s.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Empowered women farmers

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Filipinos have a way of using superlatives when they see a how-good-can-it-get situation. So let me say: Women farmers na, empowered pa.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Cha-cha-cha for women

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As yesterday’s editorial pointed out, it hasn’t been a straightforward, unimpeded march toward gender equality in the country.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Inspiration and regret

There are inspiring reasons why Filipino women should salute themselves in marking International Women’s Day today.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Giving voice to women for peace

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Irene Santiago of the Mindanao Commission on Women and lead convener of the “Women’s Peace Table” (WPT) shares this account of a European diplomat from the front lines of the Balkan conflict.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

India’s women on the march

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Sometimes countries suddenly take a mighty leap forward, forcing everyone else to take notice. On one critical issue—sexual harassment and rape—India has moved far into the lead. Following a number of brutal rapes that became notorious worldwide, Indian women are pushing back in radical, innovative, and transformational ways.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Population and progress

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When I started writing about population issues, during the term of the late President Cory Aquino in the late 1980s, the estimate of most experts, given the prevailing fertility rate, was one million Filipinos being born each year.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Women, disasters and TOWNS

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The occasion was meant to introduce to the public the nine new recipients of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) award. But because of intervening events, much of it was also taken up with concerns related to Supertyphoon “Yolanda” and its aftermath.

Posted: November 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Launch of ‘One Billion Rising’ against women abuse

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A few days ago I received a call from a woman (let’s name her Lilah) who needed legal help because of the violence inflicted on her by her husband who happens to wield some power in the community. Lilah wanted to know if there were women’s groups that offered free legal help as she was still not financially able. (I am not giving details of the case here because the abusive husband may get to read this column piece and terrorize his wife and children some more.)

Posted: October 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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