Gov’t stirs Pinoy machismo on reproductive health roles

“I didn’t know I would end up pregnant. He said everything will be okay,” Johaina Rahman, 17 and six months pregnant, recalls the night she thinks her boyfriend knocked her up. For Emalyn Sabtal, 27, […]

Midway and pending: the Philippines’ demographic dream

One in 10 Filipino girls aged 15-19 have begun childbearing;  1 in 3 young people are engaging in early, unprotected sex, and 1 in 4 women are experiencing spousal violence. Further, one-fifth of the Philippines’ […]

Youth leaders talk sex, create nonfiction narratives in WWW sessions

  Virginity. The first time. Is it safe to put in just the tip? When is the best time to put on the condom? What is the value of marriage? Where are the accessible and […]

The muntali of Ifugao and hunting for artisans’ signatures in Baguio malls

Women Writing Women investigates why muntali or rattan weavers of Banaue, Ifugao are migrating to Baguio or Itogon to be plumbers, carpenters or small-scale miners shelving their traditional craft

Sex, sexuality and gender

“We will talk about sex,” I said to a priest while waiting to discuss sex, gender and human sexuality before the Council of Bishops of the Philippine Independent Church (IFI). He was aghast and speechless.

Visual artist tells women’s stories in crochet

Aze Ong has been crocheting since she was 12. Growing up, she perfected the craft that, nine years ago, she told her father that this is what she wanted to do for the rest of […]

Demystifying Whang–od

Her name is Maria Oggay, known to the world as Whang-od. She is single, mischievous, and rumored to have plenty of lovers. She continues to mystify with her art.

Sexual harassment is no whistling matter

Bawal ang bastos! It took a while but finally, the “Safe Streets and Public Spaces Act” has lapsed into law on April 21 after President Rodrigo Duterte did not act on a bicameral conference committee report ratified in February 2019. Ivannee Bongosia writes about why the law should have been considered urgent because our public spaces are not safe.

Transgender women in a transitioning world

Women Writing Women shares the story of two transgender women who battled odds and still continue to do so as the Philippines and the world learn to live with human diversity.

A Mother Being Positive In Spite of HIV

The cemetery is both a place of solace and work for Alice (not her real name).  Her family even asks why she wants to be around death all the time. More than giving her a […]

When women don’t want any more children

When Cyrene Villar, 24, gave birth to her son Amir, now one-year-old, she wanted to recover from her difficult pregnancy and hopefully not be pregnant again.  Not that she did not cherish the blissful moments […]

A protest in purple flowers

The World March of Women-Pilipinas denounced the “forces that set us back in our hard-won struggles.” The coalition called on the Philippine government not to overturn gains in basic freedoms.