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.

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.

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.

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.

UP dances to revolt against misogyny

Dance and protest. Sayaw ng Paghihimagsik” (Dance of Revolt) called on women to stand up for the nation, and for the nation to stand up for the women.

Elena and her fight for women living with HIV

  Upon arriving home after years of working abroad, Elena Felix didn’t hug her grandchildren. She said she couldn’t. “How could I? I have AIDS. I might infect the kids if I do that.” But […]

Walk Free From Fear

The streets of big cities like Metro Manila are busy and bustling, and they bear witness to the ugly truth that Filipino women who walk through them experience harassment on a daily basis. Streets are not safe for women regardless of what they are wearing.