Category: Featured Story

Mothers and widows on the warpath against Duterte’s ‘drug war’

A group of mothers and widows have filed cases against policemen believed to be behind the killings their sons and husbands. The court cases were the first legal challenges to the massive anti-drug campaign of […]

AIDS 101 and painting a pregnant woman with HIV

This article first appeared in Rappler MANILA, Philippines – “A friend of a friend,” was how visual artist Boyet de Mesa described his closest encounter with a person living with HIV – knowing someone with this […]

Leticia Ramos-Shahani: Her journey to women’s rights for the women of the world

“A practice is accepted as valid until you challenge it.” Career diplomat, senator, critic, and up to her last years, a farmer mulling over a better agricultural method to produce carabao milk and cheese, Leticia […]

War, Peace and Maternal and Child Health in the ARMM

Most Philippine regions, despite nuances in language and culture, agree that pregnant women have borrowed lives.  Conceiving is akin to a death threat for pregnant Filipinas for whom “isang paa ay nasa hukay” (one foot […]

Pregnant 13 year-olds and the Crisis in Family Planning Supplies

Vulnerable.  The 13-year old was admitted to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City not for complicated mumps or gastroenteritis or even severe acne. She was there to give birth. It happened all […]

Women’s RH rights stagger with TRO

Almost six million Filipino women of reproductive age who either want to space their pregnancies or stop having babies do not have the means to do so. Of the six million, two million are poor. […]