Category: Featured Story

We are not All Vagina

“We are not All Vagina” was the feminists’ retort to Duterte’s horrid anti-women remark of shooting women rebels in the vagina because they are nothing without their pudenda. The journalists conveyed that their combined strength and capacity to fight back are not reducible to their private parts.

An Island in the Path of Storms: Have they Built Better?

Were lessons from Typhoon Haiyan learned? Do islands like Polopina in Concepcion, Iloilo in the path of extreme weather use renewable energy sources to lessen their vulnerability?

Two women honored as martyrs in the resistance to Marcos dictatorship

Historians say the struggle against the Marcos dictatorship drew out great courage from thousands of women but Coronacion Chiva and Dalama’s heroism left a special imprint to the memory of that epoch.

“Baby factory” relocates but still with grim pregnancies

“There’s a 14-year-old girl. She was raped by her father and older brother.” Fe Madrid, the chief nurse overseeing Ward 4 of the Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, looked at the rows of girls and women […]

Women and power: being politicians without posts

 The situation of Vice President Leni Robredo resonates throughout the lives of many women. Some women who have found their voice and attained some kind of power are in predicaments of being given opportunities to […]

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

Gemma, grandmother of 12 year-old Kristine Joy Sailog mourns during a funeral service inside the church  in Binan Laguna, Thursday December 29, 2016. Kristine Joy died after a stray bullet pierced her heart Wednesday night […]

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 […]