Category: featured-story

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’ […]

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

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.

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 […]