September 2014

This paper looks into the issues that make MDG unattainable by 2015. It also tackles the neoliberal policy like privatization that further impedes the welfare of women and children, particularly on health and education.

Introduction: the MDG commitment

In September 2000, the Philippine government agreed, together with 189 member states of the United Nations (UN), to track progress in the attainment of the eight goals and 18 targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) over the period 1990 to 2015.

Now with less than 500 days before the deadl...


Throughout the world, the Philippines has been regarded as one of the best places for women, based from the results of the 2013 Global Gender Gap Index. The Philippines ranked 5th, three levels higher than in 2012 and highest in the Asia Pacific. It even surpassed many developed countries such as United Kingdom, Canada, France and the United States.

Alongside with this, the Aquino government boasts of the rising econonomy, the 7.2% growth in the gross domestic product (GDP), using as basis the 33% increase in foreign domestic investments and the Philippin...


Review of Beijing+20: a rhetoric or for real?

24 January 2015

The declaration of Beijing+20 will remain unfulfilled so as long the governments continue to implement profit-driven neoliberal policies that prioritize the interest of the elite and foreign investors over women and people’s interests.

This is according to the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), a research, training and advocacy center for women, in a validation forum of the alternative report on the Beijing+20 Review.

“No signing of declaration, like what the Philippine government has done in Beijing Platform, can supersede policies such as privatization of services and liberalization of trade,” says Jojo Guan, CWR executive director.

According to Guan, policies, programs, and strategies continue to block the full development and...

Lighting Lanterns to Honor Women Human Rights Defenders

29 November 2014

A single light can start a beam of hope for justice. Thus, on the 29th of November, Filipino women will light lanterns as symbolic act to call for justice for all women human rights defenders in Southeast Asia who are threatened, harassed, abused, abducted, or even killed.

Particularly in the Philippines, women who defend their rights as well as their communities endure the havoc caused by state repression. Student activists Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan are still missing. Juvy Campion was murdered because she was opposing the large scale mining in her indigenous community. There are 204 cases of extra-judicial killings since 2010 and 21 of them are women.

Student activist Maricon Montajes is still in jail. Two activist-mothers - Andrea Rosal...