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...


Women ask: Are we prepared for the rainy days?

23 July 2015

July is dubbed as the “disaster preparedness” month. It is the start of the rainy days and usually, this indicates floods, super typhoons, landslides, among others. For women, this spells disaster.

The memories of super typhoons like Yolanda haunt them. They remember not just the destruction and death but also the dismal and snail-paced relief and restoration operations of the government.

The delayed relief in Mindanao after typhoon Pablo in 2012 prompted the survivors to storm the regional Social Work office. The snail-paced response of the government for the Yolanda survivors in 2013 made the people protest in front of the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) in Quezon City.

Impact on women and children


Women groups call for a Reliable Filipino-made Electoral System

21 July 2015

Ten months before elections, the fever is on. For women, this means another fight. As major stakeholders who own more than 50% of the votes cast during elections, women want the fraudulent PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) out. They want a reliable, transparent, and efficient electoral system.

"We have experienced fraud during the 2013 midterm elections. Many women have been disenfranchised and many of our votes have been disregarded because of PCOS' errors and glitches," explained Jojo Guan, spokesperson of Babae! Bantayan ang Eleksyon (BaBaE!) Network, an alliance of women's organizations that served as poll watchdog during the 2013 elections.

BaBaE! Network joined other organizations, concerned citizens, and eminent personalities such as...