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...

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EDCA leads to increased violence against women

July 24, 2014

“Remember Nicole? She is the living symbol why women denounce EDCA,” declared Ms. Jojo Guan, executive director of Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), a research and training institute for women.

CWR expressed its concern on the newly-signed military pact called Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement or EDCA as another unequal agreement that could spawn increasing cases of violence against women and children. Before the removal of US bases in 1991, hundreds of sexual abuses by US soldiers were reported but remained unresolved.

“The denial of justice in the past will surely be a denial of justice in the future because of EDCA. The Philippine government has no teeth to punish the abusers so the culture of impunity will continue,” Guan said.


As SONA approaches: a review on the prevalence of VAWC

July 23, 2014

Every hour and 21 minutes, a woman or child is raped; every 55 minutes, a woman or child is battered. Such prevalence of violence against women and children is recorded despite the impressive international record of the Philippines as one of the top five countries with gender equity in 2013.

“Violence against women and children increases as poverty worsens. So despite a high rating in the global gender gap index, our women and children still experience various forms of violence,” explains Jojo Guan, the executive director of Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), a research and training institution.

Based on CWR’s study, women belonging to the low-income group suffer different forms of violence compared to women belonging to the higher-income group....