by Clarisse Baniqued and Annabs Sanchez
I’ve been thinking about the apocalypse lately. On how it won’t be brought upon by another great flood, an attack by a giant angry lizard, a slew of battle-ready robots, a takeover by vicious alien life, or a hellmouth in a high school.
No, it won’t be because of something as obvious as any of that. It will be because of something more monstrous, more ruthless, more unthinkable – it will be because of the unpaid work of women.
The United Nations says that women work longer hours than men—an average of 30 minutes a day longer in developed countries and 50 minutes in developing countries – when both paid and unpaid work are taken into consideration.
By Che Caparas
The World Bank Group released the latest edition of its Women, Business and the Law report, which underscores the legal barriers that limit women’s earning capacity in more than 173 countries.
The report found that legal gender differences are widespread: 155 of the 173 economies covered have at least one law impeding women’s economic opportunities. For example, in the Russian Federation, occupational gender segregation is widespread, where women are restricted from holding particular jobs and are encouraged to concentrate in the health care, education and light industries. This resulted in high gender earnings differential as women are confined to lower-paying sectors and activities.
After more than half a century of civil conflict, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by its Spanish acronym, FARC) will conclude its historic peace negotiations by signing a final peace accord by the end of March.
On his visit to the Philippines, courtesy of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Special Envoy to the Colombian Government – FARC peace process, Dag Nylander, shared his experiences in a workshop with civil society organizations to spark ideas and ways forward to the Philippines' own peace negotiations.
Nylander credits the success of the peace talks to several factors:
4 February 2016 > V-Day
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One Billion Rising 2016: The Revolution Escalates:
Focus on Most Marginalised Women & Girls To Bring About Deep Structural Change
Activists Globally Call For System Change And Revolution Through Art, Rising for Workers, Refugees, Indigenous Peoples and Migrant Workers, and Rising to End to Sex Trafficking, Sexual Slavery and Exploitation, & All Forms of Violence Against Women & Girls
Eve Ensler & Monique Wilson Tour Bangladesh, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Mexico, & UK
4 February 2016 – For the fourth year, globally One Billion Rising activists are planning their rising events, artistic uprisings, panel discussions, press conference, town halls, movies, articles, gatherings, poetry, art, posters, actions, and protests to take place on and about 14 February. With the theme – ONE BILLION RISING: Rise for REVOLUTION 2016, this year’s campaign will escalate the collective actions of activists worldwide, and amplify their call for systemic changes towards ending violence against women and girls once and for all.
Call for Applications - International Women's Human Rights Education Institute & CEDAW for Change Institute
Are you a women’s human rights defender? Do you want to increase your understanding of women’s human rights, and learn how to use the UN Human Rights system and CEDAW, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, to support your activism?
Join other international activists, scholars, community workers, NGO representatives, lawyers and educators in learning about women’s human rights education and activism at the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI), a collaboration between the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education/University of Toronto, and the Fundación Justicia y Género of Costa Rica.
Applications now open for the following 2016 programs: