Tag: Philippines

Survivors of Sex Trafficking in Global South Need IT Skills Training Rather than Sewing Lessons

by Katie Palmer -Canada- Child sex trafficking is rampant throughout the Philippines. Both anti-trafficking non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government agencies estimate that 60,000 to 100,000 Filipino children, a majority between the ages of 14 and 17, are trafficked each year

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Philippine Historical Amnesia: Reflections on Marcos’ Authoritarian Rule

by Tess Bacalla -Philippines- Thirty-nine years ago this month, the Philippines found itself plunged into darkness when then-President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law. Ostensibly to modernize the country and prevent a communist takeover, the multi-headed hydra that was the brutal

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Marriage & Domestic Violence: A Fatal Combination in the Philippines, Yet Divorce Is Illegal

by Tess Raposas – Philippines – Maria was 16 when she first came to visit the Philippines from California and decided to remain here. Witty and talented, she became a popular movie icon. Then barely in her twenties, she plunged

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Women Bear the Brunt of Climate Crisis: Their Stories from the UN Conference in Bali

by Imelda V. Abaño – Philippines – At the December UN conference in Bali, Indonesia, experts and concerned people alike discussed how poor women in developing countries bear the brunt of climate change in a wide range of ways. They

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Corruption Reduces the Basic Need for Water and Adequate Sanitation to an Elusive Dream for Billions

by Tess Raposas – Philippines – In coastal communities all over the Philippines, it is ironic that seawater is abundant everywhere but effectively, there’s not a drop of clean water to drink. But the problem exists throughout the country, and

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In Ongoing War in Muslim Mindanao, Women Are Peacemakers and Breadwinners

by Imelda V. Abaño – Philippines – In times of war and during the peace process, women have played key roles, particularly in the protection of their rights and those of their children. Unfortunately, women are still kept away from

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Philippine Fertility Rate Is One of the Highest in Asia: Santa Clara, Segundina and Other Stories

by Tess Raposas – Philippines – In this predominantly Catholic country, people often pray for divine intervention from Santa Clara (Saint Claire), the patron saint of the childless, for one very specific purpose: to aid fertility and bless them with

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Can the Struggle for Philippine Democracy Be a Lesson to Burma?

by Imelda V. Abaño – Philippines – The bloody military crackdown in Burma (also known as Myanmar) was bound to happen. Some people called it “pure democracy” as hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters joined with 10,000 of the Buddhist

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Women in the Philippines Demand a Solution: Lack of Clean Water and Sanitation Facilities Threatens Their Children and Their Lives

by Imelda V. Abaño – Philippines – For Edna Dela Cruz, water is life, but it’s also backbreaking work. As a young child, she trudged barefoot for hours in the hot sun over rough hilly terrain in search of water.

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In a Landmark Case, Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada Gets Life in Prison on Corruption Charges

by Imelda V. Abaño – Philippines – “It is a political decision…I am innocent!” cried the 70-year-old already ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada after he was convicted of corruption on a massive scale. He was sentenced to life in prison

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