Japan’s ruling party wants more women at meetings, but stay quiet

TOKYO — After a sexism row sparked by Tokyo Olympics chief’s saying women talked too much at meetings, Japan’s ruling party wants women at key meetings – but only if they don’t talk. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has proposed a new plan that allows five female lawmakers to join the party’s key meetings as observers. Toshihiro Nikai, the party’s …

Tokyo Olympics panel starts search for new boss after sexism row

The panel charged with finding a new Tokyo Olympics chief after a sexism row began talks on Tuesday as campaigners called for more transparency in the selection process. The eight-person committee convened for the first time to discuss choosing a successor to Yoshiro Mori, 83, who stepped down Friday after his claims that women talk too much in meetings sparked widespread outrage. …

The woman behind Bumble is the youngest self-made billionaire

“Women make the first move,” Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd lives by the app’s catchphrase as she becomes the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire. The company prides itself on its female-first approach — creating a space for women by women. When Herd launched the dating app in 2014, it defied gender norms by liberating women to make the first move. Seven years later, Bumble is …

Pay Gap for US Female Executives Narrows But Persists

Even women who make it to the top ranks of U.S. corporations face a persistent pay gap compared with men in leadership roles, a new study of corporate filings found. Among companies in the Russell 3000 index, covering most of the investable U.S. stock market, the highest-paid women earned 84.6 cents for every dollar earned by male counterparts in 2019, …

Majority of Filipinos consider teenage pregnancy as women’s most important problem—SWS

MANILA, Philippines — At least 59 percent of Filipinos believed that early teenage pregnancy is the most important problem women face today, results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Wednesday showed. Of the 1,500 Filipinos surveyed from November 21 to 25, 2020, 11 percent answered physical violence and another 11 percent said unexpected pregnancy. The results also showed …

The secret life of fat

Just like our bodies have muscle memory, there is also fat memory. It remembers what it used to be and wants to go back to that By: Jemps Gallegos Yuvienco     Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:24 PM February 17, 2021 Why is fat so hard to get rid of? “Because it’s not just inert blubber that’s staying on us,” explained Dr. Sylvia Tara …

Scholarship program opens doors to Filipino women to pursue careers in STEM

In line with its efforts to close the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM), the British Council launched a scholarship program to support women to pursue postgraduate degrees in the United Kingdom (UK). Based on the data released by the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), it was revealed that “fewer than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women and only 30% of female students select …

‘Super Juanas’ online campaign launched for Women’s Month

The Philippine Commission for Women (PCW) has launched an online campaign to celebrate the National Women’s Month in March. Highlighting the roles of “Super Juanas,” the campaign serves as a tribute, a platform, and a call to action to celebrate extraordinary roles of ordinary women in the society as “trailblazers and harbinger of change” during the coronavirus pandemic. “This year’s …

Indonesia bans mandatory islamic ‘hijab’ scarves for schoolgirls

JAKARTA — Indonesia has banned schools from forcing girls to wear Islamic “hijab” headscarves after the case of a Christian pupil pressured to cover up sparked outrage in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. The move was applauded Friday by rights activists, who say non-Muslim girls have been forced for years to wear a hijab in conservative parts of the …

Pope appoints first woman in senior synod post

VATICAN CITY, Holy See Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis Saturday appointed Frenchwoman Nathalie Becquart as an undersecretary of the synod of bishops, the first woman to hold the post and have voting rights. The 52-year-old is one of the two new undersecretaries named to the synod, the body of bishops that studies major questions of doctrine and where she has …