When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid — earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet — Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children on top of his regular work as a farmer and carpenter.
By Tarra Quismundo
When the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a peace agreement in March, the moment was historic twice over: it was an opening for peace after 17 years of negotiations, and a woman signed such document as chief negotiator for the first time anywhere in the world.
Call it a woman’s touch, but the recent visit to China of a group of 12 congresswomen from the Philippines apparently moved Vice Minister Chen Fengxiang of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC) to call for “more people-to-people dialogues … for the improvement of bilateral ties” between the two countries despite their competing claims in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
By Erika Sauler
A raid on an upscale entertainment club in Pasay City suspected of being a prostitution front led to the rescue on Tuesday night of 19 women—13 Filipinos and six others from Russia and Ukraine—believed to be victims of human trafficking.
By Tina Santos
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said it would have to spend $16.2 million to address the reproductive health and protection needs of some 3.5 million women and girls of child-bearing age affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Visayas.