Month: March 2013

By YIFAT SUSSKIND and YANAR MOHAMMED A decade after the US invasion of Iraq, only one of the straw-man arguments for going to war remains standing: “We did it for democracy and women’s rights.” And yet we hear the same thing again and again from women in the shelters we operate throughout Iraq: “Why…

Patients, health workers join protests against privatization of gov’t hospitals

“Like Kristel Tejada, the UP freshman who took her own life because of her family’s inability to pay her tuition, the Filipino people, especially those who cannot afford expensive health services, are left with no other choice but to wait for their death. This system is the one that pushes us to desperation.”

Advocates slam suspension of RH Law

“This latest step is just another indication of (the Church’s) refusal to heed the views of a majority of our people. It is sad that the Supreme Court should be instrumental in revoking human rights already claimed by our people under the RH law.” – UP Center for Women’s Studies, UP Law Center Institute of Human Rights

Related story Voters urged to go for pro-RH candidates

By RONALYN V. OLEA MANILA – A coalition of advocates for reproductive health (RH) called on voters to support pro-RH local and national candidates and to shun those against it. Rom Dongeto, executive director of the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD), said Filipinos should protect and defend the gains…