Defending the Rights of Detained Filipina Health Workers

When we enter the women’s ward of the sprawling, open-air prison complex, we are greeted by a flurry of yellow behind a thin wall of bars. The 23 women we have come to visit are already waiting, buzzing around a wooden table just outside of the cell they share, eager to embrace those among us […]

Aung San Suu Kyi, Free at Last!

It’s taken seven years, but finally some good news: Nobel Peace Prize-winning human-rights activist and feminist hero Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma/Myanmar has been freed by the military junta that has been holding her under house arrest. Suu Kyi, now 65, has spent 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest, unable to […]

Philippine Condom Giveaway Hailed

Today, the Philippine Commission on the Status of Women hailed the Department of Health’s recent condom distribution program, responding to intense disapproval of the program from MalacaƱang Palace and the powerful Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. The controversial program, Ingat Lagi, My Valentine (“Take care always, my Valentine”), distributed free condoms at flower booths […]

The Verdict: U.S. Sex Tourist Gets 20 Years

Donald Mathias, 64, was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week for sexually abusing two Filipina girls, ages 11 and 12, while visiting the Philippines in 2007 and 2008, according to GMA News. Mathias met the girls online and arranged his trips with their mother, who has since been charged with child abuse and […]