BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 11, 2013
Friday, a super-typhoon struck the Philippines, leaving vast damage and a potential five-figure death toll. The country is doing its best to sort through the wreckage, but with emergency funds already depleted from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake four weeks ago and debris-covered highways making certain areas unreachable to aid, the situation remains incredibly grim. Power, water, and food are all scarce, creative an environment volatile to looting and violence. The New York Times coverage of the disaster reveals an almost inhuman level of destruction. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Apr 01, 2013
Last December, we all rejoiced at the news that president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, had passed a Reproductive Health Bill granting Filipino women access to birth control. Unfortunately, the law has been met with enough of the expected backlash to deter any kind of smooth sailing. After receiving petitions that challenge its alignment with the Constitution, Filipino Congress has suspended practice of the newborn bill.
The measure, if reimplemented, would cause an immense amount of relief amongst Filipino women, who experience unwanted pregnancies every year of their lives. Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Dec 17, 2012
America is not the only country to be tangling with issues of reproductive rights of late. This past week, the Philippines made huge strides in terms of their own struggles with women’s health. The Philippines’ Congress passed a new bill that will make low-cost contraceptives available to Filipino women on the village level.
This news is helping to establish President Benigno Aquino as a staunch supporter of democracy and social reform. Read More