Category Archives: Advocacy

This PWD’s achievements prove “disability does not mean inability”

Mar 5, 2018 PAULINE MIRANDA Home This PWD’s achievements prove “disability does not mean inability” Here’s a dose of good vibes for the start of the week and a new month: An inspiring post has been making the rounds on Facebook, just in time for graduation season. But this post is extra touching because its message also coincided with Down Syndrome Consciousness Month. Brina Maxino, a 21-year-old AB History graduate and current assistant teacher, shares how despite having Down Syndrome, she has been able to graduate with a college degree and several special skills courses, while also serving as a…

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Kyla Reveals Heartbreaking Loss: ‘An Angel Is Watching Over Me’

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/pregnancy/getting-pregnant/kyla-reveals-angel-is-watching-over-her-a00228-20180417?ref=home_feed_1 A pregnancy loss is one of the most heartbreaking experiences for any woman. The devastating pain stays with you no matter how many years had passed, and the memory can catch you off-guard like what singer Kyla experienced recently during a performance. During the launch of her latest album, “The Queen of R&B,” at Eastwood City, Kyla performed some of the songs on the record, including one that was titled Proper Heartbreak, which was about a relationship coming to an end. In a video shared by ABS-CBN News, Kyla, who is a mother to Toby Elsiah, 4, and happily married to basketball player Rich Alvarez, explained…

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This Mom Got To See Her Baby Being Born Via C-Section

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/pregnancy/labor-and-childbirth/this-mom-got-to-see-her-baby-being-born-via-c-section-a00041-20180416?ref=home_featured_big For most moms, whether you deliver your child naturally or via C-section is not an issue. Still, however, a few feel like they deprive their babies if they don’t give birth vaginally. That way of thinking should be a thing of the past, though, as C-section moms are now also taking control of their belly births by having a gentle C-section. A gentle C-section allows the new mom immediate skin-to-skin contact with her newborn to stimulate bonding and breastfeeding, and in some cases, they use clear surgical drapes so the mom can see her baby being born. Pregnant ladies can even…

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3 Signs You Might Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/your-health/pcos-the-3-signs-you-have-it-and-the-possibility-of-infertility-a00026-20180410?ref=home_feed_1 If you’re a Filipina, you probably know someone — or have been diagnosed yourself — with polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS.  According to Dr. Maynila Domingo, an obstetrician-gynecologist at ManilaMed in Ermita, Manila, “Overall, at least one in 15 women of reproductive age will be affected by PCOS, making it the most common endocrine (a.k.a. hormonal) disorder among this age group,”   PCOS’ exact cause is unknown, but it’s characterized by an imbalance in reproductive hormones. The imbalance has a symptom that have made many Filipinas head to their doctor: irregular menstruation.  Unfortunately, many women wait up to a year since their last…

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Motherhood Is Like Working More Than Two Full-time Jobs, Study Says

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/wellness/motherhood-is-like-working-more-than-two-full-time-jobs-study-say-a00041-20180410?ref=home_feed_1 Of all the roles women play, being a mom is rewarding, but there is no doubt it is the most challenging. Whether you’re a mom who manages the home, runs a business, or has a career, you have a lot of things on your plate. And even then, there are times when we STILL think we’re not doing enough. We think it’s time to prove to the doubters — and we’re talking about you, mom — that we are all doing the best we can. We believe moms are superwomen, but even superheroes can’t do everything that needs to be…

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Why Holy Week has no fixed dates

Compared to holidays like Christmas, Holy Week doesn’t have fixed dates. Know the reasons behind Holy Week’s seemingly random feast dates. https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/55209-why-holy-week-no-fixed-date Nigel Tan March 23, 2018 PALM SUNDAY. A layman of the Roman Catholic Church blesses palms during Palm Sunday celebrations in Bulacan, north of Manila on April 9, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP    Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published in April 2014. Rappler is updating and republishing this to mark Holy Week 2018. MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Compared to holidays like Christmas, Holy Week doesn’t have fixed dates. For instance, Holy Week in 2018 runs…

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The Effect of Media on Teenagers – It’s a Double-edged Sword

https://aptparenting.com/media-effects-on-teenagers Teens often watch commercials, that plant seeds of thought into their minds about what they have to buy and use, as opposed to what they actually need. It creates images that are superficial, as the ultimate goal to find lasting satisfaction. This often leads to health problems like bulimia/anorexia. Fashion magazines are also to blame for their glossy covers showcasing models with so-called “perfect” bodies that teens idolize and work towards, while compromising on health.     Teenagers today depend on the media for information on everything; the latest gadgets, the latest fashion trends, the newest cars in the…

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Take a Moment to Read These 15 Ways to Make Your Parents Proud

https://aptparenting.com/ways-to-make-your-parents-proud Surely, we cannot pay back the love and care we receive from our parents. But we can be good human beings and make them feel proud. Through little acts of kindness, we can show them that we care. Buzzle gives you some ways to make your parents feel proud of you.   “The fact is, my parents loved me, and I wanted to be worthy of their love. I wanted to make them proud.” -Michael Bergin   Parents are the most important people in our life. They influence our lives in so many ways. They teach us almost everything…

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The Undeniable Reasons Why Family is Important

https://aptparenting.com/why-is-family-important There are many moments in life when you wish you do not have any responsibilities at all. At such phases, you wonder why is family important. For starters, it provides you with the most important things in life – love, support, and a sense of belonging. The meaning of family, in lexical terms is, “Parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not”. But in reality, family is should be defined as, “Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space.”…

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Self-esteem Activities for Kids That are Fun and Easy

https://aptparenting.com/self-esteem-activities-for-kids   Self-esteem is a quality required to make people confident and responsible individuals. However, self-confidence is not something that can be taught to someone in a day or two. It has to be inculcated in people from the time they are children.   Stephanie Marston, in her book ‘The Magic of Encouragement’, has penned her thoughts on the importance of self-esteem, which goes like this – “Self-esteem is the real magic wand that can form a child’s future. A child’s self-esteem affects every area of her existence, from friends she chooses, to how well she does academically in school,…

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Why Doctors Don’t Recommend Co-Sleeping for Babies Under 6 Months

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/baby/doctors-avoid-co-sleeping-6-months-a00026-20180319?ref=home_feed_1  Co-sleeping, where a parent and her child sleep in the same bed, is common in the Philippines. But doctors are urging parents not to co-sleep with their infants at least until your baby knows how to roll over due to the risk of death due to suffocation, strangulation, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  In the United States, “the number of babies dying from accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed skyrocketed 184% from 1999 to 2015,” according to new statistics released this February by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), reports WebMD. In the AAP’s updated safe sleep recommendations, the guidelines state that co-sleeping…

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What You Can Expect During Labor and Childbirth

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/pregnancy/labor-and-childbirth/6-things-you-can-expect-during-labor-and-childbirth-adv-con?ref=home_feed_1 No matter how many times you’ve discussed your birth plan with your doctor, it’s very likely that you’re going to encounter a few unexpected things on your actual delivery date. When the going gets tough, the best thing an expecting mom can do is to not panic and manage her expectations. Here’s a list of unexpected things you should brace yourself for:  You will feel labor pains that do not necessarily mean you’re about to give birth. There are contractions that may come and go in short bursts, which are called false labor pains or Braxton Hicks. They are described as…

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10 Powerful Positive Parenting Tips – How to Give Your Children Empowerment!

https://www.positive-parenting-ally.com/positive-parenting-tips.html =========================================== • Looking for conscious high-level, yet practical positive parenting tips? • Good! • To me these 10 parenting tips or parental guidelines have made my everyday life easier and a lot more pleasurable (I hope they will for you, too!) … • … Also, these tips on parenting are deeply rooted in a children empowerment philosophy aiming at fuelling kids with genuine high self esteem! Your Child Is A Living Copying Machine  – What You Give Is What You Get! Many parents go through life unaware of how much their unconscious actions and choices affect their kids. One…

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To Post or Not to Post? These Moms Say It’s Your Wall, Your Rules

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/real-parenting/to-post-or-not-to-post-a1741-20180311-lfrm In this day and age, parents can capture almost everything their kids do: Cute smile, adorable first words, grades in school, beautiful OOTDs, and a whole lot more. This treasure trove gets stored in our phones, computers and electronic gadgets, of course. But more often than not it finds its way first on our social media for our family and friends to see.  Whenever there’s a cute photo or a funny video of my baby that I want to share on social media, I ask myself to post or not to post? In my heart, I want to shout…

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Longer Maternity Leave Will Be the Best Gift This Women’s Month

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/life/news/call-on-congress-to-pass-expanded-maternity-leave-a00041-20180309 It’s been over a year since the Senate passed Senate Bill No. 1305, or the Expanded Maternity Leave Act. Where is it now? It’s pending with the House of Representatives (HOR), which has not approved its version, House Bill No. 4113or the Expanded Maternity Leave (EML) Bill.  “We call on our representatives in Congress — including the majority floor leader, [Rodolfo] Fariñas — to please support [the bill] and be the EML champion of the respective constituencies. We call them to action and give us a reason to celebrate Women’s Month,” Shirley Yorong of IndustriALL Women-Philippines said in a press conference in a GMA News report. …

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Women, Power and Politics in the UK: What’s changed in 100 years? A study commemorating 100 years of women’s right to vote

                                                             The UK Government’s Houses of Parliament  © Image  @ Mat Wright www.britishcouncil.org 2018 will mark 100 years since The Representation of the People Act and The Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act was passed to reform the electoral system in Great Britain which for the first time extended voting rights to some women of and gave women over the age of 21 the right to stand for election as an MP. Both pieces…

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The FILIPINA – An Empowered Woman

Man may now be living in this progressive and highly-modernized world but some of his practices remain backward and uncivilized, especially his conduct towards the “better half” of society  –woman.   A woman is vulnerable in our society. She… Woman today Admin March 3, 2017 Man may now be living in this progressive and highly-modernized world but some of his practices remain backward and uncivilized, especially his conduct towards the “better half” of society  –woman. A woman is vulnerable in our society. She is prone to violence, harassment and abuse — sexual, physical or verbal. In other cultures, baby girls…

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The Role of Social Media in Women Empowerment

Natashya GutierrezNatashya Gutierrez @natashya_g Rappler May 17, 2017 Social media has swiftly, and widely spread feminism ideologies. Hashtags and online campaigns have given women around the world a voice. Social media has shed light on women’s issues not covered by mainstream media.       This text was delivered as a speech on Tuesday, May 16, at the #SheForShe forum of the French Embassy in the Philippines during the “Women Empowerment through the Media” section. The forum highlights different initiatives of women supporting other women in various fields, and explores the current situation of women in the Philippines. A few years…

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Are You at Risk of Having a Miscarriage? 6 Common Reasons It Happens

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/pregnancy/getting-pregnant/miscarriage-causes-symptoms-a00228-20180305?ref=home_feed_1 In an ideal world, every mother-to-be would have the smoothest, happiest pregnancy. Except, it doesn’t always happen.  A lot of women worry about the risks of having a miscarriage, or the loss of a fetus, which typically occurs before the 20th week of pregnancy. According to a 2003 study published in the Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, one in three Filipinas have had at least one pregnancy loss in their lifetime. In the United States, roughly 15 to 20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. For women who have experienced this heartbreaking loss, the guilt is overwhelming. They think the miscarriage…

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This Mom’s Simple Technique to Make Her Kids Listen Will Work for You

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/preschooler/would-this-trick-a-mom-uses-to-get-her-kids-to-listen-work-in-your-household-a00026-20180301?ref=home_aside_popular “My voice has lost some power,” says mom and writer forParent Co Curry Winters. She has three young kids and when she calls their names, “I am met with silence,” Curry shared. “Their lack of response makes me unsure if my directions are going to be followed.”  This is a scene typical of households with young kids, specifically preschoolers, who are testing out their newfound independence with defiance and stubbornness. Curry sought for solutions and found one that actually works for her: clapping a rhythm and expecting them to clap the same rhythm back to her.  Her trick is based on insight…

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Body Acceptance Empowers

Body Acceptance Empowers https://www.everydayme.com.ph By Danah and Stacy Gutierrez, Beauty Expert   Empowerment: a word that hits close to home, especially for women. In a time where technology and society has advanced to such great heights, you’d expect that every woman has a stable sense of self-worth and body image, but looking at reality, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. As female bodies become a staple subject in mainstream media and advertising, women are taught that the husks we live in are to be consumed. We are taught, early on, that parts of us should be lightened, tightened, enhanced,…

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5 Pillars to Women Empowerment

By Christine Dychiao, Family Expert https://www.everydayme.com.ph The role of women in our families and communities cannot be discounted. We bear children, we raise and nurture them, even if they are not biologically our own. What we teach our children through our words and actions, or on the extreme, the absence of a mother’s presence, has an impact on the way they live their lives, and how they raise and nurture their own as well. Thankfully, in a matriarchal society such as ours, the general idea of women empowerment is not an entirely alien concept. We have an innate respect for…

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Women’s History Month 2018: 7 interesting facts about 21st century ladies

BY DORY JACKSON ON 3/1/18 AT 8:30 AM In 1987, the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) helped lead a campaign to launch Women’s History Month, a time designated for recognizing accomplishments made by women throughout history. In honor of the month-long celebration, seven inspiring facts about women today.  The National Women’s History Project helped to launch a month-long celebration of women’s history in 1987. Here, Actress Natalie Portman is pictured attending the Women’s March on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.GETTY IMAGES Women are winning mayoral elections more frequently: In 2016, women secured more mayoral election wins in 18.9 percent of U.S. cities with…

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Women’s month: Making change work for women

Rappler.com Published 4:17 PM, March 01, 2018 Updated 4:17 PM, March 01, 2018 Here are the events and activities you should watch out for to join in the month-long celebration of women        MANILA, Philippines – How have women positively shaped the Philippines? The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) has announced that the 2018 National Women’s Month celebration will have the theme “We Make Change Work For Women.”  This month aims to celebrate the achievements of women and girls in various fields and recognize their contributions in our society. Here are the events and activities you should watch…

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100 Women: The female protesters against giving women the vote

100 Women: The female protesters against giving women the vote By Amelia Butterly 100 Women 6 February 2018 UK women’s vote centenary Image copyrightPROF JUNE PURVIS A century ago, after years of campaigning, women over the age of 30 who owned property were given the right to vote in the UK. But for many thousands of women, it was not a moment of celebration. Known as the anti-suffrage movement, these women had been working to oppose the suffragettes. They believed women didn’t have the capacity to understand politics, and portrayed the suffragettes as a group of “ugly” women and “spinsters”….

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