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More Than Half of Women Feel Ashamed of their Periods, Finds Survey

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/women-periods-ashamed-menstruation-half-survey-a8143416.html OLIVIA PETTER @oliviapetter1 Friday 5 January 2018 One in five women have felt period shame because of comments made by male friends Periods are a natural part of being female and yet, a new poll has revealed that more than half of women feel embarrassed by them. In a survey commissioned by feminine hygiene company Thinx, 58 per cent of women admitted to feeling ashamed when they menstruate. Researchers examined perceptions of periods in the US by polling 1,500 women and 500 men. They found that 42 per cent of female participants had experienced period-shaming, with comments mostly coming…

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How Do Different Countries Take Care Of Their Senior Citizens?

https://www.jaagore.com/current-issues/how-do-different-countries-take-care-of-their-senior-citizens Most countries have laws in place that make it mandatory for children to look after their elderly parents, but often a lot of it remains just on paper. While the conditions of senior citizens in India is worrisome, let us take a look at the provisions that some other countries have in place for the welfare of the elderly in other countries. Policies for senior citizens in Philippines – Philippines has a state policy that ensures social justice and dignity to the senior citizens in the country. Here are few things the policy enlists – 20% discount and exemption on VAT…

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How to Care for Your Aging Parents

Melanie Pinola https://lifehacker.com/how-to-care-for-your-aging-parents-1688333666   One day, our parents won’t be able to drive, to climb stairs, or maybe even change their own clothes or feed themselves. As painful as thinking about this might be, we need to prepare to help them be comfortable and safe in their last stages of their lives. Here are the things to consider. No one wants to think about their parents at the end of their days, much less talk about it. In fact, 75% of adults haven’t had an in-depth discussion with their parents about things like living arrangements in retirement, long-term care, inheritance,…

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PH has 1,021 new HIV cases recorded in January 2018

By Analou De Vera March 20, 2018 The Philippines has 1,021 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that were recorded in the first month of this year, as cited to the recent data released by the Department of Health- Epidemiology Bureau. Based on the HIV and AIDS Registry of the Philippines (HARP) report, the said figure is 187 cases higher compared to the same period in 2017, wherein 834 cases were recorded. An average of 33 people was diagnosed with HIV each day during the month of January, the report said. Most of the cases reported were male individuals…

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Change Can Work for Women

DIRECT LINE  Boy Abunda  The Philippine Star May 12, 2018 Karen Davila, journalist Last March, we celebrated and honored women in celebration of the International Women’s Month. It was a month-long celebration that centered around the theme, “We Make Change Work for Women.” Filipino women are the strength of the family and have consistently been part of nation building. Through the years, the Filipino woman continues to be a significant player in the development of a nation. There was a time when women have no personality — they could not vote, they were relegated to being mere housewives, they could…

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The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Facebook TwitterEmail Data & Trends HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges. The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic According to UNAIDS :   There were approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2016. Of these, 2.1 million were children (<15 years old). An estimated 1.8 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2016 – about 5,000 new infections per day.  This includes 160,000 children (<15 years). Most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and were infected by their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Currently…

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The Power of a Mother’s Love

By Jill Savage   (GregoryLee/iStock/Thinkstock) The back cover of Dr. Brenda Hunter’s book The Power of Mother Love casts a vision for moms: Mother love shapes cultures and individuals. While most mothers know that their love and emotional availability are vital to their children’s well-being, many of us do not understand the profound and long-lasting impact we have in developing our young children’s brains, teaching them first lessons of love, shaping their consciences … At a time when society urges women to seek their worth and personal fulfillment in things that take them away from their families and intimate bonds, Hunter invites…

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5 fun bonding activities to celebrate Mother’s Day

By Alexis Betia Published 3:48 PM, May 11, 2018                       Bring some quality Mommy-and-Me bonding time instead of a present this year! Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and it means that the race is on for the Offspring of the Year award this 2018. (READ: 20 perfect Mother’s Day gift ideas) Kidding (and competition) aside, there’s no gift better-suited for this holiday than spending some quality time with the mothers and mother-figures in your life. Now, you may not win any awards with the following 5 ideas, but they’re…

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Mother’s Day in Philippines – A Mother is the Ladder!

(http://www.mothersdaycelebration.com/mothers-day-in-philippines.html) We are about to enter into the month of May and all of us have great enthusiasm for the upcoming Mother’s day celebration 2018. Around each and every corner of the world the festival is celebrated with utmost love and reverence to all the mothers out there. Like in various parts of the world, Mother’s day in Philippines is celebrated on second Sunday of the month of May. And children and their fathers spend the whole day pampering their Mothers and showing off love to them. Mother’s day in Philippines is considered as a token of showing gratitude to…

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Child Protection from Violence, Exploitation and Abuse

Child labour © UNICEF/NYHQ2006-0355/Giacomo Pirozzi A girl makes bricks at a factory in the Shahdra neighbourhood, north of Lahore, capital of Punjab Province. Millions of children around the world are trapped in child labour, depriving them of their childhood, their health and education, and condemning them to a life of poverty and want. Of course, there is work that children do to help their families in ways that are neither harmful nor exploitative. But many children are stuck in unacceptable work for children – a serious violation of their rights. Recent global estimates based on data of UNICEF, the ILO and the…

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7 Phrases That Children Need to Hear From Their Parents

THE BLOG Dec 24, 2014 By Daniel Wong CAVAN IMAGES VIA GETTY IMAGES   Through my work with teenagers, I’ve realized just how much the parent-child relationship affects the child’s development, both emotionally and mentally. No surprises there. The stronger the relationship, the better the chances of the child becoming a well-adjusted, successful adult. This article lists seven simple phrases that will help you to build that relationship. The more often you use the phrases — I’m not asking you to repeat them every moment of every day, though! — the more likely it is that your child will grow up…

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Trends in Unmarried Childbearing Point to a Coming Apart

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/trends-in-unmarried-childbearing-point-to-a-coming-apart Late last year in this space, I offered an overview of a report from Senator Mike Lee’s Social Capital Project about the rise of unwed childbearing. Today, two-fifths of children are born to unmarried mothers, a phenomenon the report traced to declining birth rates among married women, rising birth rates among unmarried women, a fall in “shotgun marriages,” and a decline in marriage itself. On Valentine’s Day, the project released some additional charts breaking the numbers out by race and educational attainment. The simple way to summarize them is this: In terms of race, old disparities have persisted as unmarried childbearing has risen…

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Don’t Miss the Joy of Family Life

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/dont-miss-the-joy-of-family-life I remember leaving swimming lessons with a five-year-old one afternoon. (She was mine. I hadn’t taken a random child.) As we passed the garden I turned back to see why my daughter wasn’t beside me. We were late. I was frustrated. This was no time for dawdling. And then I noticed her bending over and smelling the flowers. My heart melted. She reminded me that there is joy in every moment if we look. We spent about 20 seconds looking at and smelling the flowers. Her curiosity was satisfied. And she gladly accompanied me to the car. Imagine the…

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How Sexism Keeps Filipinas Poor

How sexism keeps Filipinas poor CNN Philippines By Julienne Joven March 7, 2018   Despite being named as one of the most gender-equal countries in the world, the Philippines still has a long way to go in dismantling socialized gender roles which, though seemingly innocuous, lie at the root of our continued poverty. Illustration by JL JAVIER   Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Here in the Philippines, where catcalling is a daily occurrence, and where politicians still think it’s acceptable to make misogynistic jokes in public, sexism seems to be a norm that Filipinas still have to contend with in 2018. Despite…

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The Key to Well-Behaved Kids Isn’t Punishment. It’s Discipline, and There’s a Big Difference.

Understanding the goal is all about asking yourself this question. By Laura Flynn McCarthy April 7, 2017     Turn punishment into problem-solving. Photo: iStock Those blue and red permanent markers, hidden in the kitchen drawer, are too tempting. Your child remembers seeing you stash them there, and one afternoon, she gets her hands on them. She has a field day expressing her inner Jackson Pollock by creating big permanent drawings all over your living room walls. She’s having too much fun to stop—until you walk into the room and catch her in the act.   How to handle a…

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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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