Argentine women march for abortion rights in #NotOneMore march

admin   •   June 5, 2018   •   2239

A man stands next to a grafitti reads “Legal abortion to not die” outside the Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Undeterred by rain, scores took to the streets of Buenos Aires on Monday (June 4) for the third anniversary of the #NiUnaMenos, or #NotOneMore(woman) march.

In prior years, the focus was a march against against gender-based violence. This year the march was focused on legalisation of abortion, amid the growing movement in the South American country.

The colour green was prevalent in the rally, which represents the abortion fight. Many of the demonstrators also carried purple strands of cloth used to symbolize the colour of bruises left on the bodies of woman who have suffered attacks, be it beatings, rape, or murder, organizers said.

Like most countries in Latin America, Argentina currently allows legalized abortion only in specific cases, including rape and risk to the mother’s life. Rights groups have criticized a requirement for a judge’s permission, which often results in lengthy delays or denial of the procedure. -Reuters

PRO-7 launches first all-women police station in Siquijor

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 16, 2019

The Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 has launched its first all-women police station in the province of Siquijor.

The police station, named ‘Mariang Pulis’, is located in the Municipality of Maria. According to the PRO 7, the women-dominated police station follows the rich history of the municipality.

According to their post, “long before the Spaniards came to Siquijor, a settlement known as “Kangmaya”, named after a famous woman, already existed. It was eventually renamed to “Maria”.

This is part of the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s initiative to promote women empowerment in the force.

“Having initiated this new concept of gender and development for policewomen in Siquijor, the Mariang Pulis signals the time to move forward in promoting the vision and mission of the PNP in creating an opportunity for women to strengthen their role in the context of policing in the law enforcement pillar,” according to Siquijor Police Provincial Office (SPPO) Provincial Director PCol. Angela Rejano.—AAC

Duterte slams Iceland for abortion policy

Robie de Guzman   •   August 28, 2019

FILE PHOTO: A baby holds her father’s hand. Michaela Rehle / Reuters

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday slammed Iceland for allowing abortion to be legalized in the Nordic country.

Duterte condemned Iceland, which recently initiated a United Nations probe into the human rights situation in the Philippines for the alleged killings under its war on drugs, for allowing the “slaughter of the fetus inside the womb of the mother up to six months.”

“Do you know in Iceland they allow abortion up to six months? You have one more month and you have the principle of intra-uterine life that you give birth at six months the baby will survive,” the president said in a speech during the 31st anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program in Quezon City on Tuesday.

Abortion has been legal in Iceland since 1975. The law allowed the termination of a pregnancy up until the end of the 16th weeks.

But in May 2019, Iceland’s parliament passed a new law which allows abortion to be performed until the end of the 22nd week of pregnancy.

The new law also made the decision to terminate pregnancy available solely in the hands of the pregnant person.

Duterte said Iceland worries about the drug pushers in the Philippines but it allowed the slaughter of unborn children.

“Drug lords who are pushing drugs, killing our citizens and creating a social dysfunction in almost all tinamaan and there are about a million and six of them who are slaves to a drug called shabu,” he said.

“Hindi naiintindihan ng mga gag*** iyan… Palibhasa itong Iceland wala namang kain ‘yan e puro ice lang ang kain, wala namang tubig iyan e. Bobo ang mga put******** ‘yan…” he added.

Duterte said he supports family planning but will never allow abortion to be legalized in the country.

“Abortion is out of the question. I will not allow it,” he said.

The president previously expressed his ire against Iceland after it initiated a probe into the country’s alleged extrajudicial killings.

The United Nations Human Rights Council in July adopted a resolution calling for the conduct of a comprehensive review on the human rights situation in the Philippines amid Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.

The move prompted Duterte to seriously consider cutting ties with Iceland for its move that can be considered as interference in the country’s affairs.

Malacañang also slammed the ‘grotesquely one-sided’ resolution, calling it an insult to the majority of Filipinos who expressed satisfaction on Duterte’s governance. (RRD with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Uruguay sees opportunity to learn from massive power outage

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2019

The president of Uruguay’s government-owned utility UTE said on Sunday (June 16) that the massive power failure that began in Argentina and left tens of millions in South America without power would be an opportunity to improve the country’s power systems.

Speaking at a news conference in Montevideo, UTE head Gonzalo Casaravilla said: “this instance is going to be an opportunity because it placed our entire system at the same time in a situation that will definitely allow us to draw conclusions from.”

“We are in the middle of this event. Let’s keep in mind that Argentina is slowly recovering its system. We are absolutely on guard, in a state of alarm, to follow along in that process. We’ll keep you up to date,” he added.

Argentina’s grid “collapsed” around 7 a.m. local time (1100 GMT), leaving the entire country without power and cutting electricity to much of neighboring Uruguay and swaths of Paraguay, as well.

Energy distributors in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, whose populations total nearly 55 million, said power was being quickly restored to major cities and heavily populated coastal regions, including Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

UTE said it had restored power to 75% of the country by 1:30 p.m. local time (1730 GMT).

It told its customers in a statement that there existed “no other examples of such events like this in recent years.” (REUTERS)

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