Archive | February, 2015

Gov’t May Choose to Hide Findings of New UN Report on Filipino Women

Through our research it has come to our attention that the Philippine government has been constantly delaying its decision on whether to make public the findings of a recent United Nations (UN) inquiry regarding the state of reproductive rights in the city of Manila. The deadline for its decision is March 6, and requests to the Office of the President for a definitive answer by women’s rights groups have apparently been ignored, leaving one to wonder if the government may be hoping the issue might simply blow over quietly.

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An inquiry into women’s reproductive rights violations allegedly perpetrated by the Manila city government was conducted over the period of July to November in 2013 by members of the UN CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women) Committee. However, under the terms of the segment of that treaty termed the Optional Protocol, national governments are allowed to choose whether or not to publicly disclose the inquiry’s findings and recommendations for action.

According to the proceedings of the committee published in the website of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, a member of the CEDAW Committee, one Pramila Patten, met with the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the UN Office in July of 2014 in Geneva to discuss the Philippine government’s response to the inquiry findings. In the absence of a positive response from the government, the CEDAW Committee decided to defer the decision for publication of the report until the CEDAW committee’s current session this year, which runs from Feb 16 to March 6 2015.

Given this administration’s publicly stated commitment to transparency and woman’s rights, and the support such a report would provide for the speedy and effective implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (colloquially known as the RH Law), the Filipino Freethinkers wishes to join in the call for the government to make the CEDAW Committee’s findings public before March 6.

Sources:

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights CEDAW page, session reports

United Nations CEDAW Protocol On State Participation

Imposing Misery, original basis for request of inquiry

Original Philippine Commission on Human Rights statement on Manila City Gov’t

Philippine Star Piece reporting on initiation of original report

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FF Podcast 63 (Audio): Paint Their Hands Black?

FF Podcast 63 (Audio): Paint Their Hands Black?

FF Podcast 63: Paint their hands black?

Is it censorship if the creator the advertisement itself blacks out part of the image? This week, we talk about the Bench billboard that showed a “sanitized” image of a gay couple holding hands.

You may also download the podcast file here.

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Filipino Freethinkers Podcast (Audio) feed

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Filipino Freethinkers Podcast (Audio) on iTunes

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FF Podcast 63: Paint Their Hands Black?

FF Podcast 63: Paint Their Hands Black?

This week, we talk about the Bench billboard that showed a gay couple holding hands and how it was censored.

You may also download the podcast file here.

Filipino Freethinkers Podcast feed

Filipino Freethinkers Podcast feed

Filipino Freethinkers podcast on iTunes

Filipino Freethinkers podcast on iTunes

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, Feb 22, 2015

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Venue Updated: Uno Morato, Garden Area GYY Building, #1 Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City
Waze link: http://mobile-web.world.waze.com/en_GB/meetup/location?h=wdw54nm22
Date: Sunday, Feb 22, 2015
Time: 2:30PM – 5:30PM

Topics:
– Thailand bans commercial surrogacy [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31546717]
– Denmark attacks [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31485086]
– Should we tax fat kids? [http://filipinofreethinkers.org/2015/02/15/ff-podcast-62-tax-for-obese-kids/]
– Raunchy Topic of the Week

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0927 343 7441

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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FF Podcast 62 (Audio): Tax for Obese Kids?

FF Podcast 62 (Audio): Tax for Obese Kids?

FF Podcast 62: Tax for Obese Kids?

In Puerto Rico, lawmakers have proposed a bill that would fine parents of obese kids. We talk about that and also about fat shaming and better incentives for healthy eating.

You may also download the podcast file here.

Filipino Freethinkers Podcast (Audio) feed

Filipino Freethinkers Podcast (Audio) feed

Filipino Freethinkers Podcast (Audio) on iTunes

Filipino Freethinkers Podcast (Audio) on iTunes

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FF Podcast 62: Tax for Obese Kids?

FF Podcast 62: Tax for Obese Kids?

This week, we talk about a proposed bill in Puerto Rico that would fine parents of obese kids. We also talk about fat shaming and better incentives for healthy eating.

You may also download the podcast file here.

Filipino Freethinkers Podcast feed

Filipino Freethinkers Podcast feed

Filipino Freethinkers podcast on iTunes

Filipino Freethinkers podcast on iTunes

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A Conversation with Greta Christina

A Conversation with Greta Christina

This week, we talk with Greta Christina, feminist and atheist writer. We discuss how atheists deal with the finality of death and whether believers really are better at dealing with death.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup and Movie Viewing: The Imitation Game, Sunday, February 8, 2015

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Venue: Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan City
Google Map: http://bit.ly/1j2rdf6
Date: Sunday, Feb 8, 2015
Time:
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:40 – 3:40 PM Movie showing: The Imitation Game (Check screening times here: http://www.clickthecity.com/movies/theaters/greenhills-promenade); wear your #ThanksTuring shirts if you can! Movie tickets will NOT be free.
3:40 – 5:30 PM Meetup Proper (Bread Talk at Promenade, second floor)

Topics:
– Introductions and Major News
– Movie Discussion on the Imitation Game
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5CjKEFb-sM
Review: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_imitation_game/
– Raunchy Topic of the Week

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0927 323 3532

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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