The Last Country in the World Where Divorce Is Illegal

elcome to the Philippines, home to philandering politicians, millions of “illegitimate” children, and marital laws that make Italy look liberal. NILA, Philippines — On the occasion of his 84th birthday in 2011, friends of former Filipino Senator Ramon Revilla, a darkly handsome film star turned politician, unveiled an imposing 10-meter-high bronze statue in his honor. […]

Opening Remarks at Paris Model UN Conference

Opening Remarks by Ana P. Santos Journalist & Grantee Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Paris Model United Nations Conference UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France 05 December 2014 Dear Secretary General, Dear Delegates and Model UN Directors, and Honored Guests Good morning.  I am honored to make the opening remarks at today’s Paris Model United Nations Conference. […]

[DASH of SAS] Not a slut, not a saint

‘Being who we are can never be used as a cause or justification for rape’ Rape is rape. And it can happen to anyone – be they a slut or a saint. It wasn’t even supposed to be a “date-date,” was how Sophia (not her real name) began to recount her story. It was 8 […]

[DASH of SAS] Dear new solo mom

‘Allow yourself to understand that sometimes asking for help is not an admission of helplessness or inadequacy – but a natural, honest acceptance of who you are and who you are not’ Dear New Solo Mom, You don’t know me, but I know you. As a little girl, you may have dreamed of being a […]

Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?

When a Filipino woman leaves her home to work overseas as a nanny, she knows that it will be years before she sees her own children again. When Filipino women leave their families to find work abroad, they view migration as a necessary sacrifice to obtain the two things that will secure a future for […]

Does the global HIV response understand sex?

MELBOURNE, 28 August 2014 (IRIN) – Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards “sex positive” approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection. “If we look at historical […]

[Dash of SAS] Time to end the ‘R word’

‘No father, no mother and no sibling of a child with special needs should ever have to feel alone’ A couple of weeks ago, I came across a blog post by Michelle Aventejado, who wrote about her youngest daughter, Gelli and ending the “R word.” Gelli was born with Down’s Syndrome and Michelle wrote her post […]

Alarm over post-Haiyan evacuation centre shortage

A shortage of viable evacuation centres in areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) has humanitarians and officials in the Philippines concerned that survivors will not have alternative accommodation in case of another one. The typhoon season usually lasts from June to November. “We urgently need to identify alternative evacuation centres,” said Conrad Navidad, […]