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Bringing the “Bangkok Rules” to Life

On December 6, PHILSSA and UN Women launched the Filipino translation of the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders, also known as the Bangkok Rules. The publication has been available for online download since August 2021, but PHILSSA and the NGOs…

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: A Learning Session on Improving the Delivery of Justice for Women in Conflict with the Law

On November 15, 2021, UN Women and the PHILSSA-led consortium of NGOs implementing the “Delivery of Women’s Legal Literacy and Access to Justice Services in the Philippines” Project held a learning session to understand the systemic causes behind the lack of responsiveness of the Philippine legal system which hinders access…

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Towards a Gender-Responsive Jail and Prison Development: A Dialogue with the BJMP and BUCOR

On October 7, 2021, the implementing NGOs of the UN Women-led “Delivery of Women’s Legal Literacy and Access to Justice Services in the Philippines” Project (A2J Project) held a dialogue with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR). The activity served as a platform…

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Our Money, Our Lifeline: Where Have the COVID-19 Funds Gone?

The National Capital Region (NCR) was placed on enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on August 6-20, 2021, and consequently on its fourth lockdown in a period of one and a half years. Other key cities on ECQ in August were Cebu, Iloilo, and Cagayan de Oro, while many provinces such as Laguna,…

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Engaging the Urban Poor in Climate Action

On August 20, 2021, the Urban Transformation Working Group (UTWG), composed of some member-NGOs of the Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA), kicked off its series of learning sessions that aim to deepen the understanding of climate change and the transformative power of cities by the staff members of…

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New Publication | The Bangkok Rules in Filipino

Considering the increasing number of women and girls placed in custodial facilities like jails and prisons in many parts of the world, the United Nations adopted in December 2010 the Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-Custodial Measures for Women Offenders. Thailand led the promotion and reinforcement of…

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The State of Women in Conflict with the Law: A Learning Session with the CHR

In preparation for the dialogues with national “pillars of justice” under the “Delivery of Women’s Legal Literacy and Access to Justice Services in the Philippines Project” supported by UN Women, the Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA) organized a learning session about Filipino women in conflict with the law…

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Bishop Broderick Pabillo: plainspoken, present, prophetic

On March 10, 2020, the president delivered an off-the-mark insult to Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. In a speech to government officials in Pasay, one of five cities in the cardinal’s erstwhile archdiocese of Manila, Duterte claimed the Pope had kicked Tagle out of that see for meddling in politics. The…

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‘Fratelli Tutti’ and the Filipino family

The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating, taking precious lives, crippling the economy, depriving millions of jobs and livelihood, and exacerbating the scandal of hunger and poverty in our country and various parts of the world. As we continue to deal with this crisis, the message of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Fratelli…

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