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Filipino women demand more benefits

MANILA (UCAN): Women in the Philippines were getting free train and boat rides on March 8, International Women’s Day, but women’s advocacy groups laughed it off and marched in Manila against “misogyny and government policies that promote violence.”
 
They demanded a US$15 ($117) minimum daily wage for all workers, saying that women workers have been receiving lower wages compared to their male counterparts.
 

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Women’s Day highlights all round raw deal

MANILA (UCAN): The desperation of unemployment and the modern form of worker exploitation—replacing regular employment with short-term contracts—or what has been dubbed contractualisation in The Philippines, was the main theme of Women’s Day on March 8, as thousands took to the streets demanding regular jobs and decent wages.

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Bishops can learn from Women’s Day too

MUMBAI (UCAN): The bishops of India “could have also seized this opportunity to celebrate Women’s Day by having more women address them on their experience of expressing mercy at their biennial plenary meeting in Bangalore,” the former secretary to the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, Virginia Saldanha, says in an occasional piece penned for Women’s Day published on March 8.

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