APC at the Global Voices Summit – Sex and the Internet. Expression, Activism, Regulation

Posted on 27. Jan, 2015 by in LGBT Issues, SASsy Events, Vagina Warriors

By  Leila Nachawati Rego Cebu, Philippines The internet has been used by many across the world to discuss taboo topics, generate thoughts and reflections on (non-heteronormative) sexuality and gender, and to circumvent traditional censorship and mainstream narratives. Beyond the nipples censored by social media platforms and the pervasiveness of pornography online, there are intricate complexities […]

The Last Country in the World Where Divorce Is Illegal

Posted on 20. Jan, 2015 by in Divorce & Annulment in the Philippines

Welcome to the Philippines, home to philandering politicians, millions of “illegitimate” children, and marital laws that make Italy look liberal. MANILA, 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. […]

SASsy Word of the Day

Posted on 20. Jan, 2015 by in Sassy

SASsy Word of the Day

  Apart from using a word in a sentence, we think that the best way to illustrate its definition is to see it actually being used, played out and lived out. Here, SASsy Ladies, is the art of diplomacy in action: Scenarios are based on actual events. Scenario 1: The Man with a “Wife” MAN: […]

[Dash of SAS] Divorce selfies

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Divorce & Annulment in the Philippines

‘Divorce selfies are not likely going to happen in the Philippines even if we are the selfie capital of the world because, well, we have no divorce’ “We’re divorced!” read the photo caption that noticeably ended in an exclamation mark. The young couple announced that they are now happily divorced from each other and snapped […]

Launching the 18 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: Press Conference and Rally Calling for Justice for Jennifer

Posted on 23. Nov, 2014 by in SASsy Events

24 November 2014 (Monday), 9am Room Ferguson 2, 2nd Flr., Bayview Hotel, Roxas Blvd., Manila On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, women’s groups and supporting organizations will highlight the call for justice for Jennifer Laude in a press conference and mobilization. Their slogans: “We are all Jennifer! Justice for Jennifer Laude! […]

HIV Registry: September 2014

Posted on 02. Nov, 2014 by in HIV/AIDS in the Philippines

HIV Registry: September 2014

The National Epidemiology Center of the Department of Health said there were 565 new HIV Ab sero-positive individuals confirmed by the STD/AIDS Cooperative Central Laboratory for the month of September. The figure is 32% percent higher compared to the same period last year. Of the total cases, 55 were reported to be AIDS cases. Aside from the […]

[Dash of SAS] A lifeline running out

Posted on 18. Oct, 2014 by in HIV/AIDS in the Philippines

People living with HIV have to take anti-retroviral therapy (ART) every day for the rest of their lives. But supply in the Philippines is often short due to a number of factors. The first alarm went off early this year, in January. Instead of his usual 3 ½ months’ supply of anti-retroviral therapy (ART), Yomi […]

[DASH of SAS] Dear new solo mom

Posted on 18. Oct, 2014 by in Sassy

[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 […]

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

Posted on 30. Sep, 2014 by in Safe (Sensible) Sex, Sex & Relationships

[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 […]

Does the global HIV response understand sex?

Posted on 31. Aug, 2014 by in HIV/AIDS Global News

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 […]