THIS COLLECTION of investigative reports published in major Philippine newspapers from 1995 to 1999 chronicles the travails and triumphs of Filipino women in the last decade of the 20th century.
During this decade, the country’s first female president ended her term, more women were elected to the legislature, and several laws recognizing the rights of women were passed. At the same time, there was also a “feminization” of some of the Philippines’s most serious problems: poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, and the social consequences brought about by large-scale overseas migration.
This anthology of reports written by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) paints a portrait of the Filipina in the 1990s: challenged by poverty and need, often overlooked by policy makers, but also surviving and prevailing despite the odds.
Her Stories shows that even in the direst circumstances, women refuse to gve up. This book tells the story of these women’s suffering but also shows how women remain undaunted, and how they have managed to pull through, guided by the conviction that they deserve better.