What We Do
The Center has four major programs: research; publication and resource collection; curriculum development; training, extension and outreach.
Among its projects are the service facilities: gender-sensitive day-care center and feminist/gender-sensitive counseling and psycho-social assistance.
The research program focuses on the generation of empirical, theoretical and policy-action studies to support the teaching, publication and outreach programs of the UP. Its projects are interdisciplinary and collaborative, as they draw on the expertise of scholars from the various academic disciplines across campuses.
The Center has pioneered in feminist participatory, policy and action research in the country.
Through the years, it has vigorously supported the efforts of the faculty to undertake feminist theoretical and methodological studies and issue-oriented research in the areas of gender violence, governance, globalization, law, reproductive health, and gender and sexuality studies.
In collaboration with the UPCWS Foundation Inc., the Center has undertaken research projects in partnership with the National Commission on the Role of the Filipino Woman (now, Philippine Commission on Women), the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Ford Foundation, Asia Foundation and the United Nations Programs: UNFPA, UNDP, UNIFEM.
Publication and Resource Collection
The UPCWGS has two regular publications: the Pananaw and the Review of Women’s Studies (RWS). The Pananaw is a newsletter on gender-related activities within and outside the University System, while the RWS is a peer-reviewed journal with international readership. It features empirical studies, research reports, essays, interviews, fiction, poetry and visual art.
The Center also publishes two occasional publications, launched in 2011 and 2016, respectively: the UPCWS Occasional Papers and Monographs Series and the Kasarian: Occasional Papers on Sex and Gender.
In the last 28 years, the Center has produced over a hundred books, journal issues, primers and advocacy materials now widely used in the University and in other schools here and abroad as well as in policy and program development of government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
The Center has a collection of research papers–published and unpublished–video materials and documentary films on women’s studies for classroom teaching and gender sensitivity seminars and workshops.
In the mid-2000s, the UCWS spearheaded the creation of a regional information resource e-facility for women in local government with the support of UNESCAP.
Raising the gender awareness of the different campuses of the UP System toward a more humane University is the basic mandate of the CWGS. Among its many strategies to achieve this end is the mainstreaming of gender in the various curricula of the University, including the General Education (GE) Curriculum.
Since the year 2000, the Center has conducted seminar-workshops to strengthen the gender component of the UP curricula as well as mainstream gender in the GE programs of the various academic units. Seminars on gender issues, feminist theories and gender-sensitive pedagogy have also been carried out toward faculty development.
This program is carried out through the research, publication, and training programs.
Training, Extension and Outreach
The training, extension and outreach program focuses on building the capacity of the faculty to integrate women’s/gender theories and topics into their regular courses.
This program includes the design, content, and evaluation of training seminars geared towards addressing women and gender issues and concerns, which take into account innovations and advances in the area. The target recipients of the program are the UP constituent units as well as other state universities and colleges, government, non-government, and civil society groups. Among the training programs the Center has conducted are the following: seminars on gender sensitization and skills enhancement training for curriculum development; establishment of women-friendly and gender-responsive school services and facilities; GAD mainstreaming; gender planning and budgeting.
Part of the commitment of the Center is to conduct outreach activities that include the provision of training and technical assistance to groups outside the University.