The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) welcomes Dr. Nathalie Lourdes A. Verceles as its new director starting 1 March 2018. Dr. Verceles is Assistant Professor at the Department of Women and Development Studies (DWDS) in the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), UP Diliman. She has previously served as Chairperson of the DWDS (2013-2016) and Director of the Doctor of Social Development Program of the CSWCD (2017).
Dr. Verceles earned her Doctorate in Social Development (2014), MA in Women and Development Studies (2003), and BA in Philosophy (1987) from UP Diliman. She also has a BSc (Honours) in Economics (1990) from the University of London. She has published and presented numerous papers on feminist economics.
Call for Entries Virginia Benitez Licuanan Award in History Writing Essay Writing Contest
The Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings (ALiWW) announces the launch of the Virginia Benitez Licuanan Award in History Writing in celebration of the 100th birth anniversary of Virginia Benitez Licuanan – writer, editor, and educator.
Established through the generosity of Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan and Mr. Francisco H. Licuanan III to honor their mother, the award seeks to widen the space for histories written by women by encouraging the production of historical writings by local Filipina authors:
- who exhibit good scholarship,
- whose writings are accessible to a general audience, and
- who present original perspectives on relevant historical topics.
The theme for this year is “WOMEN IN PHILIPPINE HISTORY.” Topics may include but are not limited to:
- Notable women in Philippine History (whether as an individual, group, or community)
- Women in the context of cultural history, political history, social history, regional or local history, personal or family history
The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) joined UP Diliman’s annual Lantern Parade on 15 December 2017 at the Academic Oval, UP Diliman. This year’s theme is “UP Diliman: Paaralan, Palaruan.”
UPCWGS Statement for the 2017 Lantern Parade
Every child has the right to education. By putting our children in school, we can work towards ending the cycle of poverty. It is also through education that we can pave the way to a more gender-fair society. The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies calls for the right to education for all Filipino children. It also insists on making the University a safe space that is free from gender-based harassment and violence – a place where everyone can freely develop into being the best versions of themselves.
In honor of Dr. Thelma B. Kintanar, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) held a Parangal/Gedenkschrift on 8 December 2017 at the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED), UP Diliman.
Dr. Kintanar was Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at UP Diliman. She received her BA degree from UP Diliman, MA from Northwestern University and PhD from Stanford University. She has served as Research Associate at the East-West Center, Hawaii (1970-71); as Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore (1983-85); as Visiting Professor at Silpakorn University, Thailand (1984); and as Visiting Scholar at the University of Sussex, England (1997). A recipient of the Fulbright-Smith Mundt and Rockefeller scholarships and the Southeast Asian Research Program fellowship, Dr. Kintanar has published numerous books and articles in the fields of Southeast Asian literature, women’s studies, literary translation and the arts. Her work has earned her various awards, including one for Achievement in the Humanities from the National Research Council of the Philippines in 1998. In 2003, she was chosen Outstanding Alumni in the Arts and Sciences (Literature) by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA).
Dr. Kintanar was one of the founders of the University Center for Women’s Studies (later University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies), serving as its Coordinator (later Deputy Director) for Research and Publication from 1989 to 1997. She was also the founding editor of the Review of Women’s Studies, the Center’s academic journal, editing 10 issues from 1990 to 1996.
As it ushers in its 30th anniversary in 2018, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) conducted the UP Symposium on Gender Politics in Our Time on 7-8 December 2017 at the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED), UP Diliman.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Neferti Xina M. Tadiar of Barnard College, Columbia University. Panel presentations covered themes on Gender Politics in the Academy, Gender in Academic Functions: Governance, Gender in Academic Functions: Research, Gender in Academic Functions: Curriculum, Gender in Academic Functions: Curriculum and Research, and Exploring Gender and Populism(s) in Contemporary Time.
Speakers were Dr. Ma. Theresa T. Payongayong of the Department of Philosophy, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), UP Diliman; Dr. J. Neil C. Garcia of the Department of English and Comparative Literature (DECL), College of Arts and Letters (CAL), UP Diliman; Dr. Zenaida Q. Reyes of the College of Graduate Studies and Teacher Education Research, Philippine Normal University (PNU); Mae Lin Jiwani L. Lactaoen of the Center for Women and Gender Studies, UP Manila; Prof. Maria Aurora Teresita W. Tabada of the Institute for Strategic Research and Development Studies (ISRDS), Visayas State University (VSU), Leyte; Prof. Rosalyn R. Echem of the Gender Research and Resource Center, Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Zamboanga City; Dr. Nathalie A. Verceles of the Department of Women and Development Studies (DWDS), College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), UP Diliman, Dr. Melissa DL. Amosco of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UP Manila-Philippine General Hospital (PGH); Dr. Raymundo R. Pavo of the Department of Social Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, UP Mindanao; Dr. Anthony GH. Cordero of the Community Health and Development Program, UP Manila; Prof. Rameses A. De Jesus of the Office of Gender Concerns, UP Open University (UPOU); Prof. Aileen Paguntalan-Mijares of the Department of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), UP Los Baños (UPLB); Dr. Nancy Kimuell-Gabriel of the UP Diliman Gender Office (DGO) and the Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas (DFPP), CAL, UP Diliman; and Dr. Jean Encinas-Franco of the Department of Political Science, CSSP, UP Diliman.
The symposium aims to provide a venue to examine, discuss, debate, and reflect on the gender issues of our time. It focuses on the contributions of contemporary scholarship in gender and women’s studies to our understanding of gender politics and its critical intersections with power in all levels and aspects of our lived realities.
As part of its extension program on gender, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) conducted a Training-Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming in the University on 5-6 December 2017 at the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED), UP Diliman. Resource persons for the training-workshop were Dr. Nancy Kimuell-Gabriel of the UP Diliman Gender Office (DGO), Leonida A. dela Cruz of the UP College of Mass Communication (CMC), Prof. Josephine Gabriel-Banaag of the UP College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), Dr. Teresa Paula S. De Luna of the UP Diliman Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment (OASH), Dr. Neferti Xina M. Tadiar of Barnard College, Columbia University, and Dr. Raymundo R. Pavo of UP Mindanao. Administrators and faculty members of the various state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the country attended the event.
The training-workshop aims to provide an orientation-seminar on gender through the experience of mainstreaming gender in different academic functions and programs, and to develop the skills of the participants in mainstreaming gender in selected aspects of four functions of the university, namely, administration, curriculum, research, and extension programs.
The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) organized its first Gender Reading Group, “Methods: Discourses and Practices,” on 5 December 2017 at the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED), UP Diliman. Facilitators of the reading group discussion were Dr. Neferti Xina M. Tadiar of Barnard College, Columbia University and Prof. Maria Dulce F. Natividad of the Asian Center, UP Diliman.
As part of its continuing efforts to provide technical assistance on the preparation of the Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget and the GAD Accomplishment Report of the University of the Philippines (UP), the UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) conducted a Seminar-Workshop on the Finalization of the 2017 GAD Accomplishment Report and Refinement of the 2018 and 2019 GAD Plan and Budget on 16-17 October 2017 at the UP Visayas Miag-ao Campus in Iloilo. Coordinators of the gender offices and the staff of the accounting and budget offices of the UP constituent universities (CUs) attended the event. Reina P. Olivar, GAD consultant, served as resource person.
The specific aims of the seminar-workshop are:
- To further enhance the skills of the participants in crafting the GAD Plan and Budget and the GAD Accomplishment Report, in particular, the use of the Harmonized GAD Guidelines (HGDG) tool for attribution;
- To finalize the 2017 GAD Accomplishment Report and the 2018 and 2019 GAD Plan and Budget, in compliance with the requirements of the Commission on Audit (COA) and the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).
The day after the seminar-workshop, 18 October 2017, the 2nd GAD Coordinating Committee Meeting for FY 2017 was held where the directors and coordinators of the gender offices reported on specific campus issues and discussed possible solutions and activities to address these gender-related campus concerns.
[With a report from Gina Rose L. Chan]
The University of the Philippines Diliman Gender Office (UP DGO) has recently published the UP DGO Monograph Series No. 2 (September 2017). Written by Atty. Alnie G. Foja of the UP DGO and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), “Reintroducing Absolute Divorce in the Philippines and Thoughts on the Divorce Bill” discusses the history of divorce as part of Philippine legislation and the provisions of the Divorce Bill pending in Congress.
Before its publication, the paper was presented by Atty. Foja to the Political Science 100 Class of the Ateneo de Manila University on 30 September 2011 and the UP DGO Roundtable Discussion on 10 March 2017.