The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) welcomes Dr. Marie Aubrey J. Villaceran as its new Deputy Director for Research and Publication starting 1 June 2018. Dr. Villaceran is a professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She has a BA and MA in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines and was conferred a PhD in Sociology by La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She teaches and writes creative nonfiction and her research interests are gender and migration.
The logo features elements that emanate from a center, representing the UPCWGS, and the ten gender offices of the CUs and campuses. All energize and propel the women’s and gender agenda in the University and society.
The logo also symbolizes the diversity of SOGIE through the hues that represent the LGBTQIA+ movement.
The purple interior shape is a recognition that the establishment of the Center was borne out of the efforts of feminists and advocates from the women’s movement.
The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), in partnership with the UP College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) and the International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov), organized a round table discussion on Misogyny and Authoritarianism: Duterte’s War on Women on 2 May 2018 at the UPCWGS Conference Room. Discussants were Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio of the UP CSWCD, Dr. Jean S. Encinas-Franco of the Department of Political Science, UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), and Melinda Q. de Jesus of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR).
As part of its celebration of Women’s Month, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) organized a Round Table Discussion: Is Change Happening for Women in the Duterte Administration? on 20 March 2018 at the UPCWGS Conference Room. Guest speakers were Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio of the UP College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) and Likhaan Center for Women’s Health, Inc., Dr. Carolyn I. Sobritchea of the UP Asian Center, Primar S. Jardeleza of the Pambansang Kalipunan ng mga Manggagawang Impormal sa Pilipinas (PATAMABA), Inc., Leonora Tiongco-Sunit of the Nationwide Organization of Visually Impaired Empowered Ladies (NOVEL), Inc., public interest lawyer and former Akbayan Partylist representative Atty. Ibarra M. Gutierrez III, Mary Gyknell C. Tangente of GALANG Philippines, and former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Loretta Ann “Etta” P. Rosales.
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.