UP Pride 2019: UPCWGS joins Pride March

As part of UP Pride 2019, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), together with the UP Babaylan, the UP Diliman Office of the Chancellor, the UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA), the UP Diliman University Student Council (USC), the UP Diliman Office of Student Activities (OSA), and the UP Diliman Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment (OASH), organized a Pride March on 13 September 2019 at the Academic Oval, UP Diliman. Breaking the Stigma: A Free and Confidential HIV Testing and Counseling at the Palma Hall Parking Lot preceded the event and was followed by Pride Night: PRIDEday the 13th at the Melchor Hall Steps.

Dr. Nathalie Lourdes Africa-Verceles (center) and Dr. Marie Aubrey J. Villaceran (6th from left) with the staff of the UPCWGS at the UP Pride March on September 13

With the theme “Embracing Diversity Towards Equality,” UP Pride 2019 aims to push forward the formulation and adoption of a university system-wide policy on equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).

UP Pride 2019: Forum on UP SOGIESC Policy and SOGIE Equality Bill

As part of UP Pride 2019, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), together with the UP Babaylan, the UP Diliman Office of the Chancellor, the UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA), the UP Diliman University Student Council (USC), the UP Diliman Office of Student Activities (OSA), and the UP Diliman Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment (OASH), organized Equality Talks: A Forum on the UP SOGIESC Policy & the SOGIE Equality Bill on 12 September 2019 at the School of Economics Auditorium, UP Diliman. Guest speakers were Senator Ana Theresia “Risa” N. Hontiveros-Baraquel, Dr. Marie Aubrey J. Villaceran of the UPCWGS, and Atty. Claire De Leon of Babaylanes, Inc.

Atty. Claire De Leon of Babaylanes, Inc., Senator Ana Theresia “Risa” N. Hontiveros-Baraquel, and Dr. Marie Aubrey J. Villaceran of the UPCWGS with the attendees of Equality Talks: A Forum on the UP SOGIESC Policy & the SOGIE Equality Bill on September 12 at the School of Economics Auditorium, UP Diliman

With the theme “Embracing Diversity Towards Equality,” UP Pride 2019 aims to push forward the formulation and adoption of a university system-wide policy on equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).

UP Pride 2019: Feminism and SOGIESC Workshop

As part of UP Pride 2019, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), together with the UP Babaylan, the UP Diliman Office of the Chancellor, the UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA), the UP Diliman University Student Council (USC), the UP Diliman Office of Student Activities (OSA), and the UP Diliman Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment (OASH), organized a Feminism & SOGIESC Workshop on 11 September 2019 at the School of Economics Auditorium, UP Diliman. Guest speakers were Dr. Nathalie Lourdes Africa-Verceles of the UPCWGS and Percival V. Cendaña of Babaylanes, Inc.

Dr. Nathalie Lourdes Africa-Verceles of the UPCWGS at the Feminism and SOGIESC Workshop on September 11 at the School of Economics Auditorium, UP Diliman

With the theme “Embracing Diversity Towards Equality,” UP Pride 2019 aims to push forward the formulation and adoption of a university system-wide policy on equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).

UPCWGS Training and Extramural Activities: Call for Participants

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) is organizing the following training and extramural activities for the last quarter of 2019:

Gender Responsive Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) (14-18 October 2019)

The training aims to enhance the capacity of ECCD practitioners when it comes to providing childhood care under their supervision. It also aims to provide updated knowledge and skills on ECCD, as well as on ensuring the gender responsiveness of the facility.

Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting for Local Government Units (25-29 November 2019)

The training aims to capacitate and enhance the skills of the participating sectors when it comes to the preparation of the Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget (PB) Report, and the GAD Accomplishment Report (AR) that all government offices are mandated to submit yearly to the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the Commission on Audit (COA), and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Interested organizations and participants may get in touch with Vince Hermoso of the UPCWGS Training, Outreach, and Extension Program at (+632) 9818500 VoIP 4228, (+632) 9206950, 09358185499, or 09612595082.

UP Pride 2019 opens with exhibit launch

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), together with the UP Babaylan, the UP Diliman Office of the Chancellor, the UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA), the UP Diliman University Student Council (USC), the UP Diliman Office of Student Activities (OSA), and the UP Diliman Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment (OASH), opened UP Pride 2019 with an exhibit launch on 10 September 2019 at the Palma Hall Lobby, UP Diliman. Special guests were Dr. Nathalie Lourdes Africa-Verceles of the UPCWGS and Atty. Ma. Gabriela “Gaby” Roldan-Concepcion of the UP College of Law. The exhibit features select pages from the second edition of “Anong Pangalan Mo Sa Gabi?.”

Dr. Nathalie Lourdes Africa-Verceles (center) of the UPCWGS with the attendees of the exhibit launch on September 10 at the Palma Hall Lobby, UP Diliman

With the theme “Embracing Diversity Towards Equality,” UP Pride 2019 aims to push forward the formulation and adoption of a university system-wide policy on equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).

UPCWGS organizes second session of Conversations through Art series

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), together with the Youth, Adult Survivors, and Kin in Need (YAKIN), the UP College of Fine Arts (CFA), and the Art Ventures and Advocacy Network (ART VAN), organized the second session of the discussion series, “Conversations through Art: Tapping Various Creative Modalities for Intervention, Growth, and Transformation,” on 9 September 2019 at the UPCWGS Conference Room.

The second session of the series, Carving Out Feminist Spaces for Women’s Narratives, featured Maria Reimondez, a feminist Galician writer, translator, and activist, whose body of work includes poetry and novels for adults, children, and young adults. Through her works, she carves spaces for conversations around the intersections of gender, language, sexual orientation, ethnicity/race, coloniality, poverty, ability, and celebrate polyphonic feminist spaces across frontiers.

Maria Reimondez at the Carving Out Feminist Spaces for Women’s Narratives on September 9

Conversations through Art is an initiative by artists, advocacy builders, social workers, and those in the helping professions to collectively promote arts for social change. Envisioned as a series wherein various creative modalities are highlighted in each session, the invited resource speakers will be individuals from different parts of the world who are making contributions to the establishment of the expressive arts practice or use specific creative modalities for personal-professional, community, and sectoral development.

Statement of Support for the SOGIE Equality Bill, an Act Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE)

The UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies expresses its vigorous and unwavering support for a national law that protects all Filipinos from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE). We recognize that everyone has their own SOGIE, but lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) people are discriminated against, marginalized, and oppressed for theirs in a society that privileges those who are cisgender, heterosexual, and gender-conforming. In the absence of a national law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of SOGIE, the unjust treatment towards LGBTQI people continues to severely impact their well-being and overall quality of life. The passage of the SOGIE Equality Bill is a matter of national urgency, as more than 80 million Filipinos reside in areas without anti-discrimination ordinances, with 25.8 million of them living below the poverty threshold.

As an institution that champions gender equality, we acknowledge that cisgender-heterosexual women and LGBTQI people experience similar forms of sex- and gender-based discrimination. We assert that upholding the rights of LGBTQI people must run parallel to upholding the rights of women. 

LGBTQI rights are human rights. Pass the SOGIE Equality Bill now!

UP Pride 2019: Schedule of Activities

September 10 (Tuesday)
Exhibit Launch
Palma Hall Lobby, 11:30 AM -1:00 PM
September 11 (Wednesday)
Feminism & SOGIESC Workshop
School of Economics Auditorium, 4:00-7:00 PM
September 12 (Thursday)
Equality Talks: A Forum on the UP SOGIESC Policy & the SOGIE Equality Bill
School of Economics Auditorium, 4:00-7:00 PM
September 13 (Friday)

Breaking the Stigma: Free and Confidential HIV Testing
Palma Hall Parking Lot, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Pride Assembly
Quezon Hall, 4:00 PM

Pride March
Academic Oval, 5:00 PM

Pride Night: PRIDEday the 13th
6:00 PM onwards