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Finding Integrity in (Bodily) Autonomy and Lunas Collective

Finding Integrity in (Bodily) Autonomy: Unpacking the Narratives on Sexuality, Gender-Based Violence, and Bodily Autonomy Through the Lens of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Key Players is a policy brief that analyzes the assemblage of socio-economic, cultural, legal, and political factors that impede on the implementation of laws and policies that incorporate sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). It also discusses good practices and ways of moving forward that can be instrumental for women and people to reclaim their integrity through the realization of their bodily autonomy.

Lunas Collective: Feminist Care Methods as Applied to Pandemic Response is a policy brief that discusses the ways in which communities can lead the care initiative, and presents the Lunas Collective Care and Action Principles. It is important to note that community-based responses are not meant to be a substitute for public health and government services for people needing care for gender-based violence and/or sexual and reproductive health concerns.

The policy briefs and their content were developed and produced by Amanda Lee Centeno and Sabrina Laya Gacad respectively for the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) and OXFAM Philippines.

You may view and download Finding Integrity in (Bodily) Autonomy here and Lunas Collective here.

Beyond Lockdowns: Narratives of SRHR Initiatives in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Various women’s experiences and positions, overlaid with the differing challenges of COVID-19, posed different challenges in women’s lives and access to health services. As in most crises, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted access to critical sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and hampered authorities’ ability to respond at a time when these services are needed the most. 

While sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) should be considered as an essential health service, the response has shown how needs, generally perceived to be more of women’s concerns, had to take a backseat in response to health gaps created by the pandemic. This study highlighted serious gaps in access to service and provision which were already existing prior to the pandemic but was amplified due to the disruption.

Learn key recommendations to address SRHR and gender-based violence (GBV) concerns of women and people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) with our policy brief entitled Beyond Lockdowns: Narratives of SRHR Initiatives in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The policy brief and its content were developed and produced by Diana Kathrina Fontamillas and Alyanna Tamayo for the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) and OXFAM Philippines.

You may view and download the policy brief here.

Safe in Cyberspace – A Youth Fellowship for Developing Capacity and Inclusivity in the Digital Sphere: Fellowship Graduation

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), in partnership with UN Women Philippines, is concluding Safe in Cyberspace – A Youth Fellowship for Developing Capacity and Inclusivity in the Digital Sphere, a short course on digital literacy to counter hate speech and promote positive online engagement, on 4 December 2021 (Saturday), 4:00 PM via Zoom. The fellowship is a series of five (5) small group discussions on feminism, cybersecurity, and online advocacy, including creative workshops on photography, videography, and digital illustrations.

The program aims to build media and information literacy skills for young leaders, with a focus on women, to facilitate their positive digital engagement; craft, pilot, and roll out an interactive and inclusive training module that includes concepts of feminism and media, cybersecurity, safe spaces, and mental health, among others; surface and analyze emerging issues of young leaders, advocates, and cyber defenders on online security threats prevailing in the Philippines; and equip and empower young leaders, advocates, and cyber defenders in creating positive content online and countering hate speech, misogyny, sexism, and other online threats to women towards using social media as a platform for advocacy building.

UPCWSFI: Newly Elected Board of Trustees

Congratulations to the newly elected officers and members of the Board of Trustees of the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI)!

As officers and members of the Board, they will continue the legacy of the respected pillars of the esteemed organization especially in strengthening its core principles and values by creating and sharpening awareness of women and other gender-related issues; encouraging and strengthening teaching, research, extension, and advocacy programs on and for women; strengthening and vitalizing women’s studies multi- and interdisciplinary programs; initiating the integration of gender concepts in academic curricula; promoting incentives for, and recognition of, women’s achievements and contributions to national development and gender consciousness; and providing an organizational umbrella within the University of the Philippines for university-wide activities in women’s studies.

Kapihan sa UP with Pride 2021

To cap off the celebration of UP Pride 2021, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) brings you Kapihan sa UP with Pride 2021 on 30 October 2021 (Saturday), 2:00 PM via Zoom. This will also be live streamed at the UPCWGS Facebook page.

Join us in an afternoon of celebration of our milestones and achievements, and a collaborative discussion of our ways forward. Please have with you your rainbow flags and rainbow-inspired items, and of course, your cups of coffee.

Everyone is invited to attend and participate. Registration is free and may be accomplished by clicking the link: https://bit.ly/KapihanSaUPWithPride.

For questions, please get in touch with Vince Hermoso through the following details: [email protected] or 09953422151.

Site of Convergence: Weaving Tapestries of Knowledge

May mali ba sa ‘kin? Importante pa ba ‘to? Exploring Older Women’s Perceptions of Womanhood and Sexuality

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) invites everyone to May mali ba sa ‘kin? Importante pa ba ‘to? Exploring Older Women’s Perceptions of Womanhood and Sexuality on 22 October 2021 (Friday), 2:00-4:00 PM (Manila Time) via Zoom. This event is the sixth session of the lecture series, “Site of Convergence: Weaving Tapestries of Knowledge.”

Register via https://tinyurl.com/SOCAgingSexuality.

Our speaker is AJ Nuque. She is a graduate student of the Department of Women and Development Studies and currently an Information Officer of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Center of the Commission on Human Rights.

In the webinar, she will talk about her thesis on aging sexuality and womanhood. Drawing from data from in-depth interviews with older women aged 60 and above, her thesis explores how older women define, perceive, and give importance to sexuality and womanhood in later life and situates aging sexuality in gender and development discourse. Through these stories, we are invited to look at new ways we can understand and experience aging, sexuality, and womanhood beyond the heteronormative and romantic lens.

Reminders for registrants:

Please make sure to create a Zoom account, and log in your Zoom account before you click on the webinar link. Individuals who do not have a Zoom account and are not logged in will not be able to enter the Zoom webinar.

If you have registered but did not get the link, send us your email via a private message on Facebook or email us at [email protected]