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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]

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

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), in partnership with UN Women Philippines, is conducting a short course on digital literacy, Safe in Cyberspace – A Youth Fellowship for Developing Capacity and Inclusivity in the Digital Sphere, to counter hate speech and promote positive online engagement. Twenty-five fellows will be chosen to participate.

The objectives of the project are to:

  1. Build media and information literacy skills for young leaders, with a focus on women, to facilitate their positive digital engagement.
  2. 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.
  3. Surface and analyze emerging issues of young leaders, advocates, and cyber defenders on online security threats prevailing in the Philippines.
  4. 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.

Activities

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. Each session is about 4 hours. There will also be optional coaching sessions where participants can ask expert mentors for feedback in order to improve their outputs.

The topics are as follows:

  1. Disinformation
  2. Feminism, Misogyny, and SOGIESC
  3. Cyber Hygiene and Cyber Threats
  4. Creating Positive Space
  5. Feminist Arts and Media

The dates and times of the sessions will be based on the Training Needs Assessment to be submitted by the aspiring fellows.

By the end of the course, we expect the participants to be able to appreciate and apply the principles of feminism, methods of advocacy, and practices of inclusivity in the online space. The fellowship will culminate in a graduation ceremony and virtual launch of materials created by the participants. Three fellows will be selected to participate in the international summit of UN Women.

Applicants: Eligibility Criteria

  • 18-25 years old
  • Women and/or members of the LGBTQIA+
  • Must be able to attend and commit time to all sessions in order to receive a certificate from UN Women and the UPCWGS

Interested participants may apply through the link: https://tinyurl.com/safecyberspaceph.

The deadline for application is on 10 September 2021 (Friday), 5:00 PM Philippine Standard Time.

Inclusions

  1. Load allowance for data/internet
  2. Meal allowance
  3. Basic vlogging kit (ring light, microphone, cellphone stand)
  4. Certificate of Participation
  5. Chance to participate in the international summit