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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).

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.

UPCWGS conducts Seminar-Workshop on Gender-Responsive Planning and Budgeting

As part of its Extramural Program, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), together with the UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI), conducted Are We Gender Responsive Enough? Making the GAD Plan Work: A Seminar-Workshop on Gender-Responsive Planning and Budgeting on 13-17 August 2019 at the Institute for Small-Scale Industries (ISSI), UP Diliman. Resource persons were Dr. Excelsa C. Tongson, Deputy Director for Training, Outreach, and Extension of the UPCWGS; Dr. Carolyn I. Sobritchea, former Director of the UPCWGS; and Gichelle A. Cruz, member of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Gender Resource Pool.

The seminar-workshop aims to capacitate and enhance the skills of the participants in preparing the Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget Report (PB) and the GAD Accomplishment Report (AR) that all government offices are mandated to submit yearly to the PCW, the Commission on Audit (COA), and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). An orientation in crafting the GAD Agenda, which “shall be the basis for the annual formulation of programs, activities and projects (PAPs) to be included in the GPBs of agencies,” was also included.

Dr. Excelsa C. Tongson (top row, second from right) of the UPCWGS, Dr. Carolyn I. Sobritchea (second row, eighth from right), and Gichelle A. Cruz (second row, seventh from right) with the UPCWGS Secretariat and the participants of Are We Gender Responsive Enough? Making the GAD Plan Work: A Seminar-Workshop on Gender-Responsive Planning and Budgeting on August 17 at ISSI, UP Diliman

[With a report from Fernand Vincent M. Hermoso]

UPCWGS launches 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 Art Ventures and Advocacy Network (ART VAN), and the Office of the Vice Mayor of Quezon City, launched the discussion series, “Conversations through Art: Tapping Various Creative Modalities for Intervention, Growth, and Transformation,” on 27 June 2019 at the QCX: Quezon City Experience, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.

The first session of the series, Storytelling and Literary Expression in Healing from Sexual Abuse, featured a book reading of “Survivors: Breaking the Silence on Child Sexual Abuse” by Eirliani Abdul Rahman of YAKIN and the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation US. Other storytellers were Dr. Conchitina “Chingbee” R. Cruz of the Department of English and Comparative Literature (DECL), College of Arts and Letters (CAL), UP Diliman; Prof. Marie Rose “Yot” H. Morales of the Department of Psychology, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), UP Diliman; and Prof. Ernyros “Amos” V. Manlangit of the Department of Art Theory, College of Fine Arts (CFA), UP Diliman. A creative intermission was performed by Prof. Sabrina Laya S. Gacad of the Department of Women and Development Studies (DWDS), College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), UP Diliman.

Officials and staff of the UPCWGS with the storytellers, guest speakers, and attendees of Storytelling and Literary Expression in Healing from Sexual Abuse on June 27 at QCX: Quezon City Experience, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City

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.

UPCWGS conducts Seminar-Workshop on Gender-Responsive Planning and Budgeting

As part of its Extramural Program, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), together with the UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI), conducted Are We Gender Responsive Enough? Making GAD Agenda Work (Seminar-Workshop on Gender-Responsive Planning and Budgeting) on 17-21 June 2019 at the Institute for Small-Scale Industries (ISSI), UP Diliman. Resource persons were Dr. Excelsa C. Tongson of the UPCWGS and the Department of Family Life and Child Development (FLCD), College of Home Economics (CHE), UP Diliman; Dr. Carolyn I. Sobritchea of the UPCWSFI; and Gichelle A. Cruz of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).

The seminar-workshop aims to capacitate and enhance the skills of the participants in preparing the Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget Report (PB) and the GAD Accomplishment Report (AR) that all government offices are mandated to submit yearly to the PCW, the Commission on Audit (COA), and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). An orientation in crafting the GAD Agenda, which “shall be the basis for the annual formulation of programs, activities and projects (PAPs) to be included in the GPBs of agencies,” was also included.

Dr. Excelsa C. Tongson (seated, sixth from left) of the UPCWGS and Dr. Carolyn I. Sobritchea (seated, center) of the UPCWSFI with the participants of Are We Gender Responsive Enough? Making GAD Agenda Work (Seminar-Workshop on Gender-Responsive Planning and Budgeting) on June 18 at ISSI, UP Diliman

[With a report from Laniza R. Lacsamana]

UPCWGS launches second edition of Anong Pangalan Mo Sa Gabi?

As part of its celebration of Pride Month, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), in collaboration with the UP Babaylan and Babaylanes, Inc., launched the second edition of Anong Pangalan Mo Sa Gabi? on 13 June 2019 at the Vargas Museum, UP Diliman.

Officials, staff, and members of the UPCWGS, UP Babaylan, and Babaylanes, Inc. with their guests at the launching of the second edition of Anong Pangalan Mo Sa Gabi? on June 13 at Vargas Museum, UP Diliman

UPCWGS organizes discussion on Misinformation and Social Media

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), in partnership with the Pew Research Center, organized Misinformation and Social Media: Views from Emerging Economies on 3 June 2019 at the UPCWGS Conference Room. Dr. Laura Silver, Senior Researcher at the Pew Research Center, shared her insights from a survey she and her team conducted across 11 developing countries in 2018.

Dr. Laura Silver (second from right) of the Pew Research Center with (from left to right) Dr. Excelsa C. Tongson, Dr. Marie Aubrey J. Villaceran, and Dr. Nathalie Lourdes Africa-Verceles of the UPCWGS at the Misinformation and Social Media: Views from Emerging Economies on June 3