Category Archives: Announcements

Better Together: Solidarity and Allyship with the LGBTQI Community

To end its celebration of Pride Month 2021 with a bang, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) brings you a webinar entitled Better Together: Solidarity and Allyship with the LGBTQI Community on 30 June 2021 (Wednesday), 3:00 PM via Zoom.

Resource speakers are Hon. Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines; Hon. Lena Marie P. Juico, President Pro-Tempore, Chairperson of the Committee on Women, Family Relations, and Gender Equality, and third term City Councilor, District 1, Quezon City; and Ms. Ana Marie Antonio, member of the Young Feminists Collective.

The panel of reactors includes AR Arcon of the Pioneer Filipino Transgender men Movement (PFTM) and LakanBini Advocates Pilipinas, Inc.; Naomi Fontanos of the Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas; Claire de Leon of the Lagablab LGBT Network; and Percival Cendaña of Babaylanes, Inc.

Registration is free and can be accessed through the link: http://bit.ly/BetterTogetherUPCWGS.

Kapihan with Pride 2021

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), in collaboration with the UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI); UP Babaylan; Babaylanes, Inc.; Lagablab LGBT Network; Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas; LakanBini Advocates Pilipinas, Inc.; Pioneer Filipino Transgender men Movement (PFTM); Intersex Philippines; and Intersex Asia, brings you Kapihan with Pride 2021 on 22 June 2021 (Tuesday), 2:00 PM via Zoom.

Join us in an afternoon of pride, solidarity messages, games, and open mic sessions on various issues concerning the LGBTIQ+ community. Please make sure to bring your rainbow flag and other rainbow-inspired stuff, and have a cup of coffee with you.

Registration is free and can be accessed through the link: http://bit.ly/KapihanWithPride.

Site of Convergence: Weaving Tapestries of Knowledge

Time’s Up, Academia: Shifting Discourse, Reporting & Mentorship

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) invites everyone to the fourth session of the lecture series, “Site of Convergence: Weaving Tapestries of Knowledge,” entitled Time’s Up, Academia: Shifting Discourse, Reporting & Mentorship featuring Dr. Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez on 22 June 2021 (Tuesday), 10:00 AM – 12:00 NN (Manila Time) via Zoom.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/TimesUpAcademiaNow.

Dr. Gutierrez will talk about how, as a graduate student at the UC Berkeley, she worked to address publicly the failures of sexual harassment reporting and response structures (https://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/13/laying-bare-berkeleys-metoo-moment). Dr. Gutierrez will also have a dialogue with representatives from school-based anti-sexual violence initiatives in the Philippines, namely Julia Martinez who is a high school student from the Philippine Science High School-Main Campus who proposed a prevention curriculum and harassment intervention plan, Sophia Caagbay who is the Deputy for Legal Aid of Sulong!, Danna Aduna who is an instructor of philosophy and the Publications and Research Coordinator of Time’s Up Ateneo, and Jaira Del Mundo who is the Education and Research Head of The Sanctuary Project UPD.

Dr. Gutierrez (https://history.ucsc.edu/faculty/profiles/index.php?uid=kgutie20) is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She specializes in Philippine history, science and technology studies, and modern Southeast Asia. In 2015, she joined the UC President’s Task Force on Responding to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence to influence policy reform across the UC system. She also organized with graduate students to demand more transparency for the campus adjudication process, which has since changed to reduce the number of hearings during which complainants are expected to verbally repeat their experiences of sexual harassment or sexual violence. For her efforts, she received the RISE Leadership Award from Berkeley’s Gender Equity Resource Center in 2017. She has shared her insight and experience with UpFront-KPFA (Berkeley, 94.1) (https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=229063), The Guardian, National Public Radio, and most recently, at the Promoting Gender Equity and Fair Practices in Asian Studies virtual panel of the Association of Asian Studies.

Call for Participants: Engendering Social Solidarity Economy

[NOTE: The deadline for application for the Engendering Social Solidarity Economy online training program is extended until 8 June 2021 (Tuesday).]

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), the United Nations (UN) Women Philippines WeEmpowerAsia, and the Asian Solidarity Economy Council (ASEC) have collaborated in offering an online training program entitled Engendering Social Solidarity Economy (SSE). This blended learning program will run on 15 June – 30 July 2021 through the Data, Knowledge, and Information Launcher (DaKILa) online learning platform of the UPCWGS.

The course is FREE for deserving applicants as part of its pilot offering, which is supported by UN Women Philippines WeEmpowerAsia, a joint program by UN Women and the European Union (EU). Certificate of Completion will be provided to successful trainees.

Who may apply:

  • social entrepreneurs
  • member/s of cooperatives who own/operate their own enterprises/businesses
  • advocates of SSE
  • gender equality advocates who want to promote sustainable livelihoods and enterprises
  • business owners and entrepreneurs who would like to learn more about gender perspectives in enterprise development and operations

Interested applicants may register through the link:
http://bit.ly/EngenderingSSE.

Deadline for application is on 22 May 2021 (Saturday).

For questions, please get in touch with Vince Hermoso of the UPCWGS through the following details:
Mobile Number: 09953422151
Email Address: [email protected]

Conversations through Art: Ang Tunay na Lalake ay Hindi (Raw) Tumutula?

Unpacking Masculinities through Poetry

Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities includes understanding both men’s power and men’s vulnerabilities.

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), in partnership with the Feminist Media Lab (FEMMELAB) and the Art Ventures and Advocacy Network (ART VAN), and with the support of the Sexual Health and Empowerment (SHE) Project, which is funded by Oxfam and Global Affairs Canada, continues with the discussion series, “Conversations through Art (CTA): Tapping Various Creative Modalities for Intervention, Growth, and Transformation.” The ninth session of the series, Ang Tunay na Lalake ay Hindi (Raw) Tumutula?: Unpacking Masculinities through Poetry, will be held on 15 May 2021 (Saturday), 4:00-6:00 PM via Zoom. The session wishes to unpack men’s understanding of their own masculinity through the use of poetry as an art form. It also aims to expand our definition of “being a man” and “masculinities” through the lens of men of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).

Register through this link https://bit.ly/CTASesh9.

CTA 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.

Magpapabakuna Ka Ba?

A Webinar on the Awareness and Understanding of COVID-19 Vaccines: Implications and Considerations for Child Development Programs

The Kalinga Day Care Center (KDCC), in partnership with the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), invites everyone to the webinar, Magpapabakuna Ka Ba? A Webinar on the Awareness and Understanding of COVID-19 Vaccines: Implications and Considerations for Child Development Programs, on 24 April 2021 (Saturday), 1:00-3:00 PM via Zoom.

Register here: bit.ly/MagpapabakunaKaBa.

Situationer of Women and Men in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic

As part of its celebration of Women’s Month, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), in partnership with the UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI) and Oxfam Pilipinas, will be conducting a webinar on the Situationer of Women and Men in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic on 27 March 2021 (Saturday), 1:30-3:30 PM via Zoom.

Register using the link: https://forms.gle/LKmYm58PDPf2vKU67.

Site of Convergence: Weaving Tapestries of Knowledge

Healing Power of Postcolonial Indigenous Women: Lessons from Aeta Women Healers in the Philippines and Implications

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), in partnership with the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (CIDS) Decolonial Studies Program, invites everyone to the webinar, Healing Power of Postcolonial Indigenous Women: Lessons from Aeta Women Healers in the Philippines and Implications, by Dr. Rose Ann Torres. The third session of the lecture series, “Site of Convergence: Weaving Tapestries of Knowledge,” the event will be held on 7 April 2021 (Wednesday), 9:00-10:30 AM (Manila Time) via Zoom.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/UPCWGSHEALINGPOWER.

Dr. Torres will talk about her research study, which focuses a reconsidered gaze and empirical lens on the healing practices of Aeta women healers as well as the lessons, insights, and perspectives which may have been previously missed. The research attempts not to be “neutral” but instead to be an exercise in participatory action research, and, as such, hopefully brings a new space of decolonization by documenting Aeta women healers’ contributions in the political and academic arena. It is an original contribution to postcolonial, anti-colonial, and indigenous feminist theories, particularly through its demonstration of the utility of these theories in understanding the health of indigenous peoples and global health.

Dr. Torres is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Science at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, Canada. Dr. Torres is the principal investigator of two research projects entitled “Caring for Others and Uncaring of the State: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of Filipino Health Care Workers in Canada” and “The Role of Indigenous Healers in Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

SRHR Conversations: Sharing of Initial Findings of the UPCWGS-SHE Project Research Studies

To conclude its celebration of Women’s Month, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), in partnership with the UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI), the Sexual Health and Empowerment (SHE) Project, Oxfam, and Global Affairs Canada, is inviting you to the webinar, SRHR Conversations: Sharing of Initial Findings of the UPCWGS-SHE Project Research Studies, on 30 March 2021 (Tuesday), 3:00-5:00 PM via Zoom.

This event aims to share recent and local research studies on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) concerning gender-based violence, COVID-19, community care, and government and civil society initiatives.

To register, go to the link and input your details: bit.ly/SRHRconvo.