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UPCWGS welcomes new director

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) welcomes Dr. Nathalie Lourdes A. Verceles as its new director starting 1 March 2018. Dr. Verceles is Assistant Professor at the Department of Women and Development Studies (DWDS) in the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), UP Diliman. She has previously served as Chairperson of the DWDS (2013-2016) and Director of the Doctor of Social Development Program of the CSWCD (2017).

Dr. Verceles earned her Doctorate in Social Development (2014), MA in Women and Development Studies (2003), and BA in Philosophy (1987) from UP Diliman. She also has a BSc (Honours) in Economics (1990) from the University of London. She has published and presented numerous papers on feminist economics.

Call for Entries: Virginia Benitez Licuanan Award in History Writing – Essay Writing Contest


Call for Entries                                                                                                       Virginia Benitez Licuanan Award in History Writing                         Essay Writing Contest


The Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings (ALiWW) announces the launch of the Virginia Benitez Licuanan Award in History Writing in celebration of the 100th birth anniversary of Virginia Benitez Licuanan – writer, editor, and educator.

Established through the generosity of Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan and Mr. Francisco H. Licuanan III to honor their mother, the award seeks to widen the space for histories written by women by encouraging the production of historical writings by local Filipina authors:

  • who exhibit good scholarship,
  • whose writings are accessible to a general audience, and
  • who present original perspectives on relevant historical topics.

The theme for this year is “WOMEN IN PHILIPPINE HISTORY.” Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Notable women in Philippine History (whether as an individual, group, or community)
  • Women in the context of cultural history, political history, social history, regional or local history, personal or family history

Virginia Benitez Licuanan Award in History Writing Contest Rules

Virginia Benitez Licuanan Award in History Writing Official Entry Form

UP Symposium: Gender Politics in Our Time

UP Symposium on Gender Politics in Our Time

07-08 December 2017

The UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies cordially invites you to participate in the inaugural “UP Symposium on Gender Politics in Our Time” to be held at the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED) Auditorium, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City on 07-08 December 2017.

This initial symposium ushers in the 30th anniversary of the UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies in 2018 and aims to provide a venue to examine, discuss, debate, and reflect on the gender issues of our time. It will focus on the contributions of contemporary scholarship in gender and women’s studies to our understanding of gender politics and its critical intersections with power in all levels and aspects of our lived realities.

The keynote address of this inaugural symposium will be delivered by Neferti X. M. Tadiar (UPD, AB’85), Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Barnard College, USA. Panel presentations will cover themes such as Gender Politics in the Academy; Gender Mainstreaming and University Extension Programs; Gender Research; Interrogating GAD Methods and Mechanisms; Exploring Gender and Populism(s) in Contemporary Time, and; Gender Politics, Language, and the #hashtag.

Venue: National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED), Quirino Avenue cor Velasquez Street, UP Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines

UP DGO releases Monograph on Divorce in the Philippines

The University of the Philippines Diliman Gender Office (UP DGO) has recently published the UP DGO Monograph Series No. 2 (September 2017). Written by Atty. Alnie G. Foja of the UP DGO and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), “Reintroducing Absolute Divorce in the Philippines and Thoughts on the Divorce Bill” discusses the history of divorce as part of Philippine legislation and the provisions of the Divorce Bill pending in Congress.

Before its publication, the paper was presented by Atty. Foja to the Political Science 100 Class of the Ateneo de Manila University on 30 September 2011 and the UP DGO Roundtable Discussion on 10 March 2017.

Rampahan: Redefining Byukon

Ipinagdiriwang ngayong Marso ang Buwan ng Kababaihan bilang paggunita sa makabuluhang ambag ng mga babae sa paghubog ng kasaysayan ng pakikipaglaban para sa makataong paggawa, pagkakapantay-pantay ng mga kasarian, at maging sa panawagan para sa kapayapaan. Sa kabila ng mga ito, nananatiling nakakahon ang kanilang imahen sa homodyenisado at komersiyalisadong pamantayan ng kanluraning kagandahan na nagsasantabi sa halaga ng kababaihan sa larangan ng produksiyon, politika, at kalinangan.

Kaya naman ngayon taon, ilulungsad ng UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) ang “RAMPAHAN: Redefining Byukon.” Layunin nitong patampukin ang kabayanihan bilang kagandahan sa pamamagitan ng pagtatanghal at pagrampa ng labindalawang bayani mula sa iba’t ibang larangan at yugto ng kasaysayan. Simbolong mag-uugnay ang rampa sa kababaihan ng nakaraan at kasalukuyan para sa mga panawagan at adbokasiyang makatwiran at napapanahon hanggang ngayon. Sa ganitong paraan ay naisasabuhay at nabibigyan ng ibang perspektiba ang kagandahan nang hindi nakasandig sa pisikal na anyo kundi sa makabuluhang pag-aambag ng tao sa kaniyang komunidad. Halina’t tunghayan ang pagrampa ng ating mga bayaning byukonera ngayong 29 Marso 2017, 4:00-6:00 n.h. sa Malcolm Hall Theater, College of Law, UP Diliman!

Para sa mga tanong at paglilinaw, mangyaring makipag-ugnayan kay Bb. Ardis, Bb. Dhang, at/o Jown sa 920-6950 o 981-8500 loc. 4226.

1. Bai Bibyaon Ligkayan Bigkay (Katutubo)
2. Melchora “Tandang Sora” Aquino (Senior Citizen)
3. Recca Monte (Engineer)
4. Maita Gomez (Beauty Queen turned mandirigma)
5. Lorena Barros (Estudyante)
6. Liliosa Hilao (Estudyante)
7. Teresa Magbanwa (Guro)
8. Gabriela “La Generala” Silang (Mandirigma)
9. Gregoria “Oryang” de Jesus (Katipunera)
10. Narcisa Paguibitan (Anakpawis, Manggagawa)
11. Salud Algabre (Magsasaka, Sakdalista)
12. Remedios “Liwayway” Gomez-Paraiso (HUK, Okupasyon ng mga Hapon)

[By Prof. Bernadette V. Neri]

Call for Papers: Review of Women’s Studies

[NOTE: Please click for the updated Call for Papers.]

The Review of Women’s Studies is accepting articles on a rolling basis. Essays and creative works that explore the myriad experiences of Filipino women and problematize gender relations in Philippine society are welcome.


The Review of Women’s Studies is a refereed journal published twice a year by the UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of the Philippines.

The journal serves as a forum where ideas on specific issues and concerns affecting the lives of women may be exchanged as seen from the analytical perspectives of different disciplines. At the same time, it hopes to encourage and publish efforts at interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. “Feminist” in this context refers to a perspective which recognizes that women are marginalized both with respect to their status in society and as a focus of academic inquiry, and attempts to remedy that situation. This orientation seeks to give intellectual coherence to a growing body of studies on women in the Philippines: on their lives, their work, their problems, whether at home, in the community or the workplace.

The RWS also features interviews of women through a first-hand account of their experiences to discover and highlight ways in which they have invested their lives with meaning and dignity. Creative works that provide insights into women’s consciousness and give life to their hopes and dreams are equally welcome.

The RWS follows the double-blind peer-review process.


Guidelines for Contributors

Articles must have a high degree of scholarship. They will have to be approved by the RWS editorial board and by selected national referees for publication.

All contributions must be original, should not have been published previously, and not currently under review for publication elsewhere.

Articles may be written in English or Filipino. All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 200 words. Articles in Filipino must be accompanied by a fairly comprehensive abstract in English.

Reviews of current scholarship, local or foreign, are accepted. Creative works, e.g., poems, short fiction, drawings, and printed copy of paintings, mixed media or installation art are also accepted.

Submissions are required in printed and electronic format in Microsoft Word file.

Articles must have a maximum of 10,000 words and 6,000 words for book/art reviews. When articles include graphs and tables, the maximum should be 50 pages. All manuscripts must be typed written, double-spaced in Garamond, 12 pts. on letter size (8 ½” x 11”) copy or bond paper. All contributions must be accompanied by CDs using Microsoft Word version 97 or higher.

All articles should use the author-date in text citation, i.e., Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (2003). Please consult the CMOS regarding notes, references, tables, graphs, diagrams, maps and photographs, e.g., endnotes should be created as regular text and placed before the references.

The author should be responsible for securing permission for the use of copyrighted materials.

Photographs should be of good quality, black and white. Color slides are also acceptable. Line drawings or maps should be original in black waterproof ink on separate sheets. All illustrations should be numbered on the reverse side, with the numbered captions on a separate sheet. Photographs and drawings will be returned to the authors after the journal’s publication. All tables should be in word processing files rather than spreadsheet or database files.

Contributions should be accompanied by two to three lines of biographical data, which should include the author’s present position and area of work.

The author’s complete mailing address, phone/fax/e-mail information must appear on the first page of the manuscript only. The author’s name or any other information that could identify the author should not appear in the abstract or the manuscript.


Please submit your manuscripts to:

The Editor                                                                                                                  Review of Women’s Studies                                                                                    UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies                             Magsaysay Ave., cor. Ylanan Rd.                                                                            UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City 1101                                       Philippines

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