UPCWGS launches Site of Convergence series

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) launched the discussion series, “Site of Convergence: Weaving Tapestries of Knowledge,” on 18 October 2019 at the UPCWGS Conference Room.

The first session of the series, Malay Women and Dehijabbing: A Reading and Forum with Maryam Lee, featured a book reading of “Unveiling Choice” by Maryam Lee, wherein Ms. Lee explains her decision to stop wearing the hijab. Other discussants were Judy Ann A. Lubiano and Dr. Nassef M. Adiong of the Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS), UP Diliman and the Decolonial Studies Program (DSP), UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (CIDS).

Dr. Marie Aubrey J. Villaceran (seated, right) of the UPCWGS, Maryam Lee (seated, center), Judy Ann A. Lubiano (seated, left), and Dr. Nassef M. Adiong (second row, center) with some of the attendees of Malay Women and Dehijabbing: A Reading and Forum with Maryam Lee on October 18

UPCWGS conducts Seminar-Workshop on Gender-Responsive ECCD 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 a Seminar-Workshop on Gender-Responsive Early Child Care and Development (ECCD) Program on 14-18 October 2019 at the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), UP Diliman. Resource persons were Dr. Excelsa C. Tongson of the UPCWGS and the Department of Family Life and Child Development (DFLCD), College of Home Economics (CHE), UP Diliman; Laniza R. Lacsamana of the UPCWGS; Gina Rose L. Chan of the UPCWGS; Prof. Paul Edward N. Muego of the Department of Community Development (DCD), CSWCD, UP Diliman; Prof. Miriam Ugaddan of the DFLCD, CHE, UP Diliman; Prof. Lorena W. Tengco of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition (DFSN), CHE, UP Diliman; and Dr. Ferdiliza Dandah S. Garcia.

Dr. Excelsa C. Tongson (seated, second row, third from right) with the UPCWGS Secretariat and the participants of the Seminar-Workshop on Gender-Responsive Early Child Care and Development (ECCD) Program on October 18 at CSWCD, UP Diliman

The seminar-workshop is specifically designed for organizations that have existing day care or child-minding center or have plans to put up one to accommodate the need of the employees for such facility. The target training participants are personnel who are or will be directly involved in the daily operations of their day care/child-minding center. It aims to enhance the capacity of the ECCD practitioners in providing childhood care to children under their supervision by updating their knowledge and skills in ECCD and ensuring that the facility, curriculum, and program is gender-responsive.

[With a report from Fernand Vincent M. Hermoso]

Call for Nominations: Angat Bayi Fellows 2020-2021

[NOTE: The deadline for nominations for the Angat Bayi Women’s Political Empowerment Fellowship Program is extended until 30 November 2019 (Friday), 5:00 PM.]

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) and the UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI), with the support of the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines’ Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) and the Office of the Vice President-Angat Buhay, are launching the Angat Bayi Women’s Political Empowerment Fellowship (AB PEF) Program for elected women leaders Batch II for year 2020-2021. AB PEF recognizes the fundamental value of women’s political participation in achieving women’s empowerment and national development.

Please send your nominees and required application materials to [email protected] and complete the nominee’s application form through http://bit.ly/angatbayifellows on or before 22 November 2019 (Friday), 5:00 PM.

Call for Applications: Angat Bayi Candon Young Women’s Fellowship (ABCYWF) Program

[NOTE: In response to the request to accommodate additional applicants to the Angat Bayi Candon Young Women’s Fellowship Program, Angat Bayi is extending the deadline for application to 7 November 2019.]

The Candon Youth for Empowerment Movement, Inc., in partnership with the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) and the UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI), with the support of the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), and the Office of the Vice President’s Angat Buhay Program, are launching the first Angat Bayi Candon Young Women’s Fellowship (ABCYWF) Program. The ABCYWF aims to encourage young women to be politically active and develop their skills and capacities on feminist leadership.

Go to http://bit.ly/abyoungwomenfellows and complete your application on or before 30 October 2019 (Wednesday), 3:00 PM.

Conversations through Art with Ea Torrado

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) continues with its discussion series, “Conversations through Art (CTA): Tapping Various Creative Modalities for Intervention, Growth, and Transformation,” this time with dancer and choreographer Ea Torrado. The third session of the series, Self-Discovery through Intuitive Dance Movement, will be held on 19 October 2019 (Saturday), 1:00-4:00 PM at the UPCWGS Conference Room.

Welcoming even those without any dance background, Ms. Torrado will teach participants how to use a free-form kind of dance style in order to understand themselves on a deeper level. This type of dance is called Daloy Movement. First developed by Ms. Torrado in Sikat Studio and Erehwon Arts Center in Manila then presented at international festivals and other events, Daloy Movement taps into the wisdom of the body through the four elements.

Participants are requested to come in comfortable clothes. The event is free but Ms. Torrado also accepts donations.

Aside from the dance workshop, there will also be a screening of Ms. Torrado’s short films on extra-judicial killings.

As part of CTA, the workshop will continue the series’ thrust to bring together 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 who are using specific creative modalities for personal-professional, community, and sectoral development.

Call for Research Proposals: 2020 UPCWGS Research Grant

[NOTE: Please click for the updated Call for Research Proposals.]

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) is now accepting proposals for its 2020 UPCWGS Research Grant.

The grant seeks to fund cutting-edge research on women and gender in the Philippines and the ASEAN region. Proposals should have a staff or faculty member from the University of the Philippines as the project leader. In the case of non-permanent staff or non-tenured faculty members, they should also make sure they have a permanent staff/faculty member as guarantor.

The UPCWGS will award funding of up to PhP200,000 to five (5) research projects on women and gender in the Philippines and the ASEAN region. Project duration should be within a six-month period, with an estimated start by March 2020.

Proposals should follow the format indicated in the PROJECT PROPOSAL TEMPLATE (https://drive.google.com/file/d/134CQ0_ApDCXHc0GcLGe4IlgPERHbJGmU/view) and use this CHECKLIST (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1w1Mt9SQ-i5zY5YLH9ynRaCKxgAjV94U-/view) for formulating their budget. Submissions should also include a proof of application for an ethics clearance if research poses more than minimal risk* to human participants (in health and development research) and for research involving sectors that are marginalized or disadvantaged by virtue of their age, gender, social class, disability, ethnicity, and physical or mental health.

Please email your proposals to [email protected], with “RESEARCH PROPOSAL 2020” in the subject line, by 16 November 2019.

*A risk is minimal when the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the proposed research are not greater, in and of themselves, than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests (National Ethical Guidelines for Health Research 2011).

Site of Convergence: Weaving Tapestries of Knowledge

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) will be hosting Maryam Lee for the first part of the discussion series entitled “Site of Convergence: Weaving Tapestries of Knowledge” on 18 October 2019 (Friday), 2:00 PM at the UPCWGS Conference Room. Ms. Lee will discuss her book “Unveiling Choice” (https://maryamlee.com/unveiling-choice/) wherein she explains why she decided to stop wearing the hijab.

UP Diliman Students’ consultation-workshop on the UP SOGIESC Policy

OPEN INVITE TO ALL UP DILIMAN STUDENTS AND STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), in partnership with the UP Babaylan and the UP Diliman University Student Council (USC), is holding a UP Diliman Students’ Consultation-Workshop on the UP SOGIESC Policy on 30 September 2019 (Monday), 1:00-4:00 PM at the UPCWGS Conference Room.

The UP SOGIESC Policy is a proposed system-wide policy on equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).

The first draft of UP SOGIESC Policy can be accessed at tiny.cc/UPSOGIESCPolicy (password: [email protected]). Please RSVP at tiny.cc/RSVPUPDStudentsConsults and provide your feedback on the UP SOGIESC Policy at tiny.cc/UPSOGIESCPolicyConsults on or before 21 September 2019 (Saturday).

UPCWGS Training and Extramural Activities: Call for Participants

[NOTE: The extramural on Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting for Local Government Units is rescheduled from 25-29 November 2019 to 25-28 November 2019.]

The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) is organizing the following training and extramural activities for the last quarter of 2019:

Gender Responsive Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) (14-18 October 2019)

The training aims to enhance the capacity of ECCD practitioners when it comes to providing childhood care under their supervision. It also aims to provide updated knowledge and skills on ECCD, as well as on ensuring the gender responsiveness of the facility.

Training Fee: P10,000.00

Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting (GRPB) for Local Government Units (25-28 November 2019)

The training aims to capacitate and enhance the skills of the participating sectors when it comes to the preparation of the Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget (PB) Report, and the GAD Accomplishment Report (AR) that all government offices are mandated to submit yearly to the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the Commission on Audit (COA), and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Training Fee: P10,000.00

Interested organizations and participants may get in touch with Vince Hermoso of the UPCWGS Training, Outreach, and Extension Program at (+632) 9818500 VoIP 4228, (+632) 9206950, 09358185499, 09612595082, or [email protected]

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).