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UPCWGS conducts Art Therapy Workshops 

As part of its celebration of Women’s Month, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) conducted two Art Therapy Workshops on 21 March 2024 at the UPCWGS Conference Room. The events were facilitated by Liz Rañola, a visual arts facilitator. The morning session was attended by gender-based violence victims/survivors while the afternoon session was attended by persons with disabilities (PWD) caregivers/guardians. The art therapy workshops’ objective is to facilitate the therapeutic process by using art as a method for exploration and discovery of personal experiences and emotional expression.

Liz Rañola (first from left) with the participants of the morning session of the Art Therapy Workshop on March 21

UPCWGS holds film viewing of “Bagahe”

In celebration of Women’s Month, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) held a viewing of “Bagahe,” a film by director Zig Madamba Dulay, as part of its Kapihan ng mga Peminista series on 20 March 2024 at the UPCWGS Conference Room.

Bagahe tells the story of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), Mercy Agbunag. As the whole family celebrates her homecoming, NBI agents appear on the doorstep inviting Mercy for some questioning about a case of a newborn child found in the trash bin of an airplane toilet.

Attendees of the Kapihan ng mga Peminista: Film Viewing of “Bagahe” by Zig Madamba Dulay on March 20

UPCWGS conducts lecture on Women Visual Artists in the 19th Century Philippines

As part of its celebration of Women’s Month, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) conducted a lecture on Women Visual Artists in the 19th Century Philippines on 19 March 2024 at the UPCWGS Conference Room. Resource person is Dr. Eloisa May P. Hernandez of the Department of Art Studies, College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman. 

Dr. Marie Aubrey J. Villaceran (right) of the UPCWGS with Dr. Eloisa May P. Hernandez at the lecture on Women Visual Artists in the 19th Century Philippines on March 19

UPCWGS launches Review of Women’s Studies Volume XXXII, Number 2

As part of its celebration of Women’s Month, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) launched the Review of Women’s Studies Volume XXXII, Number 2 on 19 March 2024 at the UPCWGS Conference Room. 

The Review of Women’s Studies (RWS) is a refereed journal published by the UPCWGS. The journal serves as a forum where ideas on issues and concerns affecting the lives of women, seen from the analytical perspectives of different disciplines, may be exchanged. It encourages and seeks to publish research that employs feminist methodologies and that adheres to the principles of feminist research, bearing in mind the intersectionality of gender, class, religion, age, and education. 

Dr. Rowena A. Laguilles-Timog (first from left) and Dr. Marie Aubrey J. Villaceran (first from right) of the UPCWGS with the Review of Women’s Studies Volume XXXII, Number 2 contributors: (from left to right) Dr. Eloisa May P. Hernandez, Hanna May F. Rosario, and Cleve V. Arguelles at the journal launch on March 19

UPCWGS conducts Art Therapy for Senior Citizen Community Leaders

As part of its celebration of Women’s Month, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) conducted an Art Therapy for Senior Citizen Community Leaders on 12 March 2024 at the UPCWGS Conference Room. The event was facilitated by Dr. Marianne Charisse N. Cuezon, an expressive arts facilitator from The Arts and Health Institute (TAHI) by Magis Creative Spaces. Participants were senior citizen community leaders from Brgy. UP Campus. The art therapy session is designed to facilitate the therapeutic process by using art as a method for exploration and discovery of personal experiences and emotional expression.

Dr. Marianne Charisse N. Cuezon (first row, second from left) of TAHI with the participants of Art Therapy for Senior Citizen Community Leaders on March 12

Walk in Her Shoes: An Audio-Visual Exhibit on Gender-Based Violence

The United Nations (UN) Gender Thematic Group (GTG), in collaboration with several partners including the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS); Bayi, Inc.; SafeCity; the UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI); and the UP College of Fine Arts, organized an experiential exhibit titled “Walk in Her Shoes” to support the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW). A program at the closing of the exhibit was held on 29 February 2024 at the College of Fine Arts, UP Diliman. Members of women’s groups, persons with disability, youth including young men allies, and LGBTQ were invited to the event. Participants were given art materials and were asked to paint images that respond to the prompt “Pangarap Kong Komunidad na Ligtas sa Karahasan.” There were also a song number, a dance number, and solidarity messages from event partners.

Participants with their artworks during the closing program of Walk in Her Shoes on February 29 at the College of Fine Arts, UP Diliman

The exhibit, initially launched in December 2023 and previously housed at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), showcases stories from various sectors of women and girls, highlighting the different forms of gender-based violence they encounter on a daily basis. The primary goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness about the pervasive nature of VAW, encourage reflection on the prevailing social norms that perpetuate this harmful behavior, and mobilize action to eradicate VAW.

Walk in Her Shoes: An Audio-Visual Exhibit on Gender-Based Violence

The United Nations (UN) Gender Thematic Group (GTG), in collaboration with several partners including the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS); Bayi, Inc.; SafeCity; the UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI); and the UP College of Fine Arts, organized an experiential exhibit titled “Walk in Her Shoes” to support the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW). A program at the exhibit opening was held on 20 February 2024 at the College of Fine Arts (Arts and Design Building), UP Diliman. Speakers during the event included Asst. Prof. Lisa Ito-Tapang of the UP College of Fine Arts; Dr. Marie Aubrey J. Villaceran, Director of the UPCWGS; Jose Roi Avena, Assistant Country Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); and Ma. Rosalyn G. Mesina, Country Coordinator of UN Women.

(From left to right) Asst. Prof. Lisa Ito-Tapang, Jose Roi Avena, Dr. Marie Aubrey J. Villaceran of the UPCWGS, and Ma. Rosalyn G. Mesina during the exhibit opening of Walk in Her Shoes on February 20 at the College of Fine Arts, UP Diliman

The exhibit, initially launched in December 2023 and previously housed at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), was relocated to its new venue at the UP College of Fine Arts and is accessible to visitors until 29 February 2024. It showcases stories from various sectors of women and girls, highlighting the different forms of gender-based violence they encounter on a daily basis. The primary goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness about the pervasive nature of VAW, encourage reflection on the prevailing social norms that perpetuate this harmful behavior, and mobilize action to eradicate VAW.

Creative Workshops with the IP Cluster

“Yung pinaka-paborito ko po ay yung malaman kung paano mag-handle ng emotion, kung paano po i-express ang sarili gamit po ang action or movement na ginagawa namin at natutunan. Yun po yung tumatak sa akin,” Jacquilyn, a young Ati woman, shared her experience after going through the creative movement. 

Last 31 March to 2 April 2023, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) conducted creative movement, visual, and life stories workshops with the indigenous people (IP) cluster in pursuit of the arts-based research project. 

The arts-based research project aims to pioneer a more innovative, engaging, and accessible approach to the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention discourse through its arts-based methodology, while also widening the constituency for advocacy by drawing on the feminist standpoint epistemology to find approaches appropriate for sectors with different perspectives. 

The video highlights were developed and produced by the Feminist Media Lab for the UPCWGS and OXFAM Pilipinas. 

You may view the video highlights of the workshops here.

Creative Workshops with the Muslim Cluster 

“Nung una nag-dadalawang isip ako sumali [sa creative workshop] dahil nung nalaman ko na tungkol ito sa family planning at GBV, baka sensitibo ito so baka wala rin akong masabi… pero nung pag-kapasok ko dun, ‘di rin ako aware sa ganitong mga bagay until nalaman ko ngayon yung mga nararanasan ng kapwa ‘kong babae,” Hijara, a young Muslim woman, stated after going through the life stories creative workshop.  

Last 4-5 June 2022, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) conducted creative movement, visual, and life stories workshops with the Muslim cluster in pursuit of the arts-based research project. 

The arts-based research project aims to pioneer a more innovative, engaging, and accessible approach to the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention discourse through its arts-based methodology, while also widening the constituency for advocacy by drawing on the feminist standpoint epistemology to find approaches appropriate for sectors with different perspectives. 

The video highlights were developed and produced by the Feminist Media Lab for the UPCWGS and OXFAM Pilipinas. 

You may view the video highlights of the workshops here.

Creative Workshops with the Children Cluster

When asked how the SRHR workshop for the children cluster was designed, Teacher Buboy shared that, “Paano isi-simplify ang language, kailangan namin maging bata.”

Last 11-12 February 2023, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) conducted the creative movement, visual, and life stories workshops with the children cluster in pursuit of the arts-based research project.

The arts-based research project aims to pioneer a more innovative, engaging, and accessible approach to the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention discourse through its arts-based methodology, while also widening the constituency for advocacy by drawing on the feminist standpoint epistemology to find approaches appropriate for sectors with different perspectives.

The video highlights were developed and produced by the Feminist Media Lab for the UPCWGS and OXFAM Philippines.

You may view the video highlights of the workshops here.