Women and Gender Institute

WAGÎ means 'win' in Filipino and "sister" in Ibanag, a Philippine language. The term epitomizes the long term objective of the Women And Gender Institute, which is to achieve women's empowerment and gender equality in society as this will, in the end, result in a win-win situation for both women and men.

The Women and Gender Institute is Miriam College’s center for research, training and advocacy on women’s rights, gender equality and non-sexist learning in support of the leadership of young women and students. It offers a cross-disciplinal perspective on women’s empowerment that is interlinked with democracy, human rights, social justice and value formation. WAGÎ forges links with other sectors, organizations and institutions at the national, regional and international levels.

Upcoming Event:

WAGI, together with former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani, and in partnership with the Women’s Peace Table (WPT) are organizing the Third National Women’s Summit with the theme “Bejing@20: Strengthening Commitments to Gender Equality, Development and Peace” on 24-25 October 2014 at Miriam College, Quezon City.

It aims to revisit the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), a landmark document for advancing the rights of women and gender equality worldwide.  It also aims to reach a consensus on how to use the BPfA in responding to persistent as well as emerging challenges while taking into consideration opportunities for women with the upcoming ASEAN regional integration. It will focus on twelve (12) critical areas, namely: (1) poverty, (2) education and training, (3) health, (4) violence against women, (5) armed conflict, (6) economy, (7) power and decision-making, (8) institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women, (9) human rights of women, (10) media, (11) environment, and (12) the girl-child. 
Specifically, the conference aims to:
  1. Critically assess Philippine progress in realizing our commitments twenty years (20) after Beijing by looking at best practices and innovative programs from the national to the local levels;
  2. Identify the gaps and challenges as well as the emerging issues and concerns that continue to impede the promotion of gender equality, peace and development; and
  3. Celebrate our gains and successes   in our  advocacy  of  gender equality, women’s advancement and empowerment.
It will gather 300 to 500 women and individuals advocating for gender equality and women’s empowerment across the country. We have invited champions of gender equality such as Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan (former chair of the UN Commission on the Status of Women) and Sec. Teresita “Ging” Deles (former expert member of UN-CEDAW) as well as other prominent women leaders and advocates.

Who can participate?

Everyone is welcome to attend: activists, movers and academics, professionals and politicians, researchers and students, community workers and policy advocates, young and mature, grassroots women, human rights defenders, students and others.

Fees and Conference Accommodations  

P1,200.00 - includes conference kit, lunch and snacks for 2 days, and entrance to plenary and all parallel sessions
P 600.00 - includes entrance to plenary and all parallel sessions

Transportation costs, meals and accommodations will be borne by the participants. A list of available housing options can be requested from the Secretariat.

How to register?

Online: nws.mc.edu.ph
Telephone: (+632) 5805400 local 3590 or 4359229, look for Kat Bueza or Ms. Nikki Jurisprudencia.
Email: wagi@mc.edu.ph

Contact Information

Women and Gender Institute
Room 122 Caritas Hall
Miriam College
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
Quezon City 1108 Philippines

(+632) 5805400 to 29 extn. 3590 

Telefax: (+632) 435-9229

Email: wagi@mc.edu.ph