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Gender, Power and Diversity – Where is Feminism in Our Schools, Institutions and Communities?

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Gender, Power and Diversity – Where is Feminism in Our Schools, Institutions and Communities?

The 10th National Women’s and Gender Studies Association of the Philippines (WSAP) Conference was held at Escaler Hall in Ateneo de Manila University on August 22-23, 2018 in collaboration with different academic institutions, such as the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and Miriam College.

The Conference aimed to provide a critical space for academics across disciplines, civil society organizations across advocacies, as well as, public and private agencies involved in promoting gender and development (GAD).  The conference sought to engage participants in a collective thinking, rethinking, and new thinking of feminist gains and challenges across key issues.

The keynote address of the conference was delivered by Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, former Chair of Commission on Higher Education, titled, “Beijing on my mind,” where she mentioned the role of the academe in preparing for Beijing+25, particularly in advancing gender-fair education. At the end of her speech, she posed a challenge to the women’s movements, the academe and advocates, to move the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) principles forward.

The Conference had several breakout sessions where different thematic papers were presented and discussed.  These included: Addressing Sexism in Schools • Gender Politics of Generations X, Y, Z • Families, Schools and Gendered Habitus • Gender-based Violence and the UN SDGs and Ambisyon Natin 2040 Science, Technology and Social Innovations • STEM and SDG Goals • Promoting Women’s Enrolment in STEM Courses • Growing Up with Gadgets: Gender Challenges posed by New Technologies Gender and Diversities: Ethnicities, Faiths and Sexualities • Feminist Movements and Local Struggles • Women, Peace, Conflict and Social Justice • Gender, Sexuality and Institutions of Religion Women’s Economic Empowerment • Creating Climate Change-resilient Women’s Production Activities: Gender, Disaster Risk and Resilience.

A new set of officers to lead WSAP was also elected in the conference. They are: Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu from Ateneo de Manila University as President; Tesa Casal de Vela of Miriam College as Vice President; Praksis A. Miranda of Philippine Normal University as Secretary; Nathalie Africa-Verceles of University of the Philippines as Treasurer. The Board Members elected are: Eden Beltran of President Ramon Magsaysay State University; Rosalyn Romo-Echem of Western Mindanao Stae University; Pilipinas Ma. Dechavez-Jareno of Central Philippines State University; and Rachel Reyes-Laureano of Bataan Peninsula State University.

The inauguration of the new WSAP officers was officiated by Atty. Carmelita Yadao-Sison, Chair of the Gender Focal Point System of CHED. Said inauguration took place during the welcome/solidarity dinner, hosted by MC’s Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) at the ESI Conference Room.

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