Thematic Programs 

International Women’s Human Rights and Governance

WAGI provides consulting, research and training on women’s human rights and empowerment.  It aims to popularize United Nations instruments and other international agreements on women’s rights through education, training and advocacy.  The program hopes to contribute to the institutionalization of a law-based system characterized by democracy and gender equality in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific Region.  It also aims to make governance gender and rights responsive by collaborating with women in government and civil society in advocating for meaningful reforms in electoral politics and governance processes and systems. 

Among the activities under this program are:
  • Annual Summer Course on International Women’s Human Rights and Governance
  • Lecture Series on Eminent Women in Politics; 
  • Advocacy and Training on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW);
  • Training on Gender Mainstreaming in Governance Reform Programs  (including the use of gender budgets, gender harmonized indicators and Gender Audit in Governance; and 
  • Organizing through CEDAW WATCH, a network of individuals and groups promoting awareness of and implementation of CEDAW

Gender Fair Education

This program integrates the perspectives, values and strategies related to the mainstreaming of women’s rights and messages of gender equality and equity in the curricula, teaching strategies, student welfare and administration at Miriam College and other educational institutions.  It aims to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of gender and women’s rights among members of the academe and other educational institutions through teacher-training seminars on gender fair education, research on gender socialization in the school system, and the development of gender fair materials for instruction.   

Among the activities under this program are:

  • Annual Summer Course on Gender Fair Education and Curriculum Integration of Women and Gender Issues in Different Disciplines;
  • Coordination of institutional activities through Gender Mainstreaming Committee of Miriam College; 
  • Regular Gender Sensitivity Training for faculty members, administrators and personnel, student leaders, and Miriam College partner communities; and 
  • Development of manuals on Non-Sexist Test Construction, Non-Sexist Language and Gender Stereotypes in Textbooks

Gender, Dev't & Economic Globalization Program

This program generates information and analyses from critical feminist perspectives on trade, finance, international cooperation / aid, and economic globalization processes, in support of socio-economic policy alternatives and democratic and accountable governance institutions. A special concern is focused on promoting the analyses, advocacy and mobilizing capacities of women’s movements and other social movements and people’s organizations for economic and political re-structuring and social transformation at local, regional and global arenas. 

Among the activities under this program are:
  • Providing the secretariat base for the Development  Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) and through consultations, training, and publication work, supporting and collaborating with other economic oriented networks in the region, such as, UNDP Intensive Course on Gender and Macroeconomics, International Gender & Trade Network-Asia, Agribusiness Action Initiatives-Asia, and International Association for Feminist Economics; 
  • Conducting region-wide economic policy-relevant studies and information-exchanges informed by gender perspectives and feminist economics, such as, the impact of the financial crisis on women in the East Asian and greater Asia region; liberalization of the healthcare sector in the ASEAN; impact of trade liberalization and regional economic integration on women in the ASEAN, aid effectiveness and budget initiatives affecting gender and development commitments & programs, etc.; 
  • Collaborating with feminist organizations, NGOs, networks and women’s/social movements in the Philippines and the region in inter-movement dialogues and political debates on socio-economic and political issues, and joining local and regional advocacies launched by civil society organizations in the Asia-Pacific region; and
  • Collaborating with academic institutions, research centers, and women's studies programs and networks in the promotion of academic courses, professional training and capacity building programs in gender, development and economics.

Gender Peace and Security Program

This program seeks to highlight the gender dimensions of war, militarism, conflict, peace and security, and the issues of women in conflict and post-conflict situations, through research, workshops, dialogues and advocacy.  It aims to articulate an alternative security paradigm that is gender responsive and inclusive of women's initiatives. While the primary focus is on peace and security issues of the Philippines, discussions are reflective of local-global linkages around feminist scholarship and advocacy, and are informed by resolutions and international laws on women, peace and security such as UN Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889.

Among the activities under this program are:
  • Training and capacity-building of Muslim and indigenous women on peace and human rights; 
  • Research and publication on feminist perspectives on peace and UN Security Council Resolution 1325; and 
  • Networking and partnership with organizations such as the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy and Nooros Salaam and groups such as the Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (WeAct 1325), an alliance of human rights and peace organizations promoting the implementation of UN Security Council 1325 in the Philippines

Migration Research and Training Program

WAGI’s Migration Research and Training Program compliments Miriam College’s  Graduate Program in Migration Studies. The program is committed to the critical study and analysis of contemporary migration issues in the context of globalization and transnational processes. Through research, training and exchanges, the program aims to generate knowledge and competencies on migration issues in order to contribute to an informed and critical discourse on migration.

Among the activities under this program are:
  • Annual Summer Institute on Migration;
  • Migration Lecture Series; and
  • Research on critical issues including the feminization of migration; children and families left behind; the social costs of migration; migration and development, and others.

Young Women Leadership

This program aims to enhance the political participation of young women through leadership training focused on gender, human rights and governance issues.  The program aims to transcend class, ethnic, political, and religious boundaries to bring young women together in a space where they can envision, and create concrete action plans towards a new paradigm of politics that is informed by gender, human rights and democracy.   

Among the activities under this program are:
  • Annual Young Women Leaders Conference;
  • Young Women Leadership Training; 
  • Support for young women’s groups
  • Research and publications on adolescent sexuality,  young women’s guide to gender, human rights and good governance, etc.; and
  • Engagement with Eminent Women in Politics and other government officials
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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