The Department of International Studies of Miriam College in partnership with the US Embassy Manila welcomes Women’s Month through a forum on “Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Contemporary World” held on March 02, 2021.
The forum is very timely not just because it is women’s month but because gender issues in the time of COVID-19 pandemic are very real to many women around the world - be it in the areas of health, education, digital divide or technology divide, economic opportunities, social and cultural aspects, gender-based violence and political participation, among others.
Four alumni of the International Visitors’ Leadership Program of the US Department of State from Poland, Turkey, and the Philippines were invited to share their research and engagements on different gender issues in their respective countries. There were three specific topics covered in the discussion: (1) reproductive health rights of women which can be seen from the lenses of development, legal and rights perspectives, (2) participation of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) which highlights the key factors perpetuating gender STEM gaps and training opportunities in this field, and (3) women’s participation in politics and decision-making which impact the advocacies for the first two topics.
Dr. Mel Reyes, the IS Chairperson and also an IVLP alum stressed in her opening remarks that what is important is not how many women we have in government or gender equality laws we have but whether these women contributed in changing women’s lives or whether these laws were implemented to change the lives of many women.
You may also view the forum on the MC YouTube Channel.