Women’s Day 2020 in UPD emphasizes health, freedom, and well-being

| Written by Fred Dabu

Members of the UP Diliman community dance the “Sayaw ng Paghihimagsik”. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO.

 

The University of the Philippines Diliman Gender Office (UPDGO) led a multisectoral gathering of the University’s advocates of women and gender rights in a program at the Quezon Hall on March 6, 2020, as part of the series of activities scheduled in celebration of National Women’s Month in UP and to mark the UP Diliman community’s commemoration of International Women’s Day.

With the theme “KKK 2020: Isulong ang Kalusugan, Kalayaan at Kaginhawaan ng Kababaihan at ng Bayan!”, the program became a festive venue for strengthening commitment to continue the struggle for women empowerment and gender equality, human rights, social justice, and national development, and for highlighting the need to further advance Filipino women’s and people’s overall quality of health, freedom, and well-being through education, policy interventions, and collective or mass actions.

Participants of the event included members of the UP System and UP Diliman administration, UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), UP Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System, Office of the Staff Regent, University Registrar, University Library, Human Resources Development Office (HRDO), University Health Service, Barangay UP Campus, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, College of Arts and Letters, College of Music, College of Fine Arts, College of Mass Communication, UP Film Institute, School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED), UP Institute for Small-Scale Industries (ISSI), All UP Workers Union, All UP Academic Employees Union, All UP Workers Alliance, Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND) UP, University Student Council, UPD National Service Training Program, UPD Gabriela Youth, Save Our Schools Network, Babaylan, and Kabataan Partylist.

Solidarity messages were delivered by UP President Danilo L. Concepcion, represented by Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Rica D. Abad; UPD Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo; UPDGO Coordinator Nancy Kimuell-Gabriel; UPCWGS Director Nathalie A. Verceles; UP Staff Regent Mylah R. Pedrano; and the leaders of unions and organizations in the University.

Kontra-GaPi, HallyUP, Kilusan Step Sisters, UP LIRIKA, UP Repertory Company, UP SAMASKOM, Pasada band, and others rendered inspiring performances, such as songs, dances and skits, during the event.

 

Members of Kontra-GaPi (Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino), the resident ethnic music and dance ensemble of the UPD College of Arts and Letters, open the program held at the Quezon Hall with a “ritwal panalangin” in celebration of Women’s Month. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO.

 

UP System and UP Diliman administration officials join the program led by the UPDGO. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO.

 

Dr. Nancy Kimuell-Gabriel, coordinator of the UP Diliman Gender Office (UPDGO). Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO.

 

Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs (Alumni Relations and Events Management) Rica D. Abad. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO.

 

Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo, UP Diliman Chancellor. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO.

 

Dr. Nathalie A. Verceles, director of the UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS). Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO.

 

UP Staff Regent Mylah R. Pedrano. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO.

 

College of Arts and Letters faculty and CONTEND UP member Francezca C. Kwe. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO.
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