UP Center for Women's Studies

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The University Center for Women's Studies (UCWS) of the University of the Philippines, a system-wide unit created in December 1988 under the Office of the Vice president for Academic Affairs of the University of the Philippines, was established to encourage and strengthen teaching, research, extension and advocacy on and for women in the University of the Philippines. It is mandated to raise gender awareness of the different units and campuses of the UP System toward a more humane University.

It coordinates the women's/gender studies programs and some service facilities of the nine campuses of the UP System: UP Manila, UP Diliman, UP Baguio, UP Los Baños, UP Visayas, UP Mindanao and the UP Open University, including the collection of data from the nine campuses of the university related to the implementation of the Anti-Sexual Harassment policy of the University, the efforts in engendering the UP curricula, and research on women's/gender issues.



The UCWS has five major programs, namely research, publication, curriculum development, training and outreach, and services.


The UCWS has two regular publications: the Pananaw, a quarterly newsletter on gender activities within and outside the University; and the Review of Women’s Studies, a scholarly journal with international readership. It also publishes empirical studies, research reports, essays, interviews, feminist criticism, fiction, poetry and women’s art.

It has produced more than a hundred books, journal issues, primers and advocacy materials, which is widely used in the University of the Philippines and in other schools here and abroad, as well as in policy and program development of government and non-governmental organizations.

Curriculum Development

To achieve its mandate of raising gender awareness, the UCWS has conducted seminar-workshops to strengthen the gender component of the UP curricula, as well as mainstream gender in the General Education programs of the various UP units and campuses. Seminars on gender issues, feminist theories and gender-sensitive pedagogy have also been carried out toward faculty development.

Through the work and advocacy of the UCWS Coordinating Committee, together with the Campus Gender/Women’s Studies Programs/Offices and the College faculty, courses focusing on gender/women’s issues have been approved and adapted by the University Councils of the different campuses. These courses include:

  • Soc Sci 105: Gender Issues in Philippine Society;
  • Lit 161: Gender, Literature and Environment;
  • Soc Sci 3: Exploring Gender and Sexuality.

Training and Outreach

The Training and Outreach Program of the UCWS focuses on building the capacity of the faculty to integrate women’s/gender theories and topics into their regular courses. The core of gender trainers and extension in all UP campuses is to provide technical assistance and capacity building activities to different government agencies, schools, NGO's, funding institutions, communities including private companies and organizations.

It takes pride in having developed several training manuals for gender sensitivity, gender-responsive planning, and feminist leadership and management, which were widely disseminated and currently being used in the Philippines and abroad.

Crisis Counseling Service

The Crisis Counseling Service of the UCWS provides services to the all the women in the UP Diliman Campus, which includes students, faculty, non-academic personnel and members of barangay UP Campus and nearby cities and provinces. It provides a holistic intervention program for women in crisis situation and a safe haven where they can express options for sound decision-making. It offers face-to-face counseling and phone-in consultations. It also gives assistance and the proper referral to women counselees, in partnership with the UP Diliman Police, the UP Health Service and the Office of Legal Aid. In July 1997, the Counseling Service established the UCWS Support Group for Singled Women. It works on the premise that by sharing each other’s life experiences, the women can learn from and motivate one another to grow as they transcend their problems, and thus empower themselves.




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