Gender Sensitivity Training (GST) and other gender-related trainings/workshop/discussion
GST is integrated in the National Service Training Program (NSTP), accreditation for student-organizations, Freshie orientation and New Faculty Orientation. Likewise, GST is also conducted to dormitory staff, security staff such as lady guards and others. UPDGO also conducts gender orientation to the Office of the Chancellor Executive staff (OCES).
Feminist Crisis Counseling
Counseling is a “highly personal and fundamentally political encounters or series of encounters between women” (Burstow, 1992). It is a process whereby the counselor, in an approximately equal relationship with the counselee, empowers the latter by helping her thresh out ‘personal problems’ through seeing the bigger picture in which the ‘personal problems’ lies. Thus, taking the feminist dictum ‘personal is political’ into the counseling session. The counselor’s task is to let the counselee see or know that her problems as a woman is systemic. Particularly with regard to the issue of violence against women (VAW), so long as women in society are regarded as ‘sexual objects’ and ‘second class citizens’, then the issue will persists. Thus, counseling is not the sole solution to the problem; the counselor must take on an active role as gender advocate, as researcher, organizer, among other roles to better address women and genders issues.
VAWC Legal Counseling
Legal Counseling is a form of advocacy and partnership between a feminist lawyer and her women client (WLB, 1998). It involves the “articulation of women and children’s issues and concerns and creativity to address the limitations of law-related action.” In doing this, the lawyer listens to the women, learn from the women’s experiences and engage her in critical thought and action. Thus, it seeks to form partnership with the client and the nature of that partnership is empowering to the client. Also, it believes that violence against women and children in particular is systemic and are human rights violations. It strives to engage in “creative but ethical methods in case handling.” It also aims to make that partnership “interactive and participatory”; thus, it ensures that the “women’s viewpoint is always taken into account in the legal process” and “entails careful discussions of options with the client”.
Research and dissemination of information regarding gender issues
UPDGO conducts research to deepen the understanding of gender issues in the university and the society at large. This is being done in partnership with the different sectors within and outside the academe including faculty members, employees, students and so forth. Further, UPDGO has on ongoing research project that centers on the experiences of comfort women in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation. Likewise, research dissemination is being conducted to inform the public of the knowledge generated through various fora, workshops and others.