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Aligned with UPOU’s chosen theme for Pride Month, “ODeL4GEDSI: Connecting Identities, Creating Allies,” the webinar aimed to explore the role of Open and Distance eLearning (ODeL) in fostering a fair, diverse, and inclusive society. It was a joyous occasion as participants gathered to celebrate and embrace the beauty of diversity.

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The Office of Gender Concerns successfully celebrated Pride Month with a webinar titled “Landscape of SOGIESC Advocacy in the Philippines.” The event, was held at the UP Open University Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, in hybrid mode.

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The Director of the Office of Gender Concerns (OGC) of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), Dr. Finaflor F. Taylan, will serve as the president of the Asian Association of Women’s Studies (AAWS) for 2023 to 2025.


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are upcoming from the Office of Gender Concerns. These are free online courses available for interested individuals and organizations, and may be used as part of mandatory gender sensitivity training of employees in any institution (for certification of completion, please contact us before the start of courses when they are made available). These courses are entitled:

Course 1 - Understanding Sex, Gender, And Sexuality: Definitions, Perspectives, and Issues

  • Module 1: Constructs of Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
  • Module 2: Gender Socialization Processes and Social Institutions
  • Module 3: Developments in Feminism
  • Module 4: Perspectives from the LGBT Community
  • Module 5: Masculinity and Gay Theories
  • Module 6: Issues on Gender and Sexuality in the Philippines (and beyond)

Course 2 - Gender Sensitivity: Gender-based Discrimination And Oppression

  • Module 1: Sexual Identity Politics and Intersectionality of Identity
  • Module 2: Gender-Based Discrimination and Oppression
  • Module 3: Economics, Politics, and Other Socio-Cultural Aspects of Gender and Sexuality