The University of the Philippines Open University further operationalizes its gender diversity and inclusivity principles by allowing transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals to freely be and express themselves based on their gender identities and expression during graduation ceremony. With the recommendation from the UPOU Office of Gender Concerns (OGC), the Chancellor’s Advisory Council (CAC) at its 221st meeting on August 10, 2022 approved the following guidelines for the graduation ceremony: Candidates for graduation will be given an option to add their lived names or preferred lived names in the Graduation Programs The Graduation Programs will contain the legal and lived [...]
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Dr. Finaflor Taylan, Associate Professor and Director of the University of the Philippines Open University Office of Gender Concerns (OGC) and President of the Asian Association of Women's Studies (AAWS), led the discussion of the Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion Panel of the 5th International Conference on Distance and e-Learning (ICODeL), with the theme "Promoting Gender Equality, Embracing Diversity, and Fostering Inclusion in Sustainable Education". (L-R) Dr. Finaflor Taylan, Dr. Carolyn Sobritchea, Dr. Maria Lourdes Jarabe Dr. Maria Lourdes Jarabe, who serves as the Program Chair of the Diploma in Women and Development program at UPOU and the Secretary General of AAWS, [...]
UPOU Office of Gender Concerns Director Elected as President of the Asian Association of Women’s Studiessuperadmin2023-07-03T14:15:54+08:00
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. AAWS is an organization that serves as a forum to promote and discuss feminist education and research in Asia. It recently concluded the 6th AAWS Congress 2023 last May 11-12, 2023, with the theme “Locating/Centering Women and Gender in the (Post) Pandemic Era of Advanced Technology” where Dr. Taylan presented her thoughts during one plenary session on “Revisioning Gender/ Women’s Studies in [...]
UPOU’s ODeL Identified as an Intervention For Gender Equality and Inclusivity in a Women’s Month Forumsuperadmin2023-05-11T12:56:29+08:00
The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) opened the celebration of Women's Month with a timely and informative webinar entitled "ODeL for the Future and ALL: UPOU Women's Month Forum." The webinar highlighted the vital role of Open and Distance e-Learning (ODeL) in ensuring access to education and promoting gender equality. An opening program for the month-long celebration was held last March 16, 2023, at UP Open University's Audio Visual Room from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The event started with the emcee, Gelyzza Diaz, who welcomed the speaker and opening remarks of Dr. Finaflor F. Taylan, the Director of [...]
Usaping Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI): A Webinar by OGC to Conclude National Women’s Monthsuperadmin2023-04-18T13:31:34+08:00
The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) Office of Gender Concerns concluded the celebration of the International Women’s month with a webinar about “Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI)” last March 31, 2023. The invited resource speaker was Criselda Bisda, a human resource practitioner for 16 years. Her expertise is in gender, disability, and social inclusion especially in disaster risk reduction. Her technical assistance on inclusive employment for persons with disabilities and diversity and inclusion in the workplace, in general, has been sought by different institutions. She also drew out some of her experiences as a person with [...]
January 17, 2023 – The Office of Gender Concerns (OGC) organized the year’s first meeting-workshop for the members of the Gender Focal Point System at UPOU. Dr. Melinda dP Bandalaria, Chancellor and Chairperson of GFPS, welcomed the members in the meeting-workshop. Dr. Bandalaria emphasized the importance of integrating gender in the consciousness of the university and in its activities for the entire year. “Kailangan bahagi na ng pagpapaplano at implementation ang GAD and our initiatives should reflect who we are as a university. ” said Chancellor Bandalaria. Chancellor Bandalaria gives her opening message to the attendees. OGC Director [...]
On November 25, 2022, the University of the Philippines Open University Office of Gender Concerns (UPOU-OGC) held a special session on gender considerations in online learning for this year’s 7th National Conference on Open and Distance e-Learning (NCODeL). The theme of the conference was “NCODeL 2022: Reimagining Education Futures.” Entitled “Gender Dimensions in Public Education and Healing Through Distance Learning and Interventions,” the special session was held via online conferencing and was chaired by Dr. Finaflor Taylan, Director of the OGC. The hour-long event, which also kicked off the UPOU-OGC’s line-up of activities for its 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against [...]
OGC talks about community effort to stop VAWC in 18-Day Campaign Webinar “You and Me Against Violence”superadmin2023-05-29T10:03:05+08:00
As part of the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, the UP Open University (UPOU) Office of Gender Concerns (OGC) conducted the first part of the two part session webinar entitled “You and Me against Violence: Role of the Community in Stopping Gender-Based Violence” held last December 01, 2022. Dr. Finaflor F. Taylan, OGC director and Program Chair of the Diploma/Master of Social Work and the Diploma in Women and Development programs, formally began the webinar and welcomed all attendees. Dr. Taylan explained the title of the forum and the whole campaign which underscores the shared duty of everyone in ensuring safety [...]
Dr. Finaflor F. Taylan, Director of the Office of Gender Concerns, was invited to serve as the subject matter expert for Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) in the 2022 Civil Service Commission (CSC) Public Sector Human Resources Symposium held last September 14-16 via virtual platforms. Plenary and concurrent session speakers for the 2022 CS Public HR Symposium. Photo courtesy of Philippine Civil Service Commission The symposium started with Dr. Taylan introducing the attendees to the concepts of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion. She mentioned how despite many years and attempts to educate people on these concepts, it [...]
The Office of Gender Concerns opened the Gender Orientation site for new FMDS students last September 10, 2022 on UPOU MyPortal to introduce students to the office’s services and the policies they must adhere to as they enter the university. The portal also contains a recorded video that tackles gender sensitivity as well as videos and infographics on laws and university policies on gender. The new site also gives information on different ways on how students can report cases of gender-based violence. This includes the online reporting platform and the new Anti-Sexual Harassment email - [email protected]. To gauge the familiarity of [...]