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.