USTP-CDO shifts towards a safer, gender-responsive community

Pursuant to the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 1, series of 2015, the Extension and Community Relations Division (ECRD) of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP), Cagayan de Oro Campus conducted a Gender Sensitivity Training last December 26 – 28, 2019 at the Cafeteria Function Room of the university.

Frontline service providers and clerks from the different units of the university as well as some janitors and electricians were in attendance. This initiative included distributed presentation of the different offices to ensure that gender-sensitivity approaches are applied in the workplace. Dr. Nathalie T. Igot, a certified Gender and Development (GAD) Specialist and Consultant and a member of the National GAD Resource Pool of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) served as the resource person on the three-day training.

Specifically, the training emphasized the topics on Gender and Human Sexuality, Gender Bias, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) as well as topics on Laws and Policies that are gender-inclusive. These topics were designed for the participants to be more sensitive and responsive in their day to day dealings of their respective units. The discussions also tackled how to report sexual harassments, sex and gender-based violence and misconduct.

Dr. Igot believed that in order for an institution to be gender-responsive, it should enforce the principles of inclusivity and embrace gender diversity.

To incorporate awareness in closing the gender gap, participants underwent workshops focusing on identifying unfair gender-related practices and using gender fair language in the workplace. They were also given tasks to investigate and discuss gender challenges, issues and hotspots

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