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Gender, environment and development in Women Studies conference

Iloilo City (25 March) -- Gender advocates, environmentalists and development specialists will tackle challenging issues on gender, environment and development during the 8th National Conference of the Women' Studies Association of the Philippines (WSAP) from April 8-10, 2010.

The conference to be held at the UP Visayas Iloilo campus will bring in speakers from U.P Los Banos, University of San Carlos, Central Mindanao University, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, UP Visayas, UP-Baguio, Northeastern University and those from partner organizations.

The major topics will include Gender Perspectives on the Environment and Climate Change, Socio-economic Realities and challenges, Engaging the Environment: Policy and Action, Everyday Life and Perspectives on the Environment: Women's Knowledge, Making Sense of Disasters: Stories of Survival and Moving Forward, Socio-cultural Matters, Education, Ecology and the Environment and others.

The WSAP is a national professional organization of academic and non-academic based women's studies teachers, researchers and activists promoting gender perspectives in the Philippine educational system.

According to WSAP organizers, this national conference seeks to disseminate information and initiate academic policy-driven discussions on the issue of gender, environment and development and contribute toward policy development and strengthening of women's studies as an academic discipline; bring together teachers of women's studies, scientific experts and the community of women at large to document the existing knowledge and experience of the changing natural environment and climate in a systematic way as part of women's knowledge and perspectives about environment and sustainable development.

The conference will be capped by WSAP General Assembly and presentation of resolutions, commitments and solidarity night.

Dr. Zenaida Quezada-Reyes, WSAP President, said a registration fee of Php2,000 shall be charged inclusive of conference kit, snacks and lunch. (PIA6/ESS) [top]

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