Center for Women Studies

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Center for Women's Studies
Center for Women's Studies


Established in 1988, the University of the Philippines University Center for Women’s Studies evolved from the ideas and commitment to social justice, national development and women’s empowerment of a group of women faculty from the university. Moved by their spirited lobbying, Dr. Jose V. Abueva, then UP President, issued Administrative Order No. 83 in July 1988, creating a committee to study the establishment of a system-wide center for women’s studies to address the concerns and issues involving women in our university and society. On 08 December 1988, the UP Center for Women’s Studies was officially recognized by the Board of Regents, paving the way for its operation in October 1989. The rationale for the creation of the Center was conceptualized in relation to: • the 1987 Constitution which ensures the equality of men and women before the law and recognizes the role of women in nation-building (Art. 11, Sec. 14); • the Philippine commitment to the 1985 Nairobi Forward-Looking Strategies, and; • the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, to which the country is a signatory.

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