USTP Panaon, GnS class conduct Gender Sensitivity Symposium

By JV Adrian S. Marcial, USTP Panaon Faculty

On March 8, 2024, the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Panaon, Misamis Occidental (USTP Panaon) celebrated International Women’s Day and National Women’s Month by embracing the theme “Lipunang Patas sa Bagong Pilipinas, Kakayahan ng Kababaihan, Patutunayan.” A Gender Sensitivity Symposium at the USTP Training Center was conducted to bring awareness to the academic community in line with the celebration. 

Ms. Josephine C. Malmis-Quilo, former Local Youth Development Officer-Designate who supervises 24 barangays of Sangguniang Kabataan and the Local Youth Development Council (LYDC), served as the symposium’s resource speaker.

Third year students participated in the event under the Gender and Society (GnS) class of Mr. JV Adrian S. Marcial. With the symposium outlining the distinctions between gender and sex, the students were instructed to define the two words based on their understanding and learnings. After that, the resource person showed a clip depicting the various horrible cruelties occurring across the nation, many of which included members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

The symposium also highlighted the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill. The SOGIE Equality Bill was discussed at the event to promote peace by advocating for equal rights and protections for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.  

The event ended with remarkable conclusions, enlightening everyone about how complex and multifaceted the relationship between gender and society is. These issues require a comprehensive approach that involves changing societal norms, policies, and attitudes toward gender. 

By combating discrimination and promoting tolerance and understanding, the campus can build a more accepting and peaceful society where everyone can live with respect and dignity.