Tuesday, March 26, 2024

In its commitment to address challenges and envision a more equitable future for women, the Isabela State University (ISU) celebrated the culmination of the National Women’s Month on March 26, 2024 at the ISU-E Amphitheater with the theme, “Empowered Women, Thriving ISU: Celebrating Resilience, Progress, and the Path Ahead”.

Implemented through the University’s Gender and Development (GAD) Office, the theme of the celebration emphasizes the importance of empowering women and fostering their progress across various dimensions. The event aims to celebrate and acknowledge the University’s significant contributions to women’s empowerment within its own community, highlight the unique challenges women have faced, and recognize the strides that ISU has made in promoting gender equality.

The event was attended by student and faculty delegates across the ISU system headed by Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino (President), duly represented by Dr. Jay P. Chy (Vice President, Planning and Development).

In her message, Dr. Chy encouraged the community to reaffirm their commitment to empowerment, equality, and ending violence. She invited the delegates to harness the power of collective action, solidarity, and determination in order to support building a world where every individual, regardless of gender, can thrive and flourish.

“Let us not rest until we have achieved our vision of a society where every individual is empowered, every voice is heard, and every life is free from violence. Let us also take concrete actions to bring about meaningful and lasting transformation. Together, we can create a future where diversity is celebrated, differences are embraced, and every individual is empowered to reach their full potential,” Dr. Chy added.

As part of the one-day culmination, interactive workshops were facilitated by faculty and staff of the University with topics on: Breaking Barriers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Self-Care for the Empowered Women, Leadership Lab, and Voices from the Margins. Moreover, a HerStory Showcase was opened with activities such as open microphone, art exhibit, short film screening, and Juana dance.

In closing, a simple search for Mr. and Ms. Gender and Development: Champions of Equality was held to raise awareness about GAD issues in a dynamic way, highlight the importance of male allyship in achieving gender equality, and showcase the knowledge and advocacy potential of young people.