Monday, March 11, 2024

As an affirmation to the University’s continuous support towards achieving progress in gender and development (GAD), Isabela State University (ISU) formally opened its 2024 National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) on March 11, 2024 through a simultaneous banner raising with the University campuses.

With the theme, “Lipunang Patas sa Bagong Pilipinas; Kakayahan ng Kababaihan, Patutunayan!”, the 2024 NWMC is designed to implement activities enumerated in the current ISU GAD Plan with a main focus on addressing indicators related to SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), and SDG 13 (Climate Action).

To support the cause, all programs during the month-long celebration spearheaded by the University GAD Office will aim to strengthen the advocacy campaigns of the University to challenge stereotypes and biases that hinder women’s advancement and full participation in the society.

During the banner raising, performance of students and messages of solidarity were given by University and campus officials along with providing giveaways upon answering questions related to women’s contributions.

“This month, we celebrate the incredible journey and achievements of women who came before us. Their courage, strength, and determination paved the way for the opportunities we have today. Let’s continue to break barriers, challenge stereotypes, and uplift each other. Let’s use our voices, the voices of women to advocate for equality, and build a future where all women can thrive,” Dr. Boyet L. Batang (Vice President, Academic Affairs) said as he encouraged the ISU community.

In his message, Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino (University President), also reiterated the University’s commitment to champion the principles of gender equality and women’s empowerment and pledged to invest wholeheartedly in programs designed to uplift women economically, nurture their leadership potential, and safeguard their fundamental rights.

“So in this endeavor, we invite collaboration and partnership from all sectors of our society. So together, we can dismantle these barriers, challenge stereotypes, and build a world where every woman can realize her full potential. Let us embark on this journey with determination, empathy, and solidarity,” Dr. Aquino said.

The program of activities for the University’s NWMC after its opening will be followed by skills development workshops, partnership forums, and network building events with partners from the Universiti Utara Malaysia on March 18 to 21, and will end with a University-wide gathering on March 26 at the ISU Echague Amphitheater.